Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Marking on Knits


Geez, how many of my tips are about marking tools? Obsessed much?

Last week I was finally feeling the frustration of marking knits. It seems like every marking tool is demonstrated (either online or in a magazine) marking on heavy weight muslin or something. Knits are slippery! They stretch! Find me something that works!

I posed the question in the Facebook group for Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. This is a fabulous group of other mommy sewers and since so many PAB patterns work with knits, I knew I'd get a variety of answers.

A lot of ladies mentioned that they just weigh down the pattern piece and use their rotary cutters. Welllll...whenever I've tried even a straight line I've screwed up. And I don't have a cutting mat. Although, I'm well on my way to winning one from my husband after I beat him in fantasy football. ANYWAY.

Suggestions ranged from this chalk rolling pen to Crayola markers and Sharpies. I decided to try a Crayola marker and fell in love!


OF COURSE test first for bleed, always mark the wrong side, and only use on a washable fabric. This was a muslin of a New Look pattern I hadn't tried before (and it's now a UFO) so I didn't mind testing on this fabric (since I have FIFTEEN YARDS of it...). The Crayola marker glided over the fabric without pulling like the fabric markers I've tried. It also had a tip with different angles, so I could make a thin, precise line or a thicker one where needed.


What do you use for marking knits? Or are you a rotary cutting master?

2 comments:

  1. I've struggled too but I'm pretty new with knits so I figured it was just me. This is a great idea. I wonder about using those markers and "eraser" they've been showing on TV that the kid uses with a mat but an take the mark off her shirt. Are they different than what you used?

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    1. I'm not sure about the ones you're referring to, but my markers were the regular ole Crayola washable markers. Nothing special. A lot of the time I use my serger on my seams for knits and the marker part will probably be cut off anyway!

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