Marking Tools

By Sarah

I like to have an array of marking tools floating around my sewing space. When choosing a marking apparatus all you need to do it ask yourself two questions: Will the color of the tool show up on my fabric? And. Will the tool be too harsh or too fine on my fabric? Its pretty simple. First, you want the color of the utensil to be contrasting against the fabric so you can see the marking clearly. Second, the tip or edge of the tool must glide with ease onto your fabric so it will make a nice prominent mark. For instance, fabrics that are at all textured require more marking power than what a skinny pencil or fine tip marker could. Tailor's chalk is good for this as well as for making long and or quick strokes. I recommend testing some different options before finding the one that feels just right. Be careful not to iron over any markings unless you do not care if the markings remain after washing. Most marking tools state that they are water soluble but it is always a good idea to test marks on a swatch to see if they wash out. The three types of marking tool pictured below are my personal favorites to use. I use the pencils on most clothing that I make. The fine tipped disappearing ink pen for making small markings on finer fabric and the tailor's chalk for when I make curtains or pillows or bags. If you have any questions, pop in the store and ask us staff people, we are always happy to help.