Mrs Bowden’s top tip – creating tailor’s tacks

This is a stitch used to transfer information from a paper pattern to the fabric. On a commercial pattern you will see little circles within the pattern piece. These mark where a tailor tack should be made.

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You can use tailor tacks as a temporary way of marking fabric to show dart positions, pleats, pocket positions, gathering positions and fold lines to name a few.

How to tailor tack

Once you have cut out the pattern piece, keep the pattern pinned to the fabric. Using a double thread, about the length of your arm and in a contrasting colour, thread your needle.

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Plunge the needle into 1 side of the circle,check you go through all the layers.

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Leave a tail about the length of your finger on top and gently pull the thread through.

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You are now going to repeat the stitch and create a loop, leaving the loop the length of your finger.

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Bring the needle back up again and cut the thread leaving a tail the length of your finger.

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Cut the tail and then through he loop.

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Peel the paper pattern away from the fabric.

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Carefully separate the fabric layers and snip the threads in between.

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You should now have a thread mark on both layers of your fabric pattern piece.

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Ta dah! Please do leave feedback if you have any comments and, as always, remember that sewing is good for the soul xx

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