Mrs Bowden’s top tip – tailor tacks

Tailor Tacks demystified! 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. image 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. image   Plunge the needle into 1 side of the circle,check you go through all the layers. image image Leave a tail about the length of your finger on top and gently pull the thread through. image You are now going to repeat the stitch and create a loop, leaving the loop the length of your finger.image Bring the needle back up again and cut the thread leaving a tail the length of your finger. image Cut through the loop. image Peel the paper pattern away from the fabric.   image Carefully separate the fabric layers and snip the threads in between. image You should now have a thread mark on both layers of your fabric pattern piece. image 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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