One of my wonderful customers, Debbi, has sent me another great tip that she learnt way back when ‘Knitwit’ was the sewing craze here in Australia (sometime in the 70’s and 80’s) to help preserve her original patterns.
Debbi prints her pattern pieces out using standard copying paper and keeps this as her ‘master copy’. She then pins or tapes a Chux cloth over the printed page and traces over the pattern pieces with a black Texta or pencil. The Chux pieces are then cut out and carefully rinsed to get rid of any excess ink and then Debbie uses them as her ‘working’ pattern pieces when cutting out her fabric.
Debbie tells me these Chux pattern pieces are easier to pin to the fabric and will last for many years while your ‘master copy’ remains in perfect condition and is always available for future use. Now that I think about it, these Chux pieces are similar to the interfacing or Easy Trace (costs about $1.50 /m in Australia) that I use as my pattern pieces when designing patterns.
So I purchased some Chux this week and gave it a try. I found I had to be careful with the Texta as it went through the holes and marked whatever was underneath but it was certainly easier to see than the pen or pencil which made cutting it out easier. It was definitely easier to pin to the fabric than the paper pattern pieces and the pins did not damage it like they do the paper.
So thanks Debbi for sharing this tip with us, whether you use a Chux cloth or interfacing, it certainly will make cutting out your fabric a little easier and keep your pattern master copies in perfect condition. If anyone else has little things they do to save time or make their sewing easier, please send me an email and I will share it in a future blog.
We all love learning tips and tricks that make sewing easier because that makes it more enjoyable and my How to Make Doll Clothes video course has tons of tips that take the fear and frustration out of sewing small doll clothes.
by Rosie Saw