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Tailor Tack Tutorial by Gertie

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Tailor’s tacks are thread marks used to indicate a pattern’s markings on your fabric. It’s one of those skills you see all the time in vintage sewing patterns and books, but few modern seamstresses use them. But now is the perfect time to learn! With winter sewing upon us, I’m using all those fabulous nubby wools in my stash — the ones that won’t cooperate with a tracing wheel because they’re too textured and squishy.

Tailor’s tacks work best for marking a pattern’s circles and squares. Here I’m using them to mark the circles on a dart leg.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

To start, you’ll need some all-purpose thread and a hand sewing needle.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Thread the needle with a double strand of thread; there’s no need to knot the ends.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Take a small stitch through your first circle.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Pull the thread through, and leave a small thread tail.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Take another stitch right on top of the first.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Pull the thread through again, and leave a little loop of thread.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Cut the thread, leaving a short tail.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Repeat this process on all your circles. It may look a little messy, but that’s ok!

Tailor Tack Tutorial

When you’re ready to unpin your pattern pieces, gently pull apart the two layers of fabric.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Use small scissors to cut the threads between the two layers of fabric.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

On the top of the paper pattern, cut through the loops so the pattern can be pulled off.

Tailor Tack Tutorial

You’ll be left with little tufts of thread that will help you match your dart legs up while sewing!

Tailor Tack Tutorial

Use tailor’s tacks to mark buttonholes, pocket placement marks, and any other pattern markings.

Tailor Tack Tutorial
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