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Thread: How to Transfer a Pattern?

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    I have a large pattern on paper (36x40") that I would like to transfer onto fabric. I plan to iron and then sew fusible bias tape over my lines, but I want to have some freedom to move the tape if I want and not worry about having to cover up the line. Also, I think I will need to just do a small section at a time, since the tape isn't permanent (right?). My hubby suggested chalk, but I think it will wear off too quickly - is that right?

    My second question is this: will appliqueing the fusible tape make the quilt shrink or pucker? Any tips on how to prevent that?

    Thank you for your help!

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    There are water erasable markers & markers that fade on their own. Look at Ericas.com

    I have used the fusible bias tape, sewed iit with a double needle, &did not have any puckering

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    You also might want to use a wash-away stabilizer under the fabric. That will help with the puckering.

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    http://www.saralpaper.com/main.html

    You can get a lot - a lot - of tracing/drawing out of each sheet.

    I got mine at my LQS. I think I've maybe seen it at Joann's (or maybe Michael's), but well-stocked quilt shops should carry it - or at least can easily order it for you.

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    I wouldn't use fusible tape if you want to be able to move it around, unless you dont iron until you have it where you want it. Use the blue marking pen, it will disappear with water, and if you are going to cover it anyway, it won't matter. You can get tthe pen almost anyplace that sells sewing notions

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    IF you are wanting to remove the lines in case you do not stick strickly to the original drawing I would STAY AWAY FROM pens markers and chalk that are "water soluble or disappearing" The reason is because once these inks are heated you can no longer remove them in many cases. HOWEVER!!! There are pins that you IRON away! So I would say find one of these (I got mine at Joann's) that can be ironed away once you get the bias tape the way you want it iron it down and the lines will disappear as your ironing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    http://www.saralpaper.com/main.html

    You can get a lot - a lot - of tracing/drawing out of each sheet.

    I got mine at my LQS. I think I've maybe seen it at Joann's (or maybe Michael's), but well-stocked quilt shops should carry it - or at least can easily order it for you.
    Thanks for the link. This stuff looks like magic!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    IF you are wanting to remove the lines in case you do not stick strickly to the original drawing I would STAY AWAY FROM pens markers and chalk that are "water soluble or disappearing" The reason is because once these inks are heated you can no longer remove them in many cases. HOWEVER!!! There are pins that you IRON away! So I would say find one of these (I got mine at Joann's) that can be ironed away once you get the bias tape the way you want it iron it down and the lines will disappear as your ironing.
    I feel like I've been away from quilt shows and magazines too long - all these products I've never even heard of!

    I think I need to play with these disappearing pins.

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    Thanks for the website and pen recommendations. I have been leery of using them due to discoloration later, but too many of you are suggesting it for me not to trust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pam1966
    You also might want to use a wash-away stabilizer under the fabric. That will help with the puckering.
    This is a very good idea (that I should have thought of myself!) Thanks!!

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