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Thread: Tracing Designs

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    Junior Member MrsSew66's Avatar
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    I need input as to how some of you trace designs for quilting so that the markings do not show.
    Thanks...

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    The trick is to mark them so they do show, otherwise you wouldn't want to go to the bother. What needs to happen then is to be able to get rid of them

    There are air erasable pens (purple ink, I think)
    water erasable pens (blue ink)
    Chalk (just brush off, and old toothbrush might help)
    Thin slivers of soap
    and I find Sewline retractable pencils very useful. The marks are erasable and come in several different colours.

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    I like to use chalk :P

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    I draw on paper, trace it onto Sulky Solvy with washable Crayola markers, pin to the fabric and quilt. When done, I cut the larger pieces of extra Sulky Solvy away and the rest washes out in the laundry. No actual marking on the quilt at all...nothing to remove!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I draw on paper, trace it onto Sulky Solvy with washable Crayola markers, pin to the fabric and quilt. When done, I cut the larger pieces of extra Sulky Solvy away and the rest washes out in the laundry. No actual marking on the quilt at all...nothing to remove!
    How do you secure the Sulky to the quilt top? Also interested to know if you use the heavy duty Sulky or the regular? I'd like to try this method - I often use tear away paper which can be a pain to remove :)

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    I attach it with safety pins. I'm not sure which Sulky Solvy I used. Probably the Ultra, it's a little thicker. I haven't tried each weight though, so I'm not sure what the difference would be for this type of use. If I get a chance later, I'll try to fish it out of the closet and verify which one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I draw on paper, trace it onto Sulky Solvy with washable Crayola markers, pin to the fabric and quilt. When done, I cut the larger pieces of extra Sulky Solvy away and the rest washes out in the laundry. No actual marking on the quilt at all...nothing to remove!
    I like that idea. will try it.

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    I trace onto tissue paper, pin onto quilt, stitch thru, tear off, and finally use a pair of sharp 90 degree tweezers to pick out the little pieces that don't rip out.

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    Thanks to everyone for their input!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I attach it with safety pins. I'm not sure which Sulky Solvy I used. Probably the Ultra, it's a little thicker. I haven't tried each weight though, so I'm not sure what the difference would be for this type of use. If I get a chance later, I'll try to fish it out of the closet and verify which one.
    What I used for this was the light weight Sulky Solvy. I only buy it when I've got a coupon, so it's not too expensive that way. It's so much easier than picking little bits out with tweezers. Especially because I'm still fairly new at FMQ and my stitch size is sometimes small. It would be a pain to get those bits out.

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