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Tip: Use Painter’s Tape on Napped Fabric

Threads #179, June/July 2015

This reader-submitted tip was originally featured in Threads #179 (June/July 2015).

When I am using fabric that has a nap, directional sheen, or a directional pattern, I cut strips of blue painter’s tape and snip one end to a point to create thin arrows. Painter’s tape is not as sticky as other tapes, and it leaves no adhesive residue on my fabric. The bright blue shows up well on most fabrics and doesn’t rub off like some chalks do. I place multiple arrows to indicate the fabric’s direction (usually on the fabric’s wrong side) before cutting the pattern pieces. The arrows remind me to place each pattern piece correctly. This small reminder helps me create a finished garment without unexpected nap or design troubles.

-Paulette Claver, Tucson, Arizona

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