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embroidgal | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, New to the forum, hello to all. I’ve just got an Embroidery question. I’m having trouble transferring a pattern from tracing paper to a black synthetic satin like cloth (It is just a scrap and I can’t remember what it is actually) and I was wondering if any one has any ideas for getting a pattern onto black fabric (of any sort). I’m basically stumped and am hoping someone out there has dealt with this.  Are there special pens or perhaps some form of carbon paper (my usual m.o. for transferring to  lighter fabrics) which work on black fabric (such a thing as a white carbon paper :))





  1. rjf | | #1

    In the olden days, we had tracing paper in various colors and a tracing wheel, sort of like a pizza cutter but with pinpoints instead of a cutter.  I haven't seen it in forever but there must be something like it somewhere.  I'll check my shelf.   rjf

    1. embroidgal | | #3

      Thanks for the response.  Today I found some multicolored papers designed for tracing that I think will work.

  2. stitchmd | | #2

    I did a quick check at http://www.clotilde.com, entered "tracing paper" into the search feature and came up with several. You'd have to look more closely to see what is recommended for a shiny fabric. I'm sure lots of other online vendors carry similar things.

  3. callie1 | | #4

    I did some embroidery on a dark blue sweater and I found a heat transfer white pen.  It wasn't removable but it was the only thing that showed up on the dark, ribbed sweater.  It was a pretty intricate Celtic design.  I had to completely cover the transfer but it showed up really well and didn't smear.  I got it at the regular fabric store.

  4. mantuamaker | | #5

    Try the pounce method: Pin-prick your design through the paper, then bounce chalk on it. The chalk goes through the holes and leaves the design. Classic method.

    Plan B: trace the design onto tissue paper, pin on fabric, sew with contrast thread, tear tissue away.

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