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Unread 03-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question Tailor's Chalk?

I've often heard of tailor's chalk being used for marking on fabrics. Has anyone ever used it? Does it work? Pros/Cons?
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Unread 03-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Yes, it works. I personally don't use it because it doesn't give me a fine-enough line.

I prefer to use either the Clover chaco liner, the blue Dritz Mark-B-Gone pen or purple disappearing ink pen, or the Dritz mechanical fabric pencil. It depends on the color and texture of my fabric.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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I use them for quick things, such as tracing a pattern before I cut it out, but not for anything where I need the marks to be more temporary than a few minutes.
I use either soap slivers or watercolour pencils, they both last a little longer for me before they start to fade or rub off.
Wherever I can, I try not to rely on chalk markings on my fabric unless I'm going to working from that mark straight away.

And my choices aren't based off any research. It's based off me needing to mark some frustratingly complicated patterns on a piece of fabric that wasn't holding tailors chalk at all, and I just went through my house trying different options. I just happen to have a whole tonne of watercolour pencils.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Oh, and I agree with Bishounen, tailor's chalk is a very blunt line, which is another reason I've come to love my pencils, they stay sharp for much longer.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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hmmm.... I have a little plastic holder thingy for my tailors chalk, on the outside it has a little V shaped metal bit that I can use to shave my chalk into a nice fine edge, thus giving me a very fine line. This item is vintage though, no idea if anyone still makes anything like it.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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I just shave my chalk with edges I have lying around, but your sharpener sounds lovely, Penlowe!

I use tailors chalk, though I more commonly use random boxes of skinny chalk that I got when I worked at camp years ago. It's all the same. I also have a soapstone pencil and a blue watercolor pencil for when I need a more durable line than the chalk, or for when texture just isn't playing nice with the chalk.
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I use a refillable chalk pen for quilting, but I agree with soap slivers as well as long as they're washable fabrivs my refillable pen uses chalk but has a wheel mechanism that keeps it straight and thin.
I don't use the invisible or wash away pens because they don't wash out completely...I.e. my school professor made and heirloom lace baptismal gown using one of the washable ones and 5 years later it developed a blue tint whereever the pen was used even though it had been cleaned multiplee time
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Unread 03-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #9
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I use white Chalk Patel to draw my lines as they are soft, there is little tugging when drawing the line one stretch fabrics and you need little pressure to mark them off. I keep white and pale beige (for white fabrics) on the to trace my patterns the also was out quickly.

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I typically prefer using chalk for my markings, i feel like it goes on the easiest and smoothest out of the different marking utensils I've tried.
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