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Topic: Sewing with stretchy jersey fabric is driving me SPARE  (Read 1224 times)
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« on: May 31, 2012 07:12:46 AM »

Okay, can anyone tell me how on earth you're supposed to work with jersey?  The problem I'm having is that the fabric is stretchy, meaning I can't actually leave a mark on it with tailor's chalk - neither the pencil sort or the traditional little triangles of the stuff.  The fabric just stretches and distorts under the chalk no matter how hard I hold it down, or where I hold it down.

What on earth am I supposed to do here?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012 06:37:52 AM »

I use a chaco liner made by Clover on jersey (and other fabrics). Basically, it's a tube filled with chalk that has a little serrated wheel at the tip - when you roll it across the fabric it deposits a thin line of chalk. I have pale blue and highly recommend it. Oh - here's a pic of the one I have.

You can only barely see the serrated wheel at the bottom.

« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012 05:42:32 PM »

Gonna sound stupid but have you tried marking from bottom to the top ?
Just draw the line the other way around .
 So if you normally start at the top and draw down , now draw from end to the top
Works for me
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012 03:44:47 PM »

I've used both a fabric marker and sidewalk chalk on jersey. That being said, I usually cut the fabric with my pattern pieces pinned to the jersey, one piece at a time to prevent distortion (learned that one the hard way).

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2012 09:50:16 AM »

For light colors, I use one of those "disappearing" fabric markers, and instead of trying to draw lines, I do a series of dots along the edge of my pattern pieces.  For dark colors, I do the dot technique, but I use sidewalk chalk.

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