Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear

Behind the seams

Tinker Tailor Tacking Tips

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  • Use tailor tacks as markers in the fabric – they are good because they show both sides of the fabric
  • Use proper basting cotton (you can get this from guttermans) – don’t use the cheap polyester stuff that you can buy for about 20p in bulk at haberdashers. This isn’t the same stuff!

Basting thread

  • Use a double thread
  • Use a long length of the thread
  • Don’t knot the end of the thread
  • Don’t lift up the fabric as this can cause distortion
  • Before tacking pin the edges of your fabric together
  • In couture, tacks are normally only used in wool fabrics
  • Use your tacks to mark pattern details in the middle of your fabric

Let me know if you need some pictures of tailor tacks to help

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