Long and Short of Pattern Marking
“So, what exactly is a tailor tack?” you may ask. There are different kinds of temporary stitches that tailors use, but the kind of tack I will demonstrate in this tutorial is a loopy stitch used in marking darts and other key points in garment construction. With advances in technology tailor tacks have somewhat fallen out of fashion in favor of easier marking methods, such as washable markers and those that disappear with heat. These are great for most fabrics, but for woolens and the some of the more delicate materials that may not tolerate chemical markers, making hand applied tailor tacks provides a sound option.
A tailor tack is made while the tissue pattern in still pinned to the face fabric. Begin by locating the circles marking the dart. Take a stitch through all three layers bringing the needle back up through to the surface leaving a 1 1/2″ – 2″ tail.
Repeat this step creating a large loop of thread of thread. Snip off to create another tail.
Snip loop in center.
Completed tailor tack.
Repeat this process for each circle marking in the dart.
Once darts and other desired marking are completed carefully remove tissue pattern piece.
The remaining two pieces of face fabric are joined by the tailor tack. Gently lift the top piece from the bottom piece and clip the threads to release the two pieces being careful not to dislodge the marking threads.
With tailor tacks completed, I am now ready to apply interfacing to the face fabric.
Until next time, happy sewing!