Simplified tailor tacks can be used to transfer seamlines on heavily decorative fabrics and those that are difficult to mark using conventional seamline transfer techniques. In this case, using tracing wheel and tracing paper or tailors chalk and fabric pencils will not be able to effectively mark the fabric surface and it may even damage it if the fibers are extra sensitive. In addition, heavily ornamental fabrics like beaded, laces, embroideries can often not be washed in conventional washing machine- for that reason, even if you were able to use conventional marking techniques like tailor's chalk or tracing paper, the marks will be difficult to remove without regular washing. Simplified tailor tacks provide a way to not only apply apply clear seamline markers but to also preserve the fabric by allowing for easy removal when no longer needed, without risk for damaging or staining the fabric.
Simplified tailor tacks are applied through the paper pattern and fabric underneath featuring a similar structure to hand basting. You will need a hand sewing needle and contrast color thread for increased visibility. Keep in mind that simplified tacks, while fast and easy to apply, can only be transferred to single fabric layers. If your pattern is cut on fold, resulting pin a double fabric layer, regular tailor tacks will work better to mark both fabric layers simultaneously.
1. Before unpinning the paper pattern from the fabric, insert a small stitch through the pattern and fabric underneath directly on the marked seamline as shown.
Pull the thread through, leaving about 2" of thread excess as shown.
Take another short stitch at about 1 inch away leaving a 1-2" inch loop as shown.
Continue applying the loop stitching along the entire seamline. The closer the loop stitches are, the closer together the tacks will be. For a more pronounced transferred seamline, shorter stitches leaving the same amount of loop excess in between each short stitch.
The separate the paper pattern from the fabric layer underneath, cut each stitch loop right in the middle as shown above.
Carefully separate the paper pattern from the fabric. It is helpful to hold down each individual tack as you pull the pattern away as this will prevent the thread from pulling away from the fabric.
The simplified tailor tacks should mark a clearly defined seamline. On the reverse side of the thread ends, the tacks will be marked by litter dashes corresponding to the short stitches applied in the process above.