Marking grade lines (a sewing tip for memory issues – or just anybody)

Like most people, I am not the same industry standard size everywhere.  My shoulder seams fit better if I grade them down, sitting is more comfortable if I grade the lower waist up, etc.

However, grading lines can be confusing to look at, especially if you have several days lapse between the time you graded the pattern and the time you come back to cut the pattern.

Enter these fancy little guys….


I originally discovered them through my daughter’s violin teacher.  She uses them to mark passages in pieces.  And because they are moveable, the don’t destroy the music books.

I found that they are a great way to highlight grading changes on a pattern.  So if a line transitions from one size to another, I can mark that spot so that my eye catches it before I start cutting.


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