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How do you mark on nylon?
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Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
How do you mark on nylon? on 10/25/2006 15:30:22 MDT Print View

I've just begun making my own gear such as quilts and I haven't found anything that will mark on slick nylon fabrics.
I've tried Sharpie and others and have resorted to using the blue painters tape from Home Depot.
It works for small items but when I'm cramming the material for a quilt through my sewing machine, the tape really makes it hard to work with.

Any ideas out there?

Benjamin Smith
(bugbomb) - F - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: How do you mark on nylon? on 10/25/2006 15:41:33 MDT Print View

hmm... sharpies have always made a nice strong mark for me. Are you working with a black fabric? If so, I used a white fabric pencil - it didn't work great, but at least left a visible line.

BTW - when I made my quilt, I didn't mark much other than the main outline, and then drew lines marking the place where the baffles were sewed to the shell/liner. I sewed all the baffles onto the shell (I figured I'd get the lines nice and straight at this stage, and I'd rather have the crooked lines on the liner out of sight). Then I sewed the foot of the quilt shut. I then scotch-taped the lowest baffle to the liner material in the exact position that I wanted to sew it. I then sewed it on. Thus, I wasn't really worried about my marks when sewing.

One tip - don't sew through the scotch tape! I tried to get as little of the baffle material as possible secured by the tape - this gave me maximum baffle height with little wasted material. Sewing through the tape caused the tape to shred when removed, which made picking the little pieces of adhesive out difficult. I didn't want anything sticky coming into contact with my expensive down...

Hope this helps! Good luck with your project.


Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
How do you mark on nylon? on 10/25/2006 16:23:02 MDT Print View

I use a soap stone pencil or just a small flat piece of white regular soap. The soap works well an will rub off easy if necessary.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Thanks on 10/27/2006 14:54:58 MDT Print View

Yes, I've been using black fabric and had only light pastel Sharpies. I'll get the silver one.

Thanks again.