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Tracing for Embroidery Designs

When you decide to go for embroidery, you will have several options relating to the technique to be used. Two of them are tracing and dressmaker’s carbon paper for embroidery designs.

Whether you are using machine embroidering, free embroidery designs, or simply handmade embroidery, use of techniques is vital to any of them. That means you will have to select your technique for creating such designs that will be attractive but at the same time less time consuming and more productive in nature. While multiple options are available to you in such case, two of the most commonly used designing techniques relating to embroidering are the tracing and dressmaker’s carbon paper use.
Tracing for Embroidering
Tracing for embroidery is one of the oldest used techniques and is prevalent for centuries now. For tracing you will need your designs and the fabric should be light or pale colored only. Tracing will not be effective on dark or vibrant colored fabrics. It will also not work well for the heavyweight fabrics and will only work well for the lightweight fabric. You may use a sharp pencil or some disappearing ink marking pens for the sketching of the design. Placing the fabric on a light box or some white or pale surface you can start the tracing work. Finally; you will also need masking tape for the purpose.

Why Use Light Color Fabric
You must use light color fabric for embroidery designs by tracing because only light color fabric will work like the tracing paper on the design and being transparent light will pass through it so that you can easily copy the images on to the fabric from the base material. Such process of tracing may not be possible with dark colored fabric through which lights will not pass easily. The surface should also be light colored on which the design is placed or it will not reflect properly and may create problems in tracing. Positioning the fabric over the surface with right side up, you must carefully align the design on the fabric. To hold the designing surface in place some support may be used and one such support would be masking tape that is easier to remove in comparison to cello tapes. Also the tapes should only be used on the edge of the fabric so that if necessary they could be cut away conveniently.

Tracing the Design
When the fabric is set in place, thereafter the task of the user would be to mark out the design on it using the sharp pencil or marker pen with disappearing ink. However there is one difference in using the pencil and the disappearing ink marker pen. The pencil can leave a permanent mark on the fabric that has to be covered by stitching while no such contingency will arise in case of use of disappearing ink. It will fade out within 18 to 24 hours.

Disappearing ink will fade away even faster when they are washed but you must take care to see that your embroidery design is complete before you wash it out.

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