Just starting to use patterns? We know some people are hesitant to use patterns, but it’s really quite easy! Everything you need to know is right on the pattern, and once you start, you'll never stop! So now that you’ve got your pattern laid out, learn what all those marks on the pattern mean. The Key to Symbols that comes in every pattern tries its best to explain, but this How To might make it even easier to understand.

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    Aug 15, 2012, 10.26 AMby SassyT

    Thank you.

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    Feb 4, 2008, 08.17 AMby enero

    Thanks, as a “sewbie” this really comes in handy.

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    Jan 14, 2008, 03.26 PMby caramello

    here’s the link to some tracing paper, (not the one I use though they don’t sell it online.)

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    Jan 14, 2008, 03.21 PMby caramello

    I have found the colored transfer papers they sell at JoAnnes to be very helpful when transferring the marks, you can even mark two layers of fabric at once! A comment about the tutorial: This is great! I am a beginner though and like Mirela I was wondering about the seam numbers and how they are supposed to work!

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    Jan 14, 2008, 11.13 AMby mirela

    About the patterns that already contain the seam allowances, like BurdaStyle patterns are (different then Burda WOF magazine patterns that do not have seam allowances included), do the small circles in every corner indicate the exact spot where the fabric pieces overlap and where the seam should be? 10x

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