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jellybiehn Posts: 13

Okay, so working with black fur and any faux fur with a black backing has been a pet peeve of mine for a while now. Was wondering if anyone would be willing to share what works best for them when trying to mark out the pattern. I cannot seem to find anything that will mark the fabric easily. My current marking tool does an okay job, but I definitely cannot get a precise line out of it and it ends up distorting the pattern pieces.

Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

dangerbears Dangerbears
Posts: 6,021

I use a chalk pencil to mark dark fabrics, and since the line is kind of imprecise, I follow the inside of the chalk line (the unmarked area that's been covered by the pattern piece during the marking) when I cut the fabric. That works well for me.


koonienett Lüdinghausen
Posts: 302

Hi Jessi,
it took a long time, till I found the right thing for me.
Actually I use a Gel-Pen  "uni-ball Signo broad". First I tried white , but in the meantime I think silver  seams a little bit better. May be I try also Gold.

desertmountainbear desertmountainbear
Bloomsburg, PA
Posts: 5,399

I use a white pastel pencil to mark dark fur.

student bearmaker Northern Ireland
Posts: 283

I use a chalk wheel pen,either in white or silver. I find it gives accurate marking on both curves and straight lines.
Here's what it looks like. … over+chalk

Francesca KALEideaSCOPE
Posts: 1,306

I also use a pastel pencil like Joanne, although I prefer to use it red instead of white. You have to keep it sharp to have a fine enough line. I have an endless supply of them, I just go and take one from the children's pencil box!!!  :-)

jellybiehn Posts: 13

Thank you so much for the tips! I will have to give them a try with the next bear.

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