Welcome to Nifty Notions from SewVeryEasy. Today’s nifty notion is a quilter’s chalk line marker. A quilter’s chalk line marker is a little tool and inside this tool is a long string wrapped around a little cylinder. The string gets pulled out. The inside of this tool is going to be filled with chalk. The powdered chalk can be brushed off, or steamed off with an iron. So there’s a little opening that you’ll be able to open and if you were to look inside you would see that all of this string is wrapped up inside. We can take the top off this container of chalk. If it’s the first time you’re using it, you’re going to need to cut off that tip. You’re going be able to just squeeze and that chalk is going to fill the tool right through that hole. Close up that opening; make sure it’s good and tight. When you first put chalk in, just give it a shake so that all of that chalk covers the string inside. There’s a lock on this side which is going to prevent that string from coming out, so you will need to unlock it to pull that string out. When the string comes out, the chalk has coated this string, so it’s going to leave a mark on whatever you need that chalk line to go on. You could use it for marking quilting, for sewing, or even for a cutting line. If I want to mark the quilt at 2″ intervals all the way along the border, I’m going to be able to do that right over a mat. Underneath the quilt top I have a cutting mat. I want to line the quilt up with the cutting mat. I’m going to find the center mark in the quilt, match it up so that I have a straight edge with the ruler. This line you’ll be able to see straight all the way, hitting a mark on the ruler. So I know that this line is perfectly straight, and every inch also is going to line up. From there I’m going to take my ruler, match up the centerline, and I now know that this line and the line on the mat match. I’m going to take out a little bit of string, and I’m going to be able to use this to mark. I like to use these clamps. You can get all different size clamps and that clamp is going to fit right over my counter. I’m going to take that and I’m going to clamp so that this mark and this mark are aligned. I can take that string and I’m going to hold it tight so that that string is straight. Then all I need to do is just pick up that string and snap it down. That gives me a very strong line. I’m going to go 2″ over so I can clamp that string down at the 2″ mark on my mat and the 2″ mark on my ruler. I’m just going to hold that thread so it’s nice and tight, lift it up a little bit, and let it snap down. It gives me a second mark. I can continue to move this every two inches or whatever measurement I want. The thread just needs to be a little tight so that it’ll snap down. Once it’s tight, lift it up and snap it down, and it’s going to give another mark. So by following the measurements on my ruler and the measurements on my mat, I’m going to be able to do this all the way along until I get the marks that I want. This is also very good for marking very long angles. I’m going to have it clamped or pinned into one surface and, just keeping that string nice and taut, a little snap will give me a mark. You can continue and do fan lines. You’ll be able to snap that string a couple of times, and then you’re going to have to re-chalk it. So roll it back in, roll it back out, and snap. It’s important that that string is nice and tight and close to the surface. Just hold it right against the quilt and snap. You can also use these straight lines to position appliqué shapes. There is a lot of string inside this container, so you can mark a really, really long straight line. When you’re done it just rolls right back up inside. And with a little steam from an iron, the chalk marks come right off. The lines will also wash off when you’re all done. The clamp works great if it’s onto a countertop because you’re able to hold onto that, but for a soft surface such as a rug, they have enclosed a little T-pin. You could lay this entire quilt onto a rug and then put that pin into the fibers of the rug, right through that ring. So I could mark a really long line going from one edge all the way to the other. Even though I don’t have a ruler long enough, tShe string is going to be able to do it. It doesn’t have to be just for quilting. You’ll be able to mark a long piece of fabric that you need to cut. The whole idea is to coat that string with the chalk, and when that’s held tight and snapped down, that chalk is transferred onto your fabric. When you’re done you can just roll it up and that string will stay inside. The chalk and the holder are from Sue Pelland. I’ll put a link in the description so that you can check it out. So regardless if you clamp it on, pin it on, or get a friend to hold it for you, it is a quick way to mark a long straight line. It’s just another nifty way to mark your quilts and your sewing. Rhank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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