Sewing With Stickers

Products mentioned in today’s episode

Scotch Transparent Tape

3M Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces

Avery Address Labels #8167

Sheet Protectors 

Printable Freezer Paper for Ink Jet printers

 

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Lisa Woolfork 0:14

Hello Stitchers. Welcome to Stitch Please the official podcast of Black Women Stitch, the sewing group where Black lives matter. I'm your host, Lisa Woolfork. I'm a fourth generation sewing enthusiast. With more than 20 years of sewing experience. I am looking forward to today's conversation. So sit back, relax, and get ready to get your stitch together. Hello, everybody and welcome back to the stitch please podcast. This is Lisa, thank you so much for being here today. And for listening. Today's topic is Sewing with stickers vs Sewing with stickers. In some ways this episode is like an extension of the unconventional materials episode that I had a few weeks ago, the one about sewing beyond the fabric store. This is kind of a take on that I'm not sure if I listed office supply stores as an example of one I might have. But I thought that this was an opportunity to really dive into what Sewing with stickers could mean for your sewing life. Part of this comes from the fact that I am a total nerd. I love stationery. I love pencils, pins, glitter pins, markers, tape, I am just getting into washi tape w a s h II which is very popular in the planner world. I am trying I try very, very hard not to get into washi and my only own maybe 15 1015 small spools of washi tape. But I know people who have hundreds upon hundreds of rolls of washi tape. I like all those little planners, organizers, journals, I really love stationery and office supplies. So it's no surprise that I have found a way to find things that are sewing related at such stores. So just beyond before we get into the stickers a little bit about you know things like pencil cases, those are really good for for selling supplies. Just these are just there's so much if you just walk around the office supply store, stuff that you're going to see that will be useful to you protractors compasses, these are all like things that you can use in your selling. But we are going to divide the episode into two into two parts today. The first part or the first half, we're going to talk about how we can use stickers to mark our tools and equipment. And then in the second part, we'll talk about how we can use them for garment construction in particular, and I have a nice, short voice memo from Nikki from Atlanta sewing style and for sewing my style. And Nikki is wonderful. She's really just a great all around person. And she has shared with us how she uses stickers. And so I thought well, this could be really good to include so that I'm not the only person who's doing this. And that she is an expert soloist and, and I we're going to hear from her from a wonderful voice memo about how she uses stickers too. So let's just jump right in.

Lisa Woolfork 3:34

One of the first ways I like to use the use of stickers is to mark my supplies. So one of the things I'm going to get into a lot of detail about the dimensions of the stickers that I use. But the first thing I wanted to share is these return address labels. Now return address labels are those little tiny labels that go in the upper left hand corner of the envelopes when you send mail throughout the US that if you they're about they're one half inch tall, and one and three quarter inch wide. And you get let's see, I'm looking at my package here, you get 80 per sheet. And they're they're designed to fit in an eight and a half by 11 sheet of paper and you get 80 labels. Now I have used those for I use them a lot for garment construction, which I'll talk about after the break. But this is also a way to mark like say for example, you're going to a sewing class, right when you go to a sewing class, particularly for a quilt making or bad class. Everybody has the same rulers, they are pretty much identical. Everybody has the omnidroid yellow ruler, that's you know, that's 24 by six, everyone's got that square that six and a half by six and a half. They've got they all these tools look exactly the same. So how can you tell yours from anybody else's and one thing I like to do is to put stickers on mine. And even if you don't use a whole full address label for your sticker, because I know you don't want it to interfere with the markings on being able to see the markings on the tool itself. There are ways that you can use like a smaller sticker, just something you want to use to distinguish your tool from everyone else's. I've also done that for rotary cutters. You know, sometimes I'll get like a bunch of address labels from like someone will send them from a different organization. They send them as thank yous for donations, they send them as solicitations for donations, and I just hold on to them and I can put them on all kinds of things because it has my name and address. That way if I get lost or if I get lost, if my stuff gets lost, right if I if someone goes home and they look in their basket, they're like, Oh wow, I've got two rotary cutters and I only brought one to the event. They can look inside, they can look when I inside they can look on the handle and see that that one is mine, and they have a way of getting it back to me. So that's one way that stickers have been helpful for selling. Another thing that's useful. And I think this is about a combination of different things of sewing and crafting in particular coming together. And that's how I use adhesive vinyl. adhesive vinyl, is a fin medium that is glossy or matte on one side. And tacky sticky on the other side. You see that a lot of different companies offer it or a cow offers adhesive vinyl Cricut makes an adhesive vinyl, but I tend to use that there's other places that you can buy this vinyl, but one of them but you found it a lot on on cups bags on all sorts of things. And I wanted to just quickly go over a few of the ways that I have used this sticker adhesive vinyl on in my sewing so one of the first things I did was I do a lot of embroidery I do a lot of all sorts of crafting and sewing I know how to knit to save my life. I do not know how to crochet to save my life. But knitting I can do sewing is my first love which includes apparel and quilts. And so I have a lot of stuff also machine embroidery so when you do machine embroidery, you end up with a lot of materials because there's all types of stabilizers that are necessary for your embroidery projects to look good when they come out. And so I have what I purchased was an over the door shoe holder shoe sorter and so this is a almost it looks almost like a tower that has horizontal vinyl slots on clear. You know almost like these clear slots there's

Lisa Woolfork 7:50

there's like nine of them. And what I did was I marked I went on Mac I use a Silhouette Cameo which is a cutting machine. And I i categorized each type of stabilizer that I had and I put it on the pocket of the over the door holder. So I'm looking at them now and I can say okay my top one I have shear and cutaway stabilizer I have washed away and saw the stabilizer I have heat which is an iron off stabiliser I have a sticky I have tearaway like all of these different types of stabilizers I have placed into this the horizontal slots of this over the door shoe hanger. And so I can see at a glance how much I have of something. I have a place to put it when I buy replacements which I do not need because I have so much of it already that I've accumulated over the years. But it is nice to keep it organized and I know y'all know those who've been with me for a while through the podcast that I am a total geek about organization. I love things being organized. bags, bins, boxes, envelopes, you know everything you know metal hangers on the wall, all of it. I am big on organization so it's I find it very comforting to look over and see that I can find all my stabilizers in one place and know exactly where everything needs to go. And that's because of stickers. Another thing that came about from the using the adhesive vinyl is the my sewing accessory case now I bought the third was the either the third to the top of the line baby locks second or third. Maybe I don't know it was expensive was an expensive machine in my opinion. It was not the top of the line machine because the top of the lab machine was 15,000. And so I went down down down to where we had something that I could like you know buy the sewing machine and send my kids to college. Right I did not have to choose. And so yeah, this is a few years ago I bought this machine and I really like it it's a baby locking unity and but it did not come with an accessory case. The Top of the line when came with the case, but I'm like, I'm not about to spend like an extra whole $9,000 to get a machine that comes with a case when I can make a case. So I went to some department store and I bought a sterilite suitcase type case that had a bunch of little slots in it. And I think I'm going to try to include a picture of this, either in the show notes, or I can talk about it during the Instagram Live on Thursday, if anyone is interested in this case, but one thing I love about it is that that's where I keep all my sewing machine feet. So I used the stickers to make a I made a table in Microsoft Word. And I went through all the so all the presser feet that I had. And I took, I went online and found photographs of each presser foot and the name of the foot and put that on a small sticker, and then put it on the inside of the case. So now when I open the case, I know where all the sewing machine feet go, where they return where their home is. And I also have a photograph of them. So I know like what it's supposed to look like. So if I can't tell, for example, the difference between my open toe free motion foot and darning foot, I don't have to worry about it because I have had have a photo right in the slot, I know exactly where it's supposed to go. And so that's another great way that the stickers have helped. Also, because of the way that the Silhouette Cameo is so great is that the software is really good. And so I'm able to take a photograph of any image and then bring it into the cameo software and trace it. And that now I'm able to have a sewing machine case that matches quote unquote matches my sewing machine, even though it was not an official one provided by the company. So it's like I was able to make a case for my machine where I could transport all of the feet and stuff like that. And to add my name and address and you know and that was just that's just a lot of fun. And it's something I'm able to keep track of this all my stuff which is very helpful. The last thing which might seem a little odd, but I tend to like reuse things like photos. So for example like I tend to do so with a lot of attention like a lot of missed when I so I think steam it I think steam and pressing is really important for sewing. And so I like to use the Helene's best press on a lot of quilters like that because it's not a starch. But I find that sometimes the bottle that it comes in that big not that not the gallon sized bottle but the smaller one that bottle it doesn't spray as fine of mist as I would like. So I had some hair conditioner. It might have been some type of like maybe cream of nature hair conditioner or some type of spray conditioner for my hair. And I'm guessing crema nature because it has the orange cap which is like a very popular color for the cream Oh nature line. Anyway, I used all of the hair conditioner whatever was in there. So then I rinse it out and I noticed that when I sprayed it it sprayed this gorgeous fine cloud of mist. It was wonderful. And I was like oh man, that would be so great. If I could get that to work for by other from my best press. And so that's what I did. I got rid of all the conditioner I use it all and I washed the bottle out and then I made a sticker using the adhesive vinyl in my cameo machine that says Lisa aliens best press or maybe says aliens best press and I just put it on this particular bottle and now I have now I have a smaller bottle but I can take places and I know it's mine because although everybody at the quote retreat for example, has has a bottle of best press. Not everybody has a super skinny bottle like mine with Ireland's best press written on it. So that's pretty cool.

Lisa Woolfork 14:13

Before we head into the break, I wanted to mention one more thing that also came from the episode about those materials where you can source materials beyond the fabric store. And this was a grocery store item but because it's adhesive and is like a sticker, just a heat activated sticker. I wanted to once again mention the beauty that is freezer paper. I was talking with someone on Instagram who was making their first bra and I was explaining how I like to use freezer paper for my bra pieces because I can I turn them on to whatever fabric I'm cutting. If I'm cutting mesh if I'm cutting lace, if I'm cutting the dual Plex, whatever the material is, I can iron The printed pattern piece onto that fabric and cut it out and not have to worry about it shifting, not have to worry about pins don't have to weigh it down, which becomes really important for a bra because the pieces are so small. And it's just a nice way to just kind of be able to dive right into the cutting. And so I wanted to share the brand of freezer paper that I use, I will include a link to it in the show notes. I get it from Amazon. But if you don't mess with Amazon like that, you can find that same brand at other places independent quote shops, etc. It's called see Jenkins freezer paper sheets. And it's meant to be run through your inkjet printer, don't run it through the laser printer because the laser printers too hot, and it'll probably heat activate and then you'll have a mess in your printer. But if you run this freezer paper through your inkjet printer, and it comes in eight and a half by 11 sheets, it comes in 12 by 15 sheets, it comes you can get a pack of 5040 100 200 I tend to buy the pack of 50, which is plenty for bra making because you can reuse it. So you take the freezer paper, you run it through your inkjet printer because you know it predict which is useful because if you're using PDF patterns, which is what I'm using for my bras and for underpaying and for pennies, it's just nice to have it really easy to access. And then when you put the pattern away, you can put the pattern pieces back in your binder or envelope or whatever you're using to store your patterns, which might be a different conversation for another day. But my point is that there is a heat activated sticker, and it is called freezer paper. And you don't have to get these sheets that are pre cut for your printer. It's just a bit easier to do because when you buy the freezer paper in the roll, it's curled up. And it can be a bit difficult to feed that paper curled up through your printer. But you can always flatten it, you could put it under heavy books, you could roll it in the opposite direction. There's ways around it. But I never enjoyed any of those ways I thought they were a pain in the butt. So I just bought the paper sheets already cut out. So don't forget about freezer paper when you're thinking about how you might want to sew with stickers. When we come back, we will talk more with in more detail about how stickers are very useful for apparel sewing. So stay tuned and we'll be right back.

Lisa Woolfork 17:42

The stitch plays podcast is really growing. We've recently hit 40,000 downloads, that is a big number for a small podcast that's independently run and operated, that does not have corporate sponsors, that is a labor of love to center black women, girls and fans in selling. If you are enjoying the podcast, if you are listening to the podcast, hopefully if you are listening, you are also enjoying, I want to thank you for being here. Thank you for listening. Thank you for paying attention. Thank you for sharing the podcast with other folks who enjoy selling and making and listening to black women. So thank you very much for doing that. And I'd also like to ask a favor. If you are listening to the podcast on a medium that allows you to rate and review the podcasts you listen to please drop us a rating. Things like a five star rating, as well as just a few sentences in the review box are very important for the way that the apple for example, recognizes podcasts. There's a certain algorithm that the more engagement you have, the better you can do. I don't know all the science I'm not a computer science person account my PhD in English. So I don't know exactly how all of it works. But the part that I do understand is that ratings are good and reviews are good. And if you are able to drop us a rating and review for this podcast, we will be very, very grateful. And thank you again for listening and we will see you at 50,000 downloads.

Lisa Woolfork 19:20

Welcome back to the stitch police podcast. We're talking today about Sewing with stickers. In the previous section of the episode we talked about how you can use them to mark your tools. You can use adhesive vinyl if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut or some type of vinyl cutter that allows you to program words phrases images into it. And we talked also a bit about freezer paper. Now we're going to dive into a deep dive about how when you're doing your actual garment sewing and construction. How Sewing with stickers can be very helpful. I'm joined today in a wonderful voice memo But from Nikki Ji, who is the creator of sewing my style, Atlanta sewing style. She's also got a North Carolina sewing style group and soon to be a DC. So DC sewing style. So Nikki is fantastic. And I asked her her thoughts on using stickers in sewing and this is what she had to say.

Unknown Speaker 20:26

Yes, Lisa, I do enjoy using stickers, it's one of my favorite marking tools besides all the pencils and pens that I have. I particularly use it for pattern markings, then I don't want to go away during construction or handling of the fabric. I use them for marking the circles large and small circles that are that exists with gathers and pleats. Pocket placement is the number one area where I use stickers, a zipper stop anywhere where I have to have need for that particular mark to stay in place because there's a lot of pressing, and he going into the garment constructions and the stickers stay put, I don't forget, and they're there and give me accuracy. Also.

Lisa Woolfork 21:18

I'm glad Nikki was able to send me that voice memo to talk about her experience of sewing with stickers. I really think it's really wonderful to be able to pull all these really good ideas together and hope that they will land in ways that are useful for all of us and folks who are listening and I know I'm listening and learning as well. I wanted to go into my ridiculously elaborate approach to Sewing with stickers. But before I do that, I'm going to share one more thing about them. I'm going to start with talking about the materials that I use. This is a three step process. Well, it's actually more than three steps. But this is a requires three materials, all of which you can get from the office supply store. The first is blue painters tape, I'm using the three m brand, scotch blue painters tape for multi surfaces. Number 2090. I mentioned this because this is what's worked for me, I have not had any problem with residue from adhesive on fabric, I've been able to put the stickers that I'm going to describe onto the fabric without any type of an issue or negative issue. And so this is where I say this is the disclaimer, be sure to test anything that you are using on your fabric with a chart, whether it's chalk, markers, pens, pencils, stickers, anything, you want to always test it before you commit to putting it all over your garment. So just be sure to test. This has worked for me in all the things that I sew, but you and I do recommend it. I recommend it with the caveat that you test it for everything that you want to so to see if it'll work for you. Because Don't be in my DMS like oh, well black woman stitch told me to put this tape on my stuff. And now my stuffs messed up. Black women stitch told you to test it before you put it on there. So test test test, and then we'll we'll dive right in. So but this the three M tape that I'm using is the one inch. The it also requires the address labels that I mentioned earlier, which are one half inch by I'm sorry, they're one half the other one half inch by one and three quarters. So it's like a long, curved rectangle. And then the other thing that I use is us is also a scotch tape from three M. And it's the type that's labeled transparent. I do sometimes use because I really liked this tape. I like the satin gift wrap tape, the satin finish gift wrap tape, but something but I but I believe I get the best results with the transparent tape. And I think I got this at the Dollar Tree. So these are the three things that I use the return address labels,

Lisa Woolfork 24:13

trends, transparent scotch tape, and three m blue painters tape for multi surfaces. And you know that there's a lot of science that goes into all of these, they test them to see for example, when you put when you put tape on the wall, and for some reason you decide to leave it up there for, I don't know, seven weeks or something, they can say okay, well, you can take this down and it won't harm your surfaces if you leave it up there for longer than you're supposed to. So all of this testing goes into it. And so that's the reason I'm giving you the brand names, not to boost them up because I'm not affiliated with any of these companies. But just to say that this is what I know has worked for me. And so before I get into the details about how I use all these materials, I will I wanted to say something that I was really happy to have learned is that if for example, you buy two rolls of the blue painters tape, one of the things that you can do with this blue painters tape is if you buy two rolls one, you want to use them to do your stickers for your to organize your sewing pattern pieces, which is the process I'm going to describe to you next. But if you want to have a second one, you can use them as a same gauge. Now, I don't mean just taking a piece of tape and laying it down on the bed of your of your sewing machine. And then just having that piece of tape be the gauge, no, I mean, you can take a roll of this tape. So say you have a roll. And at its fullest it could be I'm not sure like if you measure from the core of the you know the paper core of the tape, and you measure outward to the blue ring, say it's about maybe a half inch thick, right? You can if this is something you could do when you get to the end, or you could you could designate a roll a tape roll just for this, you can take an exacto knife and very carefully dig deep down and make a very deep score through a no maybe 10 layers of the tape, you make a deep deep score line. And then you go maybe like you proceed maybe three inches or two inches in other direction, maybe two and do another deep, deep deep score mark where you're cutting through 10 layers of tape. When you peel off that 10 layer, two inch strip, what you have is an adhesive seam guide. And the reason I like to talk about using 10 layers of tape, for example, or even 15 layers of tape is because as you use it, and you stick it on the bed of your machine, it creates a ridge an actual Ridge that will help you to make sure you're sewing with the proper seam allowance. Now of course, we all know that the bed of the machine has grooves and marks in it that tell you what the seam allowance is.

Lisa Woolfork 27:14

Sometimes I have to remember to put my needle all the way to the left, which is where that which is which is the distance from width, which is the distance from which the same allowance on my machine is measured is measured from that five eight inch mark. It's not five days from the center of the needle, the center of the foot is always five days from the left. But one of the reasons I like to use this tape is for example if I'm using my walking foot which is huge. The Baby Lock digital walking foot is like a BB eight. I mean it's a real It is so heavy and thick and we have to like plug it in and goes to the back of the machine. So it can connect to the laser. I mean like it really is kind of like BBA. It's like it's not like the walking foot I used to have on my other machines that kind of the standard when it goes to talk to talk more like an add Walker you know at at Walker, but this is more like a BB eight. I am now realizing that I'm really doing a deep dive into the Star Trek The Star Wars references Star Wars Star Trek, the Star Wars. I know that Star Wars is BB eight. And I know that the edad walkers or at&t walkers are from also from Star Wars. But anyway, my point is sometimes when you're sewing, you don't you want to kind of you want to be able to shift what you know keep your eye on where the seam is going to be. So most of us have a really good understanding of where the five a cent mark is. So as we've stone if we've sewn with these kind of standard patterns most of our sewing lives, but sometimes you need to have him that's one and a quarter or you have that foot on and you can't see where the five Ace mark mark is. And so I will make I will have a roll of tape that is just for that purpose. a roll of blue painters tape that I did that I've into a really deep deep deep score mark where I'm going through 10 to 15 layers of tape. And what's great about that is after it stops being sticky for a while, all you have to do is pick up peel off that bottom most layer of tape and you've got a fresh layer of tape and adhesive that you can then put on the bed of the sewing machine or the serger and I also used it for my my cover stitch machine. I've used it for the cover stitch. And so it really does keep things helps you this just helps keep the lines straight. I think that for me when I'm sewing and I have the a piece of just a regular flat one layer of tape as a visual guide. I can sometimes run past that. But when I have a thick like a ridge of the 10 to 15 layers of tape that it creates almost like a channel that that keeps my keeps the fabric you know from running over being on that, where the tape is marked, and so that's something I really appreciate about this, this, this blue painters tape. That's another another another option for you. So let's just dive into organizing these pattern pieces for selling.

Lisa Woolfork 30:31

So to clarify, you will need four things if you want to do the song with stickers, not just the three that I mentioned. So oops, my bad. So the first thing you'll need is the return address labels. Again, I mentioned that they come at on a sheet, they're one half inch tall, and one and three quarter inch long. This is very standard, I'm saying it's very standard, because you need to use them with Will I use them with a Microsoft Word program that comes with templates for for stickers. And this is already populated into Microsoft Word, this template, I think that the one that I have here is the same size as Avery 8167. And I bought this pack from Office Depot. It's which which had 2000 labels in it. And I think I've had this for, I don't know, 12 years, we have our Office Depot closed a long time ago. And I still have these Office Depot brand return address labels. So if you get some, they will last you a really long time. The second thing you'll need is the three M tape, the three m blue painters tape that I was mentioning. And the third thing is the scotch transparent tape before thing is you will need something to stick these pages, stick the stickers on to when you're not using them. And so what I use is a page protector, you know how they have page protectors, sheets protectors, you put them in your binders, you put those sheet of paper down in the binder, this is just a clear plastic film that it's it's it's two layers because it's basically a pocket. And so I take that, I deconstruct it by tearing off the the three hole punch side and then I cut it into quarters, which gives me eight rectangles. And the great thing about these eight rectangles is that they fit very well into big four pattern envelopes, which I have a zillion of. And so one of the things that I love about this method is that if I find a pattern that I really like, and I want to make it more than once, and it has a lot of pieces in it, it's like I've given myself a gift when I go to sew it because I get the pattern out of the pattern drawer, I opened the pattern up and I'm like, Oh look, all my stickers are already in here. So I'll be able to do the things that I enjoy doing with this pattern. and not have to wonder, you know about like the not just the order of pieces, but how many I'm cutting anyway. So it's just it's just a great method. So let's start it. Let's get started. So essentially, what you're doing is creating a map for your pattern for your pattern cutting, using the stickers as a guide. So you're creating a map for your cutting, using these stickers as a guide. Maybe this sounds confusing in my head, it's sounding very clear. But I think it's sounding clear because I do it all the time. And the challenge is to be able to kind of effectively explain this. And so

Lisa Woolfork 33:39

you know, like when you're when you when you go to your guide sheet, you will see a list of pattern pieces. I remember once I made my son who is now 16 he was three years old at the time, I made him this wonderful shirt, from auto breed designs and auto redesigns with a new magazine To me it's German. And the patterns come kind of like Berta where all of the pattern pieces are all criss crossed and layered onto one sheet. And you'd have to follow the colors as well as the region on the pattern map so that you're tracing the right color. Anyway, I made this baby this gorgeous little shirt that had epaulets and button covered pocket buttons. And the upshot was the shirt for the three year old had 22 pieces 22 pieces. I still remember that that was a long time ago, but you can still see I feel some kind of way about it. Because that was a lot of work for a three year old shirt. Now of course who do I have to blame myself? Who do I give credit for making an amazing as shirt? Also myself, but it was a lot of patterns. pieces to keep track of. And so, for me, I like to know, cutting is not my favorite part. So I like to know how much I have left to cut. And when this part is all going to be over. And so for me having the list of pattern pieces already printed onto stickers, is really helpful for that. So the way that I do it is I go to the guide sheet, and I look up all the pattern pieces. And sometimes I'll include the numbers so you know, it's pretty standard. Piece one is the front bodice piece two is the back bodice piece, you know, peace three is asleep, peace for, you know, and just kind of so on and so on. But sometimes when patterns are very complicated, like this dress that I just that I just finished, well, it's zoom ready, it looks great, it's great, still a great dress, I just have not put the him on yet it has a head facing this was a six piece hem facing. And I wouldn't be able to tell just by looking at it is this the left is this the lower left side or the lower right side, especially when both sides of your fabric look very much the same. And so the stickers were incredibly important for that. So I, I sit down at the computer with my pattern piece with my pattern guide sheets. And because the pattern, I'm sorry, because the return address labels have 80 per sheet, I try to do as many as I can. So typically, if I'm going to like a pattern sale, or if I'm on a kick, you know, it's like I want to make a bunch of blouses, or I want to make a bunch of men's shirts or whatever, let me just sit down and pull these patterns. And if I haven't made stickers for them yet, let me go ahead and do that. I will take a whole stack of Gad sheets, and just go through them. And that does take some time. So when I sit down, I go to my Microsoft Word program, I open up the template for Avery 8167, which is at return address labels. I then go through and list all the pattern pieces for a particular garment. When I get ready to go to the next set of pattern pieces, I'll change the colors so that I can tell what garment goes with what. So if I have like five, I have five patterns. And they're you know, they range from easy to moderate or maybe moderate to advanced, I could if I have five of them, I could pretty easily get close to filling up the ad pattern pieces, right? So if there's five of them, y'all know me and math are challenged, but there's five of them. And there's 20 pieces per five times that could be 100, you know, so obviously don't do that much. Because sometimes it's it is kind of tedious, I have to admit, I love this method, I consider this method giving a gift to myself. But I also have to kind of be in the mood for it. It because it can be a pain, you can also just print partial sheets of these by by leaving space in between the leaving space in between the address labels. So say for example, you only want to do to do one, skip a row of stickers, then do another one, and then print it off, and then peel the stickers off as I'm going to explain and leave the whole sheet intact. So you can run it through the printer again. So you don't have to sit down and do this whole slog I mean, I've done that. And it is very unpleasant to sit down if you're not in the mood for it. But if you are And for me, I like looking at all the pattern pieces and how they're going to fit together. And also do them for even for the views. And I'm not interested in sewing. But I might be so I sit down, put all of the fabric on the side, I sit down and put all of the pattern piece information into the Microsoft Word grid, which is pre populated because it's a template. Right? So you go to your Microsoft Word program. You open up mailings, you open up i think i think it's like templates or return address on the loops or something. And you can select the template to find all of your return address label templates. And there's a whole ton of templates built into Microsoft Word, which is what I use for those who use other programs. I'm not sure and again, I'm not actually sure how popular Microsoft Word is these days since a lot of kids and a lot of other folks adults to use Google Fonts I call Google Docs. But I do like word because I like the templates. And so if you do use Word, you can use the templates as well as I think on the Avery site. They have templates that you can you can design right there on their website. I find it cumbersome so which is why I prefer to do it in word and it's also a more used to it. So anyway, you sit down You put in all of the pieces for your garment, you type all of them in and populate the table or the template,

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then you print it off. So after you've printed it off, you now have your printed sheet of 80 or so or 20, or however many pieces you've decided to print that are ready then to be used. The next step is to take those labels, and to place them at a distance from each other horizontally along the long edge of your blue painters tape. So you take your painters tape, you hold it in one hand, you peel off a label, and you smooth it on to the blue painters tape. And then you leave a space, I leave maybe like a half inch space between every label, that might give me a chance to basically surround the tape in maybe, I don't know, five or six labels. The next step, the third step is basically the lamination step. And that's why I like to use the scotch transparent tape. And the three M tape is three quarters of an inch wide, which means it covers the half inch tape by a good margin. And this is important because you don't want to go through all this trouble, and then just have them peel off. And so that's why I like to use the materials that I'm describing to you. I like using the one inch blue tape and the three quarter inch, which is a standard scotch tape roll, and the return address labels because everything fits. So the labels themselves are half inch. The tape, that is laminating the labels is three quarters inch. And the base on which both of these things are going to be stuck is one inch. And so those increments work really well. And it makes for a tidy little set of labels, and so or stickers. And so once you then do the three steps, which is to print your return address labels, put your return address labels on your blue painters tape, then cover those with the transparent tape, you can peel off that layer, then use your paper scissors to cut them into increments. This will give you reusable laminated stickers that you can use for your sewing patterns. And I then put those labels that I've cut up and put them right on to that, that that transparent sheet that I was telling you about the the where I cut the page protectors into quarters. I put that on there. And so I put the pieces on. So say for example, I'm doing a garment and it has I just recently did one, I think it had 18 pieces. And as I was cutting, I could see the number start to go down. And soon I would start I started with 18. I was like oh my gosh, what was I thinking? Why do I want to make this I didn't want to make it anymore. But I was like, Oh, well, I got my marimekko sheets, I already have my ID I'm pretty excited in the marimekko. One, that garment was not that complicated. But the next one is going to be. And so I'm just basically cutting away at the 18 pieces required for this, this dress because it's a color black dress and no two pieces of the same. And as I'm cutting, I realized that I have fewer and fewer stickers on the page protector sheet. And so I'm like, wow, I'm really getting there. And so it just it's a nice way to measure the progress as you're going. Then when you put the stickers onto your fabric as you're sewing, this was the most helpful when I was working on the hymn for this dress. The one that I'm trying to fix, well not fixed because it's not broken. But finish, it was really helpful to not just have the name of the pattern, but the number of the pattern piece. And I say that because the dress that I was sewing had two views. And each view had different numbers for the pieces. And so if I had just put down the name and not the number, when it came to doing the actual work of putting it together, it really would have taken me a minute to remember what part went where. And so I found myself again being grateful for taking the time to put the full pattern number alongside the name of the pattern piece. Again, it's very easy to tell a front bodice piece from a backboard, his piece I mean, you can pretty much tell that because the shape of the neck is different. You know we can always tell our backs and stuff from the front if we use the single notch versus double notch or triple notch and all that. But I just find this so much, it just makes the sewing that much easier. And it just gives me a sense of

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understanding, in some ways understanding how the pieces of the garments of the pieces of the garment go together, as well as understanding how much progress I have made. And so as I'm doing the sewing, I peel off the sticker and put it back on to that transparent sheet. And so when I'm all done with the sewing, I put that transparent sheet with the all the different pattern pieces labeled and adhesives because their sticker is ready to go the next time. And if I like the dress and want to make it again, I can pull out the stickers and make another copy and make another version. And I do that for almost all of my sewing patterns, especially if it's something I'm going to sew more than once. And so I really enjoy that particular method of keeping track of pattern pieces. And so that is how I sew with stickers. And and thanks for listening. Today we talked about using using the stickers to mark your sewing tools. We talked about adhesive vinyl, we talked about parchment paper, we talked a bit with Nicki from sewing my style and Atlanta sewing style. And then we talked about using it as a same gauge. So there's all kinds of ways that you can sew with stickers. But always test test test before you do anything. So you can make sure that it's going to work for you. It's worked great for me. And I do really like it as a way to keep track of my pattern pieces as I am doing garment sewing. So thanks again for listening. And we will see you next week. And we can also talk about this some more on the Instagram Live which is scheduled for Thursdays. You know we do them on Thursdays at 3pm eastern standard time on the black woman stitch page. So come through if you have the time. Bye bye. Thank you for joining us for this week's episode of the stitch police podcast, the official podcast of black women stitch, the sewing group where black lives matter. There are a variety of ways that you can support the program. And you're doing it right now. By listening to the prompt by listening to the podcast, it does help us grow. Another way to do that is to rate the podcast, review it subscribe to it all of these things are ways that you can support the podcast without having to spend any money at all. If you would like to spend some money to support us, there are ways to do that as well. You can make direct donations to our Patreon site for monthly contributions, as well as one time contributions to paypal cash app or Venmo. And finally, we have another cute, very adorable way for you to support the black women stitch project. It's a pin a tie in enamel lapel pin. That's very cute. It's about two inches wide and one and a half inch tall. And it's of the black women's stitch logo. And that is $15 with free shipping to the US. And so if you drop $15 in the PayPal Venmo or cash app account, and then send me your email, they'll not email you send me your mailing address to my email either at Black Diamond stitch@gmail.com. Or you send me a direct message on the black Loomis dish Instagram page. We will put the pin in the mail to you. Again, free shipping $15 for the pin. And all of this goes to support the black women's stitch project. Thank you again for joining us this week. Come back next week and we will help you get your stitch together.

Hosted by Lisa Woolfork

Lisa is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast who learned to sew while earning a PhD in African American literature and culture. She has been sewing for more than twenty years while also teaching, researching, and publishing in Black American literature and culture.

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