introducing quick sewing tips: sharpening tailor’s chalk

We do a lot of tutorials on the blog, but we haven’t included much video yet. I’m excited to be launching a new series of very short video tutorials because these will let me talk directly to you about the little tips and tricks I use when I sew.

All of these videos are around a minute long, so they’re quick to watch. And the tips are simple but (I hope) useful. Maybe you already know and use some of them; maybe some will be new to you. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy them.

We’ll present a new quick sewing tip video each Wednesday for the next couple months. If you find them helpful, useful, or interesting please leave a comment to let me know. If there’s interest in these, we will continue producing them for you.

We kick the series off today with a short and quick tip about tailor’s chalk. I love tailor’s chalk for marking my fabric, especially for transferring markings from the pattern pieces. Here’s a quick tip to show you how to keep the edge of your chalk sharp so you can draw clear lines and make precise markings.




  1. Jennifer P

    Very helpful video. I appreciate that it’s short and sweet, because I wouldn’t likely watch it otherwise. Keep them coming, please ! 🙂

  2. Maria

    Thanks, Liesl!

  3. Thank you. I will definitely keep an exacto knife handy!

  4. Kerri Cayo

    Awesome! Please keep them coming!

  5. Kathy

    Love the video. I like that the videos will be short quick tips. I also like hearing the voice and seeing the face behind your great patterns.

  6. Debbie

    Love it – short and sweet.

  7. Jan Ness

    Yup…useful! I like that they are quick too!

  8. christina

    Ah, I see now– that’s a truly helpful tip — thanks, Liesl!

  9. Kathy

    Love the tip. Thanks.

  10. koreakiwi

    Great tip Liesl, thank you 🙂

  11. Jenny

    I love short little tips like this where someone else turns the lightbulb on for me. 🙂

  12. Aha! Thank you! More please!

  13. Susan

    thank you Liesl, I never thought of sharpening tailor’s chalk LOL! Like the idea of the tips series, keep them coming and definitely short and sweet is great!

  14. Liz

    These tips are so helpful, I’ve just watched all of them and hope you will keep them up! Thank you!

  15. Robin E

    Love the tips! Hope you keep them coming!

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