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We often see the suggestion to mark the wrong side of fabrics with big chalk X marks. I invariably use arrows instead, because arrows also keep track of the nap and straight of grain.
But sometimes one wants to get the fabric wet before the arrows cease to be of use. Wash-out disappears when wet, chalk isn't all that waterfast, and marks that stand up to water often don't come out at all.
Luckily, it's very quick and easy to embroider arrows on the fabric -- much easier than explaining how it's done. Embroidery does mark both sides, but sometimes that's a feature, and it's easy to make one side "right" and one side "wrong".
You tie a knot in the end of a thread by wrapping the end around the tip of your index finger, rolling the loop off with your thumb, pinching the loop between finger and thumb, and pulling on the free end to close the knot.
To make the knot big and messy, wrap the thread around your finger twice.
For a general discussion of thread marking, see ROUGH002.TXT. The phrase "tailor's tack" is in the first line of the section on thread marking.
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