Sewing & Pattern making Terms

Tailor’s tacks

As a seamstress, you know that accuracy and precision are key to creating well-fitted garments. One essential technique in achieving this is using tailor’s tacks. Tailor’s tacks are temporary thread markers that help transfer pattern markings accurately onto fabric. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the purpose, benefits, and proper technique of using tailor’s tacks, enabling you to elevate your sewing projects to a new level of accuracy and professionalism.

The Purpose and Benefits of Tailor’s Tacks

Tailor’s tacks serve as temporary markers that accurately transfer pattern markings onto fabric. They ensure precise placement of darts, pleats, notches and other important design elements. Tailor’s tacks provide a visible guide for matching and aligning fabric pieces during construction, resulting in well-matched seams and pattern elements.

Creating Tailor’s Tacks

  1. Materials Needed:
  • Thread: Choose a contrasting thread color that stands out against the fabric.
  • Needle: Select a fine needle appropriate for the fabric type.
  1. Step by Step Guide:
  1. Layer the fabric with the pattern piece on top, ensuring they do not shift during the process.
  2. Thread the needle and make a double knot at the end of the thread.
  3. Insert the needle through both layers of fabric, piercing the pattern marking.
  4. Bring the needle back up through the fabric layers, creating a loop of thread.
  5. Insert the needle through the loop, forming a tack.
  6. Gently pull the thread to secure the tailor’s tack.
  7. Repeat the process for all necessary pattern markings.

Benefits of Tailor’s Tacks

  • Accuracy: Tailor’s tacks provide precise points of reference, ensuring accurate placement of pattern markings on the fabric.
  • Visibility: The contrasting thread used in tailor’s tacks makes them highly visible, allowing for easy identification during the sewing process.
  • Temporary Markings: Unlike permanent marks, tailor’s tacks can be easily removed without leaving any traces on the fabric.

Tips for Using Tailor’s Tacks

  1. Selecting the Right Thread Color:

Choose a thread color that contrasts with the fabric to ensure easy visibility. For dark fabrics, consider using a light-colored thread, and vice versa.

  1. Placement and Quantity:

Place tailor’s tacks precisely at each pattern marking to ensure accuracy during garment construction. Use an adequate number of tailor’s tacks to mark complex or intricate pattern details.

  1. Removal:

After completing the construction process, gently remove the tailor’s tacks by snipping the thread between the fabric layers.


Tailor’s tacks are indispensable tools for seamstresses, ensuring accurate placement of pattern markings and precise alignment of fabric pieces. By mastering the technique of creating tailor’s tacks and incorporating them into your sewing projects, you will elevate your craftsmanship and achieve professional results. Embrace the accuracy and ease that tailor’s tacks bring to your work, and enjoy the satisfaction of perfectly aligned seams, darts, and pleats. Let tailor’s tacks become an essential part of your sewing toolkit, guiding you towards beautifully constructed garments that showcase your attention to detail and expertise.

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