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I have been using white chalk for marking material lines for sewing and cutting. I find the chalk hard to see at times. What is another medium for making marks. FYI this was white chalk on black material.

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chalk

my first thought was that you are not using the kind of really SOFT chalk that Tailors use when making marks on suits for alterations.
Regular black board chalk would be tooooo hard to make a nice visible line on most fabrics.
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I use what is called a "freezer package pencil" It has a soft waxy/chalk type center. That winds out like a mechanical pencil. Looks kind of like a welders chalk pencil.

I bought these back in the sixties along with several lbs. of refills. Don't know if they are available now. Haven't seen any for sale lately. They work great for marking vinyl and cloth materials. Clean off with a rag or brush.
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It depends on what fabric you are marking. You can mark fabric with any number of things, but there are better choices. For regular fabric, there is tailor's chalk, and there is tailor's crayon. Tailor's chalk is very flat to make slender marks, but it is very brittle and becomes dull in a hurry. It comes in a variety of colors. The advantage to tailor's chalk is that it can be blown off the fabric you're marking with an air nozzle. Tailor's crayon is exactly that, a crayon only flat. It doesn't get as dull as fast as tailor's chalk. It also comes in a variety of colors. It doesn't come off fabric easily, so it's best not to make any mistakes while you're marking out on the fabric. For vinyl, Ultraleather, and leather, the best marker is the Fisher silver ink pen. It makes perfect marks on all three surfaces and can be removed with any liquid cleaner. The advantage to that is you can mark on the top surface without fear of making a mistake. That's a big advantage when working with leather. There are also a variety of pencils, crayon pencils, and chalk pencils available. I can post pictures in the morning.
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Here is the picture. The light yellow and blue flat markers are chalk. That is what I use on all fabrics . The bright yellow and red flat markers are crayons. The black retractable pen is a Fisher R80SL silver ink pen. The other pencil is a Dixon 783 washout textile pencil. It marks in green and can be removed from fabric. There are lots of other choices and it really boils down to personal preference. The silver ink pen is the greatest thing they ever invented as far as I'm concerned. Here is a link to chalks and markers: CLICK HERE
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Yes Dan i must agree. Fisher silver pins you recommended are my favorite. I only bought two. One is gone and not much left in my last one. I ordered some more. Thanks for that info. They are awesome.
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tailors chalk did the trick
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