Back in stock in my shop here!
I shared a peek at this last week, but I thought it probably deserves it's own post since it took me forever to develop!
I've been using painters tape as a guide on my machine for years...I even wrote a post about it 9 years ago here. I usually use it for sewing diagonal seams instead of marking lines, but I also use it for making HST's. There are lasers, or plastic seam guides you can buy and attach to your machine with adhesives, but I found them bulky and a pain to use.
So I decided to make my own tape that is pretty, functional, and easy to use.
Diagonal Seam Tape™ is washi tape that is tough but thin, and easily removable. I made a long web page devoted to it here:
It's placed in front of the feed dogs of the machine, and the red line is the stitching line, placed in front of the needle. The black lines are just a perk, they represent a ¼" seam allowance and are helpful when making HST's, keeping strips straight while strip piecing, or even helping a beginner learn to piece.
Mostly you'll use the red line for making diagonal seams without marking a pencil line on your square, like when making a snowball block:
Or you can using it when making flying geese units:
You can use it anywhere in a pattern that tells you to "mark a diagonal line", or anywhere you need to sew a diagonal seam. In patterns with multiple diagonal seams like Chickens, Bats, Trellis, or Shimmer...using tape is what saves me the most time!
I could go on and on...but ALL the info and more is in the web page for the tape you can read through here.
You can find Diagonal Seam Tape in my shop here.
I'm thrilled with how it turned out after months of thinking about it and working out the details of printing (long story short... it's a big fat pain and costly to have something so precise printed on tape!). After using it on my own machines for a couple of months I can't imagine not having it. I don't know if I'll re-print it again, so I hoarded enough to last me at least until I'm 90... or until I get a sewing machine with a fancy laser guide built in (all machines should have them!).