Quilter's Transfer Screen ~ Mesh
The quilter's transfer screen is a plastic mesh screen. It is an easy and effective means of copying and transferring a quilting design.
One of the nice aspects of this method is that you trace the design once and you can use it over and over again. The screen is semi-rigid and does not need to be hooped while tracing.
This product cannot be used in your computer's printer. The designs will need to be traced onto it. This product should be stored rolled or flat to prevent wrinkling or creasing, and away from direct sunlight.
You will need
- Quilter's Transfer Screen (by Dritz Longarm)*
The mesh comes as a 10" x 18" sheet (rolled for packaging).
- Quilting design
Print-out a quilting design in the appropriate size for your project. (You can use our FREE Virtual Re-Size Calculator to quickly and easily determine the enlargement or reduction ratio you need to fit the quilting design to your quilting space.)
- Painters tape
The blue type is easily removed. Regular tan colored masking tape or other removable tapes can be substituted.
- Pen for marking on the transfer screen
- Option 1: Water erasable marking pen
When using a water erasable pen is for tracing the quilting design onto the transfer screen the lines will be faint but usable, if the design is not too intricate. The markings can be rinsed off of the screen so it can be used over and over. For intricate designs, consider using Bohin Transfer Veil. See our notes and tips for using water erasable marking pens.
- Option 2: Permanent marking pen
Permanent markings are useful if you are needing to transfer the same design multiple times. The design shows up very well. However, as the name implies, the design will be permanent and can not be rinsed off.
Do NOT use the permanent pen to mark on the fabric itself! Only use the permanent marking pen for tracing the design onto the plastic transfer screen.
- Option 1: Water erasable marking pen
- An air or water erasable marking pen, marking pencil, or chalk tool for marking on the fabric
This is the marking tool that you will use to transfer the design from the screen to the fabric. This can be the same pen as in option one above.
- Tape the printed quilting design to your work surface.
- Position the transfer screen over the printed design you want to transfer. Tape the corners to your working surface to keep it from shifting while you are tracing.
- Trace the design with the permanent marker. Be sure to let these markings completely dry before continuing.
- Lay the transfer screen with the design drawn on it in the appropriate position on top of your fabric to be quilted.
- Using an erasable fabric marking pen, pencil, or chalk tool, retrace over the design lines on the screen. Felt-tipped marking pens can catch and drag on the tulle when you draw. If you find this is happening, apply less pressure.
Carefully lift the edge of the transfer screen and peek underneath to make sure that the resulting design path is clearly visible.
Tip – If using chalk, only mark a single section of your quilt at a time. The extraneous chalk marks will fluff away as your fabric is jostled during the quilting process.
- Lift the transfer screen away and the design will appear on your fabric as a dotted line.
- Following the markings, stitch the design using your favorite free-motion quilting method.
A special "thank you" goes to Beverly Lane of Prescott, Arizona,
for her help in researching the various marking tools listed here.
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