Vintage Sewing

Vintage Pattern Transfers

March 15, 2011

I just picked up three new vintage pattern transfers at the local flea market.  This also has the His and Hers Monograms.  I love these and believe it or not I got them all for $1 or under each. 
Have any of you ever tried to use a vintage embroidery transfer pattern?  Did they come out well?
For pictures of the other transfers and a couple other vintage finds check out my blog The 50’s Project.  If you have any stories that you would like to share about these I would sure love to hear them.
Till Later!

  1. I haven't ever tried to iron the original transfers. I think partly because I don't know if it would still work (they're so old!) and partly because I'm afraid of ruining them. So I use an embroidery transfer pencil (You can usually find them with the rest of the notions at the fabric store, if not, try online) and copy the pattern onto tissue paper and iron that onto my fabric choice (using a press cloth between the iron and the tissue). Hope that helps, and if you do try ironing the original let me know if they work!

  2. Will do! I think that transferring it to tissue paper is probably a really good idea. Honestly I think that the beaded one will wor (it is on material) but the monogram one is just tissue paper and the ink comes off on your fingers. I don't want to take the chance with that one. Thanks for the advice.

  3. I'd skip the tissue and go straight for the see-through wash-away Solvy. Lay it over the pattern, trace with wash away marker. Tack on to fabric. Sew either by hand or machine.

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