Cure the chalkboard fabric: Lay the fabric right side up, and rub the entire surface with chalkboard chalk, first in the horizontal and then in the vertical direction.
Clean the fabric with a damp cloth; then repeat the process.
Use a wool setting on your iron and a dry press cloth; press from the wrong side to remove wrinkles.
Press seams using a wooden pressing tool, such as the Little Wooden Iron.
Stitch with a Teflon Foot for best results.
If you use a standard presser foot, use tissue paper or wax paper between the fabric and the presser foot for a smoother glide.
Use a size 80 Universal Needle.
Pin with Wonder Clips or double-sided basting tape.
Set the sewing machine for a longer stitch length, 3.5 mm. Shorter stitches weaken the fabric.
Select all-purpose thread for both the needle and the bobbin.
Use regular chalkboard chalk or Chalk Markers to write on the chalkboard fabric.
(Avoid sidewalk chalk.)
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