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Date: 8/11/06 10:41 AM

I have a question. Is there any realistic way to reuse patterns? I have two girls and I love sewing for them. Right now I cut the larger size first and then the smaller size. But, then I won't be able to use it larger again. And I'm expecting again. ONce I traced the whole pattern on the material with my wax paper and tracing wheel. (Actually my hubby did that!) any ideas?

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Date: 8/11/06 10:48 AM

This is why alot of people trace the pattern on to other paper before cutting the pattern pieces out--the original remains to be used again for another size. This is more difficult if the pattern is printed on tissue paper rathe than sturdy paper. Kwiksew patterns work well for this. As for the paper the pattern is traced onto: I use tissue paper.

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Date: 8/11/06 11:10 AM

I trace all of my patterns on to tissue paper also. It is more time consuming but at least you have the original pattern intact. And, therefore, can use it for larger or smaller sizes or for making pattern adjustments both for fit and style. I also use my favorite patterns over and over again, so if they get beat up I still have the original for reference.

The only exception to this (tracing) would be one size patterns (such as craft items) or if I get them very cheap (so therefore can buy two - one for reference) which is rare because I hardly ever sew with the big 4 and mostly use independents and kwik sew.

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Date: 8/11/06 11:32 AM

I have two little daughters and I too trace the pattern, in the size I want, onto tracing paper so I can re-use the pattern. Be sure to write the pattern number and the labels (front, back, etc) on each piece as well as what size you cut out and what adjustments (lengthen/shorten) you made from the original.

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Date: 8/11/06 11:36 AM

I also trace onto tissue paper or pattern ease (a tracing paper that you can find at Joann's in the interfacing section). I do tracing the Big 4 patterns sometimes, but I usually cut those out since I always buy them for .99 or $1.99. Hope this helps you. Oh and I just lay the paper over the pattern and use a pencil to trace the pattern out and any markings on the pattern that I might need.

Hope this helps you and congratulations on the upcoming baby!

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Date: 8/11/06 11:40 AM

While the tracing method works better, I've also cut out the pattern in the largest size and folded the extra back to the size I need. It does require clipping along curves, but you can tape those back together when you fold it out to a larger size. I'll admit, however, that I don't typically reuse patterns, and if I did, I'd probably make a tracing on something more durable than the tissue that the patterns come on.

Congratulations, by the way.

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Date: 8/11/06 11:46 AM

For me, if a pattern costs me more than $3, I trace it --like KwikSew etc. But if they are on sale and I think I may have to "fiddle" with the size or not sure what size, I will buy 2 or 3. If they had the 99 cent sales back when my kids were little, I would have gone crazy buying a few in every size range. Tracing is a pain but for some patterns it is worth it.

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Date: 8/11/06 1:02 PM

I trace too to tissue paper, or recently some tracing fabric. I like to keep the original pattern for reference because I alter the patterns and may goof. In the past I have always done kids patterns, but I usually only sew the very simple clothes (t's, pull-on shorts, pjs) because I like to use the different sizes. On the Big 4 patterns, I have to alter things like length and usually the crotch length is 1-2" too long on kids pants! I keep the original for reference along with my notes so I can recreate it if I wear out my tissue tracing.

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Date: 8/11/06 1:12 PM

I use tracing paper (e.g. Dritz tracing paper) and a tracing wheel, that way you can mark the alterations on the actual fabric without messing up the original pattern. Just a hint though, some of the tracing papers leave marks that do NOT "just erase" so I mark on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Date: 8/11/06 10:50 PM

I trace pretty well all patterns, unless I'm sure I'll never use it again for someone else. I use plastic which I buy on a roll at the hardware or lumber store, and permanent markers. There are several tips in the sewing tips and techniques on different ways to trace patterns. It is time-consuming, but I find I almost always have to make some alterations anyway. As well as the pattern number and size, I write information such as the person I used it for and the date, length of elastic etc.

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