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What type of paper do you use?
Farouche
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Date: 1/22/11 7:18 PM

I'm gradually gearing up towards starting trying to make something - but I don't want to actually put scissors to proper pattern paper (I know I'm going to have to do an FBA apart from anything else, plus my hips are a couple of sizes bigger than my waist...). Quite a few people seem to trace patterns such that they don't cut the original - this seems perfect for me :). But I have (as ever) a couple of questions:

- do you iron the original pattern first?
- do you trace onto tracing paper?
- if you do, what weight is it and what width do you find works? (I can get a 20m roll of 90gsm at just over 1m wide at a local stationers, but I'm not sure if that's going to do what I want)
- if you don't, what do you use and why?

Thanks :)



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Date: 1/22/11 7:26 PM

I use newsprint/recycled paper because I'm cheap. To trace things like Burda, I use rolled paint drop cloths. Again, cheap.

Farouche
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Date: 1/22/11 7:42 PM

Thanks for the reply :).

Just to clarify what might be a cross-pond translation issue, what's a rolled paint drop cloths?

Also, do you find that newsprint transfers onto the fabric?

(feeling very daft...)

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Date: 1/22/11 7:44 PM

I love love love this swedish tracing paper. It's so durable but also easy to fold back up with the pattern when you're finished.

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Heather in Baltimore



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Date: 1/22/11 7:47 PM

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Date: 1/22/11 7:53 PM

I use the 3 mil plastic drop clothes -- use a Sharpie permanent marker to trace. Can use different colours to mark different alterations you make to the pattern.

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Date: 1/22/11 7:58 PM

I use tracing paper -- either actual sewing tracing paper, i.e. plain/ no grid paper from Burda (like THIS) or just the small pads of tracing paper you can get at the dollar store. I tape sheets together to get the size I need. ...Not ideal, but way cheaper, and the Burda paper is hard to find sometimes.

-- Edited on 1/22/11 7:59 PM --

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Date: 1/22/11 8:10 PM

I have used tracing paper, wax paper, light weight sew in interfacing and freezer paper. My current favorite is freezer paper.

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Date: 1/23/11 6:34 AM

We do not have the choice available to the US sewers.
I use greasproof/baking paper from the supermarket. Tissue paper is useful, but join using Scotch magic tape or sticky tape will not let you fold and re-use the pattern. I do a lot of tracing and bought a roll of tracing paper (the lightest weight) from -
http://www.artistmaterial.co.uk/products/Tracing-Paper%2C-Rolls.html
It wasn't cheap, but is lasting very well.
I have tried the decorators protection polythene, but it is too wide and too flimsy. I have found clear rubble sacks, but they are rather thick. I have been given some perfect weight polythene from a roll, but have been unable to source any and am still looking.
The Swedish paper, I have been told is very good, but the postage makes it too expensive.
The alternative would be to trace down with a spikey tracing wheel onto paper, such as lining wallpaper. Squirrelypoo has written advice on her method.
I wish we had the choice and prices available in the US.!
Sue

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Date: 1/23/11 7:09 AM

I use tracing paper,sandwich wrap paper for small-ish pieces,but I guess my fave is the sew in type interfacing.It's over a meter wide so easily covers the pattern sheet for tracing.I use flat rock fishing sinkers as weights to hold the layers for tracing and cutting.

Use whatever you can get that will be,convenient to use and buy and you are able to see through sufficiently to trace all markings without sending yourself loopy.

Buy what works best for you.possibly don't commit to a large roll af anything until you try a few samples ,to see what is the most stable for you.

I personally don't like thin plastic,I feel it distorts and slips more than I like.I don't mind paying a little more for something that is right for me

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