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Date: 1/9/12 5:57 AM

My time is a premium commodity. So while contemplating beginning another sewing project, it occurred to me that the time used in tracing and adjusting a pattern is worth more than the what the cost would be to buy another of the same pattern and use one for making muslin and adjustments then when everything was correct transfer the proved adjustment to the other pattern for cutting out the fashion fabric. So I just ordered myself a second pattern and will start tonight making the muslin from the first pattern, instead of starting by tracing it off. Of course this would not work with vintage patterns which are no longer available but I think it will be a worthwhile convenience for patterns which can still be bought.

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Date: 1/9/12 6:55 AM

I'm in the middle of the road:

I always trace.

But I never make a muslin.

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Date: 1/9/12 9:18 AM

I agree, if I can get another pattern for $.99 why spend valuable sewing time tracing off the pattern. I do make my fit adjustments on the original pattern. If the pattern becomes a TNT, then I'll buy another copy to keep in reserve. I personally do not like to trace off a pattern.

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Date: 1/9/12 9:37 AM

I'm not fond of tracing but I hate working with tissue, so tracing actually makes the process net out easier on my nerves.

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Date: 1/9/12 9:45 AM

I too am not a fan of tracing but I'm even less of a fan of frustration.

Given the huge number of alterations I have to make to a pattern, tissue just doesn't stand up and I end up getting super frustrated and giving up on sewing for myself -- there are so many other things I could be sewing that are less frustrating.

So I trace to ensure I actually sew for myself.

I use drop cloth clear plastic and sharpies to trace my patterns and am lucky enough to have a large cutting table to work on.

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Date: 1/9/12 10:59 AM

A couple of months ago I started tracing off a pattern which got great reviews here. I looked at all of the curves I would need to straighten & threw it away. It was a great pattern for hourglass/pears, not so great for rectangles.



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Date: 1/9/12 12:07 PM

I rarely trace until my pattern needs it. And many of these are vintage ones, which will make a large number of people scream.

Time is part of it, part of it is they are mine and I am the only one that will use them and I don't get rid of them.

I don't have to do a lot of adjustments since I buy in the size I typically need, and where I do isn't cutting the pattern. If I need to do a FBA (which I'm not good at), I cut one out on scrap material and alter that instead of the pattern. (And it kills 2 birds with one stone: I use up scraps and I don't have to cut a pattern to pieces.)

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Date: 1/10/12 0:32 AM

I don't trace any of the big 4, but I trace KwikSew and Indy patterns. I agree, it's easier to buy another pattern for 99 cents.
For instance an Oliver+S pattern costs $16.00 and has sizes 6mo to 3T. With 7 grandchildren I use most of the sizes, so tracing is worth it.

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