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Liz in Cville
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Date: 8/3/12 12:10 PM

I am running out of pattern tracing paper, and about to place an order with Fabric Mart (huge sale ends Sunday, BTW -- 35% off almost everything will show up in your cart).

Does anyone know whether this interfacing could be a decent medium for tracing and keeping patterns? I don't like to use plain paper because it's hard to store and probably doesn't respond well to ironing ;).

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Date: 8/3/12 1:08 PM

This doesn't answer your question but I am currently using Do-Sew pattern material and it's really nice to work with. I love that it has a 'cling factor' and holds onto the fabric enough to make cutting easier...it doesn't shift or slide.
I think it's available at Nancy's Notions.
I also have some Swedish Tracing Paper but haven't used it yet; it appears to be somewhat similar to the Do Sew product although it's more paper-y and doesn't have that same scratchy finish.

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Date: 8/3/12 1:47 PM

The only problem I've had with using cheap interfacing is that sometimes it's too opaque to see the lines. If you trace around, that wouldn't be a problem. My new favorite is Pellon Easy Pattern #830. It's like swedish tracing paper, but wider and less expensive.

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Date: 8/3/12 7:33 PM

Thanks to you both for your replies.

Hadn't considered the opacity factor, silly me.

But perhaps I'll get a yard "for emergencies" unless a better solution pops up before I complete my order.

I am also about to order from Jo-Ann online (scissors on deep discount, for interested parties), but so far I haven't found anything there that sounds right for pattern tracing and comes in a "trial-size" (i.e less than a bolt). Oh how I hate their site... almost as much as their store.

BTW, I had some Swedish Tracing Paper. I liked the fact that it can be sewn, had used it a couple of times; so far, so good. But I don't really know how important the sewability factor is yet.... So, now that I have unbelievably misplaced the remainder of the roll (?!), I can't quite bring myself to replace it. It is a bit pricey, particularly the shipping... which I assume is at least in part because it's a roll, which is why it was always in my way, and why I ultimately misplaced it... impossibly. Thankfully, I had purchased a couple of yards of plain pattern paper at one point, too, but it won't last long. Anyway,

Thanks again for your input :)
Liz
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Date: 8/4/12 1:26 AM

Check to see if they have Swedish Tracing Paper.

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Date: 8/4/12 4:46 AM

I've just been using tissue paper or semi-transparent cheap-o tablecloths, both from the dollar store. I used to be able to buy Burda tracing/tissue paper, but these other options work fine for me and are really inexpensive.


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Date: 8/4/12 6:56 AM

I get a 50yd x 24" roll of tracing paper in the art dpt at ACMoore. runs about $22 but with a 50% off coupon it is a great buy. and it is great tracing paper for patterns!

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Date: 8/4/12 11:55 AM

I went to a surgical supply store and split a case of exam table paper with a friend. Don't get the waterproof. It works well, is just the right width and is lots cheaper than 'pattern' stuff. You can see thru it to trace a pattern. Works for us!

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Date: 8/4/12 4:57 PM

Hi-
My favorite thing to trace on is soil separator. I buy it at Home Depot. It cost 15 dollars for 150 feet (and it's a yard wide). The reason I like it so much is that it is very lightweight and I can fold it up and put my traced pattern it in a big 8x11 envelope when I've used it. It looks a little like interfacing. I've never bought it online, but it's always been at my local store. Here is the model number and SKU number in case anyone is interested!

Model #36150SSF-6 Store SKU # 233332

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Date: 8/4/12 6:26 PM

The interfacing link doesn't say what the weight is--medium, lightweight or featherweight. If it were me, I wouldn't buy it because it doesn't say the weight. If you are running out of pattern tracing paper, why not go to your newspaper office, if it's close by, and pick up an end roll of their paper? For free. It's easy to carry home, considering what it was when it was "new". The end roll stands up, takes up about 8" of floor space (important to me in a small sewing room) and works well. Is more durable than tissue paper, and you can trace with it, if you place your pattern on a window and then the paper on top--only if you can't see underneath. Mine takes a beating. Sometimes I'll even spread it out on the floor, underneath my pattern, and use a needle point tracing wheel to stick holes in it to trace.

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