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Swedish tracing paper vs True-Grid
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Date: 7/21/13 4:39 PM

I've just spent forever applying Craft-Fuse to the back of nested multi-sized pattern pieces (meaning, the pattern pieces for two different *views* are nested together, so you *have* to trace), and now I'm tracing the pattern itself onto True Grid. After the lovely sturdy interfaced pattern pieces, the True Grid feels annoyingly flimsy and squiggly and unpleasant to work with. I want a substantial tracing!

I normally use a Sharpie to trace through my patterns, onto new pattern paper, but this one was pricy and I wanted to preserve it. So I need something I can lay atop the pattern and trace (the reverse of my normal process). I usually use True Grid for this, but my affection for it seems to have waned.

I've never seen or used Swedish tracing paper, but everywhere people describe it as being "similar to interfacing." Which sounds a lot like True Grid, which is like a featherweight with grid marks. I know the STP doesn't have the grid, which is fine.

Has anyone used both STP and True Grid? Is the STP more substantial? Or should I investigate another transparent alternative (and if so, what?)? This 2009 thread suggests "Pellon Easy Pattern" as a STP alternative, but I'm wondering if that's just ungridded True Grid (or if it's even still available).

I'm off on an errand to Hobby Lobby/JoAnn tomorrow, so I can investigate a few different options (art supply department, maybe?).

Thanks for the help!!

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Date: 7/21/13 6:59 PM

Joann's has an "interfacing" that is exactly like Swedish Tracing Paper, but twice as wide and less expensive. Plus no shipping, if your Joann's is local. I don't know that they sell it *as* interfacing, but it's stored with the real interfacings in my local J's. STP is basically paper, but it's sturdy, translucent enough to see through, press-able, and sew-able. I love STP and hate the grid stuff that Joann's also sells. Is that True Grid? Floaty, melts under the iron??

Just read the thread you linked to and I think I am talking about the same stuff... Pellon Easy Pattern.

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Date: 7/21/13 7:54 PM

Tru Grid 810 is 100% polyester
Easy Pattern 830 is 70% Polyester. 30% Vicose
Red Dot Tracing Material 815 is 90% Vicose, 10% Polyester

I would check prices, but the Joanns next door is already closed.

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Date: 7/21/13 10:02 PM

I have never used True Grid so I cannot compare it to STP, but the STP is sturdy enough that you can sew it with a machine (for example basting for fit). I used to use it all the time until I got a couple rolls that were so badly creased that they were unusable, even with pressing. I hope they got their quality control issues resolved.

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Date: 7/21/13 10:28 PM

If you don't like the True Grid, then the STP is worth trying. I tried it years ago and did not care for it because it was stiffer.
I think this is one of those items that becomes a personal preference notion.

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Date: 7/21/13 11:29 PM

I've used all of them.
Easy Pattern at Joanns is the one almost like STP. I stopped ordering STP and use the Easy Pattern most of the time. The Easy Pattern is just a little bit thinner than STP, but I think that makes it easier to trace with. Sometimes STP is almost too opaque. It is not like tru grid.
I still use paper to trace, it it's a pattern I only plan on using 1 time.
When making patterns for pillows or other square items, I will use True Grid, but that's the only time.
Another option is to trace your patterns onto paper and iron on the cheapest interfacing you can find. I iron on cheap interfacing to tissue patterns I use over and over. I'm talking about the kind in a package or in the bargain bin, works great on paper.

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Date: 7/22/13 6:52 AM

I have used Do Sew for years, especially for patterns I want to keep for a long time. I trace the pattern onto the material. I have ironed the Do Sew and basted the pattern pieces together with no problems. Do Sew

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Date: 7/22/13 9:09 AM

I am also a big fan of Do-Sew. I use it and STP for my patterns.
Both are nice but what I like about Do-Sew is that it isn't slippery, it has a texture that sort of sticks to fabrics and makes it really nice to lay out and cut. It is filmy and lightweight (sort of gauzy) yet substantial enough to work with.

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Date: 7/22/13 1:16 PM

Just got back from Joanns

They sell two nonfusibles that might work as tracing paper. The full prices before their usual discounts are as follows:
830: $2.49/yd
810: $3.99/yd

The red dot paper didn't appear to be on their shelves.

by feel, 830 is closer to Swedish Sewing paper, and is smoother to draw on with a HB pencil lead (#2, but all my pencils are mechanicals, so YMMV)


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Date: 7/22/13 2:11 PM

never used true-grid, but i do love swedish tracing paper. i've been using it for some of the pattern pieces for the bag and accessory patterns that i use the most, but now i've started using it as i've begun more garment construction (unless it is a big 4 - those i just cut). i love how smoothly my pencil moves over it while i am tracing.

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