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How do you take care of your commercial sewing patterns?
hyattrocillo
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Date: 2/11/14 5:56 AM

hi! sewing patterns are quite expensive. How do you take care of your commercial sewing patterns so you can use it over and over again?

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Date: 2/11/14 7:04 AM

Most of my patterns are Big 4 that I've gotten for $1 or $2. For the more expensive ones (independent pattern designers for example), I always trace and carefully refold the original. I put the original back in the envelope and put that and the traced pieces in 9 x 12 inch ziplock bags.

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Date: 2/11/14 7:05 AM

I've always traced off the pieces I need on either tracing paper or thin sew in interfacing. The original pattern gets re folded and the new ones that I write all relevant info including pattern name and number.when I'm done it gets folded up as well and put in a plastic clip/zip lock bag .

I know its a bit more work,but it's habit now. When my children were small,the multi sized patterns kept being used ,so tracing was a necessity.

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Date: 2/11/14 7:19 AM

Quote: MrsCharisma
Most of my patterns are Big 4 that I've gotten for $1 or $2. For the more expensive ones (independent pattern designers for example),

I pretty much can't get a pattern for under $15 unless there is a super sale like $5 each.vogue patterns are really pricey $25 plus..
Probably why style Arc patterns are so popular here your only paying around $15 for a well drafted pattern that you don't need to fuss with.

The only time I get patterns for $1 is at the op shop
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Date: 2/11/14 10:36 AM

I hear you -- getting cheap patterns is something I do when I go down to the U.S. on holidays.

I trace all my patterns -- the only exception is those very few patterns I have that are one size only and then only when I know there are no alterations required.

For myself I have to do a lot of fitting alterations so I find tracing works best. That way if I mess up an alteration, I always have the original to go back to. I store my traced pieces along with the original pattern packaging and pattern pieces together in a ziploc type bag (I buy 12" x 15" bags at a local packaging & display company in bulk and they work perfectly for even the large format patterns like Jalie).

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Date: 2/11/14 11:12 AM

I trace most of mine on to Pellon grid. I make several of any pattern that works for me, and the grid material is easier to work with when laying out, cutting, and marking fabric. If I did the work of tracing and the pattern doesn't work out for me, at least the pattern stays intact for rehoming (not that I've yet rehomed a pattern, but eventually I will).

Tissue patterns get worn and tattered quickly.

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Date: 2/11/14 11:57 AM

I discovered Swedish Tracing paper last year for tracing patterns and I love it. I trace my patterns and leave the original intact. The swedish tracing paper is stronger than tissue paper and can be used over and over again. You can even sew on it, which I've done for matching alteration lines between two pieces. I stick the traced pieces in the envelope with the original and I have a plastic box to keep patterns. If its a pattern I drafted myself or got of the internet, I have a binder with plastic page protectors and stick everything in there with pictures of the finished project along with any notes.

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Date: 2/11/14 1:21 PM

I'm not fussy with mine. I use them as they come. Multi size, I fold to the size I need.

When they get beat up, I use iron on interfacing to them. When that stops being effective, then I trace them.

I don't use a lot of the same patterns over and over, even with my daughter, so usually interfacing is where I stop.

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Date: 2/11/14 2:55 PM

I do the same as GeeJay and trace onto lightweight sew in interfacing (in Australia its called poly trace), put the details on the pieces and keep them in envelopes with the patterns details on it - number, fabric requirements, size etc. I keep the envelope with the pattern in storage boxes. There are some patterns I've used multiple sizes in, so this works well for me.

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Date: 2/11/14 4:51 PM

I have commercial sewing patterns on the original tissue paper even from the late 1800's up going forwards until maybe last month, and they are still fine. And I can still re-iron that paper with a dry iron as many times as I want. It does not hurt the paper at all. So I really can re-use a tissue paper pattern as many times as I want. Most of the time the paper does not even rip at all when I use them, but if it did, I could just tape them back together.

But, to fold something of paper back up and get it into a paper envelope good, most times requires careful folding and even maybe ironing the paper. Dampness and water, and humidity though, are the enemy of all paper, so keeping them dry is pretty important too.

If it's really a pattern you are going to use many, many times, you could always trace it off onto some other substrate like cardboard or something like that. That takes a lot of your time though.

In the USA all those sewing patterns, even though they are supposed to cost a lot of USA dollars, they actually are on rotational sales from at least Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vouge, and all the big fabric stores for only a very small fraction of the price printed on them, most of the time now even. So it's not really worth anyone's time to trace them off onto something else. If you can just really buy them for USA$ 1.99 or $3.99 instead even if they say they should cost USA $ $17 or $30 on them instead, so I think most people don't bother to trace them off onto anything else most times.

If in the PHILIPPINES, all the stores there are still making you pay the real full price that is printed on all those (any) sewing patterns, and yours are getting ragged, in using them over and over, then maybe it would be really worth your time and effort to trace some off onto something else sometimes.
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