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Posted on: 3/8/04 11:14 AM
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Most sewers will know this - but - beginners won't. I save all of my patterns and trace them on a pattern tracing material that I buy at the fabric store. The tracing material that I use is 100% nylon and will not tear.

But the good part is that you can mark your fabric, with a fabric marking pen (after you test it on the fabric) right through the tracing material. No need for tracing paper. Makes cutting patterns go much quicker.

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Tonya said... (3/28/04 1:16 PM) Reply
I'm personally fond of "true grid", a tracing paper/quilting notion that has 1" squares marked on it. It's especially helpful when drafting patterns or adjusting patterns a certain measurment. A bit more expensive, but for me, worth it.
Sew4Flecky said... (3/24/04 5:42 AM) Reply
Mary, thank you very much for this tip!! I am also a beginner and I was looking for tracing paper, but was told that tissue paper is cheaper and works just as well. But, I am finding out that it also rips easily, so thatnk you again.
nolovelost said... (3/15/04 7:14 AM) Reply
Mary, this is a great tip for me as not only am I a new member and sewer, I also use the multiple size patterns and go up and down in size 10 to 12! Thank you very much!
Mary Stiefer said... (3/13/04 9:53 AM) Reply
According to the fabric board (I bought the whole thing) is says "Pattern Tracing Cloth". I hope that helps. There isn't a company or manufacturer name on it. I purchased this at Hancock Fabrics but I have also seen it at Joann's.
PamJr said... (3/12/04 2:09 PM) Reply
What is the name of this tracing paper? I mean, how would I find it or even ask where I might find it?
wildhoney269 said... (3/9/04 1:56 PM) Reply
Well I'm a beginner and that's a great tip for me! I already cut two patterns that came out in the incorrect size after I sewed them. Only one was too small, but I can't reuse the patterns I cut. And I haven't been able to figure out the marking paper without tearing the flimsy pattern. I'm going to go find some of this nylon material.
kathi s said... (3/9/04 8:57 AM) Reply
I have been experimenting with plastic roll table cloth material- the kind you get at party stores. I needed something to trace on and didn't wait until I could drive the 18 miles to Hancock's so use this stuff that I had left over. You can see through it adequately to trace and it sews very well. After I "play" a little more I'll post a review. It's very cheap.
vita said... (3/8/04 11:36 PM) Reply
Please excuse the typo - I was referring to SWEEDISH Tracing Paper. Most probably know, but I'd hate for someone to try to 'google' the wrong thing!
vita said... (3/8/04 11:32 PM) Reply
There are many recommended types in the archives here at PR. I prefer the Seedish Tracing paper. It is really sturdy, and holds up well when repeatedly used. (I make costumes, leotards, tutus, pants etc. for a non profit ballet co., and also some local competition dance teams. I may need to make several dozen of the same leotard with variations.) I create most of these patterns myself, and the fact I can sew through them while designing is very time saving. Thank you for the tip on marking through the paper iteself. I can see the use for some of my own clothing! That really would be a time saver!! And StitchMD, you probably saved me from a few new lines on my mat!
Stitchology said... (3/8/04 12:00 PM) Reply
It's a good idea to put something underneath when marking. My poor cutting mat has faint fragments of lines and numbers on it in indelible ink that went through the pattern material.
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