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Posted on: 3/6/06 5:23 PM
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I use plastic sheeting (sold in the stores to protect the floors/surroundings while painting) as a tracing medium. It can be easily marked with a Sharpie (I use one with an ultra fine tip) and stores easily. I keep small pieces in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and large pieces rolled up together. Be careful of the thickness, however - I prefer the 4 mil thickness. Anything less doesn't seem as durable.

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pilarshirley said... (9/27/07 3:22 PM) Reply
I am lost, I need more info please. Thanks
natkayc said... (3/29/06 10:03 AM) Reply
Great idea, i am going to be making bridesmaid dresses soon and will need several sizes out of one pattern. This will definately save me some money! This method won't tear easily either, at the moment i use baking paper!!
PattyPrice said... (3/20/06 10:43 AM) Reply
Great idea. Now I have to find it. Perhaps Home Depot?
costumecarol said... (3/20/06 8:00 AM) Reply
The 4 mil can be purchased at a home improvement store on a roll...had to run upstairs to check. "Film-gard all purpose construction grade plastic sheeting." It comes in a box, 8 feet by 100. I have been known to pilfer a chunk when I've run out of pattern paper, to trace off a pattern. I've never worried about creasing one way or another, yet. It's very easy to see through: makes me wonder how great it would be to use when working with plaids.
sabra said... (3/16/06 10:07 AM) Reply
thanks just starting back again and need every moneysaving tip i can get. please e-mail me at mcqueenlabmouse@aol.com
suncentaur said... (3/7/06 3:34 PM) Reply
I like this idea. sounds like you just have to be careful not to crease it when storing. I wonder if it can be un creased? Would have to test with a low temp and press cloth and protect ironing surface in case it melts. Sounds like an excellent choice for the smaller pieces for sure!
ANGEL STARR said... (3/7/06 3:01 PM) Reply
I'm thinking and I'm assuming about this tip; perhaps Khurtdvm could add a little more detail. Thanks.
GorgeousFabrics said... (3/7/06 8:37 AM) Reply
That's a great idea. I like the fact that since it is clear plastic, you can see through it and don't lose any information or markings (unless it's due to operator error!). Thanks! -Ann
vasallese said... (3/7/06 0:30 AM) Reply
I'm sorry, but I don't understand. Maybe cause I'm reading when I should be sleeping. I don't see how this can be used as tracing paper.
 
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