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Tips & Techniques > Tracing patterns with a D.I.Y. lightbox

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Posted on: 5/26/06 8:34 AM
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Trace patterns more easily and quickly by creating your own lightbox.

Use bluetack (you know that sticky stuff you used to put posters on your wall as a kid?) to stick your pattern pieces to a big window. Also using bluetack, stick a piece of tracing paper over the top. Trace your pattern, working from the top left, smoothing down your tracing paper as you go. I find it helps to use a large ruler which I slide over the pattern, holding it all flat to the window with one hand while you trace with the other.

The great thing is you don't need a sunny day for this to work well -just a little light helps the lines on your printed pattern show through for you to trace them easily.

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purpleseamstress said... (5/31/06 0:01 AM) Reply
Love this idea, can't wait to try it.
Lorna C. Newman said... (5/27/06 7:21 AM) Reply
This also works when piecing together patterns that you have printed off the computer ...
Loudone247 said... (5/27/06 1:44 AM) Reply
Fantastic tip for tracing patterns!!! Thanks for sharing this! =)
Patzee said... (5/26/06 4:59 PM) Reply
Ha --- it could be a back-saver! No bending over (I'm a slow tracer).
robb said... (5/26/06 2:06 PM) Reply
what a great idea! This will solve a tricky problem for me when dealing with lightly printed patterns. Thanks for the tip!
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