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Posted on: 9/1/06 9:46 AM
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While attending a sewing class given by Linda of Linda's Sewing Center (Corvallis OR), I was fascinated to see that they had traced their patterns onto 2mil plastic, fondly known as Visqueen at our house. It stored nicely and unfolded without creases. I probably don't need to say that it is terrific to trace since it is clear! Sharpie permanent markers are perfect for this purpose. Linda said that they sell a roll of several yards of the Visqueen since it comes in rolls of many yards. So, if you have some leftover plastic from remodeling projects, here's a new use for it.

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Christas said... (4/21/09 9:42 AM) Reply
Another excellent tip! Thanks!
woggy said... (9/11/06 8:47 AM) Reply
I also saw this idea used for quiltig on a "Simply Quilts" HGTV Show. The guest on this show had outline a flower pattern to use in various blocks for the quilt. I immediately thought about using it for sewing. Glad it works.
Stilltheone said... (9/2/06 9:13 AM) Reply
Great tip! I'm going to get some. I've been using paper and I can't see through it and it rips.
Patti B said... (9/1/06 7:08 PM) Reply
It's the clear 2 mil thick plastic used for drop cloths, etc. Click the website url above and you'll find a bit more info about the plastic. Visqueen is just a brand name.
j222b said... (9/1/06 12:05 PM) Reply
As Kathi S states, I am not sure what Visqueen is either, but I am very interested in this product for tracing as well. OK here's another link from Home Depot: Frost King has a 3 package roll (each roll 9' x 12') for about 8 dollars:http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/jsearch/product.jsp?pn=100066085
kathi s said... (9/1/06 10:47 AM) Reply
Patti, do you mean the clear plastic that is used for drop cloths or the clear plastic that is used to wrap garden furniture etc. I don't think I have ever seen the brand "Visqueen". It sounds like a good alternative to soil separator cloth which is difficult to mark without bleed through.
 
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