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Posted on: 11/25/06 5:04 PM
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This is probably an old tip but I just found out about it so maybe others haven't heard it either.

I sew for the most part only for my daughter, and as we all know they grow fast. I usually use Kwik Sew patterns, they are my favorite, so when I decide to make am item, I trace the pattern onto Plastic coated freezer paper. What I learned is, the plastic coating allows you to use a sharpie to trace the pattern with out worrying if the pen will bleed through, and the best thing I found out about this stuff is when you are going to cut the pattern out, just use an iron and iron the freezer paper to the fabric! It stays in place and NO need to pin the pattern down. If you have a piece that has to be pinned upside down, just trace that way and you don't have to worry about remembering to put it upside down on the fabric.

To keep the patterns from being folded, I just use a hanger that has clips on it, for pants, skirts etc, and paper clip the pattern pieces together and hang the patterns with the clips.

The best part, when she needs a larger size I just throw those away and redo them off a crisp new like pattern

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jeanharville said... (11/26/06 7:55 PM) Reply
Thanks for such a useful tip. I ironed on wax paper to my pattern for the first time today, so this is very timely for me. I hope it works with wax paper, if not I'll bet some freezer paper. jean
OP Gal said... (11/26/06 5:48 PM) Reply
Great idea. I bet this would work especially well with slippery fabrics.
christine A said... (11/25/06 11:03 PM) Reply
I saw this technique demonstrated on one of my vintage sewing videos with Ruth Oblander. I have tried it and it works great!
rachelsew said... (11/25/06 9:55 PM) Reply
Cool. I'm gonna try this tip. Whenever I sew, I trace on the fabric, and now you gave me a very helpful tip.
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