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Posted on: 8/18/03 10:46 AM
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I recently subscribed to Burda WOF and therefore began tracing my patterns onto drafting trace paper. Since Burda's patterns don't include seam allowance, I would dash in a second line 5/8" from the seam line.

Finally a eureka moment... 2 pencils held together with a rubber band. I cut cardboard spacers and inserted them between the pencils until the points were 5/8" apart.

It's not pretty, (see the web link above) but it sure gets the job done...

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sosat said... (6/7/15 10:47 AM) Reply
wow, 12 years after you wrote this i'm going to add: THAT'S GENIUS
putty said... (9/14/09 2:25 PM) Reply
How about using a compass.
putty said... (9/14/09 2:24 PM) Reply
How about using a compass.
SoVintage said... (5/28/09 11:41 AM) Reply
Ingenious, you shoul patten that idea
mylittleelephant said... (5/16/08 2:22 PM) Reply
This IS great! Thanks!
joydisaster said... (10/28/07 3:00 AM) Reply
Now, why didn't I think of that?
MCGINNHOLD said... (9/4/07 7:41 PM) Reply
guillorypr said... (12/5/05 10:12 AM) Reply
Wow! What a clever idea, thanks!
Lesa said... (5/21/05 4:05 AM) Reply
Thanks for this tip. The double wheel clover helps.
2smiley said... (9/20/04 11:23 PM) Reply
Look into the double tracing wheels that are availabe in the notions section of the yardage stores.Also check out catalogs ofNancys Notions and Clotilde. I found mine in Claremont, Ca. on the notions wall of a sewing machine and Vacuumm store It has 1 handle and awide bottom with a series of slots to place the 2 adjustable tracing wheels at the amount you ne ed. 1 wheel on the sewing line and the outter wheel marks the cutting line. I'd be lost without mine
Cian said... (6/1/04 7:03 PM) Reply
I love this idea and I tried to do the same thing but didn't have and cardbord for spacing. I have a drafting compass from an office supply store that seems to work just as well except there is just one side for the pencil. The other side has a pointy end so I have to e careful when I'm tracing.
ReneeO said... (4/24/04 0:40 AM) Reply
monahan, I read your tip some time ago and made a mental note to use it if I ever used a pattern without SA. It wasn't till tonight, that I realized I could use it now to mark the stitch line on mutisize patterns for flat pattern measurements. Duh! Thanks for the helpful tip!
sewingdemon said... (11/28/03 3:45 AM) Reply
Very very clever...
AnneM said... (9/5/03 12:26 PM) Reply
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Thanks for including yours along with the tip; it really clarifies what you are describing.
Katharine in BXL said... (8/24/03 6:22 AM) Reply
Love the two tone colors you used t denot which is the stitching/sewing lines! I trace a lot too.
MadMenFanlinda said... (8/23/03 9:02 AM) Reply
I copied two patterns this a.m. using your method and the results were great! I found a third pencil, but set a couple of inches higher, to be a perfect spacer. It gave me exactly 5/8" for SA. Thanks again.
Gigi Louis said... (8/19/03 8:58 PM) Reply
That's a great idea!
Mandolin82 said... (8/19/03 8:32 PM) Reply
I've been struggling with this myself, and thinking of trying to find some sort of drafting tool. This is much simpler and CHEAPER. Loved your photo. Thanks.
monahan said... (8/18/03 2:47 PM) Reply
Deepika, I think you're right. It just takes some of us a little longer than others...
Debbie Lancaster said... (8/18/03 1:50 PM) Reply
Thanks! Sometimes simple things work awfully well.
Deepika said... (8/18/03 1:09 PM) Reply
monahan, I've been using this method too and its interesting to see how we all come up with the same things :) I guess all sewers think alike.
Donna Isler said... (8/18/03 11:43 AM) Reply
Very resourceful! Thank you !
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