|I trace my patterns and until recently did so by taping the pattern to a patio glass door, then taping tracing paper over the pattern. Recently Iíve found that if I trace from a table top, I am more accurate, and comfortable. But my AHA! moment came when I stab pinned the pattern and tracing paper to a 20 x 30 inch piece of foam board. Not only did the foam boardís white surface give me better visibility, I could move the foam board around so that the hard to reach spots came to me instead of me reaching to them. When I need to manipulate my french curve to replicate a line I just reposition any pins that might be in the way. As long as the pattern and tracing paper are secured at 2 or 3 points, they will not shift out of line.
My tracing accuracy has increased ten-fold because Iím looking down, close range on the pattern instead of reaching up to trace on a vertical surface (Iím not much over 5 feet). Tracing this way is not as tiring. The foam board stores away easily and is very portable.
Iím fortunate to have a dedicated desk surface for my cutting mat so I donít have to worry about a pin going all the way through the foam board and scratching the table top. If you try this on your dining table, put some cushioning under the foam board to catch a pin point -- just in case.