|For tracing patterns I have discovered a cheap tracing paper.
I go to the medical supply store in town and by the paper that medical offices use to cover the exam tables. It's about 21" wide so it's wide enough for most patterns. It's also pretty transparent so I lay my original pattern underneath the exam paper and then trace the lines. It's fast, it's easy, it's cheap. Maybe $5 bucks for a HUGE roll that lasts forever. I've had my roll at least a year and it's only half gone and I do use it quite a bit.