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Posted on: 10/18/04 1:14 AM
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For tracing a multi-sized pattern, I use the exam table paper the doctors won't use in their office. Sometimes drug reps leave them rolls of exam paper with the name of their drug on it. Most docs don't like to use this...opting for plain paper instead. So you can get it free if you ask. Sometimes they will sell you a roll of the plain. The rolls last forever! And they are wide enough to be able to trace any pattern on.

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BetteBoop said... (10/21/04 12:39 PM) Reply
tamtay....that's exactly how I do it. It works great. Plus, you don't have the cost of buying a light box. I don't know how it will work in the winter when it's dark out earlier, but I know there must be a way around that. I will figure that out when the time comes. I'm sure it would work then , too, anyway. If nothing else, you could always put a light or flashlight outside the door while you trace. ???
tamtay said... (10/20/04 5:48 PM) Reply
BetteBoop--Great tip about the exam paper, and even better is the use of a sliding glass door as a light box--I would never have thought of that. I'm at work now, but I'm visualizing that you tape the pattern & paper on the door at a comfortable height & then trace. I'm going to try & see if it works.
BetteBoop said... (10/20/04 4:02 AM) Reply
LSBCATS3...the paper is thin...just a wee bit thicker than regular pattern paper, and it is usually white. Easy to see through, but tough. It is about 24 inches wide and comes on a roll that is probably about 100 yards. Mine has Viagra written all over it, and the docs didn't want to use that on their exam tables, so I got it for nothing. I don't know what a roll would cost...I can find out, but probably in the neighborhood of $10-15....the clinic orders them by the case. I have a sliding glass door in my sewing room and it works great as a light box...I can use the exam paper there and it is time saving, too.
mapatterson said... (10/19/04 12:13 PM) Reply
I always appreciate ideas to fit into the catchphrase “reduce, reuse or recycle,” but I like them even more if they fall under “cheap” or “free.” I have a friend who is a nurse working in a doctor’s office; I’ll have to ask her if they have any of these rolls lying around. Thanks for your frugal idea
LSBCATS3 said... (10/19/04 0:06 AM) Reply
Needs more info about description of paper, where it can be obtained and price per roll.
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