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Posted on: 12/7/02 2:15 PM
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I use rolls of polyethylene (clear plastic) from a hardware store or building supply store. This is sold in three weights. The lightest is the cheapest, but I find the medium weight easier to handle. The plastic is about 100 inches wide, folded in half on the roll, I'm not sure how long. A roll costs less than $10. To copy a pattern I use weights to keep the palstic in place and an overhead projector marker to trace and add comments such as the date, elastic length, who it was made for, how much I lengthened etc. I prefer Staedler Lumocolor permanent pens, but these can be hard to find. I have found it best to use black, as blue and red seem to fade. The plastic pattern pieces are easy to fold, and the roll is easy to store. I don't pin them, but use weights for cutting out as well.

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Charcoal said... (7/4/06 6:18 AM) Reply
Interest that my sewing instructor also uses the clear plastic to make knock-off patterns from completed garments/items (she also works in the garment industry in Los Angeles).
Charcoal said... (7/4/06 6:17 AM) Reply
Interest that my sewing instructor also uses the clear plastic to may knock-off patterns from completed garments/items (she also works in the garment industry in Los Angeles).
Tessa said... (10/1/05 11:06 AM) Reply
I haven't tried the smooth wheel. It sounds like a good idea. Lately I have been using the serrated wheel (because I have one), and while it does make little holes in the plastic, it doesn't seem to wreck the pattern.
audsews said... (9/30/05 11:05 AM) Reply
at the notions wall, there is a smooth-edged wheel. this doesn't mess up your patterns, so i guess it wouldn't damage the plastic
Tessa said... (3/13/03 6:15 PM) Reply
I use pins at the ends of markings, then connect them with a marking pencil. A pattern wheel might tear the plastic.
Sarah Wheelock said... (12/11/02 8:33 PM) Reply
Hmm, that is a good idea. How do you transfer things like folding lines and interior darts?I usually use my little pattern wheel and some carbon paper-like stuff, but it seems like that might mess up the plastic.
 
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