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Posted on: 6/26/05 8:40 AM
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There have been several tips posted about using painter's tape. Here's another one.

I've recently been working on a series of muslins while I attempt to refine the fit of a basic blouse pattern. After each round of alterations, I mark them on my pattern and date it. Then I use that pattern to trace out a new one by sliding the old pattern pieces under a new sheet of monster paper so I can start anew with a fresh pattern. To stabilize the old pattern, I use four very small pieces of painter's tape to secure the edges and anchor it to my table. Then I lay the new clean sheet of pattern paper on top of that and anchor it with four pieces of tape.

I find this technique easier than using my home-made weights since the weights can get in the way of markings and if I shift them, they sometimes also shift the paper. The painter's tape does not hurt my table (no sticky gum left behind), nor does it hurt my pattern paper. Sometimes I pull it off the pattern and sometimes I just leave it.

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esmer said...
This is such a wonderful tip especial if you have to edit your pattern paper for a custom fit. Thank you!
6/26/05 4:31 PM
esmer said...
Meanjean, I wanted to ask you, which brand do you use for your pattern or which brand you like the best?
6/26/05 4:34 PM
sosoatsewing said...
The blue painter's tape is the best in my opinion....
6/26/05 6:52 PM
ktsews2 said...
Just adding my two cents........I use pink tape that I purchase at Sally's. I believe it's used for hair, anyway it can be removed and doesn't tear patterns or paper. It's about 5/8" wide and has pinked edges and is very soft. Sorry I don't have the name.
6/27/05 8:38 AM
meanjean said...
Esmer, I use the "monster" paper I purchased from Nancy's Notionw website.
6/29/05 12:29 PM
 
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