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Posted by: Mary Reed

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Posted on: 12/14/05 7:55 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 10 people   
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I was in the local print/copy shop when they were changing paper for the big printer (huge!). They took this very rigid, black, cardboard tube out of the machine and replaced it with a new roll of paper. It looked to be the same width of the pattern pieces (about 36 inches).

Since I had just finished ironing the pattern flat so I could trace off my size, so I was instantly intrigued. I asked if they sold the tubes, they looked at me as if I was insane. The throw them AWAY!

I asked for it and they came out with three more. They told me that any print/copy shop that prints blue-prints would have these tubes and generally throw them away. All you have to do is ask for them – the 36 inch tubes from the paper rolls. They offered to save me as many as I wanted! Four of these tubes are plenty for my small Hot Patterns collection. I will store them on top of the “fabric cabinet.”

The patterns roll up and slide into these “custom” tubes. The tubes are very rigid (my 8 yo ds can stand on one without crushing it) and, best of all, no re-ironing the pattern.

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Mary Reed said... (12/15/05 9:24 PM) Reply
Anne - the diameter of the roll is about 4". It would be great to roll fabric on it. Just use a T pin top, bottom and in the middle to hold it on the tube. I don't recommend using rubber bands as they will leave marks. Or, you could roll interfacing and put it inside of the tube. They do come in 3 lengths (according to the print guy) with the smallest being 24".
AnneM said... (12/15/05 10:01 AM) Reply
What is the diameter of the roll? I'm curious if it might be good for fabrics that we want to roll instead of fold.
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