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Date: 10/15/03 6:42 PM

I am just about finished with my roll of tracing paper, which I didn't like because it curls up terribly.  What do you all use?  What are your sources?

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Date: 10/15/03 8:14 PM

I use the cheapest thinnest grease-proof paper I can buy at the supermarket  (food wrap).  I find that it is easy to trace through, and a lot more stable than tissue.  I've used some patterns over and over and they're still going.  The only disadvantage is that it's pretty narrow.  Since I trace a lot of kids patterns, this isn't much of a problem.  If I'm tracing something bigger, I have to tape pieces together.  For the cost and convenience, this doesn't bother me.

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Date: 10/15/03 8:31 PM

I personally like the 'soil separator' cloth from Carriff Corp.  You can buy it under that name at Lowe's or other home improvement centers or from Carriff at

http://www.carriff.com/home/home.html

BTW, this company is located only about 15 miles from my home!

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Date: 10/15/03 8:38 PM

That soil separator stuff is terrific.  It is like a non-woven fabric, strong but very thin, thin enough that you can fold and store it in the envelope with the pattern you traced from.  The only disadvantage, I think, is that the thinness means that you must use a soft pencil or a ball-point pen on it to avoid bleed-through.  My preference is somewhat more for a three-color ballpoint, because I can see the lines more easily than I can those of a pencil.

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Date: 10/16/03 6:40 AM

Colored pencils work great on the soil separator paper.

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Date: 10/16/03 6:46 AM

I agree with Towanda, I only use colored pencils with soil separator paper. They dont bleed. Only thing is that you have to sharpen them pretty frequently.

Here are a few posts from the past which you might be interested in reading:

Tracing Paper
When Tracing Patterns Stop Progress
Tracing Patterns
Tracing Patterns:Alter before or after
Tracing Patterns

My Review of Soil Separator Paper

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Date: 10/16/03 8:23 AM

I use the tracing paper from Nancy's Notions.  Also, there was a tip about ironing the master pattern onto freezer wrap that is great.  Don't remember it is was here or at SW I think the tip was provided by "Jane".

I don't cut apart the master pattern, just iron the whole thing onto freezer wrap.  You have to be very careful to get the pattern ironed on accurately.  Then it is very easy to see the pattern lines for tracing.

I still want to try the soil separator but have to use up the paper I have first.

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Date: 10/16/03 8:49 AM

Soil Seperator paper is my best friend.

I actually used a pattern yesterday I had already traced onto tracing paper and traced it again onto soil seperator paper.

I love the stuff, it's light, sticks to fabric nicely, and there's no bulk for storage.

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Date: 10/16/03 10:47 AM

I buy signmaker's bond, a paper that comes on rolls at the art supply store.  It comes in a few different widths.  I like to have it in the same width as my cutting table.  That way I can use it as an underlay for cutting slippery fabrics, or I can use it to make patterns with.  I don't do much tracing.  For bigger patterns on the bond paper, nowadays I punch a hole, run a cord thru the pieces and hang the cord over the hook of a hanger so I can keep the patterns hanging.  Then no fold lines to deal with later on.  I have milk crates full of patterns in big manila envelopes under my table.  It makes me tired to look at them.  I'd much rather look at the stuff on the hangers.

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Date: 10/22/03 10:01 AM

I use the clear plastic (polyethylene, I think) sold in 500 square foot rolls at lumberyards and hardware stores. It costs $5 to $10 per roll, and comes in several weights.  The lightest is cheapest, but I've found that medium weight is easier to use. The main drawback is that I need indelible markers. I like the fine tip ones sold for overhead projectors. Black works best, I've found that red and blue fade. I use weights (hockey pucks) to hold it down while tracing and for cutting out.

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