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Date: 1/26/09 1:50 PM

I am looking at Swedish Tracing Paper and Kwik Trace Cloth from Nearseanaturals, and they both look pretty interesting. Has anyone used them or similar products? My favorite patterns are normally from magazines, which is a headache as I always have to trace them. Normally I just use cheap white tissue paper, but I thought something like this might be interesting to try. Could you do something like make a quick, basted muslin from the traced pattern pieces? Is it easy to use? Worth the price?

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Date: 1/31/09 12:13 PM

I have used the Swedish Tracing Cloth and really like it. Tissue paper drives me nuts and the do-sew /web type stuff isn't much better. I buy it from Birch Street Clothing. They often have a buy 2, get 1 free deal.

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Date: 1/31/09 12:42 PM

Tracing patterns is a recurring topic here on PR, so you might get some guidance or ideas from this thread. There's enough reading there to keep you busy for quite a while.

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Date: 1/31/09 1:01 PM

I haven't used the Swedish Tracing cloth before, but have felt it at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. It seems nice and reminds me of the Pattern Ease tracing paper I buy at Joann's (on sale $1/yd - 46" wide). I have used the Kwik Trace Cloth tho and I hated it. I felt like my pencil got caught in it a lot and my lines weren't very smooth. I bought several yards and threw it away because I hated it so bad. Surely there are people that like it so maybe you should order a small amount of each and see what you like best. For me, I just buy a bolt of the Pattern Ease at J's when it's 50% off (it's 25 yds).
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Date: 1/31/09 10:45 PM

I use Swedish Tracing Paper all the time . I can cut several child sizes and easily mark notches and seams etc. I checked out JoAnn's but I believe that is more paper feeling . The STP is more fabric like and can be sewn as you may do w/a muslin primer. I do need to find a cheaper source/ Ine was $11 a roll ( still using it though) Sure I will buy more / I also hate tissue paper.

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Date: 2/1/09 6:07 AM

It's funny that it's called Swedish tracing paper, because you never see it any Swedish fabric stores. We mostly use regular tracing tissue paper. I can only get STP (although it's not called that) from mail order catalogs. It's good stuff, but a bit pricey.

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Date: 2/1/09 7:26 AM

For copying or making my own patterns, I prefer tracing paper that comes in rolls. I have used Swedish tracing material, and at first was quite smitten with it. But, more and more it was impossible to get it to lay perfectly flat, but instead got gapped up from the cutting surface and ironing it did not help. So to insure my "flat" pattern measurements were made true and flat, I have now switched to tracing paper.

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Date: 2/1/09 8:58 AM

You can do a test with any inexpensive non-fusible interfacing from some place like JoAnn. The Swedish paper is like a mid to heavy weight interfacing.

JoAnn keeps the Pattern Ease or Pattern Trace in the interfacing section if they have it. It is the bolt that has the material folded like regular fabric rather than in one layer as is usual with interfacing bolts.

You can sew the stuff but it is crisp and not necessarily the best thing for a muslin.

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Date: 2/1/09 10:07 AM

I'll put in a plug for the soil separator cloth from Lowes - used to keep soil from infiltrating pipes in septic drain fields; in some areas, Home Depot carries it, too. It's like sheer, soft, drapey interfacing - easy to see through for tracing, but sturdy enough that it can be basted into a muslin, though certainly not a wearable one! The threads just slide out when you've marked or sewn your changes into it. It used to be stiffer and kind of scratchy (like Do-Sew, which I despise!), but now the texture is smooth and much more pleasant to touch; I think I've compared it in the past to lightweight paper towel or Kleenex tissue. It comes in rolls of 300 yard rolls and winds up costing about 10 cents per yard, and a roll of it is so lightweight that you can easily sling it around with one hand.

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The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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Date: 2/1/09 11:53 AM

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I'll put in a plug for the soil separator cloth from Lowes
This sounds like something I would like to try, thanks for the idea. PS to my earlier note on Swedish tracing paper which I have but no longer use, I have found I can use it to "sandwich" sheer fine fabrics for cutting out pattern pieces. (A bit pricey use for it, but I would otherwise just throw away what I have.)
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