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Mikgirl
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Date: 9/16/11 1:01 AM

As the title says it...
Can you use the tracing wheels to transfer the entire pattern directly onto the fabric?

I know that the tracing wheels are used to transfer the markings onto the fabric...
But I was just wondering if it's ok to transfer the pattern directly onto the fabric, including seam allowances, etc?

I thought about this because...
I have this kids dress pattern for my daughter.
It's really basic, so I know I'll be using it over and over in different sizes.
I've traced one onto a tissue paper then used that to cut the fabric, but I'm too lazy to trace one everytime the size changes.

Also I thought it might help my sewing if I could trace the seam allowances that I could just follow while I'm sewing.

Just curious... I couldn't really find this info from the forum.
(I saw one lady does it but anyone else?)

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Date: 9/16/11 1:21 AM

Yes you can do that, there is a carbon tracing paper available for this and special tracing wheel ( the tiny dots are too hard to see ). The carbon paper comes in several colors, I tried this method for transfering darts only.

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Date: 9/16/11 2:24 AM

I think it would be easier to trace off more permanent versions of the pattern in every size, and use those. But, whatever works for ya!

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Date: 9/16/11 3:59 AM

Yes you can, but you'll perforate and weaken the tracing lines each time you use the pattern. Especially if you make each size more than once, the pattern is likely to shred. You could reinforce the pattern with fusible interfacing before using it repeatedly.


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Date: 9/16/11 7:11 AM

I have done it many times.....when my kids were young I would trace 2 sizes of the same pattern, and then 2 more sizes a year or so later. If the pattern tissue gets a little tired after all the tracing, just slap some clear tape on it. I use Saral tracing paper, you don't have to press hard to transfer the line. And make sure you are working with a smooth tracing wheel that traces a line, not the one that leaves a line of dots.

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Date: 9/24/11 9:46 PM

I'm a beginner myself and just assumed you transferred the entire thing... so it can totally be done because I've done it.

I wondered why the transfer paper seemed so small!

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Date: 9/24/11 10:05 PM

It's a whole lot easier to just use a washable marker- just trace through the tissue. The line will be faint, but there. You might have to go over it twice.

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Date: 9/24/11 10:13 PM

i do this a lot, but i use the 'flat' tracing wheel that doesn't have spikey points on it. that way the lines show up really well. i place large pieces of paper on the table, and tape them down so they don't shift during the tracing process. then i place several sheets of carbon copy paper (the kind we used to use in the typewriter - remember those?!) overlapped, and finally the pattern on top. it's really important to NOT shift the pattern, so I tape and weight that down, too. then just trace over with my flat tracing wheel. the hardest part is remembering to get all the notches and little bits that you won't see until you lift up the carbon paper.

hth!

gah! i just realized that you meant tracing right onto the fabric, not onto paper. nevermind!
-- Edited on 9/24/11 10:14 PM --

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