Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Help...Tools for tracing patterns?

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Help...Tools for tracing patterns?
What do you use, recommend?
sewpelican
sewpelican  Friend of PR
Intermediate
AUSTRALIA
Member since 8/18/11
Posts: 202
Login to reply to this post

Date: 12/5/12 9:39 AM

Although I have been sewing for many years, it's been a long time since I did much garment sewing. Now I will need to trace patterns and am wondering what tools, e.g. pens, pencil or other markers etc members currently use and find most helpful.

Thanks, look forward to learning about latest tools.

------
Joan
Sunshine Coast QLD

threaddy
star
threaddy  Friend of PR
Advanced
WY USA
Member since 4/22/09
Posts: 2945
Login to reply to this post

Date: 12/5/12 9:46 AM

i'll try to link
You can find other discussions on tracing paper. Just get some and trace away...I just use a black pen and exam paper.
-- Edited on 12/5/12 9:48 AM --

------
"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." Theodore Rubin
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
Dan 9:24-27

Bernina vintage and computerized, Bernina and BL sergers , BLcoverstitch (a stray Pfaff and Viking followed me home too)

meleliza
star
meleliza  Friend of PR
Intermediate
PA
Member since 5/4/11
Posts: 654
Login to reply to this post

In reply to sewpelican <<


Date: 12/5/12 10:18 AM

I buy tracing paper by the roll from the art supply store. I like to use a quilters cutting mat and ruler to help line things up. I use the skinnier kind of sharpie for tracing and I use it to make notes on muslins too. (Why does the iPad always want to make muslins into Muslims?) I use colored pencils to mark alterations.

For fabric tracing I use a tracing wheel and those huge sheets of waxed tracing paper. I use the quilting type rulers for straight edges too.

------
Melanie

skae
star
skae  Friend of PR
Advanced
MN USA
Member since 4/23/07
Posts: 3081
Login to reply to this post

In reply to sewpelican <<


Date: 12/5/12 11:03 AM

I like to buy the tacing fabric in big rolls. It usually last me a year.
I just lay it over the pattern and trace my size. You can buy it at your local fabric store. To trace patter out with . A good no2 pencil. Soft lead. Or use a drawing pencil for the tracing.

------
Galatians 5:22-23 The Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these

jadamo00
star
jadamo00
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 3/13/06
Posts: 1264
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 12/5/12 12:30 PM

Clear plastic dropcloths and Sharpies.

Cheep.
Crystal clear (easy to plan plaids or print)
Fold up super flat! A big plus for storage!

MNBarb
starstarstarstar
MNBarb  Friend of PR
Intermediate
MN USA
Member since 4/3/10
Posts: 1536
Login to reply to this post

Date: 12/5/12 12:41 PM

4 mil. painters plastic from Home Depot and Sharpie. Works well for "tissue" fitting too.

------
Barb
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." Woodrow Wilson

DonnaH
star
DonnaH
Intermediate
TX
Member since 10/1/03
Posts: 1036
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 12/5/12 2:01 PM

I use tracing paper on a roll from Hobby Lobby (there was a link to similar stuff ion one of the discussions here). Mine isn't quite wide enough for everything, but I've only had a few patterns where I needed to tape on a teeny bit extra.

For pens, I like a double sided Sharpie. The wide (regular size) is good for the main outline, notches, and lengthen/shorten lines. The fine point side works for writing and darts. I've done circles w/ both sizes.

I also find the Styling Design Ruler (see below) very helpful in tracing patterns. I gives me confidence that I'm drawing a smooth line (yes, I'm a perfectionist, lol), and makes it much easier to connect different sizes (say a 12 shoulder/waist and 14 hip on a tunic). It even has a hole for tracing circles!

DollyS
DollyS
Advanced
IL USA
Member since 11/7/05
Posts: 46
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 12/5/12 2:31 PM

I purchased Swedish tracing paper online and have been using it for years. #2 pencil and a ruler is all you need.

SandiMacD
star
SandiMacD  Friend of PR
Intermediate
FL USA
Member since 2/8/09
Posts: 2209
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 12/6/12 5:47 AM

I use exam paper or movers packing paper (love the large square width!). The ruler (image posted by Donna H) is a must have, along with a 2-1/2 inch wide, clear ruler used by quilters for cutting bias tape. Also I need a smaller 6-8 inch ruler or quilt ruler for smaller lengths. On paper I use a mechanical pencil- I find I erase alot! On muslin I use markers. I have a system to start with colors and use them in order of the changes. For me I start in black, alteration is green, next is blue, etc. If I am copying lines I use a tracing wheel and tracing paper or sometimes I pin down the pattern and remove a pins from a section. I lift the edges of the pattern until the line I need can be marked and use a black marker to trace along side of it.
I like the pattern paper from Nancy's Notions (or something similiar) to transfer a *keeper* size onto. It is lighter, lasts longer and stores easily in ziplocks.
But many of my dog patterns are on the movers packing paper and it's been 7 years for some and they have held up nicely.
-- Edited on 12/6/12 5:50 AM --

------
sewing brings joy and meaning to my life...

petro
starstar
petro  Friend of PR
Advanced
FRANCE
Member since 6/24/07
Posts: 2346
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 12/6/12 6:58 AM

I usually use one of the following - Burda pattern paper, comes in big sheets, pretty easy to see through, not cheap
pattern paper on a roll from my local fabric store - 3 euros for 10metres bit thicker than Burda but still you can see through
Morplan pattern drafting paper - sturdy, hard to see through, best to use with a tracing wheel or carbon
Swedish tracing paper is good but pricey, and garden fleece is a bit like it, much cheaper, not as easy to mark with lines.
Equipment I have is propelling pencils, sheets of carbon ( from stationers), tracing wheel - the spiky kind, double tracing wheel, two pencils stuck together with blue tack, ruler, flexible ruler.
Oh, I also have a piece of a thin foam stuff left over from going under wood floors which protects the table when I use the spiky tracing wheel.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting >> Help...Tools for tracing patterns?

Merchants on PR
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Sewn Square One
Patterns for Your Style.
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $49.00)
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics

Online Sewing Classes
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics

Wild Ginger Curves - Swimsuit
photo
Review by avancleve on 7/21/07
Read Review

You Sew Girl USB Fob Digital Pattern
You Sew Girl USB Fob Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $5.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Oliver + S Garden Party Dress (6M-4) Digital Pattern
Oliver + S Garden Party Dress (6M-4) Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $16.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Burda 9547 Girls' Jacket
photo
Review by piakdy on 8/17/13
Read Review

SewBaby Clutter Catchers Pattern
SewBaby Clutter Catchers Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Fit For Art Tabula Rasa Jacket Pattern
Fit For Art Tabula Rasa Jacket Pattern

Details
Price: $30.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8992 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )
Vogue 8992 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )

Details
Price: $22.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Butterick 5764 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )
Butterick 5764 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN