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How do I keep the paper flat?
Dana Cetz
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Date: 4/23/13 2:40 AM

I am on an extreme budget and found this roll of brown kraft paper to draft my pattern but it wont stay flat when I try to make the pattern on it. Should I try to iron it? If so what temperature.

It is really irritating and I am almost in tears trying to draft on it but its all I got.

Thanks you in advance,
Dana
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Date: 4/23/13 2:53 AM

I draft my patterns onto brown kraft paper too. I iron it on a dry silk setting and use weights to help it "forget" it's previous shape.

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Date: 4/23/13 3:36 AM

Rolling the paper in the reverse direction before you iron it helps, too.

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Date: 4/23/13 6:40 AM

another one here who irons it.
I cover it with a towel or something and iron it hot. it does still curl abit for me though but its better.
and I have to use quite a few pins then when pinning to fabeic.
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In reply to Dana Cetz

Date: 4/23/13 11:41 AM

I second the suggestion to roll the paper in the opposite direction. I worked with construction drawings for years. Anytime we needed to use a set of drawings which had been rolled for a while, we rolled them in the opposite direction and rubber banded them for a few hours. It won't take all the curl out, but it will make it a lot easier to flatten when you iron it.
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Date: 4/23/13 12:23 PM

I weigh the corners of the paper down while I'm drafting, and then iron the individual pattern pieces after.

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Date: 4/23/13 2:49 PM

I draft on paper, too. I sometimes iron it on low, covered with fabric. Most of the time, though, I just lay it out on the floor and spread small stacks of cards on the edges and center to keep it flat. I use 2 decks of regular playing cards, and just make small piles until the paper is relatively flat.
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Date: 4/24/13 0:50 AM

I've never used the brown kraft paper, but I do use white banner paper and other papers too. To draft I would place it curling side down and weight or tape down the edges in a few places in. If needed, I've pressed several types of paper on cotton or even linen setting. So just take a small scrap piece and test to see how hot it needs to be to remove the curl without scorching the paper. Don't let the iron sit on one spot & scorch. Thin tracing paper kind of shrink/crumples if the iron is too hot. I don't know if the brown kraft paper might be more flammable though, so I'll add a disclaimer to be careful and increase heat gradually. Perhaps I should say " don't try this at home" I can't really recommend that you do it I can only tell you what I do.

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Date: 4/27/13 2:13 PM

Even when working with dead flat paper on a level surface, it's a good idea to tape the drawing to the table. It'll increase the accuracy of the drawing, and make using things like compasses and curves easier.
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Date: 4/27/13 10:05 PM

Thanks good tip
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