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« on: March 18, 2007 06:58:29 PM »

I am not new to sewing, or using patterns, but I have a question about patterns.
Anyone have ideas for not cutting new patterns out? I used to trace them onto freezer paper, when I had a sliding glass door, but I have moved since then and no longer live in a house with a good sized light box. But thats the only thing I miss about being married, the sliding glass door where I used to trace my patterns. Anyhow, I just don't want to, cut the smallest sized pattern and lose the bigger sizes just in case it doesn't fit. Help. If I posted this in the wrong place, I am sorry. Also what can I use to trace the pattern on, besides freezer paper?

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007 07:02:14 PM »

I use the non woven interfacing. It goes on sale for about 50 cents a yard and I stock up. You can see through it well enough to trace without a light box and you can fold it up.

I've also used tracing paper in the big rolls from an art supply store (pearl paint). That was for a class on altering patterns, but we got about 13 pants patterns out of it for around $25.
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007 07:16:18 PM »

Oh thank you, I love the interfacing idea. I will have to pick some up the next time I go out. I live 40 miles away from the nearest fabric store, so it will be next weekend. I have iron on interfacing but I don't know if that will work.
Great idea though. Thanks a bunch...

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2007 05:48:23 PM »

I bet it would work. I'm just too cheap to use my iron in interfacing. Last time JoAnn's had a good sale on the sew in non woven stuff I got a whole load of it for 25 cents a yard. I have also been known to use paper bags or newspaper roll ends (I worked at the newspaper at the time) if it was just a one time use or if I was drafting a pattern.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007 10:18:36 PM »

In some areas, you can find something called "soil separator fabric" at big box hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot, etc). It is sold in the plumbing area, and is meant for some kind of use involving septic systems. One manufacturer is 'Carriff' - they also sell something similar for this purpose - http://www.carriff.com/Products/sewing-fabric.htm.  Anyway, it is a thin nonwoven polyspun fabric on rolls - the width varies (usually 2-3 feet wide), and a good sized roll (300 feet or so) is usually in the $15-25 range. It is translucent so you usually don't need a light source/table. Pens don't work on it, but colored pencils do, it doesn't tear easily and usually doesn't wrinkle (this varies), plus it is a bit static and will stick to many fabrics (less need for pins). You can also sew it on the machine - I've sewn together sections of it to use as a floating row cover, and it held up outside in the wind/elements for most of the summer.  Some people like it, some don't - YMMV.

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2007 11:11:53 AM »

Now *THAT* is a cool idea. I'm going to have to go check that stuff out.
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2007 11:27:58 AM »

There's also stuff called Swedish tracing paper that's excellent for tracing patterns. I bought mine at a sewing expo, but it's available online.  Personally, I didn't like the soil separating paper because it's only available in black around here (In FL, it comes in tan to match the sand), and the black was hard to see through (it also varied enough in thickness that some spots were sheer while others were opaque).

The one hint I used for years was to cut the pattern out at the largest size, and fold back to the size you want. You have to clip the curves, but it works passably well.  As for a light box, do you have any windows that can substitute(front window, storm door on the front door, car window)?  If you can get a sheet of Plexiglas (Lowe's/Home depot should have it), you can put it in front of a light source, and store it away when you're not using it.


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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2007 12:40:12 PM »

If you aren't concerned about preserving the patterns in an absolutely pristine state, you can use transfer paper and a tracing wheel to move the pattern directly to the fabric.  This is what I do, and it takes less time than you'd think!

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2007 10:11:22 AM »

A lot of great ideas. Thanks everyone. I must say I do still like the interfacing idea. will have to stop at the fabric store this weekend and pick some up. I did resort to using freezer paper this time. But I think the interfacing will not tear as easy. Again. thanks!

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