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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008 01:26:30 AM »

I use wide baking paper. and  sharpie.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008 12:05:17 PM »

I actually just bought something called Swedish Tracing Paper.  It comes in a 10 yard roll and it's 29 inches wide and you use it to trace out your patterns.  Apparently it's so sturdy you can even wash it!   I paid $13 (w/ shipping) for the roll but I personally feel it will more than pay for itself when I don't have to go out and buy a second and third pattern to get a different size out of it.  My girls are size 10, 6/7 and 3/4.  So I need several different sizes out of each pattern.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2008 07:42:07 PM »

I'm sure you figured out that the straight edges you just fold under and cut, but those armhole edges and necklines can be tricky...

If it is a really complicated design (or really expensive fabric I'm nervous about messing up) I use tracing paper (in a high contrast color) and a tracing wheel.  You buy the paper and slide it inbetween the fabric and the pattern with the colored side down and then use a little tracing wheel (looks like a pizza cutter with a jagged edge) and follow the lines of the pattern in your chosen size pressing firmly...I find that it works a lot better when I have a piece of cardboard underneath my work so there is something to press against (I usually sew in a room that is carpeted) -- if nothing shows up then you may not be pressing hard enough

I have to say that honestly I usually just pin the pattern on the fabric and eyeball it, cut the fabric under the paper slowly and carefully "freehand" -- You'll get it, don't give up!
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2008 05:18:58 AM »


I have to say that honestly I usually just pin the pattern on the fabric and eyeball it, cut the fabric under the paper slowly and carefully "freehand" -- You'll get it, don't give up!


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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2008 05:25:44 AM »

I never cut original patterns I always trace them I use bristol board or the brown craft paper. I always just used carbon paper and moved it as I went along just tape the pattern to what ever you are tracing it to.
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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2008 08:13:30 PM »

I was refered to this post and I must say thanks for all of the useful info!  If anyone is looking for cheap paper in large sizes try your nearest mover.  Movers use blank newspaper as packing paper.  My local mover sells 25# of paper for $25.  But you could probably get them to sell you smaller amounts if you ask.  My kids love to color on them...I just never thought to use them to trace a sewing pattern.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2008 09:47:35 AM »

a little tracing wheel (looks like a pizza cutter with a jagged edge)

OH! that's what that is!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry, I keep seeing them out of the corner of my eye in hobbycraft and my local haberdasher's but I never go and see what they are. and I felt too stupid to ask lol!!!
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