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Topic: Tracing Paper + Tracing Wheel --> Redundant?  (Read 9459 times)
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2009 03:20:01 PM »

How are you using your patterns? I think most people cut (or trace out) the size that they want and then cut around the edge of the pattern, that way you don't need to trace at all.   
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2009 05:08:35 PM »

 I think by non-colored tracing paper, you are referring to white, and it's for dark fabrics. you can simply put pins in the points you want to mark, and then turning the fabric to the back, use chalk or pencil or dissappearing ink  to mark the main points. You don't have to draw all the lines in unless it is a rare beast, which is a curved dart. If you just want both halves to be the same when you cut it out, you could just cut each piece separately, if the fabric is thick, or slippery. But most cases, using weights on your pattern helps smooth things out. Pins can tend to bunch up fabric, and make the layers shift. So be careful when pinning your pattern that you keep things as flat as possible. The little threads mentioned before are called Tailor Tacks, and are one of the best ways to mark finer fabrics, or bulky fabrics. They leave the least amount of damage, and you can get presise marks. Just leave each length several inches long. If you use two threads on the needle, you can pull it apart and leave one thread in each piece of fabric. It just requires patience, so you don't pull all the way through. K

« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2009 08:07:55 PM »

never thought of using thread to mark a spot, thanks for sharing that!

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