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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2006 06:34:41 PM »

I used to use "Do Sew"- don't know where you buy it these days.
 Do-Sew by Stretch & Sew is a 100% spun bonded polyester pattern tracing material. Trace your size from a multi-sized pattern to avoid cutting the original pattern. 36" wide.

Clear enough (looks like white interfacing) for you to see through to the fabric underneath in case you need to match stripes or plaids or whatever.
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2006 06:39:40 PM »

I currently use a roll of I believe heavyweight newsprint paper. A friend snagged it for me from a printer that could not use the rest of the rolls as they were not enough for runs of the paper if I am remembering correctly.

I have also heard other like those on this thread that use soil seperator sheets or medical exam paper.

Basically the qualities you are probably looking for are: durability - will it hold up to many uses?; markability - if you want to trace onto it (with the original underneath) can you see through it? if you want to trace around something or draw will it hold the ink or pencil and not smear; stability - can you cut out your pieces, pin pieces or markings, etc without it falling apart of stretching out of shape?; storability - if you need to fold it to store it, can you? if you have space to roll it to store it, does it roll well



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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2006 08:00:23 PM »

I have a roll of white butcher paper for most pattern tracing.  For heavy duty stuff (pattern parts that get used a LOT, like my collar and shirt cuff parts and the base for re-creationist t-tunics  Roll Eyes after I wore through six copies of the pattern I gave in.) I copy them out onto poster board or card stock (depending on the size of the piece)  Bennie with card stock is it's easy to trace around, disadvantage is you have to store it in a supersize ziplock bag under the bed.

I've used super cheap non woven interfacing for some, as a combination test fitting, pattern tracing.  Is nice for prototyping and altering a pattern for the initial run.

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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2006 08:04:49 PM »

I have used old sheets from thrift stores. I cut the pattern out and if I need it to be stiffer for whatever reason, I just iron the pieces with starch. My mother in law turned me on to this, she is freakin awesome, she made my wedding dress out of sheets first for fit, then when she was done, she waxed my eyebrows and bikini  Wink with the leftover strips of sheets and professional wax (she's also an esthatician)!
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2006 09:36:36 AM »

i use cheapy cheap lightweight interfacing that you can get at a pretty reasonable price on Ebay.
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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2006 10:38:25 AM »

I use tyvek for small patterns.  I guess you could get the bog rolls of it that they use to wrap houses.  I get mine from the USPS.
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2006 06:56:25 PM »

great tips  thanks  all!!!!     Normally I  use poster board or card stock (never thought or a   sheet or interfacing........ where was my head?Huh?  Why  do they  make them so danged  thin in the first place???  anyone  know?
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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2006 08:03:22 PM »

i usually just use the sunday newspaper...hehe...then i fold the pattern up to put it away..and when i want to use it again i just iron it out straight and pin it to whatever material i want to  cut out Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2006 08:11:51 AM »

great tips  thanks  all!!!!     Normally I  use poster board or card stock (never thought or a   sheet or interfacing........ where was my head?Huh?  Why  do they  make them so danged  thin in the first place???  anyone  know?

it's cheaper and packs smaller, so they can cram more in an envelope and more envelopes in a box.

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