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angalynn23
01-16-2010, 02:32 PM
Do you trace your sewing patterns onto something? Or do you cut them out? I usually cut them out, but have learned that I have to go buy another pattern if I need another size. :blink: What do you do?

Kymy
01-16-2010, 02:48 PM
Do you trace your sewing patterns onto something? Or do you cut them out? I usually cut them out, but have learned that I have to go buy another pattern if I need another size. :blink: What do you do?

I trace! Growing up my mom would cute open & tape brown bags together. Then she would cut out the whole tissue pattern making sure to include all the lines for every size THEN she would fold it & trace the size she needed onto the brown bag. It worked & the bag was durable. That being said I stopped doing that years ago, especially since the nicer patterns aren't ment to be cut anymore.

Anyways Parchement paper ROCKS! It's thick enough not to tear super easy, but its nearly completely see through! I started out with walmart & costco rolls. Now I buy 3' long rolls from dickblick.com. I think it was like $10 & they last for a really long time. I think the last one lasted almost 2 years?

Anyways I just used that & a bright sharpie marker!

UndrThTblNDrumng
01-16-2010, 02:58 PM
what an awesome idea!

I always cut the pattern out on the farthest lines out, pin and then use a tracing wheel and charcopy tracing paper (http://www.agreatnotion.com/catalogue/contents/media/ctp-100.jpg) to transfer the lines I need.

coveredbydesign
01-16-2010, 06:22 PM
I also like a thick plastic drop cloth, I get it in 2ftx15 ft rolls for a couple of bucks at walmart. But it needs to be the high mm thickness or its a pita to work with. So I trace my patterns if you haven't figured that out, lol. Since most are Jalie and Otto tracing is a must!

angalynn23
01-16-2010, 08:57 PM
Do you cut the pattern still? What if I need two of the sizes on the original pattern? I don't want to cut it out. I have some dress makers tracing paper that will work for now on the brown paper bags (great idea!)I'm not sure if you can still get it. I got it from a swap.

Rachel
01-16-2010, 09:35 PM
I buy tissue paper and trace onto that so I can use different sizes. Its tedious though. I've learned that there's not all that much "sewing" involved in sewing! lol. The tracing, cutting, pinning, etc takes WAY more time than sewing. I wish I could have a personal assistant who would trace and cut out all my fabric for me so all I'd have to do is sew :)

Rachel
01-16-2010, 09:38 PM
Oh and sometimes when I'm feeling really motivated and organized, I'll take a pattern and cut out each piece to the biggest size, and put all the pieces in separate envelopes and write on the envelope which # the pattern is for, which view it is, and what it is (pants, dress, bag, whatever) then put all those envelopes back into the original pattern envelope. Then once I've traced a bigger size out of it, I put that pattern in a separate envelope and put the size on it. Its a pain in the butt but man am I ever happy the next time I go for that pattern and its sooo organized. Bliss.

aecryan
01-16-2010, 10:02 PM
I prefer pdf patterns so I can print as many as I need. All that tracing sounds tedious.

starr5678
01-16-2010, 10:14 PM
I've learned that there's not all that much "sewing" involved in sewing! lol. The tracing, cutting, pinning, etc takes WAY more time than sewing. I wish I could have a personal assistant who would trace and cut out all my fabric for me so all I'd have to do is sew :)

:yes: So true!

I also use parchment paper to trace the patterns, by the way.

Kymy
01-17-2010, 12:03 AM
Do you cut the pattern still? What if I need two of the sizes on the original pattern? I don't want to cut it out. I have some dress makers tracing paper that will work for now on the brown paper bags (great idea!)I'm not sure if you can still get it. I got it from a swap.


When you do that yes you do but you cut around the WHOLE multi-size piece so you have all the line sizes for 6-12 for example... so if you want to do a size 10 you fold the lines for the other sizes out of the way... they aren't really gone, but out of your way so you can trace it.

Kymy
01-17-2010, 12:05 AM
I prefer pdf patterns so I can print as many as I need. All that tracing sounds tedious.

the .pdfs are nice for smaller patterns but after printing out a couple 30+ page adult patterns & taping & cutting them out I MUCH prefer tracing. I can get them all traced out in 5-10 minutes or less depending how many pieces it is.

angalynn23
01-17-2010, 12:54 PM
You all have WAY more patience then me. I started to trace this pattern I'm working today (a shirt for work) and gave up and cut out the size I'm hoping fits. I get my patterns for 99cents when they go on sale, so I convinced myself I was only saving $1 and it wasn't worth my time. :001_unsure: I'll probably regret it later.

Ali
01-17-2010, 08:43 PM
I trace! Growing up my mom would cute open & tape brown bags together. Then she would cut out the whole tissue pattern making sure to include all the lines for every size THEN she would fold it & trace the size she needed onto the brown bag. It worked & the bag was durable. That being said I stopped doing that years ago, especially since the nicer patterns aren't ment to be cut anymore.

Anyways Parchement paper ROCKS! It's thick enough not to tear super easy, but its nearly completely see through! I started out with walmart & costco rolls. Now I buy 3' long rolls from dickblick.com. I think it was like $10 & they last for a really long time. I think the last one lasted almost 2 years?

Anyways I just used that & a bright sharpie marker!

What a great idea! Do you mind posting a link to the product on dickblick? I looked but couldn't find it. i have a roll of thicker poster board that I use, but its a pain to pin on and it isn't see-through so it makes it more difficult to work with.

I buy tissue paper and trace onto that so I can use different sizes. Its tedious though. I've learned that there's not all that much "sewing" involved in sewing! lol. The tracing, cutting, pinning, etc takes WAY more time than sewing. I wish I could have a personal assistant who would trace and cut out all my fabric for me so all I'd have to do is sew :) We all need that... I'm hoping when my 7 year-old turns around 9 or 10 I can pay him a few bucks to help cut out and trace patterns :D

aecryan
01-17-2010, 11:57 PM
the .pdfs are nice for smaller patterns but after printing out a couple 30+ page adult patterns & taping & cutting them out I MUCH prefer tracing. I can get them all traced out in 5-10 minutes or less depending how many pieces it is.

Yeah, I guess I have never done an adult pattern pdf. :001_unsure:

breesy23
01-18-2010, 12:24 AM
I trace all my patterns on pattern ease (sp?) It makes my life so much easier and the patterns are so much better to pin than the tissue paper patterns. I just buy a bolt and user it as needed.

benjibums
01-18-2010, 12:27 AM
I use parchment paper just like a lot of other people. But I did just order some Swedish Tracing Paper and it was super cheap so I am hoping that works as well since it is cheaper.

Kymy
01-18-2010, 12:40 AM
What a great idea! Do you mind posting a link to the product on dickblick? I looked but couldn't find it. i have a roll of thicker poster board that I use, but its a pain to pin on and it isn't see-through so it makes it more difficult to work with.

We all need that... I'm hoping when my 7 year-old turns around 9 or 10 I can pay him a few bucks to help cut out and trace patterns :D

I think this is it... I prefer the 36", but last time DH accidentally got me the 24". http://www.dickblick.com/products/tracing-paper-in-rolls/

Also I don't pin my pattern pieces. I put them down with weights & trace them with a chalk wheel... way easier especially when you need more then 1 of a peice & the tracings last longer!

I use parchment paper just like a lot of other people. But I did just order some Swedish Tracing Paper and it was super cheap so I am hoping that works as well since it is cheaper.

I have heard good things about the swedish tracing paper but at $6.50+ shipping for a 29" roll with only 10 yards the stuff from dickblick has always made more $$ sense for me.

Chey
01-19-2010, 12:10 PM
I cut them out. I like to have one pattern, one size in each envelope. I always buy multiples of the same pattern so I can have it in additional sizes. I just buy them when the fabric store has their crazy bit 99 cent pattern sales. I stock up then when I cut them I mark on the outside of the envelope that it has been cut and what size, then it gets cataloged in my pattern file so that I can easily find it.

stitchesbyshilo
01-19-2010, 07:55 PM
I trace all my patterns on pattern ease (sp?) It makes my life so much easier and the patterns are so much better to pin than the tissue paper patterns. I just buy a bolt and user it as needed.

I use the same thing. It's very easy to use and inexpensive.

Manuela
01-19-2010, 08:07 PM
I buy all of my patterns when they are on sale for 99 cents too, and I cut them to the largest size, then...I cut it to whatever size I need, and then I put the little extra size strips thingies in an envelope in the pattern envelope in case I ever need to make it in a bigger size. I don't think I have the patience to cut and trace... I just pin to the fabric and cut it out...