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August 6, 2016

THE GREAT TRACING PAPER DILEMMA...

...which paper do you use in your sewing room
Medical Exam Table paper 21" x 41.67 yards

Swedish Tracing paper 29" x 10 yards
Or do you prefer another type???

34 comments:

  1. I use Remay, or the generic equivalent garden cloth that I buy at the hardware store. Easy to trace, fold and even sew for a muslin. The best by far, better than paper.

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  2. I use medical paper, pellon's version of Swedish tracing paper, and yellow tracing paper from an online art supply store.

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  3. I use the tracing paper the Nancy's Notions carries. If I had need for wider widths I would go to the stores that cater to the drafting trade and get canary paper in 36" width, but so far, the Nancy's Notions paper has been fine. Should something turn into a real TNT then it goes onto oak tag. I bought oak tag sheets (sold under the name Domtar Colors Tag)from Kelly Paper. Kelly sells to the printing trades. Saral carbon paper can be bought in art supply stores and it is great for transferring details to oak tag.

    Theresa in Tucson

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa!

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  4. I do. I use the same 'trash' or more commonly known as sketch paper that I use for my preliminary sketches for my landscape design business. I buy 24" wide by 50 yards for $9.95 here http://www.nationwidedrafting.com/store/sketchandartpaper.html
    It's thin, but it's erasable and it is good for tissue fitting. I get it in white but it's also available in canary. Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic uses the canary. If I want to copy over a tnt pattern I use a heavier tracing paper that I bought by the sheet on Ebay. It's a cheap version of the vellum I use for final drawings.

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    1. Thanks for the link Nancy!

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  5. Oh and I really dislike Swedish tracing paper. It doesn't erase, it's expensive and it doesn't tape well.

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    1. It doesn't tape well and you are right Nancy it is expensive.

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  6. I get my tracing paper from Dick Blick art supply online. I love it because I can use a Sharpie and it doesn't soak through. Reasonably priced, not flimsy, and lasts me quite a long time.

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    1. Thank you Marsha!

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    2. I get my tracing paper from Dick Blick as well. I get the 24"-wide 50 yard rolls. While I don't trace with Sharpies, I do find the paper easy to work with and durable. I trace with pencils and have no problems erasing mistakes.

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  7. I use the cheap interfacing from Joanns. You can get it for less than $5 for 50 yards during Christmas sales. Easy to sew, reinforces tissue patterns and fuses to itself so no need for tape.

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  10. Rhonda Buss recommends wedding aisle runner from the Party Store $40! I found it at HobbyLobby 50% off. Its wider than Swedish, 100' long and traces and sews just like Swedish for the win!

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    1. I use this too. It holds up better than 'paper', is a lot wider than other alternatives, doesn't tear/crease. Love it! Michaels sells it and with a 40% or 50% off voucher it is priced pretty well!

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  11. I use medical exam table paper and the Pellon Tracing Fabric that looks like graph paper.

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  12. I use medical exam paper, and I've also used the rolls of tracing paper from Dick Blick. I don't see any reason to pay extra for the Swedish paper. I like the ideas of garden fabric or cheap interfacing, and I'm going to look into those when my current roll of paper runs out. Great question, Faye; I enjoyed seeing the answers your readers gave.

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    1. I am so glad I asked this question too Marjie. Thanks for your input!

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  13. I use medical exam paper. I bought a box (12 rolls) on Amazon for a really good price 2 years ago. I think I'm on my second or third roll and I have to alter ALL of my patterns. (I always copy my original patterns.). Very pleased with it.

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  14. Thank you Suzie. This is very valuable information that I will definitely be using.

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  15. I use Staedtler sketch paper I get at Michael's Arts and Crafts. It is a roll of 18 in x 50 yds. It is lightweight and you can see through it.

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    1. Being see through is a must have Tomasa. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I use both; although I'm pretty stingy with the $$$ swedish paper, it is great for making patterns for a whole front or back, and I've used it for TNTs. For first goes...it's medical table paper. If it's not wide enough I just tape more width on.

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    1. Lisa I'm stingy with the swedish paper also because it's so expensive. That's why I posed this question, and I am so glad I did. All of you ladies have offered such valuable alternatives.

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  17. I use tissue paper and once the item is traced, run tape over it... works like a charm.

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  18. Pellon red dot because it is cheaper drapier and wider than Swedish. I will check out aisle runner cloth as another suggested though. Great idea! Thanks for the post!

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  19. Pellon red dot because it is cheaper drapier and wider than Swedish. I will check out aisle runner cloth as another suggested though. Great idea! Thanks for the post!

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