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Trace Patterns

Preserve your original sewing pattern with all the sizes by tracing out just the size you plan to make.


When working with sewing patterns, it's wise to maintain the original. This approach ensures that you always have the option to revisit the pattern for different sizes or adjustments in the future.


You can preserve the original pattern by tracing it onto another paper. I recommend using medical exam paper. Yes, that is the paper they roll out at the doctor office at the exam table. This type of paper is just the right balance of durability and transparency, making it ideal for pattern tracing. Aim for the widest roll you can find to accommodate large pattern pieces without issue.

Easy Steps to Trace Your Pattern:

  1. Roll Out and Secure the Paper: Lay out your medical exam paper over the pattern you wish to copy. Use small weights to keep both the pattern and the paper from shifting. Household items like cans or small books work well if you don't have traditional pattern weights.

  2. Maintain Precision: With the help of a ruler, carefully trace the outline of the pattern. A clear ruler or quilting ruler can be especially handy for straight lines and adds accuracy to your work.

  3. Details Matter: Don't overlook any details. Copy all the important markings — notches, grainlines, and any unique pattern indications. These elements are crucial for matched and professional-looking final pieces.

A minor drawback of using medical exam paper is that it typically comes in bulk. However, this can be turned into an advantage by cooperating with your sewing circle. Consider splitting the cost of a box among your friends, or gifting some to fellow craft enthusiasts. 

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Product Recommendation

McKesson Exam Table Paper, Economy Crepe, White, 21 in x 125 ft, 12 Count

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