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Trace a Magazine Pattern | Video

A number of sewing magazines in print contain printed patterns. These magazine are a great deal for sewing enthusiasts because they often include 20 or more designs in a single issue. The designs are of high quality and typically come in a wide range of sizes.

However, the pattern pieces are printed in an overlapped arrangement on the pattern sheets and need to be traced so you can use them all. They can be confusing to sort out.

Learn tips for working with these patterns so you can get the greatest value from your magazines. We’ll show you how to identify and then find the pieces you need on the pattern sheets, how to mark them for easier visibility, and how to trace them.

You’ll need a few supplies for this process:

•  A roll of medical exam table paper, to use as tracing paper. Buy the smooth variety, and opt for the widest width you can find—21 inches or more—to accommodate large pattern pieces.

• File flags, to mark the pattern pieces on the original sheet, so you can seem clearly to trace.

• SA Curve Ruler, for tracing curved seamlines and for adding seam allowances to the traced patterns.




About This Video Series

Threads comes to life with Threads Essential Techniques. In this web-only video series, we show you how to execute some of the must-know techniques, methods, and skills seen in our print magazine.

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  1. user-2658237 | | #1

    I wish that I could view this video. Nothing I've tried has worked. Very frustrating!!

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    We're looking into it--it should be available soon. Thanks for letting us know it is not working.
    Carol J. Fresia
    Threads Senior Technical Editor

  3. designsbydenise | | #3

    I use wax paper to trace my patterns. It can easily be fused together with a warm iron to make larger pieces, and it's easy to see through. I use Sharpie pens to trace the patterns, and can use a different color to mark the seam allowances, darts, or other markings. It might be cheaper and more readily available than exam table paper.

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