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Zappa | Posted in Patterns on

 We are thinking about making an apron and wanted to make a bunch of them   no I know that the pattern prints are pretty thin  is there a way to keep them longer or mabey make the pettern on thicker medium   Z


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    CostumerVal | | #1

    You can iron it to either freezer paper or iron on stabilizer.  Store it rolled or hung.

  2. Crazy K | | #2

    I use Kwik Sew patterns mostly (lots of kids things and I like the multiple sizing, etc.) and I transfer the size I want onto cheap interfacing aka pattern making paper.  It's a non-woven fabric that I buy on huge rolls at an outlet here locally.........about 75 yds. to a roll and they last me a very long time.  I'm sure you can buy small quanatities by the yard.  I use my patterns over and over again and store them in manila envelopes in a file box.  I mark the envelope with pattern number and the sizes that I have copied.......and sometimes a photocopy of the pattern pix.  It might seem cumbersome to many but it works for me.  I have lots of kids that I sew for and they range in size from infant to adult sizes.

    Just a thought...........


    Edited 2/11/2008 10:51 pm ET by Crazy K

    1. cookymom | | #3

      My former neighbor, a landscape architect, taught me about a thin tracing paper sold by the roll.  When our kids were little, we traded patterns this way.  It's very durable, easy to see thru and folds up in a flash.

      This thin yellow or white paper comes in several widths and I use the 36 in wide roll for kids clothes.  It works very well with mult-size patterns. Take a dark pencil or permanent maker to trace the size you want.  I write the pattern number, size and brief description in one spot and transfer all the markings from the master pattern.  Afterwards the pattern and all sizes go into a plastic bag.

      The only trick is to flip the paper as you lay it down.  by this I mean, put the rolled side on the bottom and draw on the top side.  It will flatten out the roll.

      I buy my rolls at an art supply store.  Try Michael's to see if they carry rolls of trace.


      1. Crazy K | | #4

        I think your suggestion was meant for Zappa........I wrote about tracing paper.  I have a good supplier for that.  Works like a dream.  I've been using this for well over ten years and the patterns do hold up well.  Some I have used numerous times.  I remember years ago when my kids were little and I sewed that friends and I used to share patterns that they got at 'sewing with knits' classes, etc. 

        Your paper sounds ideal as well.  I have a Michael's close by so if I ever can't get my favorite I could try that.  Is it expensive?  What I get is less than a dollar a yard and sometimes down close to $.50 ot $.60 cents.



  3. Teaf5 | | #5

    Ironed-on waxed paper works well, too; just clean the iron afterward!When making multiples, I stack three or four pre-washed & folded fabrics and cut them all at once. Since aprons are mostly straight lines, a rotary cutter and mat make this ultra-fast. And if you place the cutting guide/ruler just a bit over the line, you won't keep making each one smaller and smaller.To sew multiples quickly, find two or three that can share the same thread color and stitch them assembly-line style; it's much faster than changing bobbin and thread all the time or making each one from start to finish.

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