The most useful thing I have discovered lately is paper bandage tape which can be bought in any pharmacy. Instead of using scotch tape on a tissue pattern which will melt if you iron it, use paper tape to:
- fix rips in a pattern;
- tape places where you alter the length or width of the pattern
- reinforce tissue over darts or any markings where you use a tracing wheel.
The paper tape is durable and does not melt when you iron the pattern in order to have it nice and flat to affix to material or to fold it up and put it back in to the pattern envelope.
Some sewing notion companies are selling this stuff as “special tape” but charge much more than you would pay if you bought it in the drug store for what it really is: bandage tape. The name inside the hoop of the tape should read: “mircopore” . (Do not confuse it with cloth tape as cloth tape gets gummy at the edges).