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Pattern Tracing Paper

junctioncats | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m brand new on the Threads forum, but so far I’m learning just by reading all of this great advice!

My question is this – I’m searching for pattern tracing paper. I’ve found 3 or 4 different types and cannot tell them apart online. There are two varying types on Clotilde’s site, same price and size, but there must be some sort of difference, else it would be just one type, right?

I’ve been sewing since I was 13 (and no, I’m NOT telling you how many years ago that was, lol. Suffice to say it is more than 35). I’d been away from it for about eight years and just started up again. I always used pattern paper to duplicate store-bought patterns and to make my own when needed. I just need help in telling them apart. Which type would you recommend, and why? Thanks!


  1. zuwena | | #1


    I don't use pattern tracing paper so I can't help in that regard.  It occurs to me, however, that if the paper is one of those nonwoven synthetics it will be more longlasting than regular paper.  Also, if you have the option of getting one of those with grid markings then it will help in accurately laying out the straight grain of pattern piece you are duplicating.

    Finally, as an aside, if you have a commercial pattern that you really like, have you ever tried applying a thin layer of interfacing to it to give it more substance and stability for multiple future usage?  Z

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    If you read through the posts under the heading of best way to reuse a pattern, there are lots of hints and ideas there. The main difference that I could see on the site was the difference between being a paper or a fabric like paper that could be sewn. Cathy

    Edited 9/9/2008 3:49 pm ET by ThreadKoe

    1. junctioncats | | #3

      Thanks to both of you. I hadn't seen any older threads that addressed this, but it helps to know that I was overlooking some. :-) I never heard of the interfacing trick, but that makes sense to me. One of the papers I was looking at has the grid lines, which appealed to me, the other doesn't. I'll check the other thread! Thanks again, Susan

      1. sewelegant | | #4

        You mention Clotilde and her tracing papers.  I have tried the Swedish paper and the other clothlike papers and they have their merits, but for everyday tracing and fitting a pattern, etc. I love the BIG roll of plain paper she sells.  It's just a little heavier than tissue paper but you can see through it.  And I like having all that paper to play around with that didn't cost so much.  I lay the tracing paper over the  pattern to trace it.

        View ImagePattern Tracing PaperSewing Notions$7.98 $7.28

        1. junctioncats | | #7

          I saw those rolls and wasn't sure about them. That's probably the way I'll go.

  3. Gbo44 | | #5

    I'm new to the forum, also. I purchased the pattern tracing material at JoAnn's recently and find that it was a really good bargain - especially if you can use a 40% or 50% off coupon.And, while I like having more durable pattern pieces (after tracing / marking) it seems to add a great deal of time to the entire process.I believe that I'll try the old tracing wheel/paper on the next one.

    1. junctioncats | | #8

      We have this teensy tiny Joann store up here. When I was traveling, I stopped in one near Pittsburgh and was surprised to find it was three times the size of ours. Although I haven't seen any paper in our store, I'll ask the next time I stop by (and since I'm a fabricaholic, that will probably be tomorrow!). Thanks! Susan

      1. Gbo44 | | #9

        Sure. It's in the interfacing area. You might even try online, since they have sales and sometimes free shipping. Good luck.

  4. charm | | #6

    try places like office supplies they sale great pattern tracing paper.

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