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Threads Fitting DVD Series – Question

sewitfits | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi all,

I’m one of those who lingers in the background visiting and reading all your “very interesting” discussions.  Not much of a talker online I guess.  My question is:  I finally ordered the DVD Fitting Series by Threads and am having a hard time finding some of the supplies mentioned in the examples.  Particularly, I would like to buy a supply of tissue paper and the French curve ruler.  Unfortunately the only fabric store in my town (Jo-Ann Fabrics) carries neither of these tools.

Don’t know if I am searching the right term but have not had any luck online.  Can anyone suggest a website that carries these items? 

Thanks for your input.

Edited 10/1/2008 5:50 pm ET by sewitfits


  1. sewslow67 | | #1

    Have you tried to Google a search for these products yet?  If you do that, you will find a lot of websites for both/all products.  If you have trouble doing this, please let me know and I'll give you a hand.

    1. sewitfits | | #6

      Hi sewslow67,

      Yes I have actually saved a few on my favorites.  One problem I have is I don't have a lot of time to spend online and get impatient if after searching an item several times, I get everything except what I'm searching for.

      But you are right, there are a lot of websites to visit and I just end up spending too much time on the computer instead of doing actual sewing.  My own fault!


  2. KharminJ | | #2

    Next time you're at the JoAnn's, ask if they have a "Project Runway" notions area - At my store, it's on a couple of end-caps and side panels near the Plastic Storage aisle - but that's a superstore, not a small one ...

    There is a long French Curve (and some other interesting tools) in that line, but they're not anywhere near the other notions...go figure...

    Here's the PatternReview.com Tip about using the french curve -


    And a couple of online sources - search terms "French Curve, Sewing"




    The DraftingSteals site also has various tracing and drafting papers available. For simple tissue paper (to keep your fabric out of the throat plate, or from dragging on it) you can use the low-cost kind sold for gift wrapping.

    Happy Fitting!


    1. sewitfits | | #7

      KharminJ!  Thanks for the "hook up".  These websites are exactly what I have been looking for and the prices are great!  I especially like the Draftingsteals and the Creatforless websites!  I had the Sewtrue one saved in my favorites but I guess I was not searching it correctly.

      These are definately keepers!  Very good info and I plan on making an order today.

      Take care and thanks to all of you for your quick responses. 


  3. jjgg | | #3

    Joanns usually has a "fashion ruler" it is a french curve and hip curve all in one. It's clear plastic, about 18 - 24 inches long, with a big rounded end on one tip.
    http://www.sewnews.com/library/sewnews/qa/aaqa0503a.htmIt's item "C" in this pictureTissue paper can be gotten at any art supply store

    Edited 10/3/2008 12:11 am ET by jjgg

    1. sewitfits | | #5

      Thanks jjgg!  I hadn't thought of visiting an art supply store.  Also, I receive emails all the time from JoAnn's but never order anything.  Guess I need to start ordering online.  The town I live in only has 1 fabric store for apparel sewing.

      Thanks a lot for your input.


    2. sewitfits | | #8

      Hey jjgg,

      I just checked out your suggested website and I very much appreciate your help.  This particular page was very informative with the examples of how to use the french curve ruler.  I have saved this one in my favorites and plan to investigate it further.

      Thanks again,


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      ThreadKoe | | #11

      Thanks for the great link Jigg! I have used these tools for years, but often wished I had a reminder for which part of the curve was for what. Darn swiss cheese memory. Cathy

    4. MargieT | | #12

      Thanks for this great link.  It has a lot of helpful information.

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    You can use the tissue paper used for gift wrapping. It comes in sheets. Personally, I prefer something a little heavier, such as a drafting paper. That can be purchased at an office supply place like Staples. Cathy

    1. sewitfits | | #9


      I hadn't thought of using this but I will probably take your helpful advice, which could save me from spending any additional funds on my sewing project.  Something else I thought of after sending out the post was that I, like many other sewers, have a lot of old patterns that I could probably recyle for this job too.  The only thing about using it is that I might want to use clean paper without any old construction lines.  Anyway, it is another option.



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        ThreadKoe | | #10

        I have used a lot of old patterns up that way. I turn them over and use coloured pens to trace with to make them different from the ones printed on the paper. Cathy

        1. sewitfits | | #13


          I didn't think of that!  I will definitely use your advice since this will help me do my part in recycling old items at the same time.  Thanks for the suggestion.


  5. sauer50 | | #14


    You can purchase "french curves" through an art supply store/catalog/online or I purchased one from http://www.lutterloh.com (which is a pattern making company).  I assume you are wanting to obtain tissue paper to duplicate patterns?  I would recommend the Clotilde catalog (http://www.clotilde.com) and they have various types of 'paper' for pattern copying.  The Swedish tracing paper is my favorite so far because you don't have to worry about it tearing.

    Good Luck!

    1. sewitfits | | #15


      I am so sorry that I just saw this email from you and I really appreciate your input.  It just so happens that I mentioned my need for french curves to my hubby and because he used to draw alot and holds onto all his tools, he happend to have several sizes of french curves!  I have all I need but thanks again for the info.


      1. user-130184 | | #16

        Hello - I don't recall where I learned this, but someone suggested using a roll of exam table paper for pattern tissue. I bought a roll from a local medical supply store several years ago and it's worked great for me. It's relatively inexpensive, readily available, and easy to work with.Maybe this will work for you, too.Karen

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