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Sewingirl2000
Posted 2011-01-31 10:31 PM (#72231)
Subject: Light weight tracing paper?


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What is the lightest weight paper that would work for printing patterns and taping them together? I find that the regular 20 lb paper is too heavy. I was thinking that maybe tracing paper sheets would work great but they are 9 x 12 rather than 8 1/2 x 11 and are too big for my printer. Any suggestions?
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pelli73
Posted 2011-02-01 5:42 AM (#72232 - in reply to #72231)
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I use the translucent paper sold for paper piecing-my personal fav is the one that Nancy's Notions carries.  I've also thought about trying to use one of the rolls of yellow paper intended for marking quilting patterns on-it's very lightweight, but I'm not sure how my printer would handle printing off a roll.

I may get a free sewing day tomorrow-we're supposed to get around 20" of snow by tomorrow morning with lots of wind to blow it around.  Hopefully we won't loose power!

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Marilyn R in IL
Posted 2011-02-01 9:51 AM (#72233 - in reply to #72231)
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When I first started with PMB, I thought that 20# paper was too heavy, too. After many years, I have come to really like this weight for patterns and really don't like the tissue paper of commercial patterns. While it's true that you can't see through the paper completely, I find that I can see through it enough to line up the little corner pies, etc (tip--cut off the corners of the pages first). If one puts it up to a window or on a light box, one can see through it easily--but there is not a frequent need to see through the paper anyway. I do find that I need to cut out the pattern on the seam lines first and that pins don't work well. That being said, the extra weight and stiffness of the paper means that pattern weights and a rotary cutter work great. That is my preferred method of cutting now.

Give it a try, I think you'll grow to like it, too.

Marilyn, who also prefers glue to tape--Mono-Aqua or any of the clear liquid glues with a fine-tip applicator
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2011-02-01 2:41 PM (#72244 - in reply to #72231)
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I use 16# legal paper.
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magenta
Posted 2011-02-01 3:40 PM (#72249 - in reply to #72231)
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I too use a rotary cutter to cut fabric, and therefore find the heavier paper ideal. Pelli, can you send a bucket or two of snow over here - we're having a heat-wave!

Sarah
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MamaMa
Posted 2011-02-02 10:05 AM (#72277 - in reply to #72231)
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I like plain newsprint paper. I think it is 16lb wt. This is the slightly beigey stuff your kindergartener brings home and usually has lines on it for learning to write. The only place I found plain 8.5 x 11" is online from Office Depot:

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/341669/Pacon-Plain-Newsprint-...

It did not feed too well through my old cheapo HP printer but feeds like a dream from the paper tray of my newer Canon All-in-One.

I like it because it is lighter than the 20# and does not give me so many paper cuts, and is a little transparent so I can see some marks through it from the backside. Also, I hold my patterns together with glue stick and I found the heavier 20# paper tended to pull the delicate seams apart more than the newsprint because it is more rigid. With the newsprint, the gluesticked seams hold together better as I am manipulating the pattern pieces.
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kingfisher
Posted 2011-02-04 10:17 AM (#72308 - in reply to #72231)
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Not sure if you have access in the US to Staples the stationers, but in the UK here they do a 50 sheet pack of A4 tracing paper which you can put through your printer, its really great for the job, not too flimsy that it tears, but nice and see through. Would have thought you might have a similar supplier in the US though. Sue in Plymouth UK
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Patti
Posted 2011-02-04 4:43 PM (#72314 - in reply to #72231)
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I use 16 lb translucent bond. It comes in 13 x 19, and smaller sizes. Get it at Graytex.com

Since it's expensive I use it only for patterns with lots of long pieces. Otherwise I use legal size regular bond.
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Sewingirl2000
Posted 2011-04-10 3:58 PM (#74499 - in reply to #72244)
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Thanks! I will try that!
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Sewingirl2000
Posted 2011-04-10 3:58 PM (#74501 - in reply to #72244)
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Thanks! I will try that!
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Anna Burns
Posted 2011-04-10 4:42 PM (#74507 - in reply to #72308)
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kingfisher - 2011-02-04 4:17 PM

Not sure if you have access in the US to Staples the stationers, but in the UK here they do a 50 sheet pack of A4 tracing paper which you can put through your printer, its really great for the job, not too flimsy that it tears, but nice and see through. Would have thought you might have a similar supplier in the US though. Sue in Plymouth UK


Hi Sue,
I use 80gm paper but find that a little too heavy. What weight is your tracing paper and how much do you pay for it?
Anna
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EasilyAmewsed
Posted 2011-04-10 4:46 PM (#74508 - in reply to #72231)
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I vote Staples too.. get my ledger size there and it works fine and is cost effective. I don't like tissue anyway..always rip or tear it..which is why I loved Kwik Sew and Stretch & Sew a lot, back in the days. ; )
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Sewhappy
Posted 2011-04-10 4:57 PM (#74510 - in reply to #72231)
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My DH found an old bankers box full of the banner style printer paper in our basement. 
He's a saver, and this time I'm grateful.
Much less taping/gluing together.
It's also a tad lighter than the regular letter style, but I can still cut around it fine with my rotary cutter.
When I run out, I'll cry a bit.


Edited by Sewhappy 2011-04-10 4:58 PM
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suecar2002
Posted 2011-04-10 5:11 PM (#74511 - in reply to #72231)
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Dale, you can still find banner paper at places like Sams and BJs. You just have to tear off the perforations. I use it all the time. It is SO MUCH easier than taping all the little 8x11 sheets together.
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Sewhappy
Posted 2011-04-10 9:15 PM (#74523 - in reply to #74511)
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Thank-you Suecar2002,
However we don't have those businesses here (western Canada).
Mail order doesn't interest me because of the enormous shipping costs.
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suecar2002
Posted 2011-04-10 9:46 PM (#74525 - in reply to #72231)
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Oh, that's too bad, I buy all sorts of things at Sams. How about a regular office supply store like Staples or Office Depot? They should have it. Just remember, for some reason it isn't called banner paper. My box just has "Plain computer paper, 9 1/2 x 11" printed on it (when the perforations are torn off, it measures standard 8 1/2 x 11). You'd also want to make sure that the edges ARE perforated (I know it isn't on the large green bar type).

Sue in PA
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Sewhappy
Posted 2011-04-10 10:22 PM (#74528 - in reply to #74525)
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We have Staples, but this type of paper isn't stocked.
My son did an extensive search for it locally while working at the university here, but was unable to find any.
It's like gold here,
the stuff I have is from the 80's when I was at university, surprising its hasn't turned to dust!
Thanks for your suggestions anyway.


Edited by Sewhappy 2011-04-10 10:24 PM
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Mariette Rose
Posted 2011-04-21 5:42 PM (#74834 - in reply to #74511)
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Suecar:

Are you saying that you use the continuos banner paper sans the edge for the printers that are a dot matrix printer? They have spools on either side from which the paper feeds. But you take off that edge and then can feed the paper in a printer that uses 8.5"x11" individual sheets?

If so, that would be great! It would eliminate taping/glueing. My printer uses only 8/5"x11".

Mariette
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Sewhappy
Posted 2011-04-21 8:47 PM (#74837 - in reply to #74834)
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Yes, Mariette
That's what we're talking about.
It's so much easier!
Your printer has to be able to print 8.5x11" banner paper.
I think someone said this doesn't work for Windows 7,
I'm using XP still.
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Beth in Wichita
Posted 2011-04-22 7:12 AM (#74839 - in reply to #74834)
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Alas, my dot matrix printer no longer works, primarily because the laptop doesn't have a parallel port.  But the box of paper does. Tear off the edges and set up custom paper sizes.  I have them set up for 8.5x22 & 8.5x33.  I print from YC. I use 8.5x22 for 44" folded layouts. 8.5x33 works for wider paper.  I do not cut the layout apart before pinning (actually stapling) to the fabric. This is one of my favorite parts of PMB - no trying to get everything lined up.  Figuring that out was my 50th birthday present to myself. Just had 61st this week.  http://goo.gl/PLOaK  to see this in my album.  (My album is Beth's Designs if the link doesn't work)

Beth
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suecar2002
Posted 2011-04-22 8:01 AM (#74841 - in reply to #72231)
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My laptop has Windows 7. Although I can print over our network, I can't print banner paper, or create a custom size, from the laptop. I have to use my desktop, which has XP. Since I like to create patterns in my sewing room on the laptop, I have to recreate them on my desktop before I can print them out. It's a bit of a pain. I assumed that a new printer designed for Windows 7 would have banner capability, but a quick search of the HP website didn't find any. It was a cursory search, so I may have missed some, and of course there are other manufacturers out there who may make new printers with that function. I just don't understand why banner capability seems to have been dropped from late model printers.

Sue in PA
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