Clover Tracing Wheel - Serrated Edge
The Clover Tracing Wheel is an essential tool for copying your original indie and commercial sewing patterns. Instead on tracing the patterns in the conventional way, the Hemline Dressmakers' Carbon paper will allow you to trace around the pattern pieces with a tracing wheel, with the markings transferring on to paper.
For transferring the pattern outline directly on to the fabric:
- Use a scrap to test transfer (markings are permanent)
- Place the Hemline Dressmakers' carbon paper, carbon side of the sheet face down on the wrong side of the fabric, and then put your paper sewing pattern on top.
- Use a tracing wheel, such as the Serrated and Blunt Clover Tracing Wheels, and follow the outline of the pattern pieces. The Serrated wheel will leave small dots, and the blunt edge will leave bigger dashes.
- Also use the same process for transferring dart and pleat markings, pocket placement etc.
For transferring the pattern outline onto tracing paper:
While you can use carbon paper to transfer a pattern and markings straight onto fabric (using a Clover tracing wheel), many sewists use this transfer method to copy their original indie and commercial sewing patterns. Place the Hemline Dressmakers' Carbon Paper under the original pattern, carbon side facing down, and then under the carbon paper you place the tracing paper. As you apply pressure with the tracing wheel, as you go around the pattern pieces, the outline of the pattern will be transferred to the tracing paper. Don't forget all the markings such as darts, pleats, notches, pocket placement etc.
Think of it like a sandwich -
- The original pattern on top
- Carbon paper in the middle (carbon side down - do a test)
- The Birch tracing paper on the bottom