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Hi everyone!

I want to buy a roll of pattern cutting paper for tracing patterns and composing my own.

Banquet roll (the paper used as table cloths at buffets) appears to be cheaper and sold in smaller rolls than most pattern cutting paper.

Apparently the ideal weight or thickness of pattern cutting paper is around 42 gsm. Banquet roll is also sold in this gsm.

I was wondering if anyone has used banquet roll before and whether this would be a good idea before I take the plunge?

Thank you!


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  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Nov 2, 2012, 11.12 AMby sewingfan1

    I use greasproof paper. I can’t see there’d be any proble using banqueting paper either :-)

  • Missing

    Nov 2, 2012, 11.46 PMby kussy

    I also use banqueting roll and it works just fine, also there are some bargains to be found in christmas wrapping paper my last being 10mts for £1.80 and its a good thickness added bonus is the ‘fun’ scenes to work with all year round

  • Purplefan_large

    Nov 3, 2012, 10.35 PMby purplefan

    If you get either of the Burda papers in packages of sheets of 5, there is some translucency thus you can usually see through the tracing paper to the pattern sheet underneath with a good sturdy surface and decent light.

    Banquet paper-I think it is too opaque for any pieces that are not rectangular or have lots of symbols or notches to mark.

    When I have not had Burda paper on hand, I used white or off-white tissue paper from clothing store (sometimes tissue from shops have a glazed side and other times both sides are matte) purchases and sometimes from shoe boxes but the latter may carry chemical odours from the shoes themselves. If you do use tissue paper, make sure to use a good quality clear transparent tape to join sheets together, not regular yellow-tinged cellophane tape. Dollar stores usually sell tissue sheets at a good price. Avoid coloured tissue unless you like to see colour run when a stray liquid drop contacts the paper…

    Last resort, do you have one or more friends willing to split the cost of a roll of tracing paper?

  • Sharonmini_large

    Nov 6, 2012, 08.36 PMby Sharonoid

    I also use grease proof paper, as it’s cheap, strong and see-through enough for tracing. My last 20 metre roll cost about £1.50.

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