Waxed tracing paper was once a valuable tool in sewing. It helped trace patterns onto fabric and mark the location of cuts while preserving the original pattern for later use and size adjustments. It had further use with tracing patterns for embroidery and quilting making for a versatile addition to a craft room. But waxed tracing paper has been replaced with wax-free alternatives.
Why There is No Wax Tracing Paper
Wax tracing paper is becoming more difficult to find because most of the industry and craftspeople enjoy the wax-free transfer papers. There is less mess, and it's easier to use and will not set marks in if ironed or heated. When waxed tracing or transfer paper is heated it can leave a smooth and shining mark.
Wax-Free Transfer Paper
Craft stores carry a wide variety of tracing or transfer paper. Make sure you are getting a tracing paper for fabric and not something used for other paper or canvas crafts. If the paper contains graphite, you most likely want to keep it away from fabrics. There are many options available for fabric transfer sheets.
There is a product offered by 123stitch.com that is designed specifically for embroidery projects. Amazon and eBay have a series of online store retailers that can provide you with transfer papers in different sizes and quantities for good prices.
There are a few companies that make the papers, including Dritz Wax-Free Tracing paper and Saral Transfer paper. Other companies making wax-free transfer and tracing papers are Aunt Martha and Sewing Notions.
You can find these products at local sewing supply retailers or online from wholesalers or supply stores. Try sewfancy.com or enasco.com for their line of wax-free tracing and transfer papers.
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