I still have three small sheets of waxed pattern transfer paper that has held up since design school, and they work okay. When the thought of replacing them popped up, I no longer had a source. So I turned to the non-waxed sheets from Dritz and Clover, and those sheets do not cut the mustard.
|Doesn't look too bad for 15 yrs+ in age huh?|
Dritz and Clover paper are subpar, but the upside is they aren't permanent, and won't leave a mark on your patterns. Seriously, no mark. So when you need to see those perfectly traced darts for stitching, they'll be gone. The powdery chalk smears and rubs off onto areas that you don't want it to go. But they aren't permanent you say and what if I make a mistake? Well...if some sewists grew up coloring outside the lines no matter how hard they tried, then my advice would be to stock up on more than one color, so a redo can be traced with the second color. For example, from blue to red or yellow to blue on light-colored fabric.
|Powdery Dritz paper, but Clover sheets are a tad larger.|
Saral paper can be purchased at your local store, so it's my second choice, and a product I would use when I don't want wax on my project. Pressing fabrics with wax on it, might not be good for irons. So as much as I love my waxed paper, I have to remember to use a pressing cloth on the backside of the fabric if wax lines are visible.
|You can get rolls directly from Amazon.|
I ordered my new supply of waxed sheets from Sunni Standing at "A Fashionable Stitch." I found her store by accident while researching how to create a good waistband stay. Sunni wrote a blog about grosgrain ribbon used in waistbands. I found the waxed sheets in her store while poking around for grosgrain ribbon. Sunni sells some hard-to-find sewing supplies that I need (or didn't realize I need) to help me sew well. It's like Sunni heard me complaining and opened a store just for me. If you don't know Sunni, she offers a free Craftsy class called "Mastering the Zipper Technique."
Each waxed sheet arrived poster size (26x39"). There's enough to last me another ten years at least. Now I have a big enough sheet to lay down over my fabric without moving it from place to place (which often cause fabric shifts). I ordered two sheets of red and one yellow. I recommend a color for dark fabrics and another for light. Sunni sells them for $10 a sheet plus shipping and handling. The sheets are big enough to split them with a friend.
Look how big and beautiful they are:
The other place that sells waxed transfer paper is Richard the Thread down in the West side of LA in Culver City. I discovered it by accident during a Google search and found a user group discussing about how they can't find waxed transfer paper either. See? It's not just me looking. Several of the sewists there mentioned Richard the Thread. Isn't that a great name?
Richard the Thread used to have a $30 minimum purchase on their online ordering system. This policy was still in place when I placed my order with Sunni. I just checked their site again, and it's changed; no more minimum. Lots of folks on the Internet were complaining about this old requirement. (I know why they requested a minimum, but it's too long to get into today.) They offer a couple extra colors and charge $11.85 per sheet. Richard the Thread also carries difficult-to-find supplies. BTW, I read that the former Greenberg and Hammer stocked their transfer paper directly from the family who still made the sheets by hand. Can you imagine getting anything still made from hand? A wonderful history is attached to these sheets.
I did a little sample tracing test on a piece of cotton muslin using roughly the same color from each brand. I hope you can see it...but if you don't see the lines on the muslin clearly, just imagine what your real project will look like. Look how perfect the waxed sheets are? The Saral sheets are acceptable. If I had to force myself to choose between the Dritz and Clover, even though they are almost identical, I might go with the Clover, simply because their sheets seem more durable. But really, save your money and get the Saral if you want non-waxed paper. The last photo at the bottom is my old waxed sheet, still going pretty strong considering its age! Happy sewing!
|Look how clear you can still see this. Not bad looking huh?|