Wednesday, 9 January 2013

My new toy - double tracing wheel

Hi everyone I hope you have been having a good week.  Its only Wednesday and already I have been to The Netherlands and back again, and driven a 120 mile round trip to get into the office today so I am pleased to be sitting on my sofa.

When I got home I had a very small package waiting for me, and I am so pleased that I found this available in the UK from a vendor on Amazon.

I had never heard about this particular tool before - I have a single tracing wheel which I use to mark my fabrics, but this tool was highlighted by Pam Howard in her Craftsy class on the "Classic Tailored Shirt" and I thought it would be the ideal companion to my Burda magazines when adding in my seam allowances, because the patterns you trace off don't include them.

If you haven't already realised, and I am sure you have, the two wheels are adjustable, and you can move them into the appropriate hole that represents the seam allowance you want to add.  This allows you to follow the outline of the pattern with one wheel while the 2nd wheel follows alongside, but 5/8" or whatever seam allowance you want away from the first.

I'll let you know how I get on with it when I trace off my next pattern.

Thats all from me, and I'll catch you later........


  1. What's not to love about a gadget? Hope you met up with Sigrid in NL as usual (so not fair these ad-hoc meet ups - we neeeed another gettogether a la Broadstairs - such fun - so inspiring - so attainable- so ...., words fail me!!!)

  2. Should make Burda a lot easier!

  3. Looking forward seeing how you use it. I've got one and didn't use it a lot till now. You remind me that I have it.
    Pity you were only here for such a short time and we couldn't meet. Next time...

  4. Hope it works! if you give it a nod, I'll get one...connect the dot seam marking is so time consuming!

  5. I love my double tracing wheel, especially combined with the large sheets of tracing paper. Have fun with your new toy!

  6. I want to play with your new toy! I'm going to look for one in the US. Thanks for introducing me to the double tracing wheel :)