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Product Review and Give-Away: Saral Wax-Free Transfer Paper

Aging myself here, but do you remember back in highschool taking home economics class and one of the things we just had to have in our supply list was coloured waxed paper and a tracing wheel? I hated that stuff with a passion. It rubbed off so easily and just made a heck of a mess. It wasn’t too long ago that I found that original pack from highschool in a file folder. I unearthed it and blue and yellow crap everywhere. What a messy discovery that was. No, I have no idea why I had kept it all these years.

Let’s fast forward to, ya know, the current century, and take a look at Saral’s Wax-Free Transfer Paper. The folks at Saral were kind enough to send me a sampler package to play with.

In the sampler package comes 5 sheets of transfer paper, one of each colour: white, red, yellow, blue and black (graphite):

If life hadn’t gone a little crazy earlier this year, I’d actually have my bed quilt ready for quilting and could show you how the transfer paper works on an actual project. Instead, I grabbed a couple of scrap blocks to test with.

The transfer paper is pretty thin, not quite as thin as tracing paper, but thinner than regular printer paper and slightly delicate. I used the edge of a regular mechanical pencil to draw my lines. A ball point pen or an unpointed tool like a stylus would have been better. I had to press lightly with my pencil so as not to tear the paper.

I drew four lines on my dark fabric: white, red and two yellow lines. I wanted to test the smudge-ability and if the line erased too quickly just with handling. You’ll see the top of the red line and the first yellow line where I tried to rub it off, quite vigorously with my hands. While they are a lighter, they can still be seen quite easily. Very handy when machine quilting, as I hate when chalk products or disappearing ink vanishes before I can finish the project.

I did the same rub off test with the blue transfer paper on a scrap of white fabric, sorry the picture is a bit blurry:

The next test was to see how easy does it come off the fabric when I’m all done with it. Before I did this test, I heat-set with a hot iron and steam, as if my test fabrics were the background of appliqué blocks. I then used a moistened cloth and lightly pressed it to the lines. The blue fabric came out very quickly and the white just needed an extra rub to get the line to disappear.

I was impressed, especially that I could heat-set it and it washed out just perfectly. I’m really big into appliqué these days and this will be fantastic for drawing my placement lines on my background fabric. I also want to try back-basting appliqué and this will be really useful for that too. For me, it’s all about being able to wash away my lines when I’m done with them. Of course, I’ll be sure to test my actual project fabric, just in case.

I could also use it to draw my quilting lines and have the confidence that the lines are not going to vanish before I finish the quilt. Saral has a really useful web site, so you can read more usage ideas over there. You can buy economy rolls of the product too.

This is one product that has definitely improved since my high school years.

Now for the give-away! Saral has generously donated 10 sampler packages for my blog readers. Each package contains one 8 1/2″x11″ sheet of each colour as shown above. To enter the give-away, leave a comment below telling me creatively how you would use this product. Winners will be chosen next Wednesday.


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This post was published on March 30th, 2011. Post topics: Product Reviews, Tips and Tricks. Post tags: .

210 Responses to “Product Review and Give-Away: Saral Wax-Free Transfer Paper”

  1. Terri says:

    It would great to have an alternative to the chalk for quilting. Great giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed…

  2. sylvia says:

    This would be great for marking quilting designs!

  3. BEVERLY SILVESTRE says:

    I always loved to sew. I have been concentrating on quilting for a while, but I would love to start sewing some dresses for my three grandgirls!! This would sure beat tracing paper for marking the patterns!!!

  4. Val Laird says:

    Wow, this looks a fabulous product for transferring designs onto felt. (That’s always difficult seeing you can’t see through it to trace lines.) And there are great possibilities there obviously for machine quilting.

  5. Alison says:

    I’m thinking this is a little machine quilting bliss.

  6. Have been playing with Zentangles lately and trying to figure how to morph them into quilt designs. Thinking this will be a great way to transfer the guidelines.

  7. Mystica says:

    This would be useful for transfering designs onto a quilt. I am not good at freehand stuff so tracing it would be ideal.

  8. Margaret says:

    I like to use it for applique. I haven’t tried it on my machine quilter

    http://averagequilter.blogspot.com/

  9. Jacqueline says:

    I would…. I think I would trace onto blocks for where to quilt – different flower and swirl shapes. So it would be freehand but patterned. See, I can see it in my head so much easier than typing it out! BTW, GREAT review. Thank you!

  10. Carolyn says:

    If I made it in time for the draw – I would use this product to draw out my quilting lines. I just took a free motion class and I love it – but I require some direction on the fabric or I get lost!
    Thanks for sharing about this product!

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