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Has anyone tried the printable patterns from Simplicity?
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Date: 3/22/12 9:11 PM

I'm considering buying one so i don't have to trek out to Joann, but wondering whether printable is really a time saver. I've used other printable patterns, but only for simpler children's things and not a complicated dress.

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Date: 3/22/12 9:34 PM

I would consider one if I couldn't obtain it any other way, but I much prefer my patterns already printed. It takes so long to tape them together after they're printed, not to mention the amount of paper it takes. I can see where some people would prefer the convenience of printing from home, though.
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Date: 3/22/12 11:08 PM

I've downloaded many free sewing patterns in a PDF format m-sewing from here. I like the fact that I can print just a neckline, sleeve or other detail to add to a regular pattern. I also found that it was a great way to test new styles before investing in a pattern. If you can find the same pattern at the store, for about the same price I would buy the envelope version. I use a laser printer, trace patterns off and most I have used so far have been tops. Even a simple pattern looks different on a stack of 8 1/2"x 11" sheets of paper.

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Date: 3/29/12 4:00 AM

I've actually purchased some and printed them out but have yet to tape them together and make them.

As someone else said, the taping is tedious. If you're purchasing them from sewingpatterns.com, you won't be able to download the pdf, just print from the web. I believe you are limited in the number of times you can print the pattern and the time it is available to you to print (ie. they do expire after you've bought them, which is why I've printed mine). Unfortunately, there wasn't a way for me to determine which pages had which pattern bits, so the entire pattern needs to be printed.

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Date: 2/29/16 10:14 AM

Although I may be saving on shipping, I think I will avoid the aggravation described below and the expense of printer ink by purchasing my pattern at the store in the future.

I am in the process of trying to use a Simplicity printable pattern and find it somewhat confusing and time consuming so far. I started the process last night by purchasing the pattern. I expected instructions on how to complete the download with the online receipt, but was concerned when I didn't see any. After a few minutes there was a noreply email from Simplicity with my order number and a message about being able to "track my order after it was packaged and shipped" - this was confusing, too. In the same email, there was a link for "logging into my account to check the status of my order". I had to create an account and when I tried to check the staus of my order, there were no orders shown. Next, I went back to the previous email and tried the link referenced in this statement: "You can check the status of your order any time in the Order Status section at Simplicity.com using your order number, your email address and billing zip code." I got this message as a result: "404
Uh Oh ... It Looks Like The Page You're Looking For Is Missing."

This morning I finally got an email with instructions. First, I had to download a PDF program with a lizard logo. There was a second step that I've forgotten. The third step was to print a test page. I mistakenly did not notice that the print set up included 13 pages and the test page had no warning about it. I ended up with a pattern for sewing a bear - with no instructions btw! I don't need a pattern for a stuffed bear - especially with no instructions! So FYI, when you print the test page, set it up to print only the first page if you want to avoid this problem.

The last step in the process, is to log in to my account and select "My Patterns" to download the pattern I purchased. This is what I found there: "This Pattern Must Be Hand Processed.
Please check back soon." So I'm still waiting.
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Date: 2/29/16 10:33 AM

I hate taping! I don't know if Simplicity offers copy shop versions - it prints out at Kinko's or some place on 40" wide paper - but I would vastly prefer that over taping a lot of 8.5" x 11" sheets. However, that can get pricey; I got a Seamwork dress pattern printed out at $15. To me, it is worth it to avoid taping.

Another possibility is to search Etsy, some sellers offer patterns on the cheap. I've purchased new Butterick and McCall's patterns for about $4-5 a piece.

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