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Date: 3/10/13 8:31 PM

I was on Modern Sewing, Keko-mail and Lekala website. I'd like to try the custom patterns where you give them your measurements. I'm confused on where to purchase them. Then I also saw a website from FehrTrade. Has anyone purchased these? If so, what site did you use?

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Date: 3/10/13 9:29 PM

I've been using the Lekala.com site, which is based in the US - San Francisco, I think. Choose a design, put it in your cart, then click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. On the next screen, you'll input the measurements. There's a little calculator at the top of the screen that will help you change inches to centimeters. Put the measurements in the appropriate boxes in centimeters. If you want seam allowances to print out, you'll need to change the default selection, also on that screen. Then choose paper size - Letter is the choice for most of us with home printers. When everything is entered, you tell it to submit the measurements; sometimes that can take a minute. Then you'll be sent to Paypal.

One of the first screens asks if you want to register with the website. It asks only for basic info (address, ph#) and you get a discount on each pattern after you have registered. It also remembers who you are when you go back, so placing orders is shockingly quick and easy. I do it whenever I'm bored.

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Date: 3/10/13 9:37 PM

Thank you for your explanation. I've been wanting to give Lekala a try. Do you like the fit of their patterns? I also wonder about their instructions?

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Date: 3/10/13 9:46 PM

So far, I've been pleased with the fit of a sleeveless knit top and a blouse with semi-circular ruffles on the front; the blouse needed to have the front dart raised, but that was the only change. A pattern for the princess-seam dress is going to need some work, but honestly, so do similar Big 4 princess-seamed bodices. I'm holding off ordering any more princess-seamed things until I've worked out what changes need to be done.

I've taped together a pattern for a knit dress, and instinct tells me it's going to work very well. All in all, I'm very pleased with the amount of ease that is included - very RTW.
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Date: 3/10/13 11:24 PM

The Russian site has more than the 4 basic measurements you can use. It's kind of complicated to use, if you look over at STtichers Guild board, there's more info with a link to a tutorial.

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Date: 3/11/13 11:44 AM

Is the Russian site the leko one? Is there any problems if you have a Mac?

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Date: 3/11/13 1:39 PM

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Is the Russian site the leko one? Is there any problems if you have a Mac?

I use http://leko-mail.net and I'm entirely Apple products.

I think the new US site is a lot easier for most people to use, but the Russian version has way, way more patterns on it, and it doesn't look like the credits are interchangeable.

I've made quite a few Lekala patterns, both for myself and others, and haven't had any sizing issues whatsoever - everything fit great. The patterns are particularly heavy on paper, though, since they print the full patterns (not half then a "place on fold" line), but they're accurately drafted as far as I've found. So if you can put up with the extra printing & taping and the lack of instructions, go for the Russian version.

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Date: 3/11/13 4:56 PM

THanks, I'm anxious to try them. I just received 21125 Nueu Mode pattern from sewing patterns.com in the mail today. My first for them too.

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Date: 7/7/13 11:50 AM

Hi Squirrelly poo.

i am ok with using the russian leko website, and have successfully gotten, free ones, boiught ones in the past, and used tje advanced setting for the "string"!
Now my frustrations are bounding, problems with the receiving email account. I have used shaw.ca ( canadian acc) gmail.com, yahoo.com, both shaw and yahoo worked for a while, but then nothing comes through , ie my pdf pattern. Gmail , it comes thorugh but the pdf is corrrupt. So I spoke to shaw- my country's server, and they said the problem lies with recieving the emails with images from russia- RU. does anyone successfully, all the time use a email host that works all the time. I know I can use the american website, but the selection isn,t as great and you can,t have the advanced setting of a "string". Now, i will be going back to the UK at the end of summer, anybody tried, talkttalk, tiscali etc as server hosts??
Sue

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Date: 7/7/13 1:59 PM

I am about to make my first Lekala pattern - there are no instructions - I believe there is a site that attempts to translate to English but it is not helpful.

Perhaps some else can give more info but as far as I know there are no English instructions but honestly if you have sewn for a while it's not hard to understand what to do - at least not with the two I ordered.

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