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Date: 2/8/14 6:08 AM

Hi! I'm a beginner and I'm about to buy sewing patterns from New Look, Burda, and Simplicity. Are all patterns have the same meaning? For example, Simplicity has a small triangle in the pattern. It means "notch." Are "symbols" in the patterns the same for all sewing pattern companies like New Look, Burda and Simplicity? Thanks.

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Date: 2/8/14 9:31 AM

I have only used patterns from the big pattern companies but it seems to me that the symbols are universal - notches for aligning the pattern pieces together, circles to show where gathers begin and end, etc. Probably more important than whether the companies use the same symbols is that the instructions that come with the pattern will say what the symbols are for. As long as you read the instruction sheets you will be fine.

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Date: 2/8/14 9:32 AM

Yes, the symbols are generally the same. The pattern's instruction sheet for construction might have something on the first page that indicates what each symbol means, but I cannot remember.

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Date: 2/8/14 9:33 AM

Yes, thy are pretty much an industry standard.

The notches help you to align the seams when you join two pieces. There are circles that show where gathers or eased areas go together. But, from one company to the next, the same symbols are used.

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Date: 2/8/14 9:58 AM

thanks sooo much for your help

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Date: 2/9/14 12:54 PM

Burda Style magazine patterns have some symbols which are a little different (only one mark on the front of the armhole rather than having one notch on the front and two on the back) but they list them with pictures and explanations at the beginning of the pattern section. I always try to read the pattern instruction sheets carefully beforea sewing project to see if there is something a little different than what I would expect.

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Date: 2/9/14 1:04 PM

Burda uses a little horizontal line instead of a triangle, to tell you to make a tiny horizontal slit instead of a notch. Their drafting is very accurate -- I've always found that these little slits line up really well.

Burda may have some other markings as well, but they always include an explanation of the markings, printed on the tissue.

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