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Date: 5/3/14 11:55 PM

Whats up with all these new PDF pattern makers? Is that the way we are learning to sew now? Im old fashioned, I love paper. Give me a vogue anyday! I will buy a pdf from Burda since I know the instruction and pattern are created to work, but Im not willing to spend $10-30.00 on a pdf.

Am i the only one?

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Date: 5/4/14 0:55 AM

Nope, you aren't alone. I will go out of my way to get the paper/print copy instead of downloading a pattern. Even if you get the pdf, you still have to print it out, then paste it together or pay someone with a big printer to print it for you, adding to the expense. No thanks.

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Date: 5/4/14 1:22 AM

Well, I can kinda understand many of the indies higher costs because they don't have the resources of a larger business like Burda. However, most of them offer some hand holding in addition to the pattern instruction via sew-a-longs and will answer questions one might have about their patterns. The main reason I've bought .pdfs even if an indie maker offers paper is because they are sometimes cheaper. I can also get it instantly with no additional mailing costs and can reprint it should it be destroyed.
As for paper... I dislike tissue ...it rips far too easily at my hands. < : )This was one of the reasons I liked Kwik-Sew, Stretch & Sew back when. With a .pdf I have to go to the trouble of assembling, but at least the paper is sturdy and I trace everything anyhow because I ALWAYS have to alter. If you like to just go for it and tissue fit from your original pattern this would be a nuisance.
On a side note about assembling, I appreciate those makers who don't encrypt or who offer a print shop copy so I can do my assembling & tracing digitally.
I confess my buck stops at around $15 for a .pdf and I really can't see $30 ( who was that if you don't mind my asking?).
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Date: 5/4/14 1:30 AM

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Well, I can kinda understand many of the indies higher costs because they don't have the resources of a larger business like Burda. However, most of them offer some hand holding in addition to the pattern instruction via sew-a-longs and will answer questions one might have about their patterns. The main reason I've bought .pdfs even if an indie maker offers paper is because they are sometimes cheaper. I can also get it instantly with no additional mailing costs and can reprint it should it be destroyed.

As for paper... I dislike tissue ...it rips far too easily at my hands. < : )This was one of the reasons I liked Kwik-Sew, Stretch & Sew back when. With a .pdf I have to go to the trouble of assembling, but at least the paper is sturdy and I trace everything anyhow because I ALWAYS have to alter. If you like to just go for it and tissue fit from your original pattern this would be a nuisance.

On a side note about assembling, I appreciate those makers who don't encrypt or who offer a print shop copy so I can do my assembling & tracing digitally.

I confess my buck stops at around $15 for a .pdf and I really can't see $30 ( who was that if you don't mind my asking?).

Shel

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Date: 5/4/14 1:43 AM

PDFs are great for kids' patterns--I'd rather print off and tape another size when my daughter grows out of one size than deal with tracing again and trying to preserve pattern tissue. Kids' pattern pieces are also small, so there's less taping to do.

I don't mind printing/taping something for myself, as long as it's a fairly simple pattern with relatively few pieces.

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Date: 5/4/14 4:23 AM

Paper for me. PDF are a hassle to assemble and then harder to store. I've made two - a knit top and a child's dress - which are smaller. NOT SO MANY PAGES! For children's patterns I can actually see the point, but generally I am happy to wait longer to get the paper pattern.

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I wont name the pattern company here, wont give them Free Advertising but its when you do this to your finger. When you say opening an envelope too fast.

Those patterns are actually paper patterns, I'm glad to say. The price includes worldwide shipping and they're not priced in US dollars which makes it a bit cheaper. Yes, it's still expensive.


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Date: 5/4/14 4:49 AM

I was not even aware that was the only way anyone was selling garment patterns actually. I'm not most times into printing a bunch of small letter head size papers, with tick marks and such, and then taping together later as a larger one much, so that probably would keep me from buying something, unless there was something so special about it or unusual about it, I felt that it was worth it.

So it might not even be a only money thing, more just more a time involved kind of thing instead kind of thing that might put me off of it. Sell something as a much larger all in one, on larger sheets of paper, plotter/blue print sized kind of paper file, that I actually could drive it down to someplace, or just email it over there, and get it printed at, and I probably would like that better. Or maybe, even give people a wider choice of file formats and printing options even?

But maybe it's what you compare it to also, if people are tracing off some pattern more like the fold out of a Burda pattern magazines fold outs, with all those numerous lines on there, all the time, for all their sewing patterns, at that point, taping paper together may be less work too?

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Date: 5/4/14 6:34 AM

I have used a pdf for doll clothes, half sizes and infant/toddler.
I would never want to go through all the paper and taping. I would not want to pay a print shop either.

Perhaps someone will work on a large format home printer that costs under $60. Remember the days of those printers that had paper with holes along each side? It fed along a gear and was perforated? We used to make banners because it just printed out one long roll and when it was done we tore the perforation line.

Anyway, if all I had to do was push print in my custom size and it printed out on one sheet- well that would change my mind.

But printing out various sizes, (I am always a combination!) taping and then cutting and retaping- way too confusing and too much work!

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Date: 5/4/14 6:53 AM

I print off PDFs all the time. But then I am a weird! I tape them together- which 90% do easily and then I trace my size and keep the paper outline. Paying to have it printed on top of buying it is usually too much $ for me.

I draw the line at about $12 unless I absolutely love it and know it will flatter me.

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Date: 5/4/14 7:58 AM

As a long time sewist, I tried to print one pattern. It took 20 sheets just to print a child's dress and bonnet pattern. This format costs me paper, ink, and wear and tear on my printer. Then there is the time for assembly. I do not purchase e-patterns. I am willing to pay more for a paper pattern, since it saves money and time in the long run.
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