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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > printed patterns vs. .pdf (print it yourself) patterns... ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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what type of pattern do you prefer?
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Date: 1/18/11 4:11 PM

Hi,
I'm new to PatternReview. I could use some advice and it seems this site is the perfect place! What do you prefer to buy, a paper printed pattern that you can hold in your hand or a .pdf file that you have to print yourself and possibly tape together or print at a printer to have the full size pattern in hand?

I should also add , "what if it was a tutorial with no actual pattern to print or it had a pattern that would print and fit on a 81/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

I appreciate any and all feedback on this subject. Thanks so much!
Tracey

-- Edited on 1/18/11 5:18 PM --

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Date: 1/18/11 4:17 PM

I prefer a printed pattern, even if it is a Burda Magazine roadmap that I still have to trace. I feel there is too much room for error in taping 50 sheets of paper together. Also it feels too wasteful to use thick printer paper and a roll of tape when the pattern could be on a slender bit of tracing paper for about the same cost and easier storage. I will download things there is no other way to get--like Lekala patterns dress with ruching.

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Date: 1/18/11 4:33 PM

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I will download things there is no other way to get--like Lekala patterns dress with ruching.

Me too. I really despise the whole taping gig. Plus, I end up tracing the taped version off anyway, just because the taped pattern never stores well. I really, REALLY hope all of our patterns aren't headed this way. I, too, will suffer thru a roadmap.

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Date: 1/18/11 5:01 PM

I'll go with a printed pattern any day, but the option of a .pdf pattern is nice sometimes when buying from overseas as postage can get expensive or I may need the pattern in a hurry. Most times though, given a choice, I'll always buy a paper pattern.

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Date: 1/18/11 5:13 PM

I also prefer the printed patterns to pdf's.
My husband has a plotter at his business, but I really would hate to ask him to take the time to print out patterns for me when he is so busy at work. I have downloaded and printed patterns, but it does seem wasteful and tedious. Sometimes there is a whole sheet of paper used with a little line going through the corner! The waste!

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Date: 1/18/11 5:25 PM

thank you for the replies. It seems that most people do not like to tape a pattern together. I edited the post to also read if taping wasn't involved. I, personally, prefer a printed pattern myself.
It's nice and very helpful for me to hear what others feel are the pros and cons of both. thanks again!

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Date: 1/18/11 5:27 PM

Thank You!!!

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Date: 1/19/11 3:38 PM

I hate taping together patterns designed in the USA, because you use different paper sizes to the rest of the world. "81/2 x 11" is wider than our standard paper (A4), but shorter. It means that any overlapping or registration marks at the sides of the sheets don't get printed, so then when taping them together I have to add little strips of paper at the edge of each sheet, and guess where the lines should go. Never again! (Unless I have no other option at all...)
-- Edited on 1/19/11 3:41 PM --

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Date: 1/19/11 3:54 PM

I prefer a printed pattern if I can get it for a reasonable price.

Often patterns from the US our out of my price range because ot postage costs - often as much or more than the pattern. In this situation, I am more than happy to download and tape together.

I also use pattern softward so am used to lining up and taping pieces together. I have found that most patterns designed for Letter sized paper, also have an option to print on A4 which is the UK standard.

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Date: 1/20/11 5:47 AM

Quote: Vireya
I hate taping together patterns designed in the USA, because you use different paper sizes to the rest of the world. "81/2 x 11" is wider than our standard paper (A4), but shorter. It means that any overlapping or registration marks at the sides of the sheets don't get printed, so then when taping them together I have to add little strips of paper at the edge of each sheet, and guess where the lines should go. Never again! (Unless I have no other option at all...)
-- Edited on 1/19/11 3:41 PM --

Same comment from me. I hate PDF patterns from the USA, I can never get them to be printed properly on A4 paper.

The last time I visited my parents in Canada I printed a few patterns. I could always ask them to print the patterns and mail them to me, but that's not a good solution.

So please give me printed patterns. Saves on lots of hassle!

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