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Date: 5/16/11 7:57 PM

Has anyone out there tried pattern software? Threads magazine had an article on it awhile back, I'm going to have to try and find it! It's kind of expensive, but looks really interesting. Also, has anyone tried Neue Mode patterns? They have some really neat styles, but they say they are only available thru downloads(some of them). Thank you for any help you can give me.

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Date: 5/16/11 10:29 PM

Wild Ginger has some mini programs called Click and Sew that are a nice way to test waters with pattern software.
I buy New Mode patterns at mynotions.com

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Date: 5/17/11 3:17 AM

Hello,

I think there are demo versions of nearly all pattern softwares available so you can play around a bit. Normally printing is disabled but you can check wether you like the handling of this software and which measurements are needed.
Regarding Neue Mode - this was a German based pattern company (similar to Burda, but way smaller), that gave up at least 1-2 years ago. So there are no new patterns that will be printed. Some dealers (especially in the US) still have some copies left in stock, but when sold out, it's getting more and more difficult for them to re-stock them.

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Date: 5/17/11 3:59 AM

I also use Wild Ginger's Patternmaster Boutique and their new Patternmaster Knits software. I think the idea of using their click & sew is good test is you're really want to try with your own measures, but they do have demos for download of the software that allows you to fiddle around with a sample measures set.
If you do a search on this board with pattern software there's been a few good talks about the various ones, Wild Ginger, Bernina My Label, Patternmaker..etc.
I've never tried a Neue Mode myself, Burda was exotic enough for me. :)

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Date: 5/18/11 2:02 PM

I don't really have anything to add to the previous posters regarding the pattern software -- it's probably worth it to try a demo if you can.

About Neue Mode, as ElaMela pointed out they stopped making any new patterns a few years ago. The ones I tried nearly always had excellent drafting (including well-shaped armscyes, sleeve caps, and crotch curves). I was very sad to see them go.

Are the downloads you are asking about through sewingpatterns.com/neuemodeusa.com/printsew.com? I did do a few downloads while they were having a 99 cent sale, but I would definitely recommend making sure their software works on your computer before buying anything. They have a free downloads you could try to check whether it works and whether the download/printing process is OK with you. It does take time and paper to print the pattern out, so IMHO it's mainly worth doing for real must-have patterns.

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Date: 5/18/11 4:05 PM

The huge disadvantage is that you have to print, cut out and tape/trace the patterns.

I have like 15 Lekalas both for me and DH in styles I really like, but so far I've made one overcoat and bikini bottoms, and just look at the printouts, sigh and cut out something else instead of using them.



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Date: 5/19/11 10:27 AM

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about PMB and Bernina MyLabel. After the Lutterloh chat yesterday, I went over to Wild Ginger and upgraded to v5.

I used Neue Mode patterns back when Neue Mode was a magazine, much like Burda. I used the magazine patterns and liked them.

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Date: 5/19/11 11:47 AM

I use the wild ginger software and love it.
Taping the sheets together is quick. I usually print on legal paper and fold down the corners to see the alignment marks. I find it very Zen.

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Date: 5/19/11 12:18 PM

Has anyone ever down loaded to a cd, designs whcih are already to print and brought them to an officemax or staples for printing?
Can you do that?

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Date: 5/19/11 2:49 PM

True, taping or in my case glueing is not a big fat hairy deal. I confess I also have a large format printer so a pack of Staples tabloid size paper goes a long way.
As to the alignment marks, - I've actually been using long ( those yellow quilt kind) pins and poking through centers of the L marks on both sheets down to head of the pin. I the pull the sheets apart just enough to draw my hairline bead of glue. After the glue is down I just carefully raise the pins vertically so the paper slides down and into alignment. I think I read the pin idea someplace online, but not sure where so can't credit.

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