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Date: 7/20/12 5:05 PM

I have to admit Iím not a big fan of digital sewing patterns. Iíve made a few clothing and non-clothing items from digital patterns and piecing them together is a pain. A few of them took up 20+ pages in the printer. In addition, savings with digital pattern isnít significant (~$1-3 less than print). I havenít tried printing the pattern at Kinkoís with the big sheet so I donít know how much that would run me.

One of the patterns Iím looking at has both print and digital version. Can anyone persuade me into buying the digital version?

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Date: 7/20/12 5:25 PM

Rfsews, I love the digital patterns and here is why:

- no out of stock
- no shipping fees
- instant delivery
- I use scrap paper for printing, I.e. misprints. Raid the stuff left next to the printer at work
- ink use is minimal
- sticking the pages together is way faster than tracing once you have some practice
- living in Australia we don't have the $0.99 pattern sales, so digital is often lots cheaper

Hope this helps!

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Date: 7/20/12 6:24 PM

I'm in the middle. I like the multi-size options of paper patterns, but the convenience of digital. I've had good luck with the Leko discs which give multiple patterns that can be printed in any size you need.

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Date: 7/20/12 6:26 PM

Digital patterns can be multi sized or single sized, it's up to the publisher. I agree that multi sized is better.

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Date: 7/20/12 6:28 PM

Print for me, sometimes those registration marks don't line up, and the printed patterns take up less space when I'm storing them.

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Date: 7/20/12 6:46 PM

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the printed patterns take up less space when I'm storing them


That is very true. I use a lot of TNT patterns, meaning I use a few patterns over and over rather than lots of different patterns.

One thought though. If you don't think you will reuse the pattern, why keep the printed pages? You could just keep the digital version, maybe with the front page put into a folder to browse through when looking for a pattern. That would make storage really easy.

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Date: 7/20/12 11:14 PM

Printed for me. All that taping together ugh, and it can't be tissue fitted. I'm also in Australia, so digital is cheaper, but I find it's better just to select the (printed) ones I buy carefully and save money that way.

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Date: 7/21/12 3:27 AM

I agree with your experience with digital patterns. I recently purchased a mens multi size pattern with 18 pieces that took almost 150 pages to print out and piece together. Some of the pieces didnt line up properly and my project was ill fitting as a result. The thing I didnt like was that the pattern took so many pages of paper to print and the pieces that i need to print did not take up that many pages, yet I had to print the entire pattern and piece it together just for the few pieces that I needed. That was frustrating to me, it took me hours to tape the pages together and cut out my pieces. I should have purchased the printed version. It would have been a major time saver. I am going to purchase this pattern again in the printed version in hopes of being able to produce a better garment. I hope that you have better luck your next experience with digital patterns.

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Date: 7/21/12 4:03 AM

I was going to say almost everything that river gum has already said! Except replace Australia with Uk. :)

Digital patterns make SO MUCH SENSE for global distribution!

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Date: 7/21/12 4:16 AM

Put me down for another from Australia.

I really like the convenience and lack of ridiculous shipping fees of the digital patterns, but I much prefer printed ones. It's the bulk of storage that does me in.

I am quite adept at tracing (I mainly sew from Burda and Ottobre) so that doesn't fuss me. I just really hate cutting and sticking together. I find this hilarious as one of my other hobbies is scrapbooking! It's just not the same.

I'd like to pass on a tip for how to save money with pattern buying, but I just don't have any. None that I can say I practise anyway.

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