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by parkermom ( edited 16 Jan 2020 ) 16 Jan 2020

For whatever reason, I have the sewing bug. I got started looking at online sewing patterns. There are some really beautiful ones out there. I just can't bring myself to spend $10-20 or even more for the rights to print on my own paper using my own ink. Is anyone else like this?

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by jenne 18 Jan 2020

Most sleeve patterns around the armhole is about the same. make a muslin pattern sew it up with baste stitches and try it on until u get it right for u.

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parkermom by parkermom 18 Jan 2020

Good idea. I went to Joann’s today to look for some basic interlock knit to try a t-shirt pattern. I left without buying a thing because I wasn’t about to pay $17 per yard on it. I was so disgusted with that store. Seems like prices keep rising and rising there

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by mrskiki 18 Jan 2020

Here is some place to start. You can browse until something catches your fancy! Hugs. Nan
https://sewing4free.com

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parkermom by parkermom 18 Jan 2020

That’s a new site for me. Thanks!

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by sewtired 17 Jan 2020

You are not alone. I have downloaded some free "print your own" patterns and have not attempted to print and tape yet.

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parkermom by parkermom 18 Jan 2020

I’ve taped lots of crafty patterns together but not clothing. That’s lots of tape to use!

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by graceandham 17 Jan 2020

Yes, definitely. I actually was given a file in the early days of print your own and found the printing out such a barrier that I never used the pattern. I do NOT feel this way about cutting my own patterns from the old multi-sized Stretch and Sew patterns or the Kwik Sew patterns still available these days. THAT feels like being frugal because I can use for more than one person, or more than one age of a child!

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

And the Kwik Sew and a few other brands are out there for $4 or less. I can do that

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by asterixsew Moderator 17 Jan 2020

Think I could just about cope with the printing but the sticking it together is the bit that puts me off

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

They say you can take it to a copy shop and have them print it on AO paper, but I have no clue how much that costs or how big the paper is.

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by jenne 17 Jan 2020

I have seen my Mother fold and old garment and cut a pattern from that, also Nancy Zieman shows you how to make a pattern from a ready made garment check her web site ,however I always made my own they fit me better

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

I can do that some, but I am a little hesitant about fitting the sleeves correctly.

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by dragonflyer 17 Jan 2020

I agree that printing sewing patterns is a pain...especially if you have to do it with 8.5" x 11" paper and then tape all those pieces together! For me, it is sometimes even too much trouble to do that when the pattern is free... I know I could take it to a printing shop and have them print out on larger sheets, but I am even too lazy to do that!

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

I think it probably isn't laziness at all--it's that you and I don't think all that work to get something ready to cut makes the patterns cost that much more. People may turn up their noses at the big pattern companies, but I love the price when they are on sale. And I can customize them too.

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by cfidl 17 Jan 2020

That is me. The only thing better than an 80% off sale is a 90% off sale. Lol!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 17 Jan 2020

Ah a woman after my own heart

parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

mine too

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by mrskiki 17 Jan 2020

What type of patterns are you looking at? Do a google search you can find a free pattern and/or tutorial for almost anything. Good luck. Hugs. Nan

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

I'm really not looking for anything in particular. I think I just have the winter doldrums and am being resistant

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by crazystitcher 17 Jan 2020

Yes, I agree - sometimes you can buy those patterns cheaper in store at fabric stores etc when they are on special

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parkermom by parkermom 17 Jan 2020

Yes. I won't pay$17 for a Butterick or other popular brand either, but these go on sale routinely for only a few dollars. And no printing and taping and hoping.

Equinox by Equinox 17 Jan 2020

If you live close to a Joanne's Fabric, they frequently have those $18 patterns on sale for $1.99. You can find their ad on their website.

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