Yay or Nay for digital sewing patterns?
Question of the day is do you sew with digital sewing patterns? Most of my sewing patterns are from the big four pattern companies with my indie section getting bigger by the day. I do have digital sewing patterns (aka downloadable patterns) but not nearly as many.
Working with digital sewing patterns is not difficult and I don't mind the taping and cutting out. I just look at it as a part of sewing process. I don't use really complicated digital sewing patterns yet. The e- patterns that I have used are fairly simple with about 40 or so pages to print out. In other words I have not used a digital sewing pattern for say, a wedding gown. That could be kinda crazy!
The negative that I hear most about using digital sewing patterns is the time component. The cutting and taping and using up of printer toner for many totally negate the use of digital patterns. However, if you are still intrigued about using digital patterns you might try downloading something small, like a craft project or a tote bag. Or look for sewing projects that are simple like a skirt or a tunic type blouse. Accessory patterns are perfect for first time users like this easy metal frame clutch pattern.
Using digital sewing patterns has increased my sewing pattern library as well as introduced me to other pattern makers that are not part of my usual line up. Many indie pattern makers offer hard copy as well as digital in order to appease both, which is always nice. But, either way I hope you try some of these patterns and let me know what you like or dislike about them.