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From: Cynret
Date: 11-04-2004, 11:56 AM (1 of 5)
Does anyone out there have any experience with the Unique Patterns that are made after undergoing a 3-D body scan. Does this actually work?

User: Cynret
Member since: 05-25-2003
Total posts: 17
From: MaryW
Date: 11-04-2004, 03:14 PM (2 of 5)
I have not had the body scan done. From other lists I have heard both good and bad. Some had perfectly fine patterns to work from, others were disappointed.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: slyons6
Date: 11-05-2004, 12:40 PM (3 of 5)
I had my body scanned a couple of years ago and am very pleased with the patterns I ordered. If you are hard to fit, as I was, (short waisted, etc) it saves a lot of time. I especially like the pants patterns. Good luck.
User: slyons6
Member since: 11-05-2004
Total posts: 1
From: dregan
Date: 11-06-2004, 03:12 PM (4 of 5)
I had a long and frustrating experience with Unique Patterns! The first scan was for a bust of 37.5" but I'm 41! It also had me down as 5'2", and I'm 5'5". I think it had to be someone else's scan. I then sent in measurements, and again it was wrong. They redrafted several times using original measurement, and my new ones for bust, waist , and hip. I would have to wait 4-6 weeks each time. They also sent me patterns made twice with same wrong measurements because the new changes weren't changed in one section of computer that makes the pattern. You, on the other hand, could have a wonderful experience with them. I did cancel out. If I could have been scanned again by the scanner, and without :throw: mix up, I would think I'd have had more accurate patterns. The people I had to work with were very pleasant and tried hard to make it work for me, it just didn't.
Deb :throw:
User: dregan
Member since: 02-28-2003
Total posts: 24
From: Laura Belle
Date: 02-13-2005, 07:37 PM (5 of 5)
I used the body scanner machine during Quilt Festival 2004 in Houston. I had made the appt. months before. My pattern was shipped on 12/16/04, it did not arrive in the U.S. until Feb.2005, almost 2 mos. later. During that time I had contact w/ Unique Patterns. They kept telling me to wait each time I called after the initial 4 weeks. All kinds of excuses were forthcoming. When I asked them to send another pattern & Fed Ex it at their expense, they refused. I felt that they could bear this expense since I had spent approx. $165. for the initial fitting, 1 pattern, & 4 other patterns within the 1st yr. membership. They obviously did not feel that customer satisfaction was worth an extra $14 for shipment.

I am just now making up a sample pair of pants. They were cut precisely to the pattern and the grainline. Right now the waistline is too large & the side seams curve in towards my shin bones starting at about the knees. The stomach, darts, side seams, inseams & length are all fine.

Will I order my 4 other patterns? Probably. Will I ever order any more? Probably not. Would I recommend the service? I didn't have the best experience & they have a long way to go for good customer service, but you will have to make up your own mind on whether or not this service is worth more than paying a private seamstress to draft a personal pattern for you. Hope this helps someone for the future. Thanks. Laura Belle
User: Laura Belle
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 2
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