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From: NeedleWorker
Date: 04-22-2006, 11:20 PM (1 of 3)
Hi and Hello, I am very interested in this CAD software. I went to the website to see the description and the price and all the ins and outs. I still have questions. 1. Can you scann the pattern pieces section on a store bought pattern and digitize it through CAD? 2. What did people pay for this software? 3. I am under the assumption that you can print these patterns with a regular printer on regular paper and piece them together (because the peices are larger than a regular piece of paper) and there you go.Is that so?
4.How accurate are the pieces printed out? 5. How many people actually own this software? Your thoughts please THANKS, Yvette
User: NeedleWorker
Member since: 04-05-2006
Total posts: 13
From: reddeviltj
Date: 04-23-2006, 02:20 PM (2 of 3)
I have the regular AutoCAD that's used for drafting in other industries. When I was taking my pattern making classes in college I skipped that class. AutoCAD costs thousands of bucks in the beginning. You get upgrades afterwards. My husband owns his own engineering biz so I have it for free.
Problem is - I would not want to be printing any patterns out on a printer and piecing them together. A plotter would be the only way to go for me and those are rather costly as well.
The version that I have on this computer here would do the same as the sewing version. I only need to know measurements.
User: reddeviltj
Member since: 04-10-2006
Total posts: 4
From: MartySews
Date: 04-27-2006, 07:16 PM (3 of 3)
On another discussion group, a number of people use the PatternMaster Boutique software with a lot of success. However it has a learning curve and one must know the basics of drafting a pattern, understanding the human body and draping fabric. One also has to know about ease of garments, when to apply it and how much is needed. This software sells for around $200 and there are add-on's and updates. Go to and download a free trial program to see if you like it. NAYY For me, a good drafting book, pencil and pattern paper is just fine. Happy Stitching!
Marty :up:
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
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