Why Trace Your PDF Sewing Pattern?

PDF Sewign Pattern Pieces

Over the years patterns have converted from single sized to multiple size patterns, so if you wish to get the most out of your pattern it pays to trace your pattern and save the master for future use of the other sizes which are included within.

How to Trace PDF Sewing Patterns

When it comes to sewing patterns, some people will quite happily move forward and boldly cut and them out, while some will more cautiously trace the size required and save the pattern. PDF sewing patterns are no different, and while a few of you will be quite happy to print and cut them out as you require them, there are some who are a bit more cautious and prefer to save their pattern.

For those of you who prefer to keep a master paper pattern for future use, here are a few tips for tracing your pattern:

As some PDF patterns have overlapping pattern pieces, tracing is your easiest option, but to make this easier, first trace out the pattern with a marker pen in a different colour.

Everyone will have their own preferences and I am for using what I have on hand. I use cheap baking paper to trace my pattern onto, using canned tins tow weigh it down. Alternatively, you can purchase pattern tracing paper from your local sewing shop.

I tend to be a bit lazy from time to time and it comes down to available resources, so I tend to print (PDF pattern), tape it and cut out the size I need, while storing my master copy as a File on my Computer.

If you are looking at keeping the pattern long term, due to it being a favourite, then I would advise using interfacing as your tracing and pattern medium, as it is both traceable and durable, so is commonly used for this purpose.

BUT, if you are tracing your pattern then DO NOT FORGET to Trace off ALL markings (notches, fold lines, darts, etc.) and label your pattern pieces to avoid any confusion later on.

How do you Feel About PDF Sewing Patterns?

When PDF sewing pattern first came out, I personally could not see the point. But, now I use them ALL the time. Storage is a big thing for me, so I have a portable Harddrive that I store my patterns on, so as not to loose them.

Oh, and CONVENIENCE, I am rural, and it is so much easier for me to shop online 🙂

So, how do you feel about the use of PDF sewing pattern? Do you love them or loath them? I am curious to see what your preferences are and why, so please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.


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