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My subject is sewing patterns. I was making a lot of hats for my granddaughters so what I did was I took iron on interfacing and ironed it onto the pattern to make it last longer. No more tearing of the pattern and I am sure it will me last forever.
Squrl from California
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By Dar in Texas
Unfortunately, they (Hobby Lobby stores) haven't "made it" to the state of California yet, but they're getting close! Perhaps someone can buy the patterns for you when they go on sale if you will just make a list of pattern numbers and sizes you want. If they have the information in their purse, it would be quite simple to go buy what you need!
By Grandma Margie
There is a chain called Hancock Fabrics in my area. Once in a while they will have all patterns of a certain brand on sale for 99 cents. I watch for those sales.
I only buy patterns used or on sale for 99 cents. Otherwise there's no point in going to all the trouble of making your own clothes because they will cost the same in the store if you pay full price for a pattern.
By K from Oz
I'm not sure why you're having so much trouble with patterns wearing out, I use them dozens of times and they still work great, and I don't iron them before I put them away either! LOL I'm just too lazy for that. I've been using the same vest pattern for my husband's costumes for at least 7 years, which means I've probably made 40+ vests from it, and it still is just fine. LOL
I do sewing for a lady who wants everything made off the same pattern, with variations. I pinned her pattern to a percale sheet (bought at Goodwill) and traced all the markings onto the fabric. I've used this "pattern" for the past 6 years with no problems. The original pattern is still in good shape if any other adjustments need to be made.
By Marty from IN
There are just those classic patterns that you love, but for some reason are discontinued by the companies. When I find patterns that I really like and want to keep for reuse, I use medium weight non fusible interfacing and trace the pattern on it. Cut it out, label it in a zip lock bag and put away with the original pattern envelope.
This copy repeatedly takes pinning after pinning and if necessary can be fix with any kind of tape. Make sure you mark the instructions, notches, etc. as the original pattern piece has on it as well as the "size". I have made patterns from the 1970s here in 2008 in this manner.
By Joyce from Benson, MN
To save money on patterns for sewing your own clothes, you need to watch for sales in the fabric stores. I recently got McCall patterns for 99 cents each at JoAnn's Fabric. Some of those patterns sold for $17.95.
Patterns have more than 1 size. I fold the paper pattern along the cutting lines, then I cut very close to the paper pattern edge without cutting off the folds I made.
You can spend a lot of money on sewing patterns, especially if you are an avid seamstress. Save yourself a little money by saving your original multi-sized patterns uncut.
Scan small pattern pieces and vintage patterns! Since I mostly sew doll clothes, I'm used to scanning each new pattern as I obtain it. That takes several hours of image editing and standing at the printer/scanner, so it keeps me from going too nuts at the fabric stores' frequent 99 cent sales!
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Where can I find free sewing patterns for women dresses, size 16 - 18?
By Dana from Palo Alto, CA
http://sewingne … _sewing_patterns has some good suggestions. I've used burdastyle.com, which the article mentions. Good luck!