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PDF Patterns vs paper: Why digital downloads are better

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PDF sewing patterns

Sewing your own clothes and wearing them with pride is a feeling we know well. Whether you’re new to sewing or are a seasoned veteran, using PDF sewing patterns to create your own clothing is a hobby that can not only add a dash of chic fashion to your wardrobe, it is also something that you can take great pride in. 

When it comes to using patterns for sewing, there are mainly two kinds of patterns available. You can choose between paper patterns and digital PDF patterns. At Pattern Emporium, we have used both and can easily help you navigate the world of sewing patterns. 

Those who sew regularly would have probably used both paper and digital PDF patterns. For them, it can come down to a matter of preference. But for those who are new to the world of sewing, your choice of patterns is extremely important. This choice will decide how you approach the sewing process and your final outfit. When it comes to sewing, there are two main types of patterns: paper and pdf. Paper patterns have been around for centuries, but pdf patterns are a relatively new invention. So, what's the difference? And which is better? 


Paper vs PDF Sewing Patterns

You can use both paper and PDF sewing patterns to make all sorts of clothing, from dresses and skirts to trousers and shirts. A paper sewing pattern is a template from which you can cut out fabric to sew a garment. Paper sewing patterns are usually made of fine tissue paper, and they come in a range of sizes. They are sold in stores or are delivered by mail. PDF sewing patterns, on the other hand, are digital copies of the design that you can print yourself. You can get the pattern immediately and download it to your computer. The digital patterns offer you the flexibility of working from the PDF file or getting a printout. With PDF patterns from Pattern Emporium, you can print them on a home printer, or go to your local copy shop and get a printout. To go paper-free, you can even use a projector. 

If you're new to sewing, PDF patterns can be a great way to get started. They provide clear instructions on how to cut and sew the fabric, as well as what in order to put the pieces together. And because PDF sewing patterns are widely available and reusable, you can use them to make garments in different sizes without having to rebuy, like with a paper pattern. So if you're looking for a way to get into sewing, or you're simply looking for some new sewing patterns, craft a slice of perfection for yourself with our sewing patterns. 


Benefits of using PDF Sewing Patterns

While it comes down to a matter of preference and convenience, we at Pattern Emporium prefer digital PDF sewing patterns. Here are all the reasons why you would love them as much as we do!


PDF sewing patterns have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it's easy to see why. They offer a convenient way to print out sewing patterns without having to leave the comfort of your home.  You don't have to go to the store or wait for the mailman to deliver them. You can simply download them and print them out whenever you want. Simply order online and get them instantly. With paper patterns, you have to wait for them to arrive and then start sewing. PDF patterns can save you lots of time!

At Pattern Emporium, our PDF sewing patterns are available as soon as you purchase them. Simply sign in and get the pattern in your account. You can then download it and start sewing! And you can review it as many times as you want. Check out our newest arrivals and keep an eye out for the bestsellers to find out what is new, loved and popular in the world of sewing. 


Along with the convenience of having patterns on hand, digital PDF patterns are often much cheaper than paper patterns, and definitely cheaper than purchasing ready-made garments. With paper patterns, you will have to pay for the design and the delivery. This means that the cost will have to factor in printing, packaging and shipping costs. Once you start sewing regularly, these prices can add up quickly. On the other hand, PDF patterns are cheaper. You just need to pay for the pattern, not the logistics of delivery. 


Pdf patterns offer a greater level of customization. With paper patterns, you're limited to the sizes that are available in the store or catalogue. However, with our pdf patterns, you can print them out in any size you want. PDF patterns can also be printed at home on a standard printer, so you don't need anything special in order to use them. So, if you're looking for a custom fit, pdf patterns are the way to go. 

Additional resources

With paper patterns, you are limited by the information you get in the package. With our digital PDF patterns, you can get access to additional resources like how-to videos and techniques such as layering. For beginners, tutorials and how-to videos can really help you get started. And for experts, these videos can be a refresher of the basics and help you move towards more complex techniques. 

At Pattern Emporium, we understand that the needs of sewing beyond the basic pattern and our website has detailed information on how to get startedhow to measure yourself and more! For example, our Songbird Duster Jacket and cardigan sewing pattern comes with extra lessons to help you learn how to add sleeves and stabilise the shoulder for knits. You can also add pockets and drawstrings to your snake print jacket and cardigan.


Choose PDF Sewing Patterns from Pattern Emporium!

If you're looking for sewing patterns for women and kids’ clothing, you've come to the right place. We offer a wide range of pdf patterns for dressestopscardigans, and more. Whether you're looking for an breezy summer dress or some chic pants, we have a pattern for you! With our PDF patterns, you can get started on your project right away. And with a little time and effort, you can easily sew yourself a wardrobe that is chic and stylish. So why wait? Browse our collection of pdf sewing patterns today and find the perfect one for your next project.