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I would like to know if one is better than the other. I have papr pattern that need to be graded 1 contrctr will grade them (paper) the other needs me to send them to be digitized and with produce from there. BOTH HAVE years of experience. Which is better in the long run. My tthoughts paper for swapping pattern psc to create a new style. Digital great in the long run with the right software pcs can still be swap around and ensure max use of fabric.

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Digitized,once graded, the markers can be made and easily reprinted.  If it's a proven pattern and something to be modified and remade or reordered in future seasons, digitization will make it more cost effective in the future, you'd only have to digitize modified parts. Grading digitized is much less expensive than by hand in my experience as well.

I agree with Malissa! I just wish I did digitized patterns years ago b/c I have 2 bins of patterns I drafted that I have to now scan in, ugghh.

I mean you really can't go "wrong" just figure out what your long term needs would be.

Good luck!

Thank you both I feel like I just got some real advice here from the both of you. That removes my stress of working with one of the contractors. But as we know this arise that cause you to look elsewhere so that I don't have to come back this way what about the pattern/production contractor that only works with paper. Prices are really good. So it production the distance is my only concern but you would rule him out because of the pattern method right. I say distance because with corrections etc. I prefer things kinda close until I get beyond this stage.


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I don't see how hours of hand work could be cheaper. Have you asked him if he would work with you if you had them digitized elsewhere? Does he have references?  Are you familiar with Kathleen Fasanella's blog  She has a list of questions to ask when hiring a pattern maker and manufacture.

Yes I actually visited her site and utilized that list in my initial search. To be honest I haven't gotten a quote from the digital pattern grader but I know amongst paper pattern makers this one was the better of all quotes with a decade of experience. But I hear ya I am the biggest skeptic with things seeming to good. Which is one of the reasons it has taken me so long. Hard trusting people with your dreams.





I agree it's better to keep it local, with production, but with digitizing there are a lot of reputable businesses that just do that or who will just provide those services.

Agreed. That's the route that I am considering. local production outsource digitizing.

However, not to be a bother but another thing that had me leaning towards paper grading was that since I have patterns but they need correcting I was going to need a seperate pattern maker to make the corrections (not returning to the last one) and then have them digitized by this other party, then on to production. A lot of hands in the pot for my baby that is new to the market (though I know the saying there is nothing new unders the sun but....) .

I guess I am just thinking out loud, but if you care to comment; by all means.


Always test your pattern. Testing it will let you know if it's perfect.  Then have it ditigitally graded one your happy with your medium......get it happy medium=)


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