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What is your favorite pattern making software?
Why is it your favorite?

We welcome input from employees that work for pattern making software companies. Do not be shy? You are welcome to discuss the benefits of your software. The only thing that we ask is that when you make your comments, please be honest to indicate the company that you work for. There is no need to post comments anonymously.

At this web page, you will find a few examples of pattern making software to help ge the conversation started. Tell us what you like or dislike about software listed on that page. If you know other suppliers, you can add them in this discussion.

In this group, we are happy to hear comments from both the software companies and the pattern makers that use the software.

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Working manually does give a better, better garment, draping is the best!!!!!!
But knowing some type of pattern software helps you to know that you are better then
any software(smiles).
Software is just another TOOL-learning one will keep you in the race.
Neil - That is a good idea.. If you do start a pattern making service, let me know. I can possibly list your business for you at the pattern maker section on Apparel Search.
We are a company specialising in providing Prototyping related services to the Apparel Industry. We provide all kinds of services including CAD pattern making , Grading , Tech Pack services etc.

Our pattern makers have previously worked on patterns from some of the most demanding retailers like Liz Claiborne, Zara, Macys, Gap, Kohls, Tommy Hilfiger, C & A, Victorias secret, Mothers work, Chicos, S oliver etc.

We offer very reasonable pricing for apparel pattern making :

T Shirt 25
Shirt/ Top/ Blouses 75
Trouser/ Shorts 75
Cargo pants/ Shorts 115
Skirts 65
Dresses 115
Camisole 75
Jackets 185
Coats/ trench Coats 185

You can check out our complete range of services on . Could you get us also listed on the pattern maker section on Apparel Search. Thanks in Advance.
i have the same situation i make patterns manually but making many big patterns is a headache .in that point a software would help .
You should!! It's maoney just waiting to jump into your pocket. Seriously
I would like to know if you see a big difference between Gerber and the Optitex systems? Which would be easier to use. I aminterested in the virtual abilities of Optitex. Virtual fashion shows sound cool to me.
Hi Nadia,
Gerber as well as Optitex offer a 3D module for virtual sampling.
Gerber sources it from an israeli company called browzwear. It works more like a plugin with Gerber while the Optitex 3D is inbuilt into their pattern making solution making it easier to use.

Both solutions have their own strengths.
Hi everyone,my favorite pattern making software is AccuMark of Gerber Technology,but Assyst is good too. I know both and each has it own advantages.
Working by pattern making software is quickly and you could make changes for short time, measures are very precisely.
I agree that some kinds of garment needs manually work and right for this there is a digitizer!
Initially I've learned Gerber. as for now I am working in Reach Technology. I am using CAD for around three years. For making patterns, it looks little complicate in CAD.
commonly in industries, peoples are using CAD only for grading and Marking purpose. because it is easy to learn and speedups quickly. but in my opinion they are loosing the advantages of CAD.
pattern making also can be done easily through CAD but it took some time to learn the techniques.

I sincerely recommend manual pattern makers to use CAD, Because Technology plays a vital role in any field. In my opinion we have to utilize the technology if it is worthy. When technology and experience works together the result will be better than ever. since they are expert in manual they can be better than now.
This is Zakir from Indonesia...
I work with Lectra Software since 1999. I love it. For pattern making, grading, and digitizing I think Lectra is much better compare than other software but for marker making Gerber is best. Its completely my own opinion. Thanks,

I need Help any body have solution, My Customer send me file that is .MDL , I could not open , is i need special sofrware or the file it send me is curuppted. I will appreciate alot, thanks for your help.
Hi Jheney,

What software are you using? If gerber, MDL file must be exported to VET file and IBA file before you convert it to gerber file. If you trust in me, send me the file and I will convert it into any format you want.



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