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Pattern Projection Could Revolutionize Your Sewing

This user-friendly technology offers convenience and efficiency
Threads #215, Fall 2021
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Projector sewing has gained an enthusiastic following in recent years. More and more home sewers are utilizing the technology to project their sewing patterns directly onto fabric on their cutting tables. Along with an entire community of projector sewists, I can now mostly bypass the paperwork stage of garment making. Taping together pages of home-printed PDF patterns, then tracing the desired size, is a part of the process I have managed to eliminate. In doing so, I have regained valuable sewing hours.

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With the lights down, you can see projected lines clearly on any fabric. Simply set the color preferences for lines that contrast with the fabric color.

The advantage of projecting patterns is the ease it offers. Beaming a pattern directly onto fabric allows for straightforward positioning and cutting of pattern pieces. Key fit adjustments such as lengthening, shortening, and grading between sizes can be completed on the fly. Projecting makes it so effortless to match and position fabric motifs on garment sections that you may discard your paper pattern stash for good.

The initial financial outlay for a projection setup is within reach too, whether you opt for a mini projector mounted to the ceiling or a “short throw” positioned by your cutting table. Neither physical space nor budget need be a barrier. Independent designers are now beginning to offer projector-optimized files along with their usual copy shop and A4/letter-size printable versions. Digital patterns you previously purchased can immediately be put to use; some only need slight tweaks to become compatible.

The system doesn’t have to be daunting for those who are less confident using technology. Your chosen worksurface displays what is on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device screen. Using the projector’s remote, you can quickly mirror-image pattern pieces such as sleeves or…

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