I tried sending this once and I don’t think I succeeded, so I’m trying again! Does anyone out there know where I can find a printer that will print patterns based on my pattern drafts, and do it on pattern tissue at a reasonable price? I know the small reproduction pattern companies must be getting their patterns printed somewhere, but I’m having a hard time getting information.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I don't have an answer for you but a suggestion. Why don't you contact some of the people who sell their own patterns and ask them? The sewing community is relatively small and most people help each other. Several designers who sell their own patterns post and answer questions at http://www.sewingworld.com
It is a very active message board for sewers. Good luck!
*Louise Cutting (Cutting Line Designs) told me that her patterns - and just about everyone else's- are printed by McCalls. I don't have any idea about what the minimum volume might be, though. Louise has her initial pattern drafts printed at a local place that specializes in architectural blueprints. Perhaps one in your area could help you. She also told me that to protect her design, the original is placed in a sealed envelope and mailed to her. She keeps it unopened as proof that it is her design. Good luck in your search.
*this site has interesting reading on companies for pattern making, there is also a toll-free phone number regarding the author and how to contact her at the bottom of the article:http://www.bobbin.com/media/97jan/pattern1.htm
*Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! I'll be trying all of them.Consuelo
*Consuelo, Threads magazine recently had a Questions department that addressed this question, in issue 94 (April/May 2001), pp. 22, 24. Kathryn Brenne, who has produced her own patterns, talks about the process, pattern quantities, and how to get started. Apparently, McCall's service prints a minimum of 1000 patterns; you may want to begin with a smaller quantity. I hope you find this article helpful. If you don't have access to back issues of Threads, you may find it at your local library, or you can order a copy elsewhere on this website.
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