I printed a sewing pattern at a local copy shop in the past + ended up paying over $30 for a pants pattern. (yikes!) This time I did a limited search for sewing pattern printing + came across these printers:
- pdfplotting :: USA based, seem to be a little more complicated to upload to, have to print at least three patterns at a time, seems to only ship to USA
- patternsy :: UK based, have to print two sheets at a time (which my single pattern accomplished), ships worldwide
- sew yyc :: Canada based, seems to only ship to Canada
My choice was patternsy. I sure would have liked to use a service closer to home, but I didn't have three patterns to print. Patternsy seemed to be a simple service to use + ships to my location.
Once I decided to use patternsy, I was able to upload my pattern easily. Mark texted me as soon as I placed my order to let me know that my one pattern covered the required two pages + that my order was set to go. It took 13 days from order to arrival (in the USA) + cost $18. The paper that it is printed on is tissue weight, but I would say that it feels a bit more sturdy than the classic brown pattern paper. I like that it folds up compactly.
I really appreciate that patternsy understands sewists' needs + desires. They can even untangle overlapped pattern pieces that would normally require further pattern tracing. (fantastic!)
Using a pattern printer was not cheap.
My PDF pattern cost $11.72
Printing + shipping cost $18.23
Total cost :: $29.95 USD
If I waited for the paper pattern to be available:
The cost of the paper pattern + shipping from the UK would cost $48.18.
Merchant & Mills patterns in the USA cost $20 + shipping.
Merchant & Mills patterns are pricey...but probably appropriately priced.
Maybe this solution doesn't seem too outlandish in context?
I am going to use this pattern more than once...more than twice...so I'm happy. :)