Buying pdf sewing patterns can allow you buy sewing patterns which are not easy to find in the UK, or from indie designers who only sell their patterns as pdfs. However the process of printing them as numerous A4 sheets, sticking them all together before you can use it takes up precious sewing time.
Thankfully several companies have sprung up recently offering the ideal solution. Using their websites you can upload your patterns and they will print them full size for you, on good quality paper which is more robust than the thin tissue paper many companies use, and post them out to you.
Their service can also be very handy for those of you who design your own patterns and want to print small quantities to sell. If that is you do make sure you check out our post on designing your own sewing patterns.
A note on paper weights
Paper weight is measured in grams per sqaure metre (GSM). This means the higher the GSM the thicker the paper. Tissue paper tends to be between 10 – 35 GSM, average printer paper is 70-100GSM. Most the printers below offer a weight between the two, so it has more stability than tissue paper, but is still a little translucent so you can see your fabric underneath for pattern placement.
Below are the details of the British pattern printing companies we have come across, with a summary of the service they offer and a price guide.
PLEASE NOTE – We do not print sewing patterns ourselves, please contact one of the companies below with any queries or orders.
Netprinter print sewing patterns on 60GSM paper and they scale check each pattern where possible. Their standard size is up to A0 but you can contact them for a quote if you require larger. They also offer colour printing which is ideal if you have a pattern that has multiple pattern pieces overlayed as they often do each one in a different colour.
A0 prints cost £1.50 for black and white prints and £4 for colour prints.
Ezeeprint can print your pdf A0 or A1 sewing patterns on high quality 80GSM paper which can be used for pinning so no tissue pattern is necessary.
You can print in black and white or colour, there is no minimum order. Prices start at £1.20 per page.
Find out more by visiting their website: www.ezeeprint.co.uk
Dotty print have been printing sewing patterns for designers for years and now offer their services direct to stitchers too. They can print on 45 gsm, 60 gsm or 75 gsm at no extra cost.
Their price for a single A0 print is £3.95 (including postage & VAT). There are discounts if your pattern requires more than one page, and keep an eye on their social media for offers. They also print in whatever colour your pattern comes in, black and white or colour, for the same price. They can print any length of pattern up to 10m.
Find out more about their sewing pattern printing service at http://www.dottyprint.co.uk
Another option to consider, especially if you want to get your pattern printed locally is that many paper printing firms/copy shops offer plan printing. This is large format printing up to size A0 originally intended for architect plans which is what gives it it’s name.
One big difference between those firms and the ones mentioned above is that you may not get the scale check that several of the sewing pattern printers offer. Plus you’d need to specify that you wanted it on lighter weight paper than the standard paper.