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Welcome to Day 14 of our Holiday Giveaway! Here is your chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate, good for a one-time purchase, from Ingygo Junction! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Thursday, December 15th to be entered to win!

Indygo Junction’s founder, Amy Barickman has published nearly 1000 pattern titles, architecting a collection of designs with distinct, eclectic style. Our redesigned website features hundreds of patterns and books including clothing, purses, aprons, children’s fashions, jewelry, crafts, toys, home decor, embroidery and much more. The addition of a blog, how-to videos and instructional technique PDF’s have made Indygo Junction a resource for the sewing enthusiast.

Indygo Junction will provide the winner with a $100 gift certificate for a one-time purchase on IndygoJunction.com. All $100 must be spend in one order. Only patterns & books published by Indygo Junction are eligible for purchase with this gift certificate.

Comment to Win: Which do you prefer: hard copy patterns, ePatterns, DVD tutorials or online streaming video (YouTube videos)?


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[Update 12/15/11] – Congratulations to member lydianna for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 14!


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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.40 PMby patalie

    Online tutorials, are the best! Step buy step pictures really helps me out.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.39 PMby skooze48

    One can never have enough sewing books! I love Kwik Sew patterns that come on actual paper that you can trace over and over without the flimsy tissue paper tearing onto butcher paper and make adjustments on that you can easily change. Printing patterns out on your printer is just awful unless its a small project Ha Ha.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.38 PMby kallie

    I prefer ePatterns and hard copy patterns.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.35 PMby morkin13

    I like hard copy patterns the best, but I like video tutorials for less complicated projects.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.34 PMby suzeb

    I use all of the above: hard-copy patterns, downloadable ones (the taping is annoying, but the instant access is great), an online course at Craftsy.com, which was awesome. I also draft my own patterns.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.33 PMby aega

    Online videos are so helpful for me!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.31 PMby gedwoods

    I still prefer making my own patterns from a basic set of sloper instructions. I do use a patternist now, professionally, but she simply converts my patterns into a format that is standard!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.30 PMby sunshinebreezy

    I like either hard copy or e-patterns. I must admit some laziness about printing and taping together my own pattern, but it’s worth it to receive the pattern instantly.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.30 PMby kittelisa

    I like both hard copy and e-patterns. But I always print e-patterns and keep all of them in a cute folder.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.29 PMby 09extrastuff

    I am not computer literate for sewing so I like the hard copy patterns. The experience of going into the fabric store and flipping through the pages of the pattern catalog and then having the envelope at home to visualize the end garment. One can do that when traveling to different cities and bringing home “souveniers”.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.27 PMby jenss-1

    I’d have to say paper patterns are generally my preference because I don’t have to do anything before laying the pieces out on the fabric. Paper patterns are the most convenient and the envelopes make it easier to keep them organized. However, for some projects—especially more simple ones—I do like the quick access to epatterns for download. It depends!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.25 PMby 56quiltgal

    I have not tried online videos for sewing yet, although the idea is intriguing to watch while you sew (learn as you sew, so to speak). So far I enjoy using either hard copy or DVD patterns and have had good luck with them. My only experience with Online (YouTube) has been for learning extra swing dance moves after taking a course with our junior college. If I could master that, then I sewing with YouTube should be a snap! Anything that can assist me in making my projects turn out great works for me!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.22 PMby monikago

    I have used printed out Burda e-patterns, assembled and taped them, kind of like that. I find the commercial patterns very flimsy, despite ironing them as was suggested. I liked the heavy manila patterns used in my college sewing class which simulates the industry.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.22 PMby lesthor

    I gotta join the chorus for hard copy patterns. One less step in the sewing process is always appreciated. However, as a beginner-ish, I love the youtube videos. Sometimes written instructions just don’t make sense to me, and then I watch a video and realize it’s really quite easy! DVDs aren’t quite as good because I can only play them in one room, where the youtube videos can go anywhere my laptop or my husband’s phone can go =)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.19 PMby Amanda Cox

    e patterns. That way they are right there at my computer whenever i need them!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.19 PMby rshelly13

    I prefer paying for hard copy patterns, but getting free online epatterns.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.18 PMby ealis

    I love hard copy patterns. When it comes to ease of use, they win hands down. They’re easy to transfer, alter, and they tend to last forever when stored right.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.17 PMby kdschafer

    I like the hard copy patterns. I have used a few epatterns and they work well on the smaller items, but are a pain on the larger projects. I haven’t tried the DVD or You Tube videos, but I have tried the PDF instructions. Most of those have been done really well and it makes it soooooo much easier to try new techniques.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.16 PMby BEVSEWSATHOME

    I perfer hard copies. For me they are easier to work with and I can alter if needed.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.15 PMby foursquarewalls

    Hard copy patterns. I don’t own a printer so I can’t use e-patterns!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.14 PMby abmoyer

    I prefer hard copy patterns (single sized too). ePatterns are great and instant gratification, but you have to assemble them.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.14 PMby ashleyraine

    I still love the hard copy patterns, but I got brave over the summer and tried an online text tutorial. It turned out well enough to make me want to try another one!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.12 PMby leahfranqui

    I like hard copy patterns but I actually prefer epatterns that I have to put together. Oh, I hate putting them together, don’t get me wrong, but the material is so much sturdier then tissue patterns, which I love and loathe at the same time.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.11 PMby irist

    Hard copy patterns and epatterns

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.10 PMby alissaslagle

    I do much better with the hard patterns:)

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.08 PMby Sadie Fox Metter

    I prefer hard copy patterns. I can easily alter them if needed and I always seem to have a hard time with my printer. Maybe if I had a better printer I would learn to love the epatterns. I definitely like the idea of epatterns more, but have had better luck with the hard pattern. This is why I am in love with my Burda Style magazine. It has the patterns in it! It is my treat to myself every year.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.08 PMby SoCoSew

    Preference is hard copy b/c I like the pretty pics in my pattern storage boxes.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.05 PMby pegbauer

    Definitely hard copies. I like to have the reference right there in my hand, although it is tough to store all of them in one place. I could limit my pattern consumption, but what fun would that be?

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    Dec 14, 2011, 04.04 PMby thill

    I prefer hard copy patterns because I hate printing & taping the epatterns together. And I prefer DVD’s over streaming video because its easier to backup and replay. Buffering is so frustrating.

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