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 faq(s) frequently asked questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions Page.  If you have any questions about pattern making, digitizing, grading DXF conversions or plotting services there’s a good chance you’ll find the answer here. If you don’t, send us a message below and We'll answer your question as quickly as possible. Click the search box and type the word "Grading" then hit "Enter" to see a list of all pattern grading services available to you. Not looking for grading services? Enter the service

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Pattern digitizing FAQ(s) questions and answers


Can you digitize soft paper patterns?

Yes, We can.

Can you digitize car seat cover patterns?

Yes, We Can. Please trace off all your car cover patterns on white soft paper and send us just a copy of each design that needs to be digitized. If you have pattern pieces that are bigger than 40" in length or width we will cut and stitch your pattern piece with our state of the art digitizing software and merge pattern pieces back to its original one piece pattern dimensions. Please fold your paper traced off car seat covers and place them inside a box when shipping your patterns to us.

Can you digitize furniture cover patterns?

Yes, We Can. Please trace off all your furniture cover patterns for sofas or recliners on white soft paper and send us just a copy of each design that needs to be digitized. If you have pattern pieces that are bigger than 40" in length or width we will cut and stitch your pattern piece with our state of the art digitizing software and merge pattern pieces back to its original one piece pattern dimensions. Please fold your paper traced off furniture cover patterns and place them inside a box when shipping your patterns to us.

Can you digitize 20 sizes from a marker?

Yes, We Can. Please cut your marker and separate each size by style. Example: You have a marker that contains 4 styles and each style has 5 sizes. Please separate all sizes by style and place them all inside a box . If a full marker does not fit inside 1 box please use as many boxes as needed to 

To whom and where do I ship my patterns?

Please send all your paper traced off patterns or marker copies to our shipping address below. 


 ATTN: Alejandro Esparza 

 Company Name: Smart Pattern Making 

 2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543 

 Los Angeles, CA 90007

Can I drop off my patterns at your location?

No, you can not. We are an online only service company. Our shipping address is just that a shipping address not a pick up or drop off location. All patterns to be digitized must be shipped to our shipping address below.


 ATTN: Alejandro Esparza

 Company Name: Smart Pattern Making 

 2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543

 Los Angeles, CA 90007

Do I send my original pattern design or a Copy?

Please Read Our Pattern Digitizing Policy Below: 

This service is provided for designs or patterns that are a copy of your original design only. If your pattern(s) needs to be cut out or are already cut out we will digitize them all and destroy all pattern pieces after the digitizing process is finished by using our industrial paper shredder. This process will save you money by not having us to FedEx back your patterns and pay for handling and shipping services.Important:You must keep your original pattern with you and you must just send to us a paper pattern copy only. We will not be responsible if you sent to us your original pattern to be digitized.

What makes you different?

What makes us different is:

 

#1). We are a company that cares. Our team members are hard-working, passionate and committed to our customers.


#2). Costumer Service: We provide you with best in class professional costumer service unlike other services who have a voice answering assistant you actually talk to a live professional garment industry expert who will answer all your questions

Why should I use smart pattern making?

Here are 4 main reasons why you want to use our services:


1). Professional digitizing services: You will be working with a reputable company that specializes in pattern digitizing and has been providing this service for more than 17 years.

 2). Accurate pattern scanning: True, accurate and clean digital lines that can be read by most Fashion CAD programs on the market 


3). Fast turn around: Our pattern digitizing services can be completed as soon as next business day allowing to have time to grade your patterns, cut your samples or production for your potential client.


4). Pricing: Our prices are some of the best if not the best pricing in the industry for the type of products and services that we offer.

How soon can you have my patterns digitized?

We can have all your patterns digitized as soon as next business day. However, keep in mind that we always have work in process meaning we also have other clients patterns that need to be digitized, so timing will be established according the the amount of work load we have and the day and time that we receive all your patterns.

How much does it cost to digitize a pattern?

To see pattern digitizing pricing:


1) Go to pattern digitizing product category list here and on the left side of your screen select Example:(Shirts and Tops) 


2). Now, to your right of your screen you will be presented with a group of pattern digitizing options with pricing listed under each product. 


Please note that you pay a flat fee according to the amount of pattern pieces contained in your design Example:Your T-shirt design has 5 pattern pieces you must select pattern digitizing option (1-6 PCS)which covers your 5 pattern pieces included in that option.

How do I get started?

To get started:


1). Go to our pattern digitizing options by following this link here 


2). On the left side of your screen select the pattern digitizing products that needs to be digitize Example:(Shirts and Tops) 


3). Select total pieces contained in your design and Submit a pattern card for each design that needs to be digitized


 4). FedEx us your patterns to our shipping address below. 


 ATTN:Alejandro Esparza 

 Company Name:Smart Pattern Making 

 2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543

 Los Angeles, CA 90007


pattern making FAQ(s) questions and answers


Can you construct patterns from samples?

Yes, we can. Selecting a pre-existing sample that has the fit, silhouette or style that you like to build your design is a great way to start the development process. Please keep in mind however, that the new design that you are trying to build must be similar in weight, type of fabric, and seam placement. Cutting your pattern in a fabric that is not similar to your sample’s fabric type will not work on your newly created pattern. Example: your sample is a Knit fabric men’s shirt and your sample yardage fabric to cut your new pattern is a woven fabric.  

To whom and where do I ship my designs?

Please send all your designs/samples to our shipping address below. 


 ATTN:Alejandro Esparza 

Company Name:Smart Pattern Making 

2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543

 Los Angeles, CA 90007

Can I drop off my patterns at your location?

No, you can not. We are an online only service company. Our shipping address is just that a shipping address not a pick up or drop off location. All patterns to be digitized must be shipped to our shipping address below.


ATTN:  Alejandro Esparza 

Company Name:Smart Pattern Making 

2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Do you offer pattern making packages?

Do all packages include the same services?

Yes, All packages include the same services.

How do I add extra services or add on(s)?

When selecting a package you will have the option to add any extra services that you might need just contact us with your add on(s) request and we will add those services to your package.

Do you sell or provide fabric for my designs?

No, we do not sell or do fabric sourcing for any of our clients. Fabric sourcing is a job in itself and is done usually by the designer or company that wants to create a design.

Do You provide all the trims for my designs?

No, we do not provide any type of trims. You need to provide us with all the necessary components for your design or project before we can start the design process. We do not sell any type of trims.

What makes you different?

What makes us different is:


1). We are a company that cares. Our team members are hard-working, passionate and committed to our customers. 


2). Costumer Service: We provide you with best in class professional costumer service unlike other services who have a voice answering assistant you actually talk to a live professional garment industry expert who will answer all your questions 


Why should I use smart pattern making?

Here are 3 main reasons why you want to use our services:


1). Professional Pattern Making services:You will be working with a reputable company that specializes in pattern making and has been providing this service for more than 17 years. 

2). Fast turn around:Our pattern making services provide fast turn around allowing to have time to grade your patterns, cut your samples or production for your potential client. 

3). Pricing:Our prices are some of the best if not the best pricing in the industry for the type of products and services that we offer.

How long does it take to construct a pattern?

Each Pattern design that we make has its own technical construction problems and process to build it. So timing to construct it will be determined by current work load we have, how much information you are able to give us to start with and how many samples and revisions you ask us to make before the pattern is approved.

How much does it cost to make a pattern?

To see pattern making pricing:


1). Go to pattern making product category list here and on the left side of your screen select Example: (Shirts and Tops) 

2). Now, to your right of your screen you will be presented with a group of pattern making options with pricing listed under each product.


Please note that you pay a flat fee according to the amount of pattern pieces contained in your designExample:  Your T-shirt design has 5 pattern pieces you must select pattern making option(1-6 PCS)  which covers your 5 pattern pieces included in that option.

How do I get started?

To get started:


1). Go to our pattern digitizing options by following this link here 


2). On the left side of your screen select the pattern digitizing products that needs to be digitize Example:(Shirts and Tops) 


3). Select total pieces contained in your design and Submit a pattern card for each design that needs to be digitized 


4). FedEx us your patterns to our shipping address  below.


ATTN:Alejandro Esparza

Company Name:Smart Pattern Making 

2202 South Figueroa ST. # 543

Los Angeles, CA 90007


Pattern grading FAQ(s) questions and answers


My pattern maker graded my pattern what is wrong?

We do not check any graded patterns nor we can tell you if your pattern maker graded your patterns correctly.  Usually,  the best person to grade your pattern is a pattern grader who specializes in the art of pattern sizing and has a well rounded pattern grading background.  Pattern graders follow your grading instructions to grade a specific design so if you think your measurements are odd or pattern shapes look distorted it would be a good idea to pay a small fee for pattern grading consultation services and regrade all your patterns with a trustworthy company.

I have 20 pieces in my design just grade 2 pieces only.

We do not grade incomplete patterns. By just grading 2 pieces you are complicating your life and the grading process. Grading just 2 pieces in your design first and trying to grade the remaining of your pattern pieces later will delay the grading process, be more difficult and cost more money due to the time we need to take to backtrack  and calculate grading used on your previous pattern pieces.  

 Can you measure and create specs from my production?

Yes, We can. If you have not yet established industry standard charts for your designs we can take the time to measure every single garment you have and create grading rules base on the proportions of your garments that you been producing.

Do you have standard grading charts for my design?

No, we don't. No all garments measured from our clients have the same grading charts even if they all cover the same population or market in the garment industry. Each grading chart is customized according to your needs, costumers or buyers placing orders to buy your designs.  


We are currently working on some excel spread sheets that contain grading formulas that will allow you to grade your design automatically by inputting your base size measurements and  grade automatically all your other sizes. These spread sheets will be available for sale in the next few weeks and it will be a basic spread sheet containing core body points needed to grade just about any design or product.

I have a pair of jeans can you create grading rules?

Yes, we can. However you will need to provide us with a set of sizes from the same design to be able to measure and establish your own grading rules.

What CAD system do you use for pattern grading?

We use the latest state of the art Gerber CAD System to grade all  of our costumers patterns.  

How do I submit my pattern files to be graded?


How soon can you have my patterns graded?

We can have all your patterns graded as soon as next business day. However, keep in mind that we always have work in process meaning we also have other clients patterns that need to be graded, so timing will be established according the the amount of work load we have and the day and time that we receive all your patterns.

How much is the price or cost to grade a pattern?

To see pattern grading pricing :


1)  Go to pattern grading product category list here and on the left side of your screen select Example: (Shirts and Tops) 

2).Now, to your right of your screen you will be presented with a group of pattern grading options with pricing listed under each product. 

Please notethat you pay a flat fee according to the amount of pattern pieces contained in your design Example:Your T-shirt design has 5 pattern pieces you must select pattern grading option (1-6 PCS)which covers your 5 pattern pieces included in that option.

I am ready to grade my patterns how do I get started?

To get started :


1).Go to our pattern grading options by following this link here 

2).On the left side of your screen select the pattern grading products that needs to be graded Example:(Shirts and Tops) 

3).Enter your measurements for length and width and we will grade up or down your design according to your own specifications that's it!


 


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