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Overview of PatternMaker Products

Pattern Making Products

PatternMaker software provides various drawing and editing tools that replace pencil and paper for additional speed, precision, and efficiency.

PatternMaker Software has developed flexible programs especially for drafting digital PATTERNS for garments or creating predesigned patterns known as pattern collections.

Several versions of PatternMaker are available to serve the home sewer to the professional pattern maker to the pattern designer.

Additionally, a separate program called MacroGen can turn designs into modifiable patterns.

PatternMaker Platform

All PatternMaker programs are native Windows programs. HOWEVER, they can be run on a Mac computer using special, free programs. Get more information at our Macinfo page.

All PatternMaker versions can print to any Windows-driven printing or plotting device, including large-format plotters. Contact us about exporting files for non-Windows plotters and cutting machines.

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PatternMaker is the primary program and is used to create patterns. Once patterns are created they can be exported into digital files that can be shared like any file on the Internet.

MacroGen is the program that creates the exported files. The exported files are called macros. The macros have the ability to accept different measurements so the pattern can be adjusted to fit. Macros are executed by PatternMaker. (Many computer programs have macros that exist in a digital, sharable format. For example, Microsoft Word and Excel have the ability to export macros for sharing.) So, to run a macro you need the PatternMaker program.

Collection Creator combines many different patterns that are in macro form into a collection. A collection might be a group of summer dresses.

Project Editor — FREE — Project is for making non-fitted macro patterns. For example: create a collection of hats, small, medium, and large in PatternMaker professional then convert to a macro with Project Eeditor

Code Editor — FREE — Code Editor is an advanced utility for MacroGen that allows you to create custom measure and point types.

PatternMaker Versions

All the PatternMaker versions listed below come from the same PatternMaker program. The different versions reflect different features depending on the license. After downloading, go to the version you want and click Buy. For free versions, the Buy button will not incur a charge and credit card is not required.

MacroGen is a separate program.

PatternMaker Pattern Viewer – FREE
The Version is a free tool to make patterns from our Pattern Collections. Used to run custom-fit pattern macros for non-PatternMaker users. You can save and reuse your measurements, too.
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PatternMaker Deluxe Editor
The Deluxe Editor is also a free tool that can alter already-made patterns in the Pattern Collections or created from PatternMaker Professional Studio. The Deluxe Editor has many of the measuring and editing features of Professional Studio. Deluxe Editor can alter patterns at an expert level. New patterns should be created with Professional Studio.

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PatternMaker Professional Studio
The Professional Studio version is the full pattern making, or CAD, program. It contains all the tools to draft, measure, alter, print etc. for first patterns or made-to-measure clothes. Make your own patterns or use Pattern Collections. This is the most complete CAD program available for making professional first patterns.
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PatternMaker Grading Studio
The Grading Studio version adds grading features to the Professional Studio.
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PatternMaker Marker Studio
The Marker Studio extends includes all Professional Studio and Grading Studio features plus marker layout and bundles for volume production. This version is designed for apparel manufacturers. I
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The comparison table at the bottom of this page may help differentiate how the different versions are used.

Version Comparison
View & Print yes yes yes yes yes
Save Measurements yes yes yes yes yes
Alter Design no yes yes yes yes
Create from Scratch no no yes yes yes
Grading no no no yes yes
Marker layout tools no no no no yes
PatternMaker: Versions