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“Do you offer help?”
Of course! In fact, to the best of our knowledge we’re the only pattern company to offer free assistance to our customers.  To access help, call or email.

NOTE: We’re a tiny little company. There’s only two of us! We’re not Amazon. We do not have live support. We do not have 24-hour support. Our office hours are clearly posted at the top of this page. We like having evenings and weekends like everyone else! So please don’t expect us to immediately reply to the email you sent at 2AM or Saturday afternoon.


“When should I expect my product?”
Our order processing time is usually within 48 hrs. We ask that you allow us 2-3 business days.

“How much is shipping to the United States?”
Shipping to the USA – including APO addresses – is dependent on your order total. Below $100 (before shipping is added), the shipping and handling charge is a flat rate of $7. Above $100, shipping is FREE.

“How much is shipping to Canada?”
Retail orders to Canada ship are as follows: 1-2 patterns = $20; more than 2 patterns = $42, and that holds no matter how much you order!

“Do you ship to insert-name-of-entity-here?”
Yes! We ship anywhere the United States Postal Service can reach.

“What shipping methods do you use?”
We ship ONLY via United States Postal Service Priority Mail. Please don’t ask us to use another carrier; we won’t.

“How much is shipping to Europe and other countries?”
Retail orders to entities other than USA and Canada ship with flat rates, no matter where you are or how much you order! For 1-2 patterns, the flat rate is $25; more than 2, $60.

“Can I get expedited shipping?”
Yes!  Ring us during business hours for options.


“Do you take returns?”
Yes. If for any reason you are unhappy with our products, returns are accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Request for returns must be made by phone or e-mail and must be authorized by Reconstructing History; unauthorized returns will NOT be accepted.
  • The original item and packaging must be intact.
  • The item must be unused, undamaged and in resalable condition as determined by RH.
  • The request for return must be made within five (5) business days of receipt.
  • Product must be returned within fourteen (14) business days after authorization for return is issued.

If these criteria are met, a full refund will be made minus shipping costs. Shipping charges are never refundable. Under certain circumstances, exchanges or store credit may be extended in lieu of refund. Custom-made items are not returnable.

Methods of Payment

“What credit cards do you accept?”
We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

“Do you accept checks?”
Yes. Personal and business checks are accepted. Please enclose an order with the correct shipping address and the products desired. Please see “Shipping” in our FAQ to add the correct shipping charge. Your order will ship when your payment clears our account.

“Do you accept money orders?”
Yes. We accept money orders. Please enclose an order with the correct shipping address and the products desired. Please see “Shipping” in our FAQ to add the correct shipping charge. Your order will ship when your payment clears our account.


“Is your website secure?”
Yes! Your private information is held in the highest security. We do not sell your information to other parties, either.

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2 Comments so far:

  1. Brandon Baranowski says:

    Wasn’t sure if you all noticed but the bulk of your paper patterns are listed as Out-Of-Stock. Also, the headings on your FAQ are in an old format. Thought it might be a glitch on the new site, but wanted to give you a heads up (and purchase a few patterns when the glitch is fixed ;) )

    • historian says:

      Thanks for the heads up, but we know about the Out-of-Stock on the paper patterns. We are moving our printer to a new location so we won’t be printing patterns until after June 10th. Our email newsletter went out announcing that today was the last day for paper pattern sales. Please check back with us after June 10th or buy from one of our wholesale partners:

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