Using PDF Patterns
I thought it might be useful to share the process of using PDF pattern files. If you are used to buying printed paper patterns rather than PDF versions you may find the thought quite daunting. When you order one of our patterns you will receive an email with a link to your files. If you haven't received the email within a few minutes of your purchase you may want to check your "junk" folder. When you click on the link you will have access to your downloads. Please be aware that the files have a download limit and expiry date so it is always advisable to save the files as soon as possible. If you have any problem with accessing your downloads or need the limits extending please do get in touch.
You will have access to three files, The Instructions file, the Print at Home file and the A0 file. The instructions can either be printed off or opened and viewed on a screen. The print at home file is designed to be printed using a home printer on either A4 or Letter size papers. The A0 file is designed to be printed on a large format printer and can therefore be sent to a pattern printing company.
I recommend using the free software, Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and view your pattern files. There have been some instances where files have been opened into a different PDF reader and the program has changed the document settings and therefore the pattern it has not printed to scale. If this happens, you should delete the file, download again then open into Adobe Acrobat Reader instead.
These are the correct printer settings for the "Print at Home" files:
Within the pattern instructions you will find a diagram of how the pages should fit together to make the whole pattern. There will be one sheet with a 10cm x 10cm and 4" x 4" test square. Print this sheet only and measure the square to check the printer settings are correct. If you are certain the square is measuring correctly you can go ahead and print the remaining sheets.
Arrange the sheets as indicated in the instructions and join the sheets by matching the triangles on the edges to form diamond shapes. I suggest you trim one of the edges you plan to join along the matching line then lay this onto it's adjoining sheet. I like to use Scotch Magic Tape and masking tape as these can be moved fairly easily if you make a mistake and can also be drawn over. I like to place small pieces of tape onto the right sides of each sheet along the join then a bigger piece of tape along the wrong side of the join.
If you would rather not be taping sheets of paper together, remember that for any of our patterns you also have the option of purchasing a printed copy of the A0 file. Just select the "PDF Plus Printed Copy" in the FORMAT box and add it to your cart. We aim to print and post within two working days of receiving your order. You will receive the large scale (A0) pattern printed on 60gsm paper which can be easily cut and pinned but is not fragile. The instructions are NOT printed. The patterns arrive in a reusable envelope with a string and washer opening to store your pattern in.
Any problems with opening and downloading files, printing at home or purchasing paper copies please do get in touch and we will gladly be of help.
We are also now offering a friendly and personal Pattern Printing Service for patterns you have purchased from any pattern company. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.