Printing the pattern
Printing MySizePatterns patterns is easy. A PDF file contains all pattern elements for a given size combination. For the convienence of our US sewers, PDF files are also available in the US letter format apart from the standard European A4 format.
Please view your PDF file prior to printing. Three are 2 good reaseons to do that: first of all, you will get an idea how the patten pieces are allocated across the pages and secondly, even most importantly, you can delete empty pages to save some resources at this stage of the process. You can do it in many ways, but we recommend a very simple approach.
Open your file in a PDF viewer/reader software (here Adobe). Select the viewing options as “Fit one full page to window” and “Page thumbnails”.
The pages of the PDF file will be displayed in a thumbnails mode on the left side of the screen.
Adjust the number of columns in the thumbnail display mode by moving the handle icon on right side of the thumbnail display area to the left of to the right. The number of columns you need is defined by the highest number on the second digid of the PDF gird (here 4).
You should be able to recognize the lines of pattern pieces going across the pages.
You will find some pages that are empty (the printing layout is always done for a rigtangular drid) or identify pages that you do not want to print. Note down their location and delete them manually one by one.
Regardless of where and how you are going to have your pattern printed, the most important thing about getting it right is making sure that the printing scale / page sizing is set properly. Many printers try to scale a document to (best) fit the paper size. You do not want this happen as it would change the proportions of pattern pieces.
When printing your sewing patterns home, you proceed pretty much in the same way as while printing any other document. After you choose in your PDF file the option “Print” and the printer dialogue box opens, set the print scale / page sizing in the section defining the scaling as 100%, or “actual size” or “none” – depending on the printer you have.
If printing your pattern at a specialized copy shop or elsewhere at a wide format printer (so that it is all printed on one sheet), make it clear that the scale needs to be set at 100%.
Before printing the entire file, print only a page/pages containing check boxes.
If it does not measure correctly, check and adjust your print scaling options. When the scaling is correct, print out the rest of the pattern. At this point you can also adjust the printing quality. You can choose for printing at a lower quality, which goes faster and uses less ink, again, saving your resources.
Check that you have all the pages you need. Now you can start with the extiting task of a pattern assembly.