How to use digital/PDF patterns
On this page you will find out:
- How to use Adobe Reader
- How to show/print only one or several sizes
- What to think about when printing the patterns
- How to cut and tape the patterns
USING ADOBE READER
I recommend that you download the free program Adobe Reader (here). If you open your pdf sewing pattern in that program you will often get the best print outs, and you have the option to show/print only one or several sizes of your choosing.
HOW CAN I SHOW/PRINT ONLY ONE OR SEVERAL SIZES?
Open the pattern in Adobe Reader. Click the icon that the red arrow is pointing to in the picture below.
If you can't find the layers icon you can do as in the picture below, click: View > Show/hide > Navigation panes > Layers.
Each size is in its own layer. In the picture below, no layers/sizes are hidden. If the little eye icon is showing in the box to the left of the layer's name, that means the layer is visible. If you click once, the eye icon disappears, and that layer becomes hidden.
In the picture below you can see that I have chosen to show only size 68 and 104. They are the only ones I want to print in this example.
I also make sure to keep the two last layers visible, the one's that say "don't hide layer", because those layers contain text and important cutting markings.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE I PRINT?
If you've opened the pattern in Adobe Reader it will look something like this:
Click Archive and then Print. The most important thing to check now is that there is no scaling. The papers need to print at 100%. After printing you can check the test square and make sure that it has the right dimensions.
If you want to you can print the pattern without color even though each line/size has its own color, because they also have different lengths/dots.
The pattern is designed to be able to print both on A4 and letter size. The measurement of each page is 17,8 x 24,4 cm.
HOW CAN I CUT AND TAPE THE PATTERN?
Each paper is numbered and they should be laid out in order. The amount of papers in each row differs between each pattern, but for(in pdf) is included and it has an overview of the pattern the way it looks taped together.
Cut along the solid black lines and match up the triangles to form diamonds.
I recommend that you also trace the size that you are going to sew to a tracing paper or baking paper. These can afterwards be saved in plastic pockets.
I usually roll up the original print out and save it, in case I later want to trace another size.