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Date: 8/22/13 3:50 PM

Hello:

I find myself in a bit of a jam. I would like to print digital patterns, but I don't have a printer.

I had tried printing at the local copy store. When I had problems getting the test square to print at the proper size and asked for help, the response I got was "If you know it's an eighth of an inch off, why don't you trace around it?"

*headdesk*

That might be OK for a fancy potholder, but not for women's blouse!

Suggestions?

Are there any special things I could ask or a way to phrase what I need when working with a copy store? Are there any franchises or chains you found helpful?

I have not purchased a printer because the last thing I need is MORE PAPER. I might have to do that to get the Sorbetto and Maria Denmark patterns I've wanted for yonks.

Helpful suggestions most appreciated.

Best,

Linda
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Date: 8/22/13 3:55 PM

Ugh. That's really poor customer service. I'd call and talk to the manager.

A copy shop may be the cheapest way...do you have a local library nearby? I know we can print b&w for like 5 cents per page.

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Date: 8/22/13 4:05 PM

My Burda test squares always measure a little bigger than 4".
I remember someone saying that was normal.
I hope you can find a solution. I totally understand the paper issue.

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Date: 8/22/13 4:11 PM

I second the library suggestion, with the price of ink it also may be cheaper .
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Date: 8/22/13 4:14 PM

Why can't you print it as a pdf save it to a zip drive and have the local office supply print it out for you. These files are design to be printed out on standard 8 .5 by 11" paper are they not?

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Date: 8/22/13 4:37 PM

Printing them at your library is an excellent suggestion. Just make sure that your USB stick has no virus on it. You wouldnt want to infect the library's computer. Also make sure that you print in black and white.

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Date: 8/22/13 4:59 PM

At your print shop generally there are only two options when printing the pdf file (print settings are set before a pdf is created). I see these at the bottom left...

Stretch to fit page (or not) and Auto rotate & crop (or not) ...
Usually I untick these to turn them off.

If the square still isn't printing at the size you need/it should be having tried these there isn't much more can be done.
Well..... theoretically I guess the incorrect printed page could be photocopied using a % factor to increase/decrease, but to be honest I wouldn't want to go there! (and maybe doing this could put the other lines off....?? )

Oh, same applies to home printing.

Could it be the square is off? Mine usually come pretty close but not exactly exact (A4 printer).
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Date: 8/22/13 6:02 PM

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Well..... theoretically I guess the incorrect printed page could be photocopied using a % factor to increase/decrease, but to be honest I wouldn't want to go there! (and maybe doing this could put the other lines off....?? )


Actually, that's exactly what I had to do previously and what I wanted to avoid.

Thank you for your suggestions!
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Date: 8/22/13 6:04 PM

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Why can't you print it as a pdf save it to a zip drive and have the local office supply print it out for you. These files are design to be printed out on standard 8 .5 by 11" paper are they not?


They are and, yes, that's what I'd done previously -- or a version of it --, but the issue is the staff doesn't care about the need to get the file to print out such that the test square is the proper size.

That's my greatest frustration.
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Date: 8/22/13 6:06 PM

Thank you to everyone for excellent suggestions.

I have printed other types of patterns at the library, but not those for sewing. I figured -- maybe in error -- I could get more help at a copy store to ensure the file prints at the correct size.

Lots of good thoughts. I appreciate them all so very much indeed.

Best,

Linda
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