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Posted on: 11/6/11 10:55 AM
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There are a lot of great free sewing patterns available online. www.fabric.com, www.m-sewing.com, leko-mail.net, burda and others

This tip will help with the priting of free sewing patterns found on the internet. Open your downloaded pattern using Adobe reader. The program will show you how many pages the pattern will take. In my case the Fringe festival scarf-t is 19 pages. They nicely include a color picture with a drawing, pattern info and instructions. Use the arrow on the right side to scroll down to see what the sheets look like. Under file, click print. Printers will have a different setup, but the principle is the same. Under printer properties, graphic you can change the Quality to draft, color mode to grayscale (this saves ink). For this particular pattern I left the settings normal as the lines are very fine. Under page scaling I choose "fit to printable area", this preserved the markings on the page. For some pattern companies scaling may need to be set to none (this is where the test print square) comes in handy. Press OK to print your pattern pages.

For those who like a detail of a pattern but don't want to print the whole thing use the slider bar in Adobe to highlight the page you want, select "print current page" in printer settings.


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Its Suzanne said...
Just learn'en the web ways and this was helpful to take away the heebeegeebees!
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