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Nan Kay
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Date: 4/25/13 1:11 PM

I have not had the best results with printing down loadable patterns. I am sure it is user error, so before I try it again, do any of you that down load patterns have some hints? Do you set the printer up with borders on the paper or no borders. Of course I'm sure that I want to print full size but is that 8.5 X 11? Or is there some other setting that tells the printer that info. Sometimes I print bottom first because it seems to work better, does that help with patterns?

In other words, I need directions!! Thanks for any help.

Nancy

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Date: 4/25/13 3:55 PM

I, too, have not had great success with download patterns. My first 'failure' was from another very popular website and my two second failures were from CD included in the sewing book that I had purchased. I am curious too to know what 'techniques' or 'tricks' there are - if any, to successfully print out a download pattern.

It seems more and more independent designers are going this way (vs. paper patterns) but since my success with the printing download patterns has been poor, I am hesitant to buy any download patterns in the future.

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Date: 4/25/13 5:53 PM

Same here! I have to do a lot of guessing when lining up the pages, there always seems to be some amount missing!

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Date: 4/26/13 0:41 AM

If you are printing a pdf file make sure that "print actual size" is selected when the printer screen comes up - and use the paper size that is specified in the instructions.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 4/26/13 0:54 AM

Your printer should be set to plain paper, no borders. When printing pdf files make sure your select "Actual Size", otherwise be sure there are no "fit to..." settings selected.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:44 AM

Depending on your printer/computer operating system, the "print actual size" option might be called "Scaling = None".

I haven't had problems that weren't caused by different paper sizes. What I mean is that the US uses a different paper size to the rest of the world, so if you are printing a pattern designed for what the rest of the world uses (A4), you might have some bits chopped off the top or bottom if you are using Letter sized paper. That's because A4 is slightly longer than Letter.

I've found if I print US patterns, they usually chop off bits at the sides because Letter paper is wider than A4.

If you are aware of these issues, you can live with them and find work-arounds. Otherwise, only buy patterns that are designed for US paper sizes.

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Date: 4/26/13 4:53 AM

Since I am on a limited budget, I download the pattern onto a thumb drive and take it to Office Max. The pattern is printed on 11 x17 inch paper at 18 cents a sheet. For 1.80, I got 10 sheets of pattern printed very nicely from a laser printer. I saved ink and paper from my own printer. The plus side is the pattern, if printed from home, would have been 20 sheets, from OM it was only 10 sheets. This is how I manage printing patterns.

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Date: 4/26/13 8:25 AM

I have printed a fair amount of Burdastyle patterns and I have one hint. I use a lot of light and one of those magnifiers that go around your neck. It helps me see the guide lines on the papers before I tape them together. Burdastyle goes together beautifully. My only other experience is from a DVD from a book and those were not as meticulous with the guide symbols/lines and were a little wonky.

I'm in the US.

Claire

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Date: 4/26/13 8:31 PM

I was nervous the first time I printed and made a downloadable pattern but not anymore.

Yes, definitely set your print settings to 'Actual Size' or 'None' under Scaling. In addition, to save on ink, click on 'Preferences' and then the tab 'Paper/Quality'. You can check either the spot before the word 'Draft' or check the spot before 'Black & White' or check both of those. Helps save ink during the printing.

Scroll down the pattern you have downloaded and on one or more of the pattern pages they usually have a test square which is 1 or 2 inches square. Print only that page first and if the square prints out and measures correctly, you know you set your printer correctly. However, check your printer settings again when you print out the the rest of the pages because sometimes the printer settings go back to default.

Nexcare paper tape is the best stuff to use to tape your pattern together!

Pamson Dividers work wonderful for storing your pdf patterns!!!

Also, instead of 'opening' your downloadable pattern, you can select 'save' and save in a file on your computer. Then you don't have to print out the instructions for the pattern, you can look them up on the computer as you sew. I save them but still print them out as I like keeping them with the pattern.

Try it, you'll like it.

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