Printing PDF Patterns

A Simple Guide Introduction:

Every home printer is unique, with specific settings. This guide aims to assist you in printing your patterns accurately. Incorrectly scaled prints can result in ill-fitting garments or projects.


Download Adobe Reader

Start with Adobe Reader First things first, install Adobe Reader. It’s free, leading the pack for reliability in opening, viewing, and printing PDF patterns. With Adobe Reader ready, open your PDF pattern and navigate to FILE > PRINT from the main menu to access printing options.

Print settings

Adjusting Print Settings In the print dialogue, select your paper size. It’s crucial this matches the size of your PDF pattern, which could be US Letter, A4, A3, A2, A1, or A0.

Printing your PDF Patterns to the Correct Scale

Then, ensure you set the scaling to 100%. Avoid using ‘scale to fit’ as it distorts your pattern. When set, hit print.

Checking the Scale Before assembling your pattern, verify its scale. Each page should have a scale indicator in centimeters and inches. Measure these with a ruler to confirm accuracy. If the measurements align, your pattern is correctly scaled and ready for assembly.

Understanding the Position of yYour Pages

Organizing Your Pages Pages follow a grid layout, labeled by rows (A, B, C…) and columns (1, 2, 3…). This helps in correctly positioning the pages according to the size of your pattern. Look for the page number at the top of each page to guide you.

Ensure You Trim Your Pages

Trimming Pages for Assembly Each page includes a border. Trim along the right side border, indicated by a line and scissors icon, to ensure pages align without overlapping important pattern details or registration marks.

How to Piece Your PDF Pages Together

Assembling Your PDF Pattern Follow the sequence, attaching page A1 to A2, A2 to A3, and so on, ensuring the registration marks and pattern lines match up. Taping pages one by one makes the process smoother. Scotch tape is recommended for its less sticky residue, allowing adjustments if needed.

After completing each row, start on the next, using the registration marks and pattern lines as your guide. Tape rows together, aligning accurately.

Completing Your Pattern By carefully following these steps, your pages will form a complete pattern. This method ensures a precisely assembled pattern ready for your project.

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