Printing your PDF patterns
Once you have purchased and downloaded your file, the next step is printing out your pattern.
The most important thing about printing a PDF pattern is to make sure that the print scale is correct. Many printers automatically scale a document so that it fits to the paper size. If you allowed this to happen with a sewing pattern it would mean that the pattern pieces would be the wrong size.
Follow these steps to ensure that your printing is correct.
Unzip the file if you haven't done so already. You can find out how to do this at the bottom of this page.
Open the files you wish to print. All of my patterns have several documents so make sure you have the correct one open.
I recommend using Adobe Acrobat, you can download it for free here.
In Adobe Acrobat select 100% from the zoom bar at the top of the page, this will let you see the page at the correct scale.
Using a ruler over the screen, measure the test square that is on every pattern page, it should measure 1 inch. If it does not measure correctly check your scaling options.
Under "page size & handling" select "actual size" and then hit print.
Another factor you can control is the printing quality. Choosing an option like “draft” or “fast” will use less ink and "print on both sides of paper" will use less paper.
How to open a zipped file
All of my patterns will be sent as a zipped file. A zipped file is a compressed file made up of several separate files, zipped files usually have a zip across the front of the folder icon. You must unzip the file to access the individual files, here's how to do that.
Go to your downloads on your computer
Right-click on the zipped file and select "extract all" from the drop down options.
Choose where you would like your extracted file to be saved (I prefer to save mine in my downloads folder next to the original zipped file) then click extract.
Notice how the zip icon has now disappeared. Your newly extracted folder should now be unzipped and the individual files are accessible.