Sew Liberated patterns come with instructions, large-format (usually A0) pattern sheets that you can have printed at a print shop, and print-at-home 8.5 x 11 (A4) pattern sheets that you assemble with tape or a glue stick to create a large pattern sheet.
Print at Home Option:
Download your PRINT-AT-HOME file and open it using the free Adobe Reader program (download here.) Opening your file in your browser’s default program can result in scaling issues! Make sure to select “Actual Size” , and DO NOT SELECT “Fit".
Print the first page of the PRINT-AT-HOME file at 100% with no page scaling, and measure the test box. If it is not the right size, adjust your printer settings, in particular being sure that ‘Page Scaling’ is set to ‘None’.
Once you have the correct page scaling, print the entire PRINT-AT-HOME file.
To assemble, line up the labeled diamonds as shown above.
Fold back or cut one page’s margin and slide the other page behind it. You can tape or use a glue stick to affix the pattern pages to one another.
Your assembled pattern sheet should look like a big version of the diagram to the right:
Copy Shop (Large Format Printing):
If you get your pattern properly printed at a local copy shop (make sure to always check the measurements of the test square before paying for your pattern!) you are likely to be surprised by the cost. I've been charged anywhere between $16 and $62 to print off the pattern pieces for one pattern!
Please consider getting your digital pattern printed through PDF Plotting! Here’s a little tutorial to help you out. The process will be similar for Sew YYC and Patternsy, but refer to their FAQ pages for help.
For PDF Plotting, if you are willing to wait and print three (or more) PDF (digital) patterns at once, the price per pattern will be between $1.20 and $3.75, plus $7 per order for shipping. (That's where it becomes a better deal to print of many patterns at once, to offset the shipping cost.) I recently spent $15 to print and ship three patterns to my door. My order arrived 2 business days after I placed it, and the patterns were printed on quality paper and shipped in a roll so there were no creases to iron out.
To place an order, you'll need to first download the digital pattern. Some files, like those from Sew Liberated, are delivered as a zip file, which means that the files are compressed in order to be sent over email. You will need to extract the files (follow the instructions for your computer's operating system by asking Google. It's as simple as pressing the "Extract" button on my system, for example.) Once you have your files extracted and saved to your hard drive, determine the size of the files you need to print. All of Sew Liberated's copy shop files are sized either A0 (33.1" x 46.8"), A1 (33.1" x 23.4"), or other 36” wide version. The file size is stated in the pattern’s file name, for example, “PRINT-SHOP-Estuary-36x72.” Head to PDFplotting.com and click on "B&W Prints."
Add the pattern to your cart, then click on "Continue Shopping." There is a $7.49 cart minimum, so add those other patterns you've had languishing on your hard drive (or pick up a few new ones you've had your eyes on!)
If you have any additional questions about printing with PDF Plotting, you can check out their very detailed FAQ page here.
If you have any other suggestions on how to best print PDF patterns, let everyone know in the comments below! And of course, if you need any extra help, please don’t hesitate to write us at email@example.com. We’re here for you!