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Printing and Assembling PDF Patterns

PDF patterns can be daunting but once you get the hang of assembling them they are a piece of cake! We recommend downloading Adobe Acrobat to view and print your PDF in. It is free and you can download it here.

On this page we will go over printing and assembling PDF's. We will also cover ordering copy shop files!

PRINTING

The most important rule of printing PDF patterns is making sure you are printing at the correct size. 

Your PDF pattern can be printed on letter sized (8.5 x 11 in) or A4 paper. When you print, make sure you select “Actual Size” or scale to 100%. Do not select “scale to fit”.

You may want to print the first page of your pdf 1 first and double check the 2”x2” test square before printing the rest of your pattern. 

If your pattern isn’t printing centered on the page, change the orientation to “Auto portrait/landscape”.

 

ASSEMBLING YOUR PDF

Once printed, trim away the edges of your pdf and piece your pattern together by putting the pages in numerical order and matching up the gray diamonds on the pages. To save time when trimming you only need to cut off two sides, the right side and bottom. The video below gives an overview on how to assemble the PDF!

 

ORDERING A COPY SHOP FILE

All Friday patterns come with A0 sized copy shop files (841x1189 mm  or 33.1x46.8 in). There are a lot of websites that you can order copy shop prints from at reasonable prices. The benefit of copy shop files is that they show up printed on large sheets so there is no assembly required. I personally like to save up patterns and order copy shop files all at once to save on shipping! Below is a list of sites that ship all over the world. 

United States:

https://www.pdfplotting.com/

UK:

https://thefoldline.com/product/copy-shop-printing-upload-any-pattern/

https://www.patternsy.com/

https://www.fabricgodmother.co.uk/print-your-pdf-sewing-pattern/

https://www.netprinter.co.uk/

Canada:

https://www.sewyyc.ca/pattern-printing

Netherlands:

https://www.repro-plotservice.nl/

Australia:

https://www.officeworks.com.au/