Troubleshooting

PDF patterns can be daunting but once you get the hang of using them, they are great and in fact, I prefer them to paper patterns. I should make a tutorial about this at some point. There are already several tutorials out there that you can find on Youtube but I'm not sure what is the best one. You might look at Seamwork for a video. I can offer you written help though. I am listing the steps below.

1. Make sure you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser.

2. Make sure you open the files using the latest version of Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader (you can download them for free).

3. When you download the files, save them to your computer so you don't have to search for the link to download them again.

4. The files you need depend on whether you are going to print them on your home computer or have them printed at a copy shop. There are a lot of files so it is confusing but I include both Standard Fit and Curvy Fit sizes with your purchase. Choose which fit you want (let's say Standard for example) and then download the Standard sizes 00 - 20 Instructions, and whatever pattern version you need. The "PRINT AT HOME" pattern is the one that is tiled and you print it on your home computer on letter paper and then piece it together. The U.S. COPYSHOP file is one you can send to a print shop that offers large scale printing that is 36" wide and however long your pattern page is. AO COPYSHOP file is for print shops that have AO size paper 841mm X 1189mm (typical of overseas print shops).

5. If you are printing from home, open the "PRINT AT HOME" pattern file in Acrobat or Foxit Reader. Then send the file to print and be sure that your printer is set at 100% scale not fit to page or any other scale. This is very important because if the scale is wrong, your size and fit will be all wrong. You can test this out by printing only the first page of the pattern that includes a box with measurements on it. Measure that box after printing and if it is to scale, go ahead and print the rest of the pattern.

6. There is also a one page file included that explains how to use layers in Acrobat. This allows you to turn off the sizes you don't want to print so you can just print your size or the sizes you plan to use.

7. Once you have printed the pages, you will see that there are borders on each page. Trim along the edges of two adjacent borders. Trim the same two borders on each page. Then tape the trimmed page to the next page, overlapping the next pages untrimmed border and tape together. The pages also have numbers and symbols to help you line up the borders.

8. If you'd like to send your file to a copy shop, here are some printers in the U.S. where you can send them and they will mail you a printed pattern so you don't have to cut and tape yourself - PDF Plotting, Stitch Sew Shop. There are more but these are the ones I use most often. If you are a Pattern Review member, you get $5 pdf pattern printing. PDF Plotting is great however, they have a minimum order so unless your file is large, you may need to wait until you have two patterns to print.

9. I will also add that occasionally I have customers who can't get a few pages of their file to print. This is rare but it is a computer memory issue. If this happens to you, clear the cache/cookies from your computer and if that still doesn't work, turn off one or more layers of your pattern file. It only seems to happen with my more recent layered files because they take more memory to communicate with your printer. Again - this is rare and probably won't happen.

I hope this all helps. It seems like a lot to remember but it really isn't once you dive into it. It will open up your world because there are so many more patterns available in PDF form and I think it's the wave of the future. Fabric shops are starting to get their own printers and someday they may all be in pdf form. I also like having the file as a back-up in case I lose a pattern piece or make a cutting error, I can just reprint the pattern.

Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions if you have trouble. Have fun sewing your Free Range Slacks!