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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I HAVEN'T RECEIVED MY PATTERN! 

Pattern Emporium is a digital pattern company. This means that all of our patterns are pdf patterns that you download in the comfort of your own home.

You can access your patterns at any time by signing into your account here on our website & then clicking on the big pink button that says ‘click here to download your patterns’.

For more information about downloading & printing, see here

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NEVER USED A PDF PATTERN BEFORE?

If you've never used a PDF pattern before, we are only too happy to help.

The best place to start is with our PDF Beginners Video Series here. It guides you through:

  • Accessing your account.
  • Downloading the tutorial &/or pattern files.
  • Tutorial tour (see inside our newest tutorials).
  • Printing. 
  • Determining your PE pattern size.
  • Joining the pattern pages. 

You can also follow our step by step written guide here or join our Facebook Group here and get assistance from Mel, Kate or one of the other helpful group members. We'd love to see you there. 

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I NEED HELP DOWNLOADING &/OR PRINTING! Follow our guides here. or watch our beginners videos here.  

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COMMON PRINTING PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS.

PROBLEM 1: Help! My pattern looks really small & there's only 2 pages! SOLUTION: Check the name of the file you're printing. If it's got the words 'A0' or 'Large Format', this is the copy shop file that you print on A0 size paper (841x1189mm).

PROBLEM 2: Help! My pattern is printing jagged lines instead of curves, there's lines that lead nowhere & some areas are blacked out. This is a common issue with HP printers. SOLUTION: Use “print as image” option in Advanced print settings. 

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WHAT ARE PATTERN LAYERS? Learn more about just printing the sizes you need, here. You can also watch a video about it here. (see video 

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CURRENCY CONVERSION
Paying via Shopify Payments:
  • Our store supports multi currencies when paying via Shopify Payments.
  • These orders will be processed via the currency shown at checkout. 
Paying via Paypal:
  • Orders placed using Paypal are processed in Australian Dollars.
  • Once you get to the checkout, all currencies will be shown in Australian Dollars.
  • It's the same amount, just converted into a different currency than you are perhaps used to.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A PATTERN EMPORIUM PATTERN? 

  • Step by Step Sewing Instructions.
  • 3 pdf pattern formats - Print at Home Pattern, Large Format Copyshop Pattern & Projector Pattern (only newer patterns have this option).
  • Cickable table of contents.
  • Style Drawings.
  • Size & Fit Guide.
  • Measurement Tables in centimentres & inches.
  • Fabric Suggestions & Requirements Table in Metres & Yards.
  • Printing & Cutting Guides.
  • Printing Specs.
  • Inspiration Photos
  • Styling Tips

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WHAT PROGRAM DO I OPEN & PRINT MY PATTERN IN? CAN I JUST PRINT FROM MY BROWSER OR PHONE? 

Printing to the correct scale is important with PDF sewing patterns. For this reason, we ONLY recommend opening & printing in Adobe Reader. It's easy to do, and free. Most problems with opening or printing can often be solved by updating the program to the latest version. You'll find Adobe Reader free download here (click on the middle one, NOT the pro trial).

With your pattern open in Adobe Reader, select File > Print. Then select:

  • Pages to print - add in what pages you'd like to print.

  • Custom scale - 100%

  • Choose paper source - Deselect this box

  • Orientation - Auto

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WHAT SIZE AM I?

You will find a Size & Fit guide in your pattern. This helps you work out the best size to make for your personal measurements. You will also find body measurements in each pattern listing.

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CAN I SELL GARMENTS MADE USING PATTERN EMPORIUM PATTERNS?

I love seeing both new & experienced sewers enjoy sewing & wearing clothes made using my patterns. I also know that not everyone can sew. So, small home-based handmade businesses selling items on Facebook, Etsy or similar, are welcome to sell products made from Pattern Emporium patterns, but I do kindly ask that you reference Pattern Emporium somewhere in your product descriptions.

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WHERE CAN I GET MORE HELP? 

The best way to get advice when you're sewing Pattern Emporium patterns, is to join our Facebook Group : the Pattern Emporium Sewing Circle. Even when I’m not around, there are lots of PE experienced ladies who are only too happy to help with any one of my patterns.

CAN I SEW STRETCH WITHOUT AN OVERLOCKER?

I don't own a overlocker (serger), how can I finish my edges? Instead, neaten your edges with a simple zigzag stitch. Grab a little scrap piece of the fabric you are using and do a test of which zigzag width and length works for that fabric.

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SEWING TIPS & TRICKS

I really want to sew with rayon. Are there any tips or tricks? There sure are. Click here to go to the 'Tips & Tricks' section (under 'Other Stuff) to see my tips & tricks for sewing with rayon. It really is a fabulous fabric to wear & by following a few tips as you cut & sew, you're on your way to a successful project.

Looking for tips & tricks to sewing with denim? Denim can be very appealing to sew with but because it's so thick, it can be challenging too. By following a few simple steps, you'll be sewing denim with ease. Click here to check out our tips for sewing with denim.