FAQ Downloading & Printing your PDF Patterns

PROBLEM 1:MY PATTERN HAS WEIRD JAGGED LINES.

  • jagged lines instead of curves

  • lines that lead to nowhere

  • large blacked out areas

EXAMPLE: See pic below.

SOLUTION: This is a HP printers software communication glitch. You need to use “print as image” option in Advanced print settings.

 
pdf pattern printing problem jagged random lines
 

 

PROBLEM 2: MY PATTERN IS MISSING THE OUTER BOX & SOME OF THE LITTLE TRIANGLES.

  • Side & bottom of page not printing full.

  • Page border & joining triangle not present.

SOLUTION: Ensure you have selected “auto portrait/landscape” to ensure your pattern page is centred correctly. See printer settings image below.

EXAMPLE: You will see an example of a correctly printing page below. Note that the outer cutting border & matching triangles are fully printed.

PDF Pattern Printing Help
PDF patterns printer settings
 

 

PROBLEM 3: CAN'T SEE LAYERS

If you can't see the layers function on your pattern there's a few reasons this could be happening.

SOLUTION 1: Some files do not currently have layers. On each website listing, see Pattern Specs.

These are currently being updated so you might need to re-download if you have an older version of the pattern.

SOLUTION 2: Have you opened your pattern file in Adobe Reader? Or have you accidentally opened the file in your internet browser (eg. Microsoft Edge or Chrome)?

When you download the pattern, do not open the pattern via the little download box on the bottom of your screen. This will open the pattern in your internet browser.

Instead, make sure you are printing from Adobe Reader on a laptop or desktop computer.

The layers function is not available on mobile versions (phone, ipad, tablet) of Adobe.

 


 

PROBLEM 4: WHY ISN'T MY PATTERN PRINTING TO SCALE?

My phone won't print the pattern to scale.

SOLUTION: You will need to open the pattern in Adobe Reader on a computer to print to scale.

See the pic below for the correct printing specs.

  1. Pages - you'll find a guide in the tutorial.

  2. Scale - Custom 100%.

  3. Choose paper.... - this is NOT selected.

  4. Orientation - select auto.

EXAMPLE: You will see a screenshot of the correctly printer specs below.

pdf pattern printer setup

 



PROBLEM 5: WHY IS MY PATTERN SO TINY?

My pattern is only one or two pages and is very very small.

SOLUTION: You have opened the incorrect file. You have opened the A0 copy shop pattern file. This is for printing at a copy shop only on large A0 size paper.

Go back into your account on the website & open the print-at-home file. 

 



PROBLEM 6: MY PATTERN IS LOCKED

You're trying to print but the pattern is 'locked' & won't open.

This happens when you're trying to open one of our patterns in (1) an editing program or (2) your internet browser (eg. Microsoft Edge or Chrome).

1: YOU HAVE OPENED THE PATTERN FILE IN AN EDITING PROGRAM. 

Patterns cannot be opened in programs like Adobe Illustrator or any other editing or drawing program.

Open & print in Adobe Reader. You'll find that, free, here: https://get2.adobe.com/uk/reader/. Select the top one, not the pro trial.

2: YOU HAVE OPENED THE PATTERN FILE IN YOUR INTERNET BROWSER. 

When you download a pattern file from your account to your computer, you'll see a download box on the bottom left. DO NOT click on that to open your pattern. Why? Because this box opens the pattern file in your internet browser & it will tell you it's locked.

Instead, go into Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac), find the pattern file you want to open, right click & select open in... Adobe Reader.

No, sorry, I will not unlock pattern files under any circumstances.

For iPad issues with locked files, see #10 & #13 below. 

 



PROBLEM 7: OFFICEWORKS WEBSITE WON'T LOAD MY PATTERN. OFFICEWORKS WEBSITE WILL ONLY UPLOAD 1 PAGE

Unfortunately OW website tech doesn't allow for multiple page pdf's.

SOLUTION: We recommend calling your local store & speaking to the copy & print department. Ask them for an email address that you can send your print job to.

 



PROBLEM 8. CAN I SAVE MY SIZE/LAYER ON A USB?

You can save the whole pdf file on USB but you can't save your particular size/layer & send to a print shop. You need to request they open in Adobe Reader & select the layer of your choice. The easiest way is to go in person & show them.

 



PROBLEM 9. WHAT SHOULD I ASK FOR WHEN PRINTING A0 SIZE?

Do not scale (must be 100%).

Ask for plan printing in black & white (you can get colour if you like of course, it just costs more).

If you want layers at Officeworks, you generally need to show them how to do this. 

Measure the scale box BEFORE you pay.

 



PROBLEM 10. HAVING TROUBLE PRINTING ON IPAD?

ARE YOU GETTING THE DREADED RED 'FILE IS LOCKED' BANNER?

  1. Open dropbox and click on the file

  2. Select the 3 dots in the corner on right side

  3. Select share (pic attached)

  4. Select export file

  5. Then select print

  6. It should take you directly to your printer window without any of the red 'locked' notices.

  7. Select original size.

pdf pattern problem printing to ipad

 


 

PROBLEM 11: 

PRINT STORE IS TELLING ME THEY CAN'T PRINT BECAUSE THE FILE IS LOCKED. 

You're not alone here. Others have also experienced this same difficulty with particular print stores.

PDF sewing pattern printing has different needs to simply printing a pdf file. Most professional pattern designers will lock their files from editing. To open & print correctly, files need to be opened & printed viaAdobe Reader,as outlined in each pattern, following the specs also supplied. They cannot be opened in an editing program like Adobe Illustrator.

It is important for you to go in yourself and show them how to print otherwise some difficulties may arise (which requires experience on your end).

UNITED STATES SEWISTS: Your fellow sewists in several groups recommend pdfplotting.com. Another recommended printer is Kinko's.

 

 

PROBLEM 12:

TRYING TO PRINT BUT GETTING 'UPDATE ADOBE' MESSAGE.

If you're trying to print but you're getting a pop up box that you need to update Adobe and, frustratingly, you're positive you have the latest.

Here's the link to download the version that works. Note: select the top 'Reader' option (not the pro one).https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

 


 

PROBLEM 13: 

I'M ON MY iPAD & THE PATTERN LAYERS AREN'T SHOWING UP.

If you're using an iPad to print your pdf patterns, unfortunately the layers function won't work.