Using Our Digital Patterns
Updated: May 3
We have put together video tutorials for how to use our PDF digital download patterns!
STEP 1: The first step is purchasing the pattern or plate of choice from our website and receiving the download link to your email. From here, the video below will take you through the process of downloading and saving.
Download and save the pattern file to your computer. We do not recommend printing the pattern from a preview version of the pattern file or from your email. Open the saved pattern file using the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it for free at www.adobe.com/reader. Other PDF reader applications may not accurately display or print the pattern file. Mobile devices, although compatible with Adobe Reader, will not display your pattern properly. Also, please note you do not have the “print layer option” on your mobile device. Please view and print your pattern from a computer.
STEP 2: This video is about how to use layers. Parker's Pants is the first of our digital patterns to be in this format. This new format allows you to be able to print one size at a time.
This pattern has embedded layers. This means you can select only the size/s you would like to print. LAYERS make it much less confusing to cut out the pattern, eliminate the need to trace, and save printer ink. Click the LAYERS option to reveal the list of LAYERS available in the file. If you are having trouble finding your LAYERS, look on the left side of your screen and click on the 3 stacked squares icon. Click on the arrow next to the pattern name to expand the list of options. If an “eyeball” symbol appears next to the LAYER name, that LAYER is visible. If no “eyeball” is present, that LAYER is hidden; clicking the “eyeball” will turn the LAYER on or off. In addition to a LAYER labeled “Leave On,” turn on the LAYER with the size pattern you wish to print. Our patterns are designed to print one pattern size at a time.
STEP 3: This video explains the very important step of scaling and printing. We walk you through the important settings to be changed in printer dialog box so you are ready to go. We also explain the other printing formats listed in the instructions. Happy printing!
Scale & Print
Click the printer symbol. From the printing dialog box, set the page scale to “100%” or “Actual Size”. Set page orientation to “auto portrait/landscape”. Set page size to 8.5” x 11” (or A4) paper for home printing. Type in the desired page range to print. Refer to the PRINTING INDEX in your instructions to determine the pages you need to print for the instructions and pattern size.
You also have the option to print the pattern file at a print shop capable of printing 36” wide paper. Refer to the PRINT SHOP PRINTING INDEX in your instructions to know the correct page number based on the pattern size you wish to print. Pages are also available in A0 printing format for customers located outside the U.S. Refer to the INTERNATIONAL PRINTING INDEX for these page numbers.
STEP 4: This video shows you how to assemble the numbered pieces you have just printed. It is helpful to have your pattern assembly diagram, scissors and some tape and you are ready to go!
You will also find a PATTERN ASSEMBLY diagram showing you how to layout the printed pages. The larger pattern pieces will cover multiple pages and need to be taped together aligning the spool symbol and circle with “match letters” at each corner on each page. It is helpful to trim or fold back the bottom and right margin of each page and overlap the pieces.
Click the printer icon below for printable version.