What is a pdf pattern?
A pdf pattern is a downloadable sewing pattern that is delivered in pdf formant and can be printed on a standard A4 or Letter size home printer. The pattern pieces are printed out using a standard A4 or Letter size home printer and then taped together to form the full size pattern pieces. The pattern can be downloaded immediately after purchase so there is no waiting for patterns to arrive in the post.
What are the advantages of using a pdf pattern?
There are a number of advantages to using a pdf pattern. Some of the reasons why many people love pdf patterns include:
- Instant delivery. You will have your pattern within moments of purchasing it. No more waiting days or weeks for your item to arrive in the post. You will also have no postage costs to pay.
- Patterns can be printed again and again. No more tracing out a pattern in multiple sizes and no more searching the house for lost pattern pieces. The original pattern is securely stored on your computer so if you need to replace a pattern piece or remake an item in a different size the pattern can simply be printed out again.
- Detailed Instructions. Pdf patterns often provide detailed sewing instructions with plenty of illustrations and photos to help you through the sewing process. You can also contact the designers if you need any extra help.
When will I receive my pdf pattern?
Your pdf pattern will be available for immediate download once your payment has cleared in the checkout. You will be able to download your pattern using the link provided or log into your account to download the pattern from there at any time.
How do I print my pattern?
Most computers will already have a pdf reader installed but I recommend using the free adobe pdf reader available here http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Print your pattern pieces to actual size without scaling. Different printers will provide different commands for this process. Generally this will be in the form of ‘No scaling’ or ‘Print to actual size’ or ‘Print 100%’ (Do not use ‘Fit To Page’ and do not use ‘Auto rotate and centre’ to print your pattern).
Do I need an overlocker or serger to sew activewear?
Generally active wear can be sewn using either an overlocker or serger or using a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine.
Can I sell items made with my pattern?
Are seam allowances included in my pattern?
Each designer will do things differently. Check here to find out if the pattern you’re interested in has the seam allowance included.
What rules so you have regarding the use of your photos?
Photos remain the property of Sew Active Wear and of individual designers. Photos cannot be used without permission.