How to Print and Assemble a Tiled Pdf Mountain Ash Designs Sewing Pattern
Patterns can be printed using a standard home printer that uses either A4 size paper or letter size paper.
Determine the paper size your printer uses. Printers in the US generally use ‘Letter’ size paper. In Australia and the UK printers generally use ‘A4’ size paper.
Using the cutting guide as a reference, determine which pattern pieces you need to print.
Open the correct pattern file for your paper size and select ‘print’. I recommend using adobe reader to open our files as it does not change the scale of your pattern pieces. It is available as a free download here:
Your computer will open a print window.
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).
Measure the scale box marked 5cm x 5cm to ensure your pattern pieces have printed to scale (5cm is approximately but not exactly 2 inches).
Lay out your pattern pieces in the correct order. There are 2 ways to determine this:
Two small co-ordinates are located on the lower left-hand corner of each page of your pattern. The co-ordinates are a series of numbers such as (1,3) or (2,2). The first number determines the page’s position horizontally, while the second number shows the page’s position vertically, as shown in the table below.
In the lower right hand corner is the pattern name and paper size followed by a page number eg ‘Alexis A4 1’.
Once you have determined in which order to assemble your pattern, you will need to join the pages together. Each page has a narrow border that shows the edges of the pattern piece. Use scissors to trim the pages to the border and then tape pages together to form the complete pattern pieces. I usually just cut off the left and lower border of the page so the paper overlaps a little, but you can remove all borders if you prefer.
Your pattern should now be assembled ready for sewing.