Hopefully, a simple list of steps with example photos will help those of you with printing problems. (If you need to see something up close, all the following example pictures will enlarge if you click them.)
When you are emailed a pattern letter, you will find the links to your pattern files. Download the file to your computer (make sure you put it in a folder you can find again later!).
Once you have it on your computer, open the .zip file. (Ignore the files that start with a dot.)
You will see a list of different files of the same pattern in various paper size options:
Select the file with the paper size you will be using for printing. I chose the standard letter size (8-1/2 x 11) to print mine.
Enter your password when prompted.
Once the file is open, select “Print” from the “File” menu fly-out at the top of the screen:
The “Print Dialog box” will open:
Move the dot in “Print Range” box from “ALL” to “Pages from” and type “1 to 1” in the number boxes.
Also make sure that the “Page Scaling” fly-out has the “None” selected.
Here’s a pic of what it might look like on your screen:
Click “OK” button to print your test page.
Measure the boxes on the printed page to check your sizing. It should be a large 6-inch square divided into quadrants.
If it measures correctly, select “Print” from “File” fly-out at top again.
This time just make sure that the selected “Print Range” is “ALL” and print entire pattern. (It may be up to 30 or so pages.):
Most printers cannot print all the way to the edges, so you may not have the circles on the corners for lining pages up. Worry not – just line up the edges with NO overlapping.
Once you have your stack of printed pages, lay them out on the floor or whatever large flat surface you have.
Tape edges together without any overlapping of pages.
You may have to refer to the pattern on the computer screen to check for some of the missing lines and draw them in yourself. Connect any lines from page to page as necessary.
Cut your pattern out and have fun testing it! Happy sewing! =)
Still have questions? Leave me a comment below.
UPDATE: I’ve added a couple more pictures below that might help some of you.
If your print dialog box looks like this:
Make sure “Actual Size” is selected. (Indicated by lower red arrow.)
Also check your “printer properties” by clicking the “Properties” button (example is for an HP printer).
The Properties dialog box might look something like this:
Under the “Effects” tab, make sure the size under “Resizing Options” is set to “100% of normal size”.