11 years agopurlknitpurl @purlknitpurl
Hi there, I am contemplating purchasing a digital pattern and am wondering how they come? I have a regular old printer. Is it 1 pattern piece / 8.5/11 piece of paper ? Or do you have to tape pieces together to get a complete pattern piece?
Any feedback is helpful.
happy sewing, Purlknitpurl11 years agoNicole @motherof5
I have not printed my PDF pattern yet-whoops,there is another for the ‘Dead Horse Challenge’,but generally they require piecing together and then you can trace or cut.
I store my PDF’s in a poster tube.
I hope you get a more precise answer.
~Nicole~11 years agoEmily @Emily
I purchased the Hula Hoop skirt pattern, and it required taping the printer-paper pieces together, then tracing to get a complete pattern piece. I think there is also a way to print on a large-scale printer at a print shop, though? Not sure how that works. I found taping/tracing to be straightforward and easy enough for it not to be a bother. I trace my patterns anyway, so that I can use all the sizes, and if anything it was easier to not have to cut apart the big pattern paper.11 years agowith love Heidi @with love Heidi
I have the digital sand box (larger sizes), Teaparty (both sizes). They print out on regular computer paper. Some of the tea party pieces (like the bodice) print out on their own sheet which is nice and the lager pieces tend to be over multiple sheets. It definitely makes it easier to trace when the pieces are on smaller pieces of paper!11 years agoSarvi @Sarvi
Cut apart the big pattern paper! Shocking! Haha, not really. My daughter has taken to piling things up in a ‘nest’ and then being a mama bird and stomping around in it. I’m one John Lennon CD down, two hats crushed but salvageable. Probably just a matter of time before she gets into my patterns but for now my preciouses still get preserved whole and folded back up on the original fold lines, despite the nuisance.11 years agopurlknitpurl @purlknitpurl
Thanks, everyone, for your thoughtful answers! I am specifically thinking of the Puppet Show pattern for the little sizes–wanting to make the dress version. Sounds like I will need to tape, but that it’s no big deal. Thanks again! Purl11 years agocybele727 @cybele727
While I don’t have any Oliver and S digitals, I do have other digital patterns. I print cut and tape. What I like about them, although perhaps somewhat wasteful, is that I can print and cut to the size I need. Then I can cut the fabric with the pattern still pinned on. If I need another size, I just print another one up.
I actually like my digitals for that reason. Then I can cut with the patterns attached and it is faster than transferring lines via the transfer paper and wheel, and I don’t have to feel bad about “cutting” the pattern out and worrying about what to do for a larger size. 🙂
Like I said, perhaps a bit wasteful, but yet, I prefer efficiency over, um, paper waste when it comes to sewing. 🙂11 years agoMama_Knowles @Mama_Knowles
I have used the larger one page PDF from oliver + S. I just sent it to the printer and it prints out the same size as the paper patterns does, no pieceing together required. The best part is that it only cost around $2. I love it!11 years agopippi @pippi
I agree with cybele. I have printed several copies and just have a copy for each size that i use. I haven’t actually bought a paper O+S pattern yet so I don’t know how they come, but i like the thickness of regular printer paper compared to standard tissue paper patterns. I wonder what takes more time… taping or tracing? Might be close?11 years agoNicole @motherof5
I am spoilt as my 15 year old son prints and tapes them together for me in exchange for computer time.
I would think once you got into the mind step of PDF’s it would be easier to use them.
I just love the romance of the tissue.
~Nicole~11 years agoMama_Knowles @Mama_Knowles
Wha a great idea Nicole! My oldest son would be happy with this deal too.11 years agoReeni @Reeni
Has anyone had the problem of patterns not printing? I downloaded the Sailboat and the Playdate, they went into my inbox and I printed out the Playdate and was able to view the Sailboat, but I ran out of ink so I was not able to print out the sailboat at the time. The next time I opened up Adobe to print (about a week later, I had not been worried about the link expiring because I had been able to view the pattern already), it said there was no file found. I know that this is a software issue but it is not in any of my downloaded folders or anything. I’m so distraught as they are both gone! My husband says that there could have been a problem with the file itself so our virus software eliminated them. I can’t really afford to pay twice, and to not be able to use the Sailboat at all after buying it really sucks.11 years agoJess M. @mommy2maria
Reeni, send Todd an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure he will be able to assist you.11 years agowith love Heidi @with love Heidi
TI think the initial link you get with the email is only valid for 24hrs or so (I think), so you need to specifically download/save them to your computer. I’m not sure where it states this (it may be in the purchasing process) as it’s not on the pattern info before you buy (I just checked). I second sending the email to Todd. I can relate to running out of ink! When I bought the Teaparty Sundress to make it for a gift that weekend, not only did I run out of ink but halfway to the store one of those warning lights came on in the car!11 years ago
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