Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Introduction to Paper Piecing- Printing



The other day I read a comment by somebody who had sewn my butterfly pattern. It said something like "The pattern says that it is 12 inches, but mine came out at 11 inches".

If my pattern says that it is 12 inches, then it is 12 inches BUT it is up to you to print the pattern correctly. This is a problem which can be compounded by the difference between A4 size paper and Letter paper.

My newer patterns all have a 1 inch square for reference. Print this out and check that it measures 1 inch. If its too small then check your printer settings.

Unfortunately, I have not yet had the chance go back and add this to my early patterns and I must admit that the butterfly is still on my "to do" list.

The exact terms for the required settings may vary from printer to printer, but the jist remains the same.

Always make sure that you print at "actual size", 100% or whatever the term is that your printer uses. If you allow your printer to shrink to fit, then your pattern will probably come out too small.

I am pretty sure that in the example above, normal printing would be fine, but as I am not particularly familiar with printing patterns from this printer driver, I find it safer to choose to print the pattern scaled at 100%.

A final note on this subject for those of you based in the States and Canada. My patterns are all laid out for A4 paper. These days I have worked out the size of the area that I need to allow to make my patterns print well for those of you using the shorter letter paper.  There are a couple of my patterns which may not work perfectly on letter paper yet. If you come across one of these, please let me know and I will make the necessary changes straight away.

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