How to Print Your Digital Sewing Pattern

Once you’ve downloaded your sewing pattern, you have a few options for how to print the large-format pages and get started sewing. 

OPTION 1

If you own or have access to a large-format printer, then you probably already know what to do. 🙂

Large-format printer

Obviously this is not a common household appliance, though, so don’t worry if you don’t have one!

OPTION 2

The best overall option is probably to bring the files to your local copy/print shop and have them print the large pages for you.

Copycat Print Shop

TIP – In my experience, independently-owned (“mom and pop’s”) local shops generally have better pricing for large pages like these than franchised ones like office supply stores.

Your local shop(s) may have a web site with a file uploader, you may be able to just e-mail them the PDFs (they’re large pages but small file sizes), or you can probably just bring the files in on a USB flash drive.

Assuming their pricing is reasonable, this is the option I’d recommend!

OPTION 3

If you own (or have access to) a standard retail printer, you can also print the large pages using the free Adobe Actobat Reader and selecting the “poster” option in the print dialog.

Adobe print dialog

Overlap, cut marks, and labels are matters of personal preference.

That said, I recommend an overlap of at least 0.25”, as well as using the cut marks and labels.

Print all the pages, then align and tape them together to assemble the complete larger pages.

Personally, I prefer to have my pages printed in their entirety, but if you have a printer at home, this may be the most convenient option for you.

Happy sewing!

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