The most important thing is to print your pattern to scale (actual size).
Make sure the paper in your printer is snug against the paper guides to ensure it does not move during the printing process
Check your printer properties to ensure the following settings:
Borderless printing: Print with borders(there will always be a little white space around the edges - this is normal and no important pattern detail will be lost). Ie- Borderless Printing should be turned off.
Print Actual Size (scale = 100%)
Check your pattern is printed to scale
The printing grid (represented by the dotted squares all over the pattern) must equal 1 inch squares. Check this by using a ruler across at least 10 or more squares which gives the most accurate measure. The measures on the ruler should align exactly with the dotted squares (both horizontally and vertically). If your printing grid is not exactly 1" squares, check your printer properties. Sometimes pages don't print properly if the Page Setup is set to "any printer". Make sure the setting is set at your brand and model of printer.
If you have the option, set your printer to print "Fast Print" or "Low Quality" to save ink.
TAPING UP & CUTTING OUT YOUR PATTERN
A. Layout the sheets of paper printouts in a grid with the columns marked by the letters of the alphabet and the numbers indicate the row. For example; place numbers 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d (etc) from left to right along your table. Directly underneath these, place the next row numbered 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d etc (and so on).
B. Line up the pages snug against each other so that they touch but do not overlap. The dotted square grid should align exactly as should the pattern markings. Match the corners and edges. If these markings do not align, but you have printed to scale, it is likely that the paper has moved when drawn from the paper tray as the pages were printing. You may need to re-print ensuring that the paper in the paper tray is snug against the paper guides.
Most printers are unable to print to the very edge of the page so it is likely there will be a very small margin not printed. Only a tiny amount of detail will be lost and we try to make sure nothing of importance is on the edges.
Use paper weights to hold the paper in place as you tape it together.
C. Cut around the outside edge of the paper pattern pieces. The solid line is the cutting edge (and will become the edge of your fabric piece). The dotted line is the seam (1 cm or 3/8”). Make sure you mark the notches by cutting around them (they are used to match up fabric when you begin sewing).
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