If you are like me, sometimes technology throws you a fast one!  So let me pass on to you what I have learned so far.

Devices and Downloading PDF files:

To start off, the couple of times a customer has had problems downloading a PDF Sewing Pattern, mine or anyone’s, is because they are not using a laptop or computer.  I browse the internet all the time on my cell phone and iPad – I do it on the commute to work every day!  But it is not the best way to download, open and print your PDF’s.  These devices don’t always have the proper up-to-date programs for file management, downloading and printing to scale.  Sometimes the browser or programs are not even optimized.

It is recommended that when you download a PDF, you use a computer or laptop and always use an up-to-date browser, like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari (only Safari on MACs though, not PCs, I hear).  Also, always download first and then open and print your PDF Sewing Patterns with an up-to-date Adobe Reader, a free downloadable program.   

After purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download your PDF Sewing Patterns to your computer.  This link will allow you two tries, so please SAVE your PDF Sewing Patterns into a file folder on your computer where you will always find them, perhaps one called “Lányos Handmade Patterns!” If you open your own account at Lányos Handmade, your download links will be there too!

Opening PDF files:

Lányos Handmade, like most sewing patterns, uses PDF files.  This is a standard file type that is best opened with the free software from Adobe. Most computers have Adobe Reader installed already so the PDF file will open quickly and correctly with one click.  If you don’t have Adobe Reader installed or perhaps not the most up-to-date version, get the program free from HERE. Don’t use MAC Preview.

Printing PDF files:  

Most Lányos Handmade PDF Sewing Patterns come in both A4 and US Letter format (with metric and imperial measurements), so you only need to print the pattern pieces you need.  A few of our PDF Sewing Patterns come in US Letter format only (still with metric and imperial measurements).  Rest easy though because pattern pieces are placed in the printable area of your paper, whether A4 or US Letter format, so they will print properly.

Also, to save paper, you don’t need to print the Pattern Instructions, just read them from your device.

Before printing, always check the default settings for each print job in your Print Dialogue Box: 

Under “Page Sizing & Handling”, DO NOT “fit”, “shrink oversized pages”, “print to scale”, “shrink to fit” or “scale to fit” the Pattern Pieces, as the printing will then be resized (stretched or squished) to fit your paper. 

Instead, in your Print Dialogue Box ensure your setting is “NO SCALE”,  “CUSTOM SCALE 100%” or “ACTUAL SIZE”.

Print a page with the test square first 1” x 1” (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm) to measure and test the printing.  If the test square you print is extremely different you will need to check your printer options again to ensure that each page you print is not being resized.

Now another problem that I haven’t heard many talk about yet is the “centring”.  Sometimes if you print a US page on A4 with no scaling, the image may not be centred on the page and you lose a bit of printing off the edges of the paper.  I have read that the fix to get the printing centred on A4 paper is in your Print Dialogue Box again.  To centre your printing uncheck “CHOOSE PAPER SOURCE BY PDF PAGE SIZE”.  You will then be able to see in your Print Preview box whether the document is centred or not.

Depending on your computer, printer or PDF sewing pattern, other settings to consider might be “Select by File Size” or “Auto-Rotate and Centre” to get the test square the right size.  Also, printing from your email and not a downloaded PDF file which is opened with Adobe Reader can also cause errors.


Here’s an idea!  If you want to TEST print Lányos Handmade PDF Sewing Patterns on your device, browser, programs or printer, first try downloading, opening and printing one of the many FREE PDF Sewing Patterns from Lányos Handmade!  

Here’s another option!  Purchase the Printed Pattern Product Option. After you add your PDF Sewing Pattern to your Cart, another product “Printed Pattern Product Option” will show up so you can add it to your cart too!


If you are having any problems downloading or printing, please contact me through the Shop, or message me through Facebook or IG.  I’m here to help! (or do what I usually do … ask a young person!  LOL)

Due to the nature of all PDF digital downloads, returns and refunds are not available.

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