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, sometimes customers have had problems downloading a PDF Sewing Pattern, mine or anyone’s, because they are not using a laptop or computer. I browse the internet all the time on my cell phone and iPad, 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 or correct 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 (like the photo below) with a link to download your Sewing Patterns to your computer. Please SAVE your Sewing Patterns into a file folder on your computer where you will always find them, perhaps one called “Lányos Handmade Patterns!” Remember 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:
Please do your part for the environment and only print the pages you need. 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 formats you need. Some Lányos Handmade PDF Sewing Pattern pieces are US Letter format only but the pieces are placed in the printable area of your paper, whether A4 or US Letter format, so they will print properly. Patterns are always “print-tested” before the pattern is launched.
Before printing, always check that the default settings for each print job in your Print Dialogue Box is set at “NO SCALE”, “CUSTOM SCALE 100%” or “ACTUAL SIZE”. Sometimes it helps to check or uncheck the “Choose paper source by PDF page size” box.
Print a page with the 1” x 1” (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm) test square first 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.
Downloading and Unzipping SVG files:
At the moment we have PDF and SVG files to choose from. Let us know if you require a different format for your cutting machine, perhaps PNG or DXF, and we shall do our best to provide these!
Start by downloading the zip file and unzipping it by double clicking on it or right click and open, depending on your device. Some patterns only have one pattern piece inside the unzipped file, others have many. If there are many pieces, each SVG inside the unzipped file will be named after the pattern piece it contains. Open your cutting machine software and either browse for the file you would like to cut or drag it over.
It is really important that you check your software has loaded the pattern piece in the correct size. Each pattern piece comes with a 1” (2.54 cm) square, which you should be able to remove before you cut your pattern piece. You can also compare your loaded piece with the measurements given for the pattern piece in the PDF or Pattern Instructions. If your software has loaded the piece incorrectly, some size adjustment will be necessary. It’s always better to double check than waste!
Be sure to use the materials and blades suggested by your machine manufacturer for the type of project you are completing.
I haven’t had a chance to create YouTube videos for using Affinity Designer and Cricut Design Space yet, but if you can think of some ideas you would like to see, let me know! In the meantime, I have found helpful resources on Youtube (Jennifer Maker, Rosie’s Art Studio) and in Facebook Groups (Cutting Machines for Sewists).
REMEMBER … any questions, just ask!
Due to the nature of all digital downloads, returns and refunds are not available.