The invention of PDF-based patterns changed the sewing world. Given how convenient and cost-effective they are, millions of people regardless of gender are developing a newborn love for sewing. If you’re one of the beginners that you steer away from all the novice mistakes to keep your love for the digitized patterns.
Incorrect scale in printing
The rule of thumb in digital patterns is printing accurately. While there is the convenience of scaling down to A0 or A4 sizes, it all depends on how the papers are printed. Hence, it is always mindful not to print by using a browser as it can subject the papers to warping. On the flip side, the scale must never fit the page but should be 100% original. This ensures that the pages are printed in the most accurate way as they are in the design.
Forgetting to check the test square in the print
Regardless of how accurate the print was, you should remember the sheer size of the full drawing when all the papers are combined. If there was the slightest deviation from the desired scale, it would apply to each and every piece. Thus, it is extremely essential that you check both the vertical and horizontal span of the test square so that you know that there was no dimensional problem with the design in the PDF documents.
Not following the tutorial perfectly
If you couldn’t find a tutorial document in your pattern folder, you should ask for it. Sometimes the tutorial changes from pattern to pattern and that’s why it’s not wise to follow a predeterminedmethod. But since the tutorials would almost always be there, make sure to read the entire document at least once before you start cutting anything.
Questionable sources of patterns
Just like it takes practice to get ahold of sewing by using digital patterns, it has taken a tremendous amount of practice and knowledge to form one. Thus, it would be a waste of money if you did not verify the source of your patterns. For example, it is always better to stick to reputed establishments that have taught the community of digital patterns; Pattern Emporium’s patterns are one such reliable source. That way, you won’t have to worry about most of the situations that beginner sewing gets stuck in.
Poor alignment of the guide boxes
As long as the PDF is reliable, you don’t have to worry about the design at all. But once it is printed out accurately, it’s your responsibility to adjust the papers. While some people like to prepare the entire pattern before they start working, some people prefer going with few pages at once. If you belong to the second kind, you should be extra careful ensuring the combination of the pages following the guide boxes.
Digitized patterns make the sewing mechanism hassle-free. Since the internet is filled with techniques you can improve the use of your patterns, you never ever have to worry about the quality of the final product as long as you have the right patterns.