Thursday, October 23, 2014

4 Tips when Buying Digital Patterns

Ordering digital patterns can be a little intimidating for many people who are used to paper patterns and who are not 100% comfortable handling files on a computer. Here are a few tips I often send to customers who are new to PDF patterns:

1 - Make sure you choose the right format

Paper and PDF patterns are listed in separate categories on our website, but when adding and removing items from the cart, you do have to pay attention to make sure you keep the right pattern version.

How do I tell if I have a paper or PDF pattern in my shopping cart?

  1. If you see PDF in the product name, it's a digital pattern.
    If you do not see PDF, it's a paper pattern.
  2. If you see a shipping charge at checkout, it means that you have a paper pattern in your cart. Digital patterns are not mailed, so you should not see any shipping charges.
Please note that our quantity discount promotion applies to digital AND paper patterns. You can combine both types of patterns to get a bigger discount without paying more in shipping!

2 - Access all your purchases directly on our website

If you accidentally closed your browser after checkout, deleted your order confirmation email or can't find it because it went to your junk mail folder, no worries!

Simply click "my downloadable patterns" on our website (in the orange bar) to access your PDFs at any time:

3 - Save the pattern to your computer

Some companies won't let you save PDFs on your hard drive. We do. This prevents timeouts, error messages or other bugs that you may get when opening a big file through your browser.

I'm not good with computers,  how to I save something when I only see a link?

Right-click on the download link and select "save target as...", "save linked file" or "save link as..." 


Once the pattern is saved, you can open and print it as many times as you want.

4 - Make sure you are using the latest version of Acrobat

Click the icon below to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader. Please note that our PDFs are for print only, you cannot open the files in editing software like Illustrator.

When you are ready to print, take a look at the "How to Assemble a PDF Pattern" document to print and put the digital pattern pages together.

If you have any questions about the process or have any trouble with downloading, printing or assembling any of our PDF patterns, do not hesitate to contact us. We are only an email away!





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