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Guide to Successfully Printing and Assembling PDF Patterns

The ability to have immediate access to a sewing pattern is one of those wonderful things... unless you run into trouble with printing. We've answered countless emails from users who have fairly simple issues – an old version of Adobe Reader, or failure to set Page Scaling properly. We can't solve every issue, but this guide summarizes how to print our PDF patterns, as well as how to assemble patterns that require more than one page. To begin, be sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader, and that you don't have "Internet Downloading" disabled in your browser preferences. If the tutorial you are using requires that you print a pattern piece(s), you'll find the links in the Getting Started section of our tutorial, as shown in the example below: Click on one of the links and the PDF will appear in the same window once it is fully downloaded.

Once you have the Print window open, you need to check a couple of things prior to printing. Install a Conventional Zipper. Zzzzzzzzip it!

Install a Conventional Zipper

We love the sound, the look and the functionality of zippers. But most of us are not so in love with installing them in our sewing projects. In fact, there's probably no sewing technique more dreaded than learning how to properly install a zipper. If you're a regular S4H visitor, you know that's a challenge we can't walk away from. Today, you are going to learn how to master this technique. Interestingly, Elias Howe, the same man credited with inventing the sewing machine, received a patent in 1851 for the first zipper, which he called: "Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.

" The zipper’s next debut was at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. In 1913, a Swedish-American engineer named Gideon Sundbäck designed the more recognizable zipper while working for the Universal Fastener Company. In 1923, Benjamin Goodrich took Sundbäck’s design into the modern age by installing zippers into everyday rubber boots and tobacco pouches. Conventional Separating Two-way Reversible Blue jean. Install an Invisible Zipper. Zip-A-Dee-Ay!

Install an Invisible Zipper

On Tuesday of this week, we showed you the steps to master installation of a regular zipper. Today, we introduce (or maybe reintroduce) you to one of our other lovely zipper friends, the invisible zipper. Remember, this zipper is shy, and likes to stay hidden in the seamline of your projects. In fact, with the exception of its slender zipper pull, you’d never know it was there. It likes it that way... and you will too! If you missed our tutorial on how to install regular zippers, be sure to check it out.

Like its conventional counterpart, the invisible zipper is available in a wide range of colors and lengths, and comes in both standard and separating versions. On an invisible zipper, the teeth have a coil structure, usually made of a flexible nylon. In addition, the pull on an invisible zipper is a thin teardrop style, which is much different than the chunky pulls on regular zippers. The invisible zipper is installed in a different manner and with a very specific foot. Sewing Help and Information. How to Sew Burlap Burlap is a coarsely woven fabric made from jute, a vegetable fiber.

Sewing Help and Information

Burlap is different from most other fabrics and requires some special handling. This article presents some basic information on stabilizing burlap fabric. Sewing Gathered Fabric This article is a continuation of the discussion of different gathering methods and includes tips for attaching gathered fabric to another piece of fabric as well as comparing the results of the different gathering methods. Introduction to Gathering Fabric Fabric gathering is an important technique to have in your sewing arsenal. Sewing Closure Types There are many types of closures that are used in sewing from buttons to zippers. Learning How to Sew - Sewing Lessons. Zippers - CraftStylish. September 9th, 2008 Email 1 user recommends Shannon Dennis Baste the garment pieces together and press the seam open.

Zippers - CraftStylish

This is the right side of the zipper... Fabric and zippers! Photo: Shannon Dennis Zippers have always been a thorn in my side. For this post, let's focus on standard zipper insertion. Sew your two garment pieces right sides together as directed in the pattern.