PDF’s| To Stick or Print?

When it comes to sticking PDF’s together, this is what my mind feels like do to it as I feel it cuts into my sewing time!


Don’t worry no food processor has been harmed. So far!

For all you lovely sewist like me who love the instantness of hitting a (or few!) button and having a beautiful PDF pattern all ready to go but have the fear or dread of sticking the recchit thing together, look no further as I have found a low-cost answer!

Recently I posted on Instagram, looking for recommendations to print my ever growing PDF’s (one of them is a Colette Moneta and another is the SOI Nancy Dress) and I got a lot of interest (THANKYOU!), some of you lovelies followed hoping to get some PDF Print love too.

One reply, in particular, was from @sio_sews:

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Yeap, curiosity got the better of me and before I knew it I had carefully selected 10 files to print and hit ‘ORDER’ on www.netprinter.co.uk.

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I selected A0 Plan printing unless the pattern instructions said otherwise.  It’s 75p per A0 sheet.  Because the PDF’s are in black in white it’s very much like an architect’s technical drawing and should never be priced as a poster print – if you are then it’s quite frankly daylight robbery!  I did study interior design so I know what a technical drawing is like and a PDF pattern is just like this apart from it’s the blueprint for dressmaking.

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Remember and allow for VAT and standard delivery!  They add on at the end.  You can get them rolled but only if you select Next Day delivery and specify in the “special instructions” box as you order if you want them rolled.

For standard delivery, it’s £3.00 and it takes 2-3 days to arrive.

I am very happy with the packaging that it came in and the excitement of trying to get into the sellotape was heightened with squeals of joy!


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it’s arrived from www.netprinter.co.uk



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Very well packaged!
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Still at it!
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All nicely presented!
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Lots of patterns, ready to cut!
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Fan em’ out!

Would I recommend www.netprinter.co.uk?


Eh, Hell yeah! I had a couple of questions so queried them via email and got a very prompt and helpful reply.  From start to finish the service and the product are tip top!

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So there you go … There’s my pattern PDF adventure and long may it continue!

Happy no-sticking A4 pages together anymore!


DISCLAIMER:    This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own!  Photos’s are copyright so please do ask permission if you would like to use them – Cheers!

15 thoughts on “PDF’s| To Stick or Print?

  1. Emma, that’s a great pointer, thanks! I make my own patterns, and also wrote a program that drafts them as PDF, but that sticking together thing is sooooo time consuming, that sometimes it’s faster to just draw the thing manually. But now I can get a lot of “blanks” printed ready for detailing! Brilliant!! 😀

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      1. Yes, well, no mystery there – I’m a bespoke tailor. You go to college, and three years later you’ve got it. 🙂 Bespoke tailoring is for individual, real, concrete people with their own unique measurements, so each person gets their own patterns. Commercial pattern drafting is very different – they have to make scalable patterns for “average” people without ever seeing the customer because of course average people don’t exist… But never mind my ranting! 🙂

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      2. So the way we do it, is first draw a plain pattern to measurements and then add detailing to it. Sewing for yourself becomes particularly quick if you have a stack of those “blanks” (plain patterns) so that you can immediately start detailing. The blank gets destroyed in the process, so you need a fresh one every time – easy if they can be printed, time consuming if you have to draw them over and over again! And with my program generating blanks from measurements, I can now immediately start detailing when sewing for others too! Without having to raid the local shops for sticky tape first. :-p 🙂

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  2. Exactly what I’ve been looking for for a year – thank you Emma. Whenever I use my own printer and stick them together everything always seems to come out just a bit squint. Given that people are always saying you should iron pattern tissue to ensure there are no wrinkles that could shrink the pieces, I worry about being a couple of mm off on each piece of a printed pdf…

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    1. I’m glad to have put it out there – I think a lot of people have been waiting for something like this! I can’t stand the thought of sticking loads paper to getting, so I’ve never done it!


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