What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF sewing pattern is a digital document that contains instructions and templates for creating a specific sewing project. These patterns are typically designed by independent pattern designers and are available for purchase and download online.

PDF sewing patterns usually include a range of sizes, as well as detailed instructions.

Once you purchase a PDF sewing pattern, you can print it out on your home printer and assemble the pages to create a full-size pattern. Some patterns may also include an option to print at a copy shop or a large-format printer.

PDF sewing patterns have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional paper patterns. They also allow for easy storage and organization, as they can be saved on a computer or other digital device.


How do I print Sew Pronto PDF patterns?

To print a PDF pattern from Sewpronto, you can print either at home or at a copy/print shop/

Here are the general steps to print a PDF pattern from Sew Pronto:

Download the pattern file: After purchasing the pattern from the Sew Pronto website, you should receive an email with a download link to the PDF pattern file. Download the file to your computer or mobile device.

Most of our PDF patterns are in a Zip file, make sure you extract (unzip) the files and save them somewhere safe that you will remember.

Open the PDF file: Open the PDF file using a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download this software for free from the Adobe website.

Print the pattern: From the PDF reader, click on "File" and then "Print" to open the print dialogue box. Select the printer you want to use, and choose the settings for your print job. Ensure that you select "Actual Size" or "100% Scale" in the print settings so that the pattern prints out at the correct size.

Assemble the pattern: After printing, cut out the pattern pieces and follow the instructions provided with the pattern to assemble them.

Note that some patterns from Sew Pronto may be multi-page, so you will need to ensure that you print out all of the pages and assemble them correctly. Additionally, be sure to read through the instructions carefully before beginning to sew, to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the process.


How do I print at a copy/print shop?

If you are printing A0 and giving it to Officeworks or similar print shops they will need to be given the password. We have been made aware that using Officeworks upload feature doesn't work with the password, so you will have to go into the shop and share it with them.

I can’t open my file, it gives me an error message

Your pattern will be sent as a ZIP file, you will need to unzip (extract) your zip file and save it on your computer. If you try an open it before unzipping it, you will get an error message.

Each time you open your PDF you will need to use your password, so keep it safe. A handy tip is to rename your file with the password in it.


I don't know how to download and save my encrypted PDF patterns?

The actual printing files are indeed password protected and will remain so as a saved file on your computer - we have worked very hard to create these patterns and really need to protect ourselves from people sharing or copying the actual pattern files. 

You can find your password next to the DOWNLOADS on the left in your order.

 There's a really good step by step tutorial on our website HERE that will help explain how our PDF patterns work. There could  be a number of things as to why it is not working for you but if you are still stuck after this tutorial please let us know and we can see what the issue might be. It's helpful if we know what type of device you are working with and if you have Adobe or a PDF viewer on the device. Extracting the files from the downloaded zip folder can also be a common step that is missed. 


Can I download and print from my iphone?

Unfortunately you cannot print encrypted patterns from your iphone