FAQs

Q. What is a PDF Sewing Pattern?

A. Rain City's PDF Sewing Patterns are digital sewing patterns that you can download and either print at home, print at a store or project onto your fabric.

Q. Why do I have to create an account to buy a pattern or get one of the free patterns?

A. Rain City requires you to create an account so that your patterns are kept safe in one location.

Sometimes accidents happen and file get deleted right? Well if that happens you are able to log into your account and you can access and download your pattern again and again and again.

Additionally if we update a pattern you will get that update immediately and for FREE! Just log into your account and download the new one.

Q. How do I download a PDF Sewing Pattern?

A. After you purchase a PDF Sewing Pattern you will be emailed a link to download the pattern. BUT you can also log into your Rain City account and download it there. Watch this quick 1 minute video to watch how easy it is to download your pattern. 

Q. How many download attempts do I get?

A. Unlimited! 

Q. I see your files are zipped. What is a zipped file and how do I unzip a file?!

A. A .zip file is a collection of files or folders. Rain City zips the files for 1 pattern (usually 4-5 files) into 1 zipped folder for you. 

Unzipping a file is easy to do! The way you'll unzip your files depends on the operating system you're on.

In the above video I'll show you how to unzip a file on a MacOs and Windows 10.

If you're on a different operating system and need help unzipping a file go to Google.com and search "How to unzip a file with _____ operating system?"

In the blank type your operating system: mac, windows, Chromebook, iPhone, android, etc. 

If after unzipping you get a warning that the file can't open. Delete the file and re-download. 

If you still need help email info@raincitypatterncompany.com

Q. What are all the different types of files?

A. When you unzip your file you will find:

  1. Instruction File (how-to sew, materials needed, how-to print, print layout, etc. Be sure to read the entire instruction BEFORE PRINTING)
  2. Trimless Pages File (pattern pieces to print at home, includes size layers)
  3. Trim Pages File (pattern pieces to print at home, includes size layers)
  4. A0 Pages File (pattern pieces to print at a store, includes size layers)
  5. Optimized Projector File (pattern pieces to project at home, includes size layers, large font, bold font, large art-board for easy scrolling)

Free pattern sometimes do not include all the above files. Be sure to read the What You Get section in each listing to see what's included. 

 

Q. How do I sew a PDF Sewing Pattern? Are there directions?

A. Rain City's PDF Sewing Patterns includes detailed sewing instructions. Depending on your learning style you can either read the Instruction File or watch a video tutorial. 

Q. Where can I find the sewing videos?

A. Each of Rain City's sewing tutorials can be found on each patterns listing page here as well as at Rain City's YouTube channel.

Q. I'm new to sewing, are Rain City's PDF Sewing Patterns easy to use?

A. Yes, Rain City's PDF Sewing Patterns are the best sewing patterns for a beginner because of the easy to understand directions and clear photos, plus video tutorials. 

Q. Does Rain City have a Facebook sewing community?

A. Yes! Join our sewing community Rain City Pattern Company PDF Sewing Patterns.

Q. What do I need to start using PDF Sewing Patterns at home?

A. Rain City's patterns come with 4 different pattern piece files. You can choose which option is best for you.

  1. Trimless Pattern Pieces: To print at home you need a printer, paper and Adobe Reader, and tape.
  2. Trim Pattern Pieces: To print at home you need a printer, paper and Adobe Reader, tape and scissors.
  3. A0 Format Pattern Pieces for printing at a store or online. I recommend printing A0 at PDF Plotting.com. You may need tape if there is more than 1 page.
  4. Projector Pattern Pieces for at home projecting. To project your pattern pieces you'll need a projector. For more information about projecting patterns join the Facebook group Projectors For Sewing.

Q. How do I assemble the TRIMLESS - Print At Home pattern pieces?

A. Rain City's pages are set up to be trim-less. This means you won't need to cut your pages before assembling them. To assemble you will butt the pages up to each other at either the red line or the blue line (depending on if you are using A4 or US Letter sized paper) and then tape them together. 

For more detail on how to assemble the pages watch this short video.

Q. How do I assemble the TRIM - Print At Home pattern pieces?

A. Rain City's has added the TRIM page option to some patterns and will update all patterns to include this file. This file requires you to cut your pages before assembling them. To assemble you will trim one side and overlap it to the page nest to it.

For more detail on how to assemble the pages watch this short video.

Q. What are Layers and how do I use them?

A. Layers are used to organize the sizes on the pages. With the layers feature you can hide the sizes you don't want to see. This makes cutting out only the size you want so simple.

To use the layers feature in Adobe Reader:

  • Open the pattern piece file in Adobe Reader.
  • Select the Layers Icon.
  • If you do not see the Layers Icon, go to View - Show/Hide - Navigation Panes - Layers.
  • The “EYE” in the blocks means that you can see what is on that layer.
  • Unselect the EYE for all sizes you do not want to see.
  • Always keep the EYE on KEEP SELECTED and PAGE NUMBERS.
  • Unselect the EYE for the paper size (Letter or A4) that you’re not using.
Watch this quick 40 second video on how to use Layers.

    Q. What is an Optimized Projector File?

    A. The Projector File is a specific file for those using a projector to project their pattern pieces onto their fabric. This file features:

    • 1" grid for calibration on it's own layer
    • 4 cm grid for calibration on it's own layer
    • Layers
    • Big bold fonts that you can actually read!
    • Thick size lines
    • Large art-board for easy scrolling

    Q. What is an A0 File?

    A. The A0 File has your pattern pieces on one or more pieces of paper measuring 33.1" X 46.8". When you open this file in Adobe Reader you will most likely be able to see all the pattern pieces on one or two pages. When you print this file at home all your pieces will print very small. This file is meant to be printer on a plotter that can print pages 33.1" X 46.8". Don't try to print this file on a home use printer, it will only lead to frustration.


    Q. How do I contact Rain City for support?

    A. If you need help or more information send an email to info@raincitypatterncompany.com

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