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From: Lil Princess
Date: 03-30-2005, 12:17 AM (1 of 4)
What is the difference between pattern printed side up and pattern printed side down? What do I do with it? I am stuck already! Help!

User: Lil Princess
Member since: 03-20-2005
Total posts: 13
From: DorothyL
Date: 03-30-2005, 06:51 AM (2 of 4)
Printed side up means when you put the pattern on the fabric before cutting the side with the words -- pattern number, cut two or whatever -- is up facing you and easy to read. Turn the pattern over and it is printed side down.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: paroper
Date: 03-30-2005, 08:56 AM (3 of 4)
The pattern is made so that you can actually pin it to one side of the body. When it comes to laying your pattern, sometimes the pattern company will have you flip the pattern over so that it fits the size of the fabric better. As long as you are cutting two pieces of fabric at the same time (with the fabric folded), turning the pattern pieces over is not a big deal.

When laying out your pattern: You will see long arrows on most pattern pieces. Looking at your pattern lay-out, you will see that most of these arrows run the same direction as the selvage or fold lines of your pattern. Lay your pattern down according to the pattern lay-out sheet. Put a pin in one end of the arrow. Measure down to the selvage with a tape measure. Then, go to the other end of the arrow. Measure up to the other arrow from the edge of your fabric and pivot your pattern (on the first pin) to make the measurement from the arrow the same and pin that arrow down too. Then remeasure to make sure that the distance is the same. Once you have done this, pin the rest of your pattern. Lay the patten flat and put a few pins around the pattern, pinning from the inside pattern to the edge all the way around. Once you have a few pins to anchor, go back and add a few more pins. (Don't pin your pattern only in one place when you start because this tends to draw the pattern that direction...placing a few anchor pins around the pattern keeps the pattern piece flat.)

One thing to check: If you have a fabric with a nap, you can tell by running your hand over the fabric. If it feels different one direction than the other, it has a nap. Chances are that your would know this when you bought it...fabrics like velvet, cordoroy, suedecloth...all have nap. The other thing is that if you have a printed fabric, you may also have a problem. Sometimes, even with floral fabric, but more often with design fabrics, you will find that the design is printed in one direction. Look at your fabric. Pick out printed portions of the design and see if they are printed going both direction...look at a particular flower and see if it always runs the same way...and then check another. If your pattern design runs one way, use the layout where the pattern pieces are cut going the same direction.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: Lil Princess
Date: 04-02-2005, 08:44 PM (4 of 4)
hey thankz! i'm really glad i found this forum!
thanks again!
User: Lil Princess
Member since: 03-20-2005
Total posts: 13
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