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Click “Print at Home” and choose where to save the file. Once it has downloaded, open the file and check that it has downloaded fully. The first page of this PDF is a layout drawing of the assembled tiles. Use this as a guide while putting together the pieces of the pattern.

Print the document as is, at 100%. DO NOT SCALE TO FIT and DO NOT CROP. (The files are set up to be printed on a Letter size paper of 8 ½” x 11”)

To insure that the pattern has printed at the correct scale, find the page containing the TEST SQUARE. The TEST SQUARE should be 4” x 4” by or 10cm x10 cm.

To begin assembling the pattern, cut off or fold the margin on the top and right side of each page.

Match the corresponding number/letter combinations (ex: 1A to 1A.) Tape the pages together starting at the bottom left corner. Use the illustrated guide to match each piece. Once complete, find your size, pin your pattern to the fabric and follow the coordinating line to cut out the pattern.


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    Sep 14, 2009, 12.19 PMby thebigmango

    You say: The files are set up to be printed on a Letter size paper of 8 ½” x 11”

    Are there versions available for A4 paper as that is the standard paper size here in the UK and many other countries?

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    Sep 14, 2009, 12.19 PMby thebigmango

    You say: The files are set up to be printed on a Letter size paper of 8 ½” x 11”

    Are there versions available for A4 paper as that is the standard paper size here in the UK and many other countries?

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    Oct 21, 2009, 01.49 AMby Juliana Mateus

    HELP! So, here’s my problem: I tried everything I could and anyway I try to print out Malissa pattern it comes out the wrong size. everytime too small. anyone has a clue?

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      Oct 22, 2009, 02.26 PMby alden

      Hey JuM,
      it sounds like your printer is resizing the paper. Make sure (both in the pdf and the printer options) that it is printing “as is” at 100%. let me know if that works for you!

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    Oct 22, 2009, 08.50 PMby Juliana Mateus

    mmm. ok. thing is, here in Brazil (far far away land!) we normally use paper sized A4. and the PDFs normally are meant to a different measure… you think I should try and find the paper sized as u use in the US?

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    Nov 8, 2009, 07.32 AMby quiltingmick

    Please help me! I have downloaded and printed the plus versions of Amanda and Kristen without problems however the plus version of Kathrine doesn’t have page margins in the PDF file from page 2 onwards, and this makes it really hard to find a folding line.

    I have tried on two different computers and get the same results. I would appreciate some advice on what is going wrong. Is it me, or you? I really would like to make this pattern quickly!

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      Nov 9, 2009, 11.42 PMby quiltingmick

      If anyone else ever has this problem, I discovered a solution, although it’s not ideal. When printing at home, select “shrink page to fit” but test it first on the test square on page 36 and make sure you measure the square.

      I have been trying to figure out a way to do this for days! Hopefully the next pattern I print won’t be such an exercise in frustration!

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      Mar 21, 2010, 01.23 PMby mmmbisto

      I tried this, but my square is still 1mm out on the side and nothing is matching up :(

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    Nov 20, 2009, 11.20 AMby Elena Perletti

    hi! is there anyone who’s got problems with the “instructions” file? (the patterns work regulary!)

    in my pc, if i try to download or open the "instructions"pdf, it seems all black! i use internet explorer 7, i’ve tried to clear the cache of the browser, i try to use “save as” instead of “open” but the result is always the same!!!!

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      Nov 20, 2009, 02.08 PMby Elena Perletti

      i solve the problem! it was just my old version of adobe reader that didn’t work!

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      Nov 21, 2009, 11.27 PMby sew4my3

      Glad to hear you solved the problem! Please contact us if you have anymore issues. Happy sewing from your friendly forum manager!

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    Nov 22, 2009, 10.42 PMby eke ottou achille

    hiiii veryone i’m Achille i live in france pleace help me because i whant to do me patterns at home

    my problem is i d’ont learn english is difficult for me because i d’ont understand correctly

    your faithfully

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    Jan 27, 2010, 09.27 PMby lolliepeeps

    I was able to print the correct size (which I checked by printing the 4 inch test square page) by going to “paper size” and checking 8.5×11 letter size WITHOUT BORDERS and set the size at 100%.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 11.50 AMby impression

    I have managed to re-size my printing to get the test square to come out the right size as LolliePeeps suggested, but all this means is that the bottom and the top are cut off! Does letter size paper even exist in the UK? I am disapointed to see that no-one from burdastyle has responded to this problem in this forum. It is a problem which is alienating many of their customers.

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      Mar 8, 2010, 02.11 PMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I can understand the issue… have you tried to center the pages when you print?

      The margains should make it possible to get the pages to print of on Letter size paper too (I think).
      Here’s a table with the measurements of both A4 and Letter-paper.

      Millimetres ( Inches )
      Width Length ( Width Length)
      A4 210.0 mm 297.0mm (8.26in 11.69in)
      Letter 215.9mm 279.4mm (8.50in 11.00in)

      Another one of those issues with different standards… (I’m SO glad the plate on my sewing-machine is engraved with both a metric and inch-scale…)!

      But really, in this case, the US should probably give in and get metric, read this and you will see why: http://betweenborders.com/wordsmithing/a4-vs-us-letter/

      And I think most countries use A4, we do in Sweden anyway (well, all Scandinavia), so it’s not just a UK standard. But I totally understand that it’s annoying for letter-size-users!

      But I will remeber this if I upload any more patterns, and make the top- and bottom margains a bit bigger :-).

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      Mar 8, 2010, 03.27 PMby impression

      Thanks Ichigogirl,

      I have finally resoved the problem by fiddling with the paper settings in all possible combinations! I ended up putting it back to A4 and taking off any page scaling. I was just worried that I would never be able to use burda download patterns ever!

      What a palarva! :-D

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      Mar 10, 2010, 08.29 AMby sew4my3

      Sorry you are having issues.

      Also, Alden and myself are both with Burdastyle. Please feel free to contact either one of us on our walls or by email when issues come up. It appears that you have this one under control, so let us know if we can help in the future.

      Happy sewing!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 01.16 PMby mmmbisto

    Could someone show me a screen shot of what settings they used, I’m completely stumped and frustrated and running out of paper lol. I’ve done every possible thing you have all suggested and it’s 1mm out every time, so when I got to sticking the rows together it was completely out! I’m from the UK so I’m using A4 paper.

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      Jun 3, 2013, 02.21 PMby Shannonfax

      4 inches is 10.16 cm. You’re not off.

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    Mar 26, 2010, 06.20 PMby kyliemikale

    I have been trying to print the Pete t-shirt pattern, but everytime I click on it, it won’t load. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, do you know how to fix it?

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    Jul 2, 2010, 09.03 AMby olgarosita

    Hi everyone, I’m new to this site and this is my first post here, I hope this is the right place to ask my question. After printing and cutting out my Burda pattern for the size 44 (for determining my size I checked that “see sizing chart” link in the pattern description page), I noticed on the printed pattern a small note with some measurements, according to which I was size 38. The problem is I already cut the pattern for size 44, and I’m confused by that note, and don’t know what to do. Can anyone tell me where should I look for the right sizing? If it helps, I am talking abou the pattern JJ #6009, http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/jj. Thank you!

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      Jul 6, 2010, 07.51 AMby sew4my3

      Yes go by your measurements. Try using muslin or a cheaper fabric first to make sure you are using the right measurements.

      To find the patterns you have added to your collection, go to your profile and click on “MY ACCOUNT” in the menu and then click “Purchase History”.

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    Jul 18, 2010, 12.56 AMby mahubbard

    I noticed that on the instructions sheet for the patterns I downloaded today (all “free” patterns, mostly older ones) the instructions say the tiling is set for A4 paper. U.S. 8.5×11 inch letter paper is shorter than A4 paper. Will the patterns fit on this paper if I use the “centered” setting? I wouldn’t want to go through 30-40 sheets of paper just to find out that the top or bottom of every page got cut off! (I’m planning to make the JJ shirt.)

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    Jul 19, 2010, 03.34 AMby disco-gal

    my pattern printed out just fine and the test square was right on. but when trying to tape up the pattern, it didn’t match well at all. i have been sewing long enough to know that it couldn’t be used to sew with! I saw in the posts above a mention of margins? Does anyone know what those are? Why is there no instructions on the correct overlap and how to sucessfully assemble (a purchased burda pattern) a burda pattern? Are the number letters placed ontop of each other? Nothing seems to work for me even when using the print layout. I was very excited to cut out the dress this weekend…but that didn’t happen.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.38 AMby sew4my3

    Print all patterns at 100%, Do Not Resize. When matching the tiles match the letter and/or number notches. Here is a video from burdastyle that will help with our patterns: Burdastyle Video pattern instruction. The part you will need starts about 1minute and 7 seconds in to it.

    Please let me know if this helps. Happy sewing from your friendly burdastyle moderator!

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      Jul 20, 2010, 02.06 PMby disco-gal

      Kate thanks for the information, I did print it off at 100% was very careful to check the test square. Also i posted a reply to you on the other blog. I still can not access by profile/account and I have tried using explorer and firefox… neither worked. Also found a utube video last night which I have not watched about piecing together the pattern. Again, I want to like this site and have been sewing longer than you have been alive. But information needs to be readily available to everyone, the video should be listed under sewing advice or printing patterns. thanks, judy aka disco gal
      PS just checked this is the same video I found last night after an hour or searching around your site. thanks again.

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      Jul 20, 2010, 02.37 PMby sew4my3

      Hello disco gal,
      First, I am not sure if you are referring to me as I am not Kate, but will respond to your reply. LOL
      I am glad you found the video helpful and will turn in your suggestion for making it available here on the site. I have had to refer many members to it on many occasions.

      Also, I don’t doubt that you have been sewing for many years and take it as a compliment when you say it has been longer than I have been alive. (:
      I have daughters that are in their last year of college and am older than most think. Haha Regardless the new changes are hard for many of us to get used to and voicing our opinions on what we like and don’t like about those changes really helps the site to evolve. Thank you greatly for any and all of your suggestion!

      Happy Sewing,

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    Sep 14, 2010, 10.55 AMby Mythili Seksaria


    I went through all the posts after printing my first page for a pattern I liked. What I noticed was that all the pages are printed with a margin. Is that how its supposed to print because on some of the pages of the pattern I noticed there were no borders. (tried this for the Maryy dress pattern)

    Please help!! Thanks

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      Sep 16, 2010, 01.50 AMby sew4my3

      Hello Mythilli,
      Yes the border on the patterns is there to help tape the pages together. Find two matching notches and cut one of the borders off and place the notches up next to each other. The cut off edge on top and then tape. This border just gives you an edge to make it easier to place the pieces together. Also, you might want to refer to the Burdastyle Video pattern instruction . The part you will watch will be about 1 minute and 7 seconds in to it.

      Happy Sewing from your friendly Burdastyle moderator!

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    Mar 20, 2014, 11.45 AMby kristen Finlay

    After multiple tries here’s what worked for me for A4 paper.

    If your using A4 paper…

    First make sure you’ve downloaded your pattern and opened it in PDF

    Then click on Print Click on Properties – change paper size to “Letter” Click the “Advanced” tab up the top – Make sure scaling is turned off

    And that’s it!

    Hope it helps :)

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    Dec 8, 2014, 11.13 PMby oduffa

    So I printed my pattern and the test square is half a centimetre small do you think I can just wing it! or do i have to print the whole pattern again?

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      Jul 25, 2015, 01.22 PMby emilyevs

      Mine is also half a cm out – can you tell me whether this worked? Or whether you managed to print it out correctly?

      If I change my printing settings to no scaling the printer makes the document huge and only prints out a tiny corner. Or prints the whole lot which consists of 12 A4 pages and a pattern for shorts for a giant!

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    Mar 9, 2017, 07.50 PMby lbpatt

    Since 4 inches equals 10.16 cm, should you use inches or cm when measuring the test square?

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    May 13, 2017, 02.51 PMby frederi

    So I just bought this Burda pattern for $5.99, only to find out after buying it I can’t print it as I’m in the US and they use Letter size! I would like to get my money back or get a solution. Please advise on how to get my money back or give me a solution asap!

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