We're sorry you've reached this page, because it probably means you're having problems
printing Piece By Number's patterns. Regrettably, we cannot provide individualized
technical support for printing problems. Below are a few general suggestions that
may help in your situation.
If you can see the pattern on your monitor, you should be able to print it. If you're
having troubles getting the pattern to print at all, however, try this trick. Right
click on the image, and select "View Image". This will take you to another screen
with just the pattern graphic image shown in the upper left corner. Then try again
Piece By Number's patterns print true to size for most PC users. If you have a PC
and have troubles printing to the correct size, you can try saving the pattern as
a file on your computer and then printing the pattern from another program. Right
click on the pattern image, select "Save Image As....", and put it in a folder with
a name you'll remember. Later, use a graphics or image processing program, such as
CorelDraw, Illustrator, Xara, PrintShop, PaintShopPro or many others (the one that
came with your scanner, perhaps?) to open the image, resize it, and print.
If you have a Macintosh, the patterns may be printing out too large. Try setting
your Mac-compatible printer to print at 75 percent image size. On Macs, the printout
scaling (reducing or enlarging) is generally controlled by "Page Setup" in the FILE
menu, although some programs let you adjust it in the "Print" dialog itself. The
default setting is 100 percent, but some printer drivers may have presets at 80,
66, and 50% or whatever, and may allow you to key in other values. You may have to
experiment a bit to see what percentage works for you. Or try the first suggestion
If you have a good printed copy of the block pattern, but despite your best efforts,
you cannot get it to print the correct size, resize it on a photocopier at your local
Try printing from another computer and printer -- maybe a friend can help you.
If you're able to successfully print a PDF file, but the size is not as stated, try
this: when the printer dialog comes up, make sure "Fit to Page" is UNchecked. If
that doesn't work, put a check beside Print as Image -- this won't cure the problem,
it makes the page print as a bitmap image and will usually work if nothing else does.
If you're getting blanks in your PDF printout, you probably have an outdated version
of Acrobat Reader. Piece By Number's PDF patterns all require Acrobat Reader 5.0
Free Paper Piecing Block and Quilt Patterns: Problems Printing the Patterns?