Jul 17, 2012 at 10:28 am #1292077
I'm new to sewing and I've never used a cad program before. I'm trying to go through the five yards to SUL articles but I'm lost on how to actually transfer the pattern from the computer to measuring it onto fabric. I downloaded the recommended free cad program but I'm unsure on how to proceed from there. The article mentions using the software's measuring tool. Anyone familiar with this?Jul 17, 2012 at 10:35 am #1895429
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
All the pieces are rectangles with a few straight angled lines
You could just measure it
Don't really need a pattern unless you're like doing clothes with curved linesJul 18, 2012 at 9:59 am #1895688
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
What's the 'free CAD program'? Is it Google's SketchUp? If so (and it's a very good choice), learn how to use it…
SketchUp allows you to 'dimension' the drawing; to show the distance between two points, e.g. the ends of a line. In the menu bar, the dimension tool has an example dimension image (with a figure '3'). Just hover the mouse over each tool icon until the little pop-up "what's this" box says 'Dimension'.
Then simply select the line you want to measure (mouse click), and drag the mouse away from the line. This will drag the dimension away from the line, so you can see it clearly.
Alternatively, you can use the right-click 'Entity Info' dialogue to find line lengths, and areas of shapes.
You can use the Protractor tool to measure angles.Jul 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm #1895728
Print to PDF full size. Print at kinko on 36 in wide paper.Jul 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm #1895742
Jon FongBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
FYI, not all PDF's are to scale. I used PDF's to make patterns and the print will not be to scale (24" actual 23 .8" on the print at FedEx Office). To most people this should be a minor issue but it would be conservative to add a reference line so that you can adjust the scale. My 2 cents – JonJul 19, 2012 at 11:09 am #1895988
Kevin BeedenBPL Member
> FYI, not all PDF's are to scale.
It's more likely that the printer isn't to scale. That's the reason I prefer PostScript, as I can then add a compensating scale factor in each direction. Just to complicate things further, a printer's scaling will often vary over the page (due to the motion of the paper through the system). In the direction perpendicular to the feed, it's usually pretty consistent.
Just printing out some romer designs, so I've been through this again recently, although the code dates back to 2000…Jul 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm #1896288
Here's a good free AutoCAD clone – http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/
Even comes in a Linux version…
BMJul 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm #1896292
@earn_my_turnsLocale: New England
If you tell the person at kinkos to make sure they adjust the pdf settings in the print window to 100% it will print 1:1 as you designed it. I used to deal with all the time in school, they typically looked at me like I was a jerk for pointing it out but I got exactly what I wanted. Adobe to printers autoscales almost all the time to 98% for printer margins.Jul 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm #1896361
@mpap89Locale: bay area
The method explained below on the second page of this thread seemed to work pretty well.
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