Enlarging Tips

by Kelsey Norwood

in Uncategorized

With all the sewing I’ve been doing, I’ve had to copy and enlarge quite a few patterns from sewing project books, and I think I finally figured out the fastest and least frustrating way to get what I need with the least number of wasted copies.

photocopy enlarging tips

  1. Photocopy the page you need to enlarge.
  2. Cut each pattern piece out.
  3. Enlarge one piece at a time.

If you’re enlarging something that will be bigger than an 11 x 17 piece of paper you’ll need to do half at a time and tape the two pieces together. Just make sure you get some of the writing on both pieces so you can match them up exactly.

Photocopying patterns out of books really doesn’t have to be a huge pain, and I’ve found this method to be pretty fabulous.

Any other ideas???


1 underestimatedmom October 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

This is an awesome idea! I have had serious issues trying to redraw them to scale and it’s been a difficult process. I have given up on a few of them just because it was to complicated. Looks like I will be going to go by some 11×17 paper stat!

Thanks :)


2 Kate October 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

I ask the copy center staff for help! They know the machines better than I do, and when they make mistakes, I am not charged for the wasted copies like I would be when I make mistakes.

3 Sue D October 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for this tip. I always have a lot of problem enlarging patterns. I will try your method.

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