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Thread: Help on enlarging a pattern? Frustrated!

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    ButtercreamCakeArtist's Avatar
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    I've been working on a Halloween wall hanging. The pattern in the book says it is 25% of the actual size; enlarge 400%. I really have trouble finding a program that I can enlarge a scanned pattern with. I used "Paint" to enlarge the photo 400% and printed it. It's WAY TOO BIG! Probably twice as big as I need and maybe more.

    Can someone PLEASE help me?? I've wanted to make this thing for three years, and I made a special trip to get fabric (40 miles one way) yesterday. I'm ready to use the patterns if only they were the right size.

    What programs have you used to scan then enlarge patterns?

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    You might want to take it to Office Max, Staples or Kinkos and let them enlarge and print it out. It's not expensive and soooo much less hassle.

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    If the picture is 25% of the actual size wouldn't you just enlarge it 4Xs the size. I'd use a copier and enlarge 100% then !00& again and that should do it.

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    To me it would seem 25% of actual size means it needs to be enlarged 75%. I'm not good at math but that seems logical.

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    LynBlair your avatar! It's great. :D :D

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    Enlarging it by 75% would actually shrink it. 100% is an exact copy, anything less is reducing. I think the problem you have is the software you've used. You really need to use a photocopier, or if your printer scans and copies use that.

    Otherwise, if you want to do it manually, you can draw a grid on the original, then a large grid the size you want, and copy each square by hand.

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    LynBlair your avatar! It's great. :D :D
    ditto, I do believe I recognize that face---Nancy???

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    I would take it to a copier machine; I prefer Kinkos. They can help you.

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    Anytime I have a pattern that needs inlarged I take it to the local mom and pop shop copy place, she can do HUGE pieces and only charges me about 50 or 75 CENTS to do a copy that is...well to say the least HUGE!
    and the great thing is there is never a wait to get something done. I don't have to wait in a line to get it copied, or a line to check out. Checky out if there is a local shop!

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    I have access to a copy machine and my printer is an all-in-one. I would try enlarging 125% then 125% then 125% and see what happens. I just enlarged for appliqué and I did my enlarging at 140% until I got the right size. I used that number because my copier had that programed in.

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