frequently asked questions
What Issue can I find a particular pattern or article in?
Check out the free One Thimble Index. You can download it here
How do I download One Thimble to my iPad or Android device?
There’s a few different apps you can use to open One Thimble on your iPad or Android device. The two I’ve had lots of good reports about are the free apps Perfect Reader for apple devices and Google Playbooks for android devices.
Make sure you have the app you want to open it in already installed on your device. When you click on the link to download One Thimble your device will give you an option as to what app you’d like to open it in. You then choose the app you want to use.
TROUBLESHOOTING: Sometimes the window where it is being downloaded will open behind the window where you’re looking so you might need to flip between windows to see where its being downloaded.
On some devices it will automatically download in your default “reader”. You can read it in iBooks but you won’t be able to view it as a “flipbook” using the iBooks app.
Some people find it easier to save One Thimble into dropbox on their computer and then open it from dropbox on their device.
If you exceed your downloads or have any difficulties getting it onto your chosen device please let me know and we can find a way to help it work for you.
What is a PDF? How do I open one?
PDF is a type of file format which allows electronic documents to be sent exactly as intended. So when you purchase a PDF from me you’ll receive a file that looks identical to the file I sent. To open a PDF file double click on it and your computer will decide what program to use to open it. If no program opens the file you will need to download a program which can open PDF files. There are many free programs available which you can download to open PDF files. Adobe Reader is one of the most popular. Glitches can sometimes occur if you don’t have the latest version of your PDF reader. Make sure you run the updates for your PDF reader.
What exactly am I purchasing?
When you purchase one of the SINGLE PATTERN PDF’S you will receive an email to your PayPal email address with a link to follow. You will be able to download the PDF via the link. In the PDF you will receive the sizing information, fabric requirements, pattern pieces (which you can print) and pattern piece assembly instructions and tutorial of how to sew the outfit. These PDF’s are written for the e-zine format and are briefer than lots of the PDF tutorials on the market. If you have any questions with the sewing please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask via the Facebook group
When you purchase a ONE THIMBLE E-ZINE you will receive an email to your PayPal email address a link to follow. You will be able to download the PDF via the link. The first pages of the PDF is the e-zine and the rest of the pages are the Pattern Pages Lift-out. In the pattern pages you will receive the sizing information, fabric requirements, pattern pieces (which you can print) and pattern piece assembly instructions. The tutorials for sewing the outfits are in the e-zine pages. These tutorials are written for the e-zine format and are briefer than many of the PDF tutorials on the market. If you have any questions please email me at email@example.com or ask via the Facebook group
How experienced at sewing do I need to be?
This depends a little on which pattern you are attempting. The applique templates are suitable for beginners. The other patterns range from confident beginner to intermediate level. If you have any questions please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org or ask via the Facebook group
What kind of printer do I need to print the pattern pieces?
The PDF pattern pieces can be printed on a regular home printer that takes A4 or letter sized paper. You will need to set your printer to print at the exact size (scaling set to none). Some of the patterns will require you to assemble the pattern pieces by sticking them together. The pattern pages have scaling check boxes so you can check that your printer is printing the pattern correctly.
Are all the pattern pieces included? Some of the outfits require rectangular pieces (e.g. skirt panels, sashes) in their construction. Measurements rather than pattern pieces to print out have been provided for the rectangles.
TROUBLESHOOTING:If you are having problems printing the pattern pieces first check that you have run the updates for your PDF reader and printer software. Try rebooting your computer and printer. Make sure that you’re opening the file without “previewing” it first – occasionally “previewing” before opening the file or printing from the preview window will corrupt the file. If you continue having problems please let me know and we can find a way to help it work for you.
Are the patterns in metric or imperial?
Measurements are given in both metric and imperial.
Which Payment Methods do you accept?
We accept PayPal.
Can I purchase a paper version of the e-zine or pattern and have it posted to me?
At present we do not offer paper versions. We very much hope to be able to in the future.
When will I receive my PDF?
An email with the link to download your purchase will be sent to your PayPal email address immediately after payment has been made. With some email services the email may go to your spam or advertising folders. If you can’t find this email please let me know and I will manually resend ASAP.
Can I sell items I make from these patterns?
These patterns come with a cottage license. What that means is that if you make items from home to sell at markets, online via Facebook, made it, etsy etc then you can definitely sell items made with these patterns. Where appropriate please credit the pattern with a statement like “Made with a One Thimble Pattern” or similar. You are not able to get someone else to sew items made from these patterns for you to sell. Please note the content of the e-zine and patterns ARE covered by copyright. They are for your own personal use only. Each person who wishes to use the patterns must purchase their own copy. If you are unclear on this please ask.
I have a problem with the e-zine/PDF stand alone patterns.
Send me an email and I will do my best to solve your problem at email@example.com
How do I get my PDF pattern/article into One Thimble?
Further details are provided under the “Contribute”tab.
How do I advertise in One Thimble?
Further details are provided under the “Advertise”tab.
How do I share my picture / story of items I’ve made with One Thimble Patterns?
You can share on the One Thimble Facebook page, in the One Thimble Facebook group or send your picture/story to me for inclusion in our free mini mag firstname.lastname@example.org