When I tweet, "Gluing together a PDF pattern," there are always a few people who want to know why the heck I'm gluing instead of taping. Well, gluing seems easier to me and holds up a lot better over time since I keep the hard copy of the pattern intact. It also makes PDF pattern assembly like first grade cut and paste....ahhh those were the days. So here's a little step by step of how I put together PDF patterns for parties that are interested. I'll be using Burda 135 during my little tutorial.
These are the supplies I get together for PDF assembly. Self healing cutting mat, razor blade, clear ruler, and Aleene's Tacky Glue.
Step 1. Check to see the pattern to see how many tiles across it's been formatted for. I'm gonna work with one row at a time during the assembly process so I like to know how many pages to pull out at a time. This Burda pattern is 6 tiles across.
Step 2. Take all 6 tiles of the first row out of the stack. The first page leave as is, the rest of the pages cut off the left hand margin with the clear ruler and razor blade. (You can and probably will cut up your plastic ruler doing this so use a crappy one. )
Step 3. Take the first page and run a line of glue down it's right margin and place the second page so that that pattern seam lines line up. (Always choose pattern seam lines over any other markers) Continue putting gluing the rest of the tiles in this manner until all 6 tiles are joined.
Step 5. Put glue on either the top or bottom margin (depending on which way the pattern is growing) of the first tile of row 1 and place the first tile of row 2 on it.
Step 6. Continue cutting off margins and gluing as in the last step until the entire PDF is completed.
Step 7. Let the glue set up for 5 minutes or so. Aleene's doesn't take long to dry, just check your pattern if you're using a different kind of glue. Once the glue is dry you can trace or cut out your patterns.
I am a hardcore tracer so once the pattern is copied onto trace paper I roll up the PDF wrapping paper style and put a rubber band on it. While I'm working on fitting the garment the PDF roll will hang around my sewing area in case I need to trace another size for see if any marks were not copied. Once the fit is finalized the PDF roll gets stored in a closet upstairs until I need it again or it gets smashed to bits.