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    1.1. Turn the computer and the monitor on.

1.2.  Start up the C.P.M. program by double clicking the C.P.M. icon on your desktop.

2. The main C.P.M. drawing frame  window will open up and in the center of it you will see the Start Up pop-up menu.

3.  C.P.M. comes with basic drawing page templates  already set up for you to work on.  

3.1.  Sew1.dwt  is formatted for a page that is 36" wide and 48" long.  This is the maximum size of paper that will fit in a standard E size Plotter.  The Sew1 page is formatted so that the computer sees the lower left corner of the grided area as point 0,0 with the X axis moving horizontally to the right and the Y axis moving vertically along the  left side of the screen.  Your pattern lines will all need to fit inside the light blue margin lines on the drawing page in order for the plotter to be able to plot the entire drawing on one page.

3.2.  Sew1a.dwt  are formatted for a page that is 24" wide and 36" long. This is the maximum size of paper that will fit in a standard D size Plotter. It uses the same basic formatting rules as the Sew1.dwg.

3.3.  If you are working with a plotter of a smaller or larger size you may prefer to work on a drawing page format that represents the size of the paper your plotter works with. Use the Set Up Wizard accessed from the Start Up pop-up menu window that appears when you start up C.P.M.. (See Chapter V Creating a Basic Drawing Page Template).

3.4.  If you only have a standard
8 1/2" X 11" printer, you will need to plot sections ("TILE") of the pattern pieces and then tape them together.  In this case, you will probably find that SEW1 is as good a drawing page format as any to work on. The amount of labor and effort that it takes to do almost eliminates any time you may have saved drafting a pattern using C.P.M.. We recommend that your find a used plotter.
(See Appendix B for instructions on setting up a “tiling” grid.)

4. When the Template opens up on the screen, you should see  an area of white grid dots outlined by a black line. This is the edge of the drawing limits which are set by the PAGE SIZE command.  The outline in cyan blue shows the edge of the “plotter margins”. Anything drawn outside of the cyan lines will not “plot out”.  These lines are on “locked” layers and will not be affected by any of the editing commands that you use.  There is red text identifying the template and the page size. This text is also on a “locked” layer.  
    In the lower left corner you will see an X,Y coordinate indicator named the UCS icon.