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CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER OUTLINE FOR PLOTTING A BASIC BLOCK
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I. Load the basic drawing page SEW1.

II. Load the CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER special macro commands by SELECTing LOAD SEW from the MAIN SEW MENU.

III. SELECT PATTERNS from the MAIN SEW MENU.

IV. SELECT the pattern you want from the PATTERN MENU. (If you choose 1SEXBOD, PANTS or SKIRT, you will go to those sub-menus. To engage the pattern command you will need to SELECT FRONT or BACK.

V. A "slide" of the Proto-type of the pattern you have selected will appear on the screen. In the command prompt area the computer will be asking for measurements. TYPE in the measurements and ENTER (or simply ENTER to use the default measurement that appears in brackets).
The computer will accept measurements in decimal or fraction (example: .135 or 2-3/4). It is O.K. to mix the two methods up, using whatever is faster, within a set of measurements for a pattern.
The command prompt tells you when ease will be added to a measurement by saying (e=.75 or such). If you want less ease. subtract the appropriate amount from the measurement you ENTER.
You cannot go back and change a measurement after you have ENTERed. You will have to ^C to CANCEL the command and then start over. Sorry, Jim decided this was something he couldn't make it do.

VI. When you have ENTERed the last measurement, the computer will say:
Placement of lower left corner:
SELECT the point on the screen where ever you want the lower left hand corner of the pattern to be by placing the cross-hairs and clicking the SELECT button. (The sleeve placement is from the center cross-point of the center and the bottom of the arm hole.)
You will see the computer draw the pattern on the screen, complete with blue drafting lines and yellow dimension lines. (AutoCAD® gives dimensions in feet and inches so you will see 15" written as 1'-3".)

VII.
Label the pattern pieces appropriately using DTEXT on the SEW MAIN MENU. It is recommended that you first choose the SIMPLEX font under TEXT under the OPTIONS MENU.

VIII. If you choose to use the basic block as a pattern, use OFFSET under the EDIT menu to draw the seam allowances. (If you want uneven seam allowance, draw extension lines, using the SNAPTO sub-functions, from the narrower width to the wider width. Use those lines as TRIM lines and use TRIM under the EDIT menu to TRIM away the unwanted seam allowance.)

IX. If you want matching or marking indications, you will find those under one of the SYMBOLS sub-menus. These are a "drawing blocks" to be that are "inserted" into your drawing. Some allow you to drag them to a larger size and some allow you to rotate them into place. If you click ENTER at the ANGLE option, the STRAIGHT GRAIN and the FOLD LINE will come out placed correctly as the pattern is drawn on the screen. If you want bias, TYPE 45 (°) and ENTER.


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