I thought I would save myself some time by downloading a Kwik Sew pattern, rather than waiting to pick one up when I go out to purchase fabric. I could download it and read it while my toddler naps (a miracle) and arrive at the Joann’s knowing exactly what I need.
Not so much. The monetary savings of downloading was small: $1.00. And although I’ve downloaded numerous other patterns, this one isn’t actually a download. It’s more of a temporary printing permit. In order to download, I had to follow a link to a secondary site, printsew.com, which did not arrive immediately. It was then suggested that I use Firefox or Internet Explorer, and not to use Google Chrome. (I typically use Opera.)
Fine, I launch Firefox, and… must install their plugin to get my pattern. This takes several more minutes. Finally, I enter the site, where I can allegedly change my password; but when I press reset – since there is no other option that looks like it will change my account – I get a message saying that I have used up one of my three resets. wtf?
I am allowed to print the download that I’ve purchased only on one computer and no more than three times. I’m not allowed to download it at all. I can’t just reprint one page if I screw it up when I’m trying to assemble and cut my pattern.
While printing the first of four sections of the pattern, my toddler wakes up. I then have a toddler who wants to touch my keyboard and eat the pattern on my lap while the aroma of hot paper and toner wafts through the house. When I go to section two, the print icon disappears. It only took a moment to get it back. But by then I had a toddler trying to take all of the pages out of the paper bin.
Approximately 70 pages and 45 minutes later, I have my pattern which includes no size chart. And since I’ve never used a Kwik Sew pattern for myself, an adult, I don’t know which of the sizes I need, and need to print yet another page with a size chart in order to extrapolate the necessary fabric yardage.
Needless to say, this was no kind of a bargain. In the future I will just spend the extra dollar and pick one up from the Joann’s unless for some reason they’ve run out.
And I now I still need to assemble the pattern before I can cut it out. Ugh.