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Date: 9/28/13 5:43 PM

Hi, this is a little out of the norm so I wasn't sure where in the forum to post this, but I figured I'd put it here. If it needs to be moved please let me know!

Well, hi everyone, I'm Emily: sewer by night, computer science undergrad by day. iPhone applications has always been something I've been interested in and I've been kicking around an idea for a while now that could possibly combine my two hobbies into something useful for all of us. (:

A problem that I'm sure a lot of people who have been sewing for a while run into is the difficulty of organization. After a few years the patterns and fabrics and notions seem to amass exponentially, and it can be hard to keep track of what exactly is in your stash.

So, the app will primarily be divided into three sections: fabric, patterns, and notions. For each there will be sub divisions--fabric, for example, will have sections based on type (cotton, silk, etc), patterns will be divided into type (pants, dresses, quilts..) and notions into all the many many different types of notions as well, buttons and zippers and what have you. You will also be able to create your own subdivisions if you'd like to organize your patterns by era, for example, or your fabrics by weight/design.

For every item you have in your stash, you can log it into the appropriate section by taking a picture of it, and inputing extra information depending on which section. For patterns, for example, extra information might include size, yardage, notions required, etc. You can also add tags to every item you log, maybe with possible ideas--'shorts,' for example, for some bottomweight fabric.

Then, this is my favorite part: once you've built up a database of your stash, you can create "idea boards" by pulling items from different sections. For example, you may have boards like "Halloween Costumes" or "Corduroy Jacket" or "Vogue 5432"--and you will be able to search through your sections and tags to compile a "board" of possible patterns and fabrics and notions for that particular project. When you pull up a pattern, the app will automatically search through your fabric stash and only show you fabrics that you have enough yardage for, similarly with notions.

Once you have an idea complete in your head, it's only a matter of finding all the components--no more afternoons rummaging through binders of patterns or piles and piles of fabrics searching for the right ones. (:

So that's pretty much it! It's currently pretty much just an idea, but I'm planning on starting on it soon, so I'd LOVE if all you wonderful sewers out there could give me some feedback--things you like or don't, things you might like to see added, whether or not you'd even use something like this--all that would be wonderful. Thanks everyone!

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Date: 9/28/13 8:14 PM

Sort of like SewingKit , but without the funky interface, and the bugs?

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Date: 9/28/13 8:18 PM

I use Sewing Kit HD on my iphone. I've got 472 patterns logged in currently. The thing I like most about logging in all those patterns initially is that the app automatically grabbed all my purchases made on BMV, and as soon as I make a purchase now the patterns are immediately added. That saves/saved a ton of time. The scanner is also great...you can scan the UPC on the pattern envelope and it brings up the pattern and adds it to the stash.
This app has already paid for itself many times over because I now have all the yardage info at hand and can buy only the amount of fabric needed.
So that's what I like about my current app. Good luck with your project. I hope you get a lot of helpful info.

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Date: 9/28/13 10:05 PM

I would do some research on the other apps out there and see what you can do that's different or better.

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Date: 9/29/13 11:32 PM

I would love to see an app that linked with pattern review so you could get a full view of the patterns you do have in your pattern catalog. I would also like to be able to look up the reviews on a pattern while at the store. I do realize that you can do this if you log into pattern review, but the size makes it difficult to see.

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Date: 10/30/13 10:52 AM

I have just Sewing Kit not the HD version and it is so buggy that I can't use it, the app keeps crashing and dumping the patterns entered. It's pissed me off so much that I've given up on it. I've emailed the developers to report the bugs, but nothing has been done to fix. I saw the HD version but 8.99 isn't something that I want to pay, if it's going to be as unstable as the version I have.

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Date: 10/30/13 11:05 AM

I have Sewing Kit not the HD and have been using it successfully for years. My iPod doesn't have a camera (it's old I guess) so I have had to input over 700 patterns - over some period of time. It works fine for me. :)

ETA: I updated Sewing Kit in December and it hasn't opened since. To say I a disappointed is an understatement. Happily I have kept a spreadsheet of all my patterns. It's better than nothing.
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Date: 1/11/14 3:02 AM

I'd love to see something better on the market! I use sewing kit had, but it has so many bugs that I've given up. I'd love to see something with the functionality that app promises that isn't just limited to the major name patterns, ability to put each pattern into multiple categories and with a slick interface - the few apps out there thing that we are all living on the prairie (not that there is anything wrong with that...), I'd like some design! Good luck!

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Date: 1/11/14 4:06 AM

I use the now discontinued bento database app. :(

I don't think it could get much better.

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Date: 1/11/14 10:46 AM

I agree! I was so sad when Bento was discontinued. I have close to 2000 patterns on it and it so easily synced between my iphone/iPad and desktop Mac. Don't know what I will do when I need a new computer- right now I export it to Excel for safe keeping.

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