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Subject: How do Sew-Alongs get started? Date: 4/30/14 8:00 PM

CarolynGM and Deepika,

I so enjoy PR and have learned so much here. Another PR member has created a great looking bag for carrying sewing supplies to classes, etc. The pattern is available on Craftsy (the Bionic Gear Bag.). I understand the policy of not allowing selling in the threads, actually I also appreciate it.

The designer is doing a sew-along with a website. I know she has been an active member of PR and many enjoy her posts and ideas she freely shares.

Since she will profit from the sale of her patterns, I understand she cannot link her sew-along directly to PR. My question is can another member start a sew-along and link it to the website? My reason for asking is that it is a really great-looking and practical bag that many people may like to make. Newbies, to sewing or bag-making, would benefit from the sew-along and tutorials.

If you haven't checked out this bag yet, please do. Thank you for all you do with PR and I look forward to your response.

Judy Maddux (aka itsallgood)
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p.s. I am starting to seriously dislike stupid "smart" devices that change what I wrote!
-- Edited on 4/30/14 8:03 PM --

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Date: 4/30/14 8:10 PM

Members can put their websites in their signature with their website. I bet the sew along will be easily found if you go to her site. :)

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Date: 4/30/14 9:30 PM

Thank you, Lelliebunny. I understand that point. I guess I'm just excited about something and want to share. We share so much on Pattern Review, about patterns, tips and techniques, etc. it seems like I'm seeing more young/new sewers reaching out for tips, etc. This project comes with well-illustrated instructions and video tutorials are in the works. It just all seems right in line with sharing and learning on PR.

If you haven't seen this bag, there is a video introducing it at www.bionicgearbag.com. And a video, "Bionic Gear Bag Demo" on you tube.

I am in no way affiliated with this bag, pattern, or designer. I just think it's great and would love to share it with others. I want it for taking to sewing events. It would also be a great gift idea for art supplies, computer "stuff", teachers, and so on.

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Date: 5/1/14 9:02 AM

I would think that positive reviews would generate enthusiasm, and/or the link as Lelliebunny noted. That seems to be how other patterns garner a following and sharing. And of course someone might ask a question about a technique/process with the pattern in a thread here as well - just like they do with other patterns. I really appreciate the way this site is run and the choices we have here.

Also FWIW I bought the pattern--

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Date: 5/1/14 9:50 AM

I share your excitement. Sally has designed a great bag. Several of us will be on the sew along on her blog. There are many sew alongs sponsored on blogs. Sometimes someone mentions it on PR but we do the sew along at that blog.

See you there!

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Date: 5/1/14 12:01 PM

Thank you all for your responses. While I have been an avid "lurker" for months on PR, I have been hesitant to speak up until recently. I think Pattern Review is a wonderful resource and meeting place for sewists everywhere and am grateful to be here!

I have been inspired by everyone's creativity and joy in sewing. 'Have a long list of things I want to do thanks to what I've seen on PR, but the Bionic Gear Bag is the one that made me jump up and and yell, so to speak. You know how it is when you find something you think is just so cool you just want to tell everyone to look at this!
Well, that was my reaction.

I recognize all your names and enjoy all your posts. And Janyce, my sweet 430 sends her regards. We have fun!

I have been inspired and encouraged in so many ways through PR. As a former "go get 'me, jump in feet first, see a need-just do it, independent thinking, strong woman," I have been like a little lost child since losing my husband three and a half years ago. He was not only the love of my life, he was truly my anchor. Life continues and mine has gotten progressively more complicated since then but I had an epiphany a while back - I was so overwhelmed with caring for others I had lost any sense of Me. So I am trying to be me again, at least a little bit every day. The joy of creativity and sewing are like a balm to my soul and I have to fight to get my dose every day. You all, through PR, are my support and inspiration to do that. Thank you. I've always told people I have "Help, I'm talking and I can't shut up! Disease" and to feel free to tell me to hush when necessary. So if I get too feisty as I regain enthusiasm for life through my therapy group known as Pattern Review, anyone is free to set me straight. Oh yeah, I didn't mention I also can be a little bit of a rabble-rouser. I didn't know that until I moved to this beautiful, oh so conservative place I've lived for the last 25+ years.

Thank you again for your input. I know this veered a little off subject but I do feel amongst "friends" here and while I wanted to explain my enthusiasm for this project, I think I've just needed to express how much Pattern Review and this community has meant to me. . .

Deepika and those who work with her to provide this opportunity have done a great job and have my utmost respect!

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Date: 5/1/14 7:36 PM

I Judy,
Your post made me think about why I come to PR vs other external web and blog sites.

I think I understand your reasoning behind wanting to do a sew along for a particular pattern sew-along hosted on a website different from PR. You are in love with the pattern and idea of making it and want to share your enthusiasm with others. That's Great! It is contagious.

Perhaps your friend could ask Deepika if she could teach a PR class for this particular bag. Then folks would pay PR for the class and the pattern would be part of the class materials- at an additional charge.

Another option is to for you to start a sew along for a Gear Bag and continue to comment on the pattern that you are using and how it is progressing. Others may join in sewing gear bags from various patterns and some may be attracted to the pattern you are using and purchase it to sew along with you.

One thing I like about PR is that I do not have to leave the site. I like staying on the PR site to communicate. I realize that other PR members follow blogs and other sewing sites and I have read their posts about those sites. But I really don't want to spend extra time visiting an external site to get all the information. I would rather read it here and get notified by PM here and participate in the discussions here- not somewhere else.

One area that I see external sites often linked is when folks review a pattern or class. They may only post a sentence or 2 and then link to their site forcing PR readers to go there for complete details. I tend to avoid doing that- it's a time waster and that turns me off. The last thing I need is to spend my day hopping from blog to blog following links in various open windows and tabs.

PR is like a HUB in many ways- folks that do enjoy going to other sites to see a photo essay or read a pattern review or participate in a sew-along can certainly find the information here and then follow it - or not. It's their choice. But if the PR Sew Along required the participants to leave PR to get the sew along experience then that defeats the purpose of having a PR Sew Along.

Anyway, I would love to see a Gear Bag Sew Along. I have been thinking of sewing up a back pack or bag to hold my grandson's gear and I have not settled on a pattern yet. Who knows- I may buy the one you are sewing up or I may buy another.

In any case, I do hope if you decide to start a sew along for a gear bag on PR and that you will be posting about your bag's progress on PR and not just putting in links to read about it on another person's blog.

Just my thoughts- for what they are worth.

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Date: 5/2/14 1:38 AM

Thanks SandiMacDi. Your posts are always interesting and helpful. I'll figure all this out eventually! For all my carrying on about this bag, I didn't even start it today! (Head hanging in shame.). I told someone I had everything ready to go but when I went to find the happy Mary Englebreit fat quarters I've had for at least 15 years, they are MIA. Going to make one last all-out effort and then it's on to Plan B..... I swear, I think there's a wee little poltergeist camped in my sewing room sometimes!

Once I get going I hope to hit that magic spot where uploading pics isn't too challenging. I suggested looking at the website only so people could see what I was talking about.

Well, off to hunt for Mary and start backing my words with actions. . .

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Date: 5/2/14 11:19 AM

Hi Judy! I wish you luck finding where those gremlins hid your fabric. We always blame our missing things on our cats. Last month, I searched over a period of days for my grosgrain ribbon samples. After 3 weeks I gave up. Yesterday I was going through my interfacing drawer and can you believe that's where my grosgrain was? Truly astonishing- it went right back into the ribbon bin!

As for pictures- it can be quite confusing. My camera has a setting that allows me to print as large as an 8x10. It also has an image resolution setting for web and email. My iTouch takes small pictures that are fuzzy and my iPad takes good size photos that are a bit less fuzzy.

So if I put my camera's photo into a PR post it becomes HUGE! And if I put my iPad photo in then often the details I want to show aren't clear enough.

So I have to take an extra step to change my camera photo size to something much smaller before I upload it to insert into a message.

After I upload it, then I need to make sure that the location (the URL name) ends in .jpg. The location for the photo can be on PR or another site but it must have public access to be visible in the PR Post. You would then select the Insert Photo (or Insert Image, I can't remember exactly) option when composing your post.

This is one way to link photos. There is a second way (and other variations, I'm sure!)

The second way is by using a link. That is useful when you want people reading your post to see what you are talking about but the photo you want them to see is located by a URL that does not end in .jpg. Generally, the photo is embedded into a web page. So in that case you will use the Insert Link (or is it Insert Website?) option instead of the Insert Image option. This option will not work for images that require a logged in account- the web page must be publicly viewable.

There is of course another way! After you log in to where the image is located, you can select the web image, save it to your computer, upload it to your photo site, insert that image into your post and then give credit to where you found the image. In most cases, you will need permission from the photo's creator to do that.

Good luck with everything! Sandi

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Date: 5/12/14 10:12 PM

Even if you click on insert image you need a web address?

I have tried and can't get it to upload without linking it to my hardrive. I don't see where you can upload to use on PR. Took a class and never could upload pic to it.

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