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Posted on: 4/20/11 10:42 PM
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Back in 2007 I posted a tip here ( about building a pattern catalog for your PDA. I've since updated my system and thought others might benefit.

First, though, the BEST thing about having your pattern catalog accessible on your phone is to create a "Pattern Wish List".

- As soon as the new patterns come out, I add the ones I want to buy to a "Pattern Wish List" folder.
- Once I buy it, the images/files get moved to the (owned) Pattern Catalog. Since I already downloaded the images/data, it's a quick edit. And doing the downloads when I am "shopping" the new pattern releases makes it more fun, less like an administrative chore.
- THEN, I am ready to take advantage of those $0.99 pattern sales, even when I am not expecting them. You don't have to wait at a crowded store to get your hands on the printed pattern catalog, you can just dive into the drawers and grab your patterns. You're in and out in a flash. AND you know you're not accidentally buying a dup.

And this is how my system has changed:

- Obviously I've since moved everything to a smart phone!
- Several years ago I migrated the pattern catalog to a service called Evernote ( I'm sure there are other similar services. This allows me to store the pattern catalog in my Evernote account (in "the cloud") with a copy on my computer, but all the data is immediately accessible on my phone, and I don't have to dedicate a bunch of space on my data card to pattern photos. Also, Evernote allows you to add images and data directly from the original web site, with just a click of a button, so you don't have to download to your hardrive and then uplaod someplace else, or manually transfer data to your phone. (I'm a fan, but not affiliated with the company in any way.)
- In Evernote, I have notebooks for "Patterns Owned", "Pattern Specs", and "Pattern Wish List". Then I tag them as skirt, pants, dresses, etc. I separate specs from pattern images as it makes for more pleasant browsing.
- You could of course still do this with photo folders on your phone.

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Mrs4Him said... (4/23/11 3:16 PM) Reply
Good idea. Just a reminder for everyone to check out a company's privacy policy before you sign up with it :-)
SandiMacD said... (4/23/11 8:40 AM) Reply
I love software reviews to get ideas on how to organize. Thanks so much! Hope PR will add reviews on software one day. As you have shown it is not just for embroidery but is needed for all aspects of sewing.
Merry G said... (4/21/11 7:49 PM) Reply
Tks great idea
rtrittel said... (4/21/11 1:51 PM) Reply
This is great! Thanks for sharing - I will be using this format in the future. No more lugging around a notebook with all the info - hooray!
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