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Posted on: 8/5/04 1:54 AM
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This isn't really a sewing tip, but a patternreview tip.

I've edited works differently for Mac vs. PC

When one of the big 4 pattern companies and Kwik Sew discontinues a pattern and they no longer show it on their website, the picture of the pattern may not be gone. Go to any current pattern on the website and right click (or ctrl click for you Mac users) on the picture. On a PC, select "Properties" and then highlight and select the URL address that's listed in the window that will open and paste it into another window. On a Mac, select "open view in new window." The URL listed will probably contain the number of the pattern. Change the number to the number of the pattern you're looking for and hit Enter and hopefully you'll see a picture of the discontinued pattern you're after.

You can copy the URL (address) and use it in your patternreview reviews or pattern catalog.

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GNBx3 said... (9/4/04 9:49 AM) Reply
Thanks, Barbars
stripey said... (8/11/04 6:41 PM) Reply
oh, I've never tried searching for them on the site. Good to know! The next best thing I've found for finding out about old issues is the Blank Stoffe website. It's a fabric shop that works in conjunction with Burda, and that sells fabric sets based on Burda patterns Check this out : Their collection of Burda pictures goes back to 2001! Unfortunately, it's not a complete listing of each issue, but it is a start ... :)
LoriB said... (8/6/04 10:46 AM) Reply
stripey - I have found that if you search on the month and year, you can find Burda issues back to 02/2004. But, yes, they just changed their website database and we can no longer get to issues from last year or earlier.
stripey said... (8/6/04 10:04 AM) Reply
awesome tip Lori! :) Something similar to this used to work on the Burda website too, for viewing specific sections of old issues of Burda magazine. The process was like this : (1) go to the write-up of the current issue (2) click on the section that you want to see in the older issue -- for example, "Aktuell" -- (3) look at the URL for the current issue's Aktuell section and determine which number in there is the same as the magazine's date. (4) change that number to the date of the older issue that you want to view (5) press your "enter" key. That process used to take you to almost a year's worth of older pictures, technical drawings and descriptions! Buuuuuut ... lately, unfortunately, Burda has taken to addressing their URLs in a way that doesn't allow for this type of tampering. So it's no longer very easy to guess which numbers represent the issue dates. It's nearly impossible to crack their code now. *sigh* But if they ever change their system back, I'll be sure let y'all know. :)
SandraB said... (8/5/04 10:30 PM) Reply
Thanks for this great idea.
Josephine said... (8/5/04 6:31 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for this cool tip-- I just found & printed out the tech drawing for Simplicity 5557 (which is in their latest book but for some reason wouldn't come up on their site) by following your instructions. Neat stuff! Thanks again :-)
Deepika said... (8/5/04 5:43 PM) Reply
good tip
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