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Message Board > Miscellaneous > iPhone Application for Sewing/Fabric Stash? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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iPhone Application for Sewing/Fabric Stash?
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Date: 5/23/09 1:24 PM

Wouldn't this be an awesome way to keep tabs on a stash and pattern yardage required while you're shopping?
I was browsing the iPhones app store and I saw something like this for yarn but I can't find it for fabric.

Does anyone use a similar application?

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Date: 5/23/09 4:36 PM

I don't use an iPhone app, but I do keep sets of my fabric and patterns in my Flickr account so that I can look them up with my iPhone. I list yardage for fabric, and started putting the yardage requirements the patterns but have a long way to go before that is done. But it keeps me from re-buying patterns I already have, and helps when I'm wondering how much yardage I have of a particular stashed fabric. I'm sure an actual application could improve on this, though! I downloaded the iPhone developer's kit a while back before I realized I'd have to upgrade my geriatric Mac's operating system before I could use it, which I am loathe to do when my computer's performance is already sluggish. But I'd be interested in generating a features wishlist for such an application ... maybe I or someone else here will get around to it some day!

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Date: 5/31/09 3:42 PM

i'd love this on my ipod touch. especially if i could 'favorite' it for offline availability. my favorite thing would be to have my pattern wishlist on me at all times.

i tried that a few years back with my pda, but it didn't remain accessible, because my pda's browser refused to cache the page.

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Date: 12/2/10 8:58 PM

Late into the mix, but the SewingKit App lets you have wishlists for patterns and fabric, and organise your stash. It has a projects tab, and a people tab, so you can record measurements.
How did I live so long without it!

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Date: 12/3/10 1:39 AM

I have just recently come across Bento 3 for Mac here. For those with iPhones/ iPad, they also sell individual apps for USD 4.99 or so, which can be downloaded, so all your gadgets are in sync, when you are out and about.

For those with PCs, it is a similar application I think, here though I might be wrong, since I am a Mac girl.

There was also a most recent thread on this topic here

And one of the PR members, posted about Bento on her blog here and here.

HTH.

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Date: 12/3/10 5:27 AM

I've got 3 sewing-related apps:

1. Pattern Pal - this is the one I use all the time - you can store the details of pattern, like the amount of fabric they require, the type, the notions, and store photos. As it'd take me years to enter in my entire pattern stash, I use it to store the ones I'd like to sew next, so I have a list of how much fabric to buy when I'm at the store.

2. Fabric Stash - this is from the same developers as Pattern Pal, and I bought this ages ago, used it a little, but at the time it was very focused on quilting, so I never did much with it. I've heard it's much better now, but I've not had the chance to enter stuff in when my existing Picasaweb fabric stash gallery works for me.

3. Fabric U - this is an encyclopedia of loads of different fabric types, with descriptions of their qualities, uses, and tons of big photos. It's fun to browse through and I think it'd be super helpful for beginning sewers or ESL sewers, but I don't use it all that often.

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Date: 12/3/10 7:25 AM

Ooooooooooh, Sewing Kit Lite app is free!

Is there a big difference between the free version and the full version?

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Date: 12/3/10 2:12 PM

I also have the Sewing Kit App. To be honest I haven't used it much. I wish it had a metric conversion tool within individual fabric entries. You can switch between yards and meters (if you leave the fabric edit mode and go to 'More'), but what it does is it replaces the unit only. 4 yards of silk organza have become 4 meters.

I would also like to have a selectable list of care labels I can choose from, with ability to add to it.

I also wish they had an option where you could sort materials by their different features (yardage, material, etc), because once you entered more than twenty, you need to search in your list, which is arranged alphabetically by the name you have given to your fabric. This was by far the most annoying problem with the app.

Finally and not so important, entries like stretch percentage are useless for me, as I have no idea where do I get this info from: I can only say stretch or no.

All in all, I think it is better than nothing but it needs improvement in several areas. I must add that I tried to be as accurate as possible in my review and if anything I said is wrong, please feel free to correct it.

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Date: 12/11/10 1:27 AM

I have used both Pattern Pal & Sewing Kit. While both are good I don't really use either. I still prefer a basic list app called Paperless. I use this for everything, not just my sewing. It's my shopping list, Christmas present list, etc. I find it much more useful, probably because I can add the information I want, not what someone else thinks I want.

The main info I want when at a fabric store is how much fabric I need to buy for a particular pattern. I want to know how much I need for a short sleeve version if the fabric is 150cm wide or how much I need for the same pattern in a long sleeve version if the fabric is only 135cm wide, etc. I also want to know what notions I need. I don't want to know where I purchased the pattern, for how much or what body type it suits. :roll eyes:

With Paperless I created a list called Fabric Lengths. Under this I have my favourite patterns and also garments listed, eg. long pants. Under each item I have the various fabric lengths I need for various combinations, plus the notions.

I have another list called Measurements where I have various people's m'ments. Yet another list for Sewing Projects I'm currently collecting bits and pieces for. The information is really easy to retrieve and look up. Much easier than using any of the dedicated Sewing Apps.

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Date: 12/11/10 1:36 PM

I use Bento as well! I haven't gotten much past the making a template phase, but it's there when I finally have free time. HA HA HA!

I really set it up to use with my Burda mags - I put a photo/scan of all the patterns in a mag so I don't have to dig through my (small, but getting larger) mags when I want to find a pattern.

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