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Longarm

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Date: 3/13/10 11:36 AM

I have been wondering who should get credit for Pattern Review. I appreciate it so much. Who started it? Who is the director? Is there a board? Are there employees? Are there job openings from time to time? Whatever the answers are, I am just so grateful for the time you spend to make this all work, and that it is available as a link to others who sew. I do not have even one friend who sews, so all of my "virtual" friends who sew on PR are really valuable to me.

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Date: 3/13/10 11:53 AM

Deepika is the founder and I believe that she handles the site by herself with help of the volunteer moderators. They all do an awesome job .

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Date: 3/16/10 10:21 PM

If you look at the bottom of this page you see,
Copyright © 2010 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.

OSA Tech is a Corporation registered in Massachusetts, with Gagan
Prakash as the President of the Corporation.

Business documents can be referenced here You can scroll down the page to view all filings.
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Date: 3/17/10 1:02 AM

PS - Gagan is Deepika's husband.

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Date: 3/17/10 2:08 AM

It would be cool to keep this thread going though with comments/anecdotes from those that have been here from the beginning. What was it like? How has it changed? Did it used to not be popular with only a handful of you guys?

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Date: 3/17/10 5:18 AM

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It would be cool to keep this thread going though with comments/anecdotes from those that have been here from the beginning.
I have not been here since the beginning, but I remember my beginning with PR. Started as a non-paying lurker, but that did not work too well without being able to access full article content. What truly got me to become a member was that every time I searched for something sewing related online, PatternReview came up as a primary source. So that was when I decided to become a member. Very glad I did, it is getting better all the time, love the site, love the people, love the information/ideas available here.
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Date: 3/17/10 8:23 AM

I haven't been here since the beginning, but as CathySewing said, I remember that most of my web searches brought me here as the source. Since being a part of this site, I've learned about adjustments. That was huge for me, because it came at a time when my body was doing a radical redo In the few years I've been here, I've seen the good and the bad. Mostly good. I have also recommended this site to everyone I run into that has a love of sewing, or who is just beginning and is hitting brick walls. I pretty much live in the Fabric stores. Kinda feel like Norm on Cheers I enjoy this site. Other than my P/P books, this is my "go to" when I need a question answered.

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Date: 3/17/10 6:50 PM

I've been here since forever. I first met Deepika on a now defunct sewing message board called "Sewing World". She was a new sewer and was curious if it was her or the pattern (as a lot of us were and are). I was one of the many people who immediately jumped on the PR bandwagon and I'm glad I did. Thanks again Deepika!

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Date: 3/17/10 7:52 PM

For some reason, I thought PR was a nonprofit. Thanks for posting.

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Date: 3/17/10 8:21 PM

I joined when I was still in college and, since I didn't have a machine at the time, it was a way for me to virtually sew and think through the construction process and generally exercise those parts of my brain while I finished up my last semesters. It was a smaller place back then and there's been some definite changes but not bad (IMHO), just different. The old guard is different now and there's so many more conversations going on. I've really appreciated my time here - ya'll were there before I ever owned a machine to today.

Highlights -
- When I bought my serger another PRer had ordered hers from the same place around the same time and we posted near hourly notes as we tracked our machines as they wandered their way to us. Hers won. :)

- At one point my frustrations with my old (now retired) machine got the better of me and I posted my venting. A number of cooler heads suggested some very basic yet exactly right advice and I sewed on that machine for another five years before the motor gave out completely. And loved every minute - that was a fantastic machine.

- A few years ago a rather cute friend invited me to the symphony "as friends." I was in a nothing-to-wear panic and the community rallied, helping me pick out the perfect pattern and Deepika even overnighted it to me so I'd have time to make it up before the big day. Cute friend is now cute DH. :)

I also remember conversations about wedding disasters so funny I was in tears, consoling hugs after some of my rants, and lots of help when fabric or fit or fatigue became a problem. It's been a great 8 years. PR was the first forum I ever registered for and I'm incredibly thankful for it.

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