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PatternReview.com is used by 368,421 sewers to collaborate, share and discuss the projects they have been working on, or are planning to work on. The site catalogs sewers experiences and opinions in a structured way so that it is easy to locate information when you are working on a new project! The value of this site keeps increasing as more and more sewers start using it. As of today there are more than 131,586 reviews.

Most of the features on PatternReview.com are available to all registered members including to those who have signed up for the Basic (free) membership. However as you can imagine a site like PatternReview.com takes a lot of time to manage, support and operate. To that end there are some advanced features which are only available to a special group of members, called "Friends of PR" members. Signup for a PatternReview.com membership or Upgrade your membership to a Friends of PR membership today!

PatternReview.com has the following features:
ReviewsOnline Sewing ClassesSewing Tips & Tricks
Profiles Message Boards Real Time Chat Room
Expert ForumSewing ContestsSpecials
Event Calendar Wish List Pattern Catalogs
Sewing Classifieds Celebrity Chats Deal Corner
Newsletter with articles Discounts with sewing retailers Website and Photo Album
My Page Favorites List Review Requests

Reviews - One of the largest parts of PatternReview.com are the reviews for Patterns, Notions, Sewing Stores, Sewing Websites, Sewing Machines, Sergers, Sewing books, Magazines, Videos and Sewing Expos & Classes. Currently there are more than 131,586 reviews. Many reviews also include photographs to show what completed projects look like. Reviews contain links to the manufacturer/designers website so that product details can be seen. Members discuss their own and the reviewers experiences by adding comments for each review as well as providing feedback on the quality of the review. Currently there are more than 872,934 comments across all the reviews. Reviews can be accessed for free; however a login is required to access "archived" reviews which were written more than 6 months ago.
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Review Requests - If PatternReview.com members are interested in buying a pattern but are not sure about the difficulty or the quality of the pattern they are able to ask other members who may have used that pattern to write a review by creating a review request. Currently there are almost 600 review requests on PatternReview.com. New review requests generally get answered within days.
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Sewing Tips & Tricks - As sewers develop sewing projects there are various patterns in sewing techniques which keep recurring. The Tips and Tricks section of PatternReview.com catalogs these common techniques and allows sewers to quickly access this information. Additionally many pattern reviews also specify the Tips & Techniques which were used by the sewer to implement a project.
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Profiles - Members have the ability to create a public profile in which they can choose to make certain information public to other logged-in members of PatternReview.com. This information can include a picture, their state and country, their sewing machine/ serger models, their level of sewing experience, a list of common alterations as well as a brief bio. All reviews are linked to the reviewers profile (if it is public) thus helping readers get a better understanding of their own abilities to develop projects from patterns.
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Message Boards - PatternReview.com features a vibrant message board section which currently has more than 5,131 discussions. Examples of discussions range from "Help for PR newbies" to more advanced topics like "Pattern Drafting and Modification".
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Real Time Chat Room - The chat room is open 24 hours a day allowing users to get informally get together and chat in real time in various "rooms". The chat room is able to handle up to 200 simultaneous users and is very fast. Participants can send private messages to each other as well as customize their icons and screen preferences.
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Expert Forum - Is a part of the PatternReview Message Boards. In this forum, PR members (Gigi Louis, Georgene, Dale Chun, Saashka, Little Shell and many others) share their knowledge with other members and help answer any questions they might have. Some of the categories in this forums are moderated by the members leading the forum.
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Sewing Contests - Large stashes are a sewers bane! To encourage sewers to use their stashes PatternReview.com holds regular stash contests. These contests generally have themes - for instance currently there are two contests running - Sewing for Charity and the Romantic Outfit contest. Contestants who sew the most number of clothes receive an award. The awards are either provided by sponsors or are distributed based upon a small entry fee which is taken from all participants.
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Specials - On occasion various sewing retailers make specials deals available just for PatternReview.com members. For example, thesewinplace.com has offered the Sewing Workshop Bento top pattern on special for $17.00. Friends of PR members are entitled to a discount in addition to this.
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Event Calendar - The event calendar allows sewers to share information about sewing related events which are happening around the world. Examples of events which have been posted on the Event Calendar are sales at JoAnn's or sewing classes in New Hampshire.
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Wish List - Members can maintain a list of all the patterns, books, sewing machines, sergers, notions they would like to buy. This can be easily done by them while they are reading an interesting review. Their wish lists are also linked to the reviews so that they can read all the reviews before they finally make their purchase. Additionally if while reading an interesting store or web site review, members feel they want to check it out later, that can be added to their wish list as well.
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Pattern Catalogs - Members can maintain a list of all the patterns they currently own. This list can be easily printed in order to be taken to the store or can be used to access the linked reviews in order before initiating a project. Friends of PR members can have an unlimited number of patterns in their Pattern Catalogs whereas other members are limited to 20 patterns in their Pattern Catalogs.
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Sewing Classifieds - The classified section currently lists more than 300 items which are being sold or are wanted by members. Only Friends of PR members are able to post classifieds but all users can view and respond to them.
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Expert Chats - Friends of PR members are able to access celebrity chats in which they can ask sewing experts' questions in a real time moderated environment. Subsequently, Friends of PR members are also able to view and access the chat transcripts for the chats on PatternReview.com. Examples of chats and sewing experts who have visited the site include:

  • Sewing with Cotton/LYCRA with Christine Jonson
  • Pants fitting with Peggy Sagers
  • Pattern Enginerring with Judy Barlup

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    Deal Corner - Friends of PR members get access to a special section of PatternReview.com which lists great deals available both online and offline. Examples of current deals available on PatternReview.com include: Martelli Ergo Rotary Cutter for only $20, 5% discount coupons from The Sewing Place, Free shipping offer from Malden Mills etc.
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    Newsletter with articles - The PatternReview.com newsletter is sent to members who choose to receive it every two weeks. It features, a member submitted article as well as mentions any updates to the features on PatternReview.com. Additionally, the newsletter archives allow PatternReview.com users to easily search and see past newsletters.
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    Discounts with sewing retailers - Friends of PR members receive specials discounts with sewing retailers. For example they have access to a 5% discount with thesewingplace.com
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    Website and Photo Album - Friends of PR members receive a personal homepage where html and image files can be uploaded so that they can be viewed by anyone on the internet. Additionally any pictures they upload become a part of a photo album and can be easily viewed. Any photos they upload to their personal website can also be linked to any of the reviews they have written. If they link their photos, their photo albums show the links to their reviews as well.
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    My Page is a members only customized page in which they can see all the activity they have been involved in at one glance. This page has the following:
    1. List of their Favorite members and settings
    2. Wish List and Pattern Catalog
    3. Recent Reviews, Requests and Classifieds posted by the member.
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    Favorite Member List: Members can add other PR members in their favorites list when they read a review by them. They can also get e-mail notifications when their favorite members write a new pattern review.
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    Online Sewing Classes: Sewers can learn new sewing techniques from experienced instructors. Friends of PR also get 10% off on all Sewing Classes. Sewing Classes are taught via detailed instructions which contain exquisite photographs, as well as a live chat and discussion board area for discussions with the instructors and the other class participants.
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