I like to think that I’m a fairly organized person. I love to make lists and check things off, and I almost always know where in the house a given item can be found. I only keep a calendar for my husband’s sake… I never check it, and I always remember where and when I have to be somewhere. But since taking up sewing, one task has completely overcome me… organizing the pattern collection.
I started keeping a list of my patterns in Microsoft Excel, hyperlinking each one to a photo and entering all the info needed. After I entered each pattern it went in a box with all the others. I’ve recently organized my patterns into boxes by company, with one box containing the patterns that I currently have fabric for, and that’s working nicely for me (as well as insuring that I get my patterns cut out early!)
But Excel… was just not working for me. It decided that it would only open the hyperlinks if it was in the same directory as the photos, and then I had to format my harddrive and lost my copy of Excel anyway. I downloaded Open Office, but it wasn’t any better (not worse either, just not what I wanted.) I thought about using flickr, but it didn’t have the features that I wanted, and besides I am loath to pay for another photo service when I already pay to host the photos for my blog!
I read on a few blogs about a service called Evernote, and decided to check it out. As it turns out, it’s exactly what I wanted!
You create notes for each pattern – it even has a plugin for Chrome that allows you to clip the info straight from the BMV website for current patterns, saving a lot of work. The patterns are grouped into notebooks – I plan to make one for my fabric stash as well.
It has text recognition, and each note can be tagged and searched.
It also works with many smartphones, including my phone the PALM Pre. It’s free up to a certain amount of data transferred, and $5 a month otherwise. I’m really hoping this will be the ultimate solution to my problem! Check it out if, like me, you are drowning under a sea of unsorted patterns.
(not affiliated etc, just a happy customer!)