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    Question Fabric inventory app or program?

    I am planning a thorough cleaning of my sewing room in the next month or so and thought it would be a great idea to actually inventory what's in my sewing room for homeowner insurance purposes. Does anyone know of any apps or software programs that will help keep track of all the fabric, tools and other stuff in my sewing room? I saw there was one listed for ipad and iphone but I have a Windows 8 phone. I'm not sure I really want to know how much money is in my quilting room but guess I should know in case something ever happened!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    I am planning a thorough cleaning of my sewing room in the next month or so and thought it would be a great idea to actually inventory what's in my sewing room for homeowner insurance purposes. Does anyone know of any apps or software programs that will help keep track of all the fabric, tools and other stuff in my sewing room? I saw there was one listed for ipad and iphone but I have a Windows 8 phone. I'm not sure I really want to know how much money is in my quilting room but guess I should know in case something ever happened!
    I have one but it is on my iphone 4 and I think it was 1.99 to download. It's called fabric stash and it does have
    a category for non fabric items.
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    I use evernote. I had no luck finding an android based app that I liked. Evernote should work through all platforms.

    eta: I only keep track of what I have and how much of it. I have NO DESIRE to know what I spend. none. I tag my entries with colors, patterns, etc.

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    You ladies are way beyond me!

    I thought about taking pictures of everything and then dealing with the issue of how much if needed later.
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    Pictures are highly recommended . Unless the insurance claims adjuster is a quilter or married to one, would they really believe some of us? Lol

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    I was told to take pictures -- if something happens they will replace what you can show them. Even canned goods. If you take a picture of a full pantry, that is what they will replace.

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    I would probably use excel or ms access depending on how much fabric you actually have. Probably excel if you want to access it on your phone while out shopping as the androids do have access to excel files. You can develop your spreadsheet in whatever style works for you and sort/filter as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    I was told to take pictures -- if something happens they will replace what you can show them. Even canned goods. If you take a picture of a full pantry, that is what they will replace.
    Nearly two years later, I am still waiting for my insurance to pay up. It's now in Federal court and I'll have to give a third to the lawyers. Isn't that grand?
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    I only keep track of what I have and how much of it. I have NO DESIRE to know what I spend. none. I tag my entries with colors, patterns, etc.

    I think it would be SO depressing to have a figure staring me in the face of how much of my hard earned money ends up in the fabric closet! Even though I no longer purchase fabric unless needed for a particular project, I don't seem to be making much of a dent. I guess I need to get going with more Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts!!!
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    I need a fabric app. I bought 3 bolts of different shades of white. Yep, put them NEXT to one bolt of white that I bought last year...and still un-opened! Dang! Now I have 2 "optic" whites. Sigh.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prissnboot View Post
    I only keep track of what I have and how much of it. I have NO DESIRE to know what I spend. none. I tag my entries with colors, patterns, etc.

    I think it would be SO depressing to have a figure staring me in the face of how much of my hard earned money ends up in the fabric closet! Even though I no longer purchase fabric unless needed for a particular project, I don't seem to be making much of a dent. I guess I need to get going with more Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts!!!
    Absolutely agree! Um, except for the "No longer purchase fabric...".
    Don't want to add in money spent on sewing machines, quilting frames, etc. either... too scary...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Nearly two years later, I am still waiting for my insurance to pay up. It's now in Federal court and I'll have to give a third to the lawyers. Isn't that grand?
    That just stinks!
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    I don't know of any app or program for the computer. Would be more interested in one for the computer than the phone as I think the inventory would probably overwhelm the phone. As for not wanting to know the cost, one needs to make a record of costs, for any insurance claim. They will want to know what you paid for it, when you bought it, etc., so the more records you can have the better as to the costs of everything so you can verify and prove your claim. When you get this all listed, make a copy of it and put it in a bank box or at a couple of your kids houses, so you have a copy off site in case of a fire. Now, have I done all this, no I haven't and I worked for an insurance company for 31 years. Kind of like the shoe cobbler whose family has no shoes, but having worked in the claims end of things, know the more records you have of what you have is better. Pictures are wonderful, but you also need prices of everything as well. Also, when you file a claim, keep a copy of any papers, lists, etc., you fill out so that if they come back and ask you the same question later, you can give the same answer. If you have different answers, they can question why.

    I know most of us would rather not know what we have spent, as it would probably shock us into a heart attack, but if you ever have to replace it or justify it to the insurance company you need all the information you can have believe me.

    Now, having said all this don't do as I do, do as I say ha ha! I keep thinking I will get this all done, but don't ever seem to get around to doing it. Maybe one of these days, but for all you highly organized people out there it is something to give some consideration to.

    Now, happy quilting to everyone.

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    In evernote the pictures aren't stored on the phone. They're stored on the evernote server. So as far as that goes, I guess the server could fail so you could keep backups on the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggersmom View Post
    You ladies are way beyond me!

    I thought about taking pictures of everything and then dealing with the issue of how much if needed later.
    This is what was recommended to me. I have a friend that does appraisals and she works with a lot of insurance companies on loss claims. She told me to have pictures of everything in order to prove you have it. If you just have lists, it can be hard to prove that you, in fact, did have the articles you are claiming you did. Date stamped pictures help a lot. About every other year before hurricane season, I go around the house and take lots and lots of pics and put them on a memory stick in the safe deposit box. I figure it's cheap and easy. You never know what might happen.
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    all good ideas...but to fine the time......
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    Quote Originally Posted by pamesue View Post
    all good ideas...but to fine the time......
    That's what I'm thinking! I just finished moving my room and re-folding my entire stash to wrap it on comic book boards. If I was going to do an inventory, that would have been the time to do it!! Now....oh well. I'll take some pictures but that's about it.

    Fortunately we don't live in a hurricane or tornado area or a flood zone. Fire is really all I need to worry about and I'm in suburbia, so not likely to be a wildfire. It'd be a kitchen fire or maybe a broken gas line from an earthquake that'd endanger us. (And sniffing for gas was one of the first things I did after that recent 'quake woke me up at 3AM! Fortunately all was well.)

    Now I need to go knock on wood, before CA gets its first ever hurricane. LOL

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    I seem to remember a tornado warning in southern California this year...

    eta: this is from last year:
    http://news.yahoo.com/video/tornado-...015014785.html

    and from this year:
    http://ktla.com/2014/03/01/socal-sto...rnado-warning/

    now go take that inventory. LOL

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    There is no way I'd want to officially know what I've spent -- I truly would have a heart attack. But I DO have lots of pictures taken on a regular basis, in case of fire, etc.....
    Last edited by DebbE; 09-04-2014 at 03:46 PM.

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