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Thread: I may be revamping pattern storage? Your opinions appreciated.

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    Super Member jmoore's Avatar
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    I don’t have a huge library of patterns so the binder method (plastic sleeves) for patterns works fine for me. Like most, I also have some stored on my computer that I’ve downloaded from free websites but I’m not sure they are stored neatly there.
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    Luvrazz, I think when you scan it, you have the option to save as a PDF or an image like a jpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindynvb View Post
    What do you use to scan them? I find scanning is a very slow process. Any hints on making it faster?
    I have a Canon TS5020 that is a printer, scanner, copier all in one. I can scan a 7 page pattern in just a couple of minutes and it is saved as a PDF on my computer. I can choose the name and the location before scanning. The newer printer/scanners scan much faster than the older models. One of the first scanners I had took almost 5 minutes to scan one page.....so frustrating.
    I have both paper and digital copies of most of my patterns. I also scan all new patterns I purchase so I can print it or part of it, mark as I make the pattern as a check off and still keep my original pattern like new. I am aware of copyright laws and as long as the copy is for my own personal use, I am ok legally and morally. I make bags and totes as well as quilts and it is really handy to be able to check off each step or make a note on the pattern without messing up the original.

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    Junior Member SherylM's Avatar
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    My husband and I each have a a Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner and we love them. They have a small footprint, scan very fast, and come with software that makes it easy to organize (and find) your scanned documents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris P View Post
    I'm a very tactile person. I like to hold the pattern. flip through magazines and read a book made from paper. I find that anything that I store digitally is out of sight, out of mind.
    I'm with you...all the patterns I downloaded have never been pulled up again. I like to go thru paper and see what's next.

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    Senior Member Nita's Avatar
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    I have my patterns in a hanging file drawer. They are organized according to type of pattern( landscape, applique, lap quilt, wall art, paper pieced, etc.) This system works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonieM View Post
    I've been quilting for about 24 years and over the course of time I have accumulated many, many patterns. About 17 years ago, I went to the binder method for storing my patterns. Putting the pattern in the sheet protector and then putting the sheet protector in the appropriate binder. I probably have about 20+ binders.

    About every 2 years or so, I would go through each binder and purge any patterns that no longer appealed to me.

    Last night I was thinking about the storage method that I currently use and if there was a way to improve upon it. Something I am considering is scanning in each of the patterns that I want to keep and storing them digitally. I would then give away or recycle the hard copies.

    I could then just bring up the pattern digitally and work off the electronic device, or if I really felt I needed a hard copy I could print it out. Yes, I would have a back-up in case my device crashes.

    Has anyone done this? How did it work for you? Are you regretting your decision?

    TIA for your reply.
    Great Idea. I might recommend a separate External HD to store just your quilting stuff. I have a couple of External HD that help me organize stuff. Get a big one too, as you can always use the space.
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