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    Pattern Organization

    This blog post on Barbara Huber Designs has an interesting way to organize your patterns. I think that I may have to try this! http://www.barbarahuberdesigns.com/2...organized.html

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    What an excellent idea. I sose you could do the same with a wish list photo pattern and mark location etc on it.
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    Looks good- except I started garment sewing as a teenager, hey patterns were cheap in the 70's, then I had a wedding dress business, what can I say, I still have them all, I would be organising till next year. This would take time I could be sewing, unless I can bribe/blackmail or otherwise coerce one of my darling sons to do this for me, I'll be disorganized x

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    I'm so glad all of my patterns fit in one binder and a magazine file!

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    It sounds like a great method, but I'm afraid I would never do it, simply because I have wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy over the 340 patterns she has. LOL

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    This is a great idea that I will definitely be copying. I think the only change I would make is on the numbering. For example, on purse patterns I would add a "P" to the number so when I finished, I would be sure to put it back in the right container. While purses/totes are really obvious, some other categories might not be. It would just take a second or two for each pattern and may save a lot of time later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notmorecraft View Post
    Looks good- except I started garment sewing as a teenager, hey patterns were cheap in the 70's, then I had a wedding dress business, what can I say, I still have them all, I would be organising till next year. This would take time I could be sewing, unless I can bribe/blackmail or otherwise coerce one of my darling sons to do this for me, I'll be disorganized x

    Me, too. I have two big boxes filled with clothes patterns. Some, I hear, are now valuable....though where you find buyers, I have no idea. I can't bear to throw them away, somehow (which is probably why I'm becoming very close to being a hoarder!

    My quilt patterns are in a binder, but I have very few, thank goodness. Mostly I just see a quilt and figure out--or not-- how it was done.

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    In "daze" past when I was a stay-at-home mother who sewed clothing for her children, I made photocopies of both front and back of a pattern. Digital cameras were not around in the seventies and eighties when I was doing this! The copies were kept neatly in 3-ring notebook plastic sleeves and the notebook was handy as a reference when I went shopping or was re-evaluating something in my stash. The ready reference system came about after having purchased duplicate patterns....

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    I just went through a bunch of my patterns and gave them away at the quilt group meeting. If I haven't made them by now I know I won't. I can see that my tastes certainly did change!

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    When everyone has their pattern orangize, May I ask about a pattern????. Well, I'll have to find again!!!!!!Every time I come across it I wish I had it in my now size!!!. I really like the one I made in late 70's. Tinker

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    You might be interested in checking out http://www.pattern-file.com/ --it enables you to virtually file and then find all your patterns (I use it for quilting patterns too) on your computer. I then store the actual patterns in plastic file boxes according to company and pattern number. You can do a search for type, brand, or whatever criteria you want and then locate the actual pattern quickly and easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhenson View Post
    You might be interested in checking out http://www.pattern-file.com/ --it enables you to virtually file and then find all your patterns (I use it for quilting patterns too) on your computer. I then store the actual patterns in plastic file boxes according to company and pattern number. You can do a search for type, brand, or whatever criteria you want and then locate the actual pattern quickly and easily.
    I was just thinking, she could have saved herself some steps by just keeping the photos of the patterns on her computer and browsing them that way. I'm going to have to check out your link.
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    This is a great technique for about 300 - 400 patterns. I don't have near that many and lots of people have way more than that. I don't think I could ever use that many - ever. Thank goodness I never got too involved in making things from patterns. When I was younger I used to sew clothes - but now I just quilt. I probably only have about 40 patterns total, So I am able to keep them all in one drawer - thank goodness.

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    That's a neat idea!

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    Most of my patterns are printed from my computer and were free.
    I have a file crate that you hang files in. Label each file like blocks, children, holiday etc.
    It works for me.

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