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Take a Free Trial of PatternPal, an App for Sewing Supplies

Add images - from your iPhone or iPod Touch camera, or your computers photo library - to Pattern Pal.
Sort patterns by brand, type, or other criteria, in PatternPal.
You can add details to each pattern you store in PatternPal, such as fabric and notion requirements.
PatternPal is intuitive - it will remember new types of fabric or notions you enter. The next time you want to select those notions, just check them off instead of re-entering the information.
Add images - from your iPhone or iPod Touch camera, or your computers photo library - to Pattern Pal.

Add images - from your iPhone or iPod Touch camera, or your computer's photo library - to Pattern Pal.

Photo: Blueshift Software

New technology for sewing is so much fun to investigate. There's computerized machines, pattern-drafting software, and neat applications. I love checking this stuff out and there's always something novel to discover.

Now, I have an electronic "notion" to share - Blueshift Software sent me six free-trial codes for PatternPal, an app to track patterns, fabric, and notions. I've previously written about Blueshift's FabricStash app here on ThreadsMagazine.com and they thought readers might be interested in another of their sewing apps for the iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.

PatternPal costs $4.99 in the iTunes store. I'm offering the free-trial codes to the first six readers who leave a comment requesting one. These trial codes are good until Dec. 1, so comment ASAP. I'll e-mail you a code via the address linked to your Threads login.

Like FabricStash, PatternPal is designed to help those who sew stay organized and on top of what they have - and what they need - to complete projects. No more staring off into space at the fabric store, trying to recall how many yards, the number of buttons or what length zipper to buy.

Here's a rundown of what the app does, based on BlueShift's description:

  • It has fields for the pattern name, number, brand, type, style, occasion (yes, now you can sort by evening or Halloween), cost, size, fabric width requirements and "Notes" where you get to elaborate in any way you please.
  • You can store two images - from your photo library or a device camera (such as the camera on an iPhone or the new generation of iPod Touch).
  • Track the materials with a fabric and notins selection interface. It is pre-loaded with many fabric types and also allows you to specify your own.
  • The more you use PatternPal, the faster your entries may be. It remembers your custom values for pattern brands, types, and styles.

Even better than me telling you about it, you can view a video demonstration of PatternPal on YouTube. If you'd like to try it yourself, just me a comment and I'll send you a code. I hope you enjoy trying out PatternPal!

smcfarland Sarah McFarland, editor
Posted on Nov 11th, 2010 in sewing, online extras, tips & tricks, tools & supplies

Comments (13)

Lizzieann3937 Lizzieann3937 writes: I'd really like to try this app. I'm trying to find a way to keep track of my patterns so that I can get control over my inventory of patterns and fabrics
Posted: 11:03 pm on June 25th

MessyVirgo MessyVirgo writes: I would love to have this app! Moreover, I really need it to help me get my sewing stuff organized. Please ask Blueshift Software for a few more codes.
Posted: 7:22 pm on November 29th

Nerdychick2001 Nerdychick2001 writes: Hi! Thanks for offering this very cool sounding app. I would love to try out this app - please send the code.
Posted: 7:52 pm on November 22nd

fayebaby1950 fayebaby1950 writes: any codes left, I would love to try it!!

Posted: 5:32 am on December 30th

roxiesmama roxiesmama writes: I really would enjoy this app. I just can't get enough of your sewing tips and helpful hints...Thank You so much. and I count the days for my new monthly magazine.
Posted: 5:21 am on November 25th

Wildestflower Wildestflower writes: Hello, Please send me the app code I'm sure I would enjoy it ...Thank you
Posted: 6:27 pm on November 18th

smcfarland smcfarland writes: Hi! Just wanted to say I just sent out all six codes I had to give away. Please e-mail me at smcfarland@taunton.com if you don't receive an e-mail with your code! Thanks everyone for reading :)
Posted: 11:19 am on November 12th

tbug tbug writes: I'd love to try it. I lose track of what patterns I have, let alone what they all require.
Posted: 2:19 pm on November 11th

txdivadoll txdivadoll writes: I'm absolutely addicted to apps! I have a million of them downloaded on both my oops touch and my cell phone - they have changed my life! Please please please send me the free trial link! :-)
Posted: 2:15 pm on November 11th

PatternedHistory PatternedHistory writes: please! i'd love the code. thanks!
Posted: 2:12 pm on November 11th

Headquarters Headquarters writes: Oh, yes please! Thanks, Threads.
Posted: 1:23 pm on November 11th

emmyjay emmyjay writes: Oh, yes, I would love to try this out.
Posted: 11:52 am on November 11th

TnSewingNewbie TnSewingNewbie writes: i would love to try this app. thank you so much for offering this :)

Posted: 11:46 am on November 11th

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