Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sewing Apps- So Helpful!

I finally got an  iPhone in the spring (for my birthday) and I just have this to say about it.....What took me so long?!  I have had an iPad for a couple of years and loved it but it is just a bit heavy to carry with me all the time so all those cool apps are usually on my desk at home instead of in my purse.  So today, I thought that I would share some fun sewing apps that I have found helpful.  My absolute favorite so far is this quilting calculators app from Robert Kaufman.


This is an essential app for the mathematically challenged quilter like me!  The calculators include fabric measurement, backing and battings, piece count, pieces to yardage, bindings, border yardage, square in a square and set in corner triangles.  And the best part?  They actually tell you how to use each calculator and it is FREE!  You can also link directly to the RK site so you can keep up with the newest releases and have access to neat free patterns like this....

and this....

I also like this one from Schmetz needles.


It includes detailed info on each kind of needle including features and fabric use, has a thread sizing guide, and even directions on how to open the package....I think most of us have figured that one out :).
This app from Superior Threads is neat:


 Although I don't use Superior Threads exclusively, this site is has some helpful info like: calculating how much thread is needed for quilting a quilt, thread reference guides, understanding tension and a quilting chart that helps in planning block sizes for twin to king size quilts.

I found this app called BlockFabHD that looks pretty interesting.


It helps to calculate the amount of fabric needed to make over 70 different quilt blocks in just about whatever size you choose.  It also lets you choose from a variety of colors so that you can actually have an idea of what your block might look like and gives layout views.

Of course, all of the quilt magazines offer their publications as apps but I am still old school and like to hold a real magazine in my hands...plus you can't fold down the corners of the pages that you like in an app!

Finally, I do have the My Bernina Accessories app.

 It helps me to keep track of what feet I own...they are too pricey to buy in multiples.  My favorite part of this app is the "What's New" button that tells about new products and also has webinars and technique videos.  I know that Janome and Brother have apps similar to this so check to see if your brand of machine offers an app.
Keep me posted if you find apps that are helpful to those of us with a passion for sewing.  I will be happy to pass them along!


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