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Do I REALLY Need The Sewing iPhone Apps?

That’s the question I was asking myself (speaking about the FabricConverter app and iSewingRoom app) – after all I’ve always carried around my little laminated fabric conversion chart so I could roughly figure fabric requirements for my projects.  Boy Howdy did I ever make a big mistake in waiting  the few weeks before downloading those apps!  I’ve always been a little bit of a “stuck in a rut” type of person, and always thinking my “old way” was good enough, but this time I was wrong, wrong, wrong!  I can’t even begin to calculate the number of dollars I’ve SAVED by using the FabricConverter app (and, by the way, it’s FREE – so what was my problem anyway?).  You can calculate, figure and re-figure ANY  lengths and widths of fabric for any project you may have in mind.  Believe me, sometimes with expensive fabric, even saving 1/4 or 1/2 a yard is a huge dollar savings.  I’ve thrown away my old very used laminated version of the fabric conversion chart and now I use the FabricConverter app every time I shop for fabric.  It’s amazing how quickly you can plug in the fabric information in the app and presto! your required yardage of fabric immediately appears.  WHOOHOOOO!  Best thing I’ve used in a long time.

The other iphone app I use regularly is the iSewingRoom app.  Once again I was a little slow in getting my brain in gear, but once I set out to do something, I can’t quit until it’s done!  I now have my fabric stash, patterns and projects in my iSewingRoom app on my phone.  So what’s the big deal about that?  Well, now when I’m in a fabric store and see some new fabric or something on sale I can check out my patterns and fabric from my stash to see if I can use the new / sale fabric, or if it is something that might complete a project I’m working on or have in mind.  If you sew as much as I do, you’ll quickly realize that by having your fabric stash pictured in your iphone, along with your patterns, you will no longer have to “guess” as to whether fabric you see at a store or even at a yard sale would be something you could use.  You can immediately compare what you already have with what you’re looking at in the store and make a qualified decision as to whether you can use the fabric or not.  I’ve found out that just because a fabric is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a “bargain” for me because it may be something I’ll never in this world be able to use, therefore making that purchase rather costly in the long run.

The convenience of having these iphone apps in my phone and ready for use have really been a life saver for me, and I’d recommend them to any sewer, crafter, quilter  – I believe you’ll love them as much as I do!

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