Whenever we meet someone new we always jump at things we have in common. What’s this, you love sewing as much as I do? It’s much rarer to meet someone with more than one common interest.
Let me introduce to you Sabine. I first met her through Twitter as a vented my frustration about coding for Quick Need’s blog, or more specifically struggled to code. She’s smart, funny, sophisticated, down to earth and just all round a great gal.
For me it was an instant friendship. Having someone to talk to about sewing is wonderful. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you, mum! I was ecstatic to discover she also shared my love of computers and coding.
For those of you who have never coded in your life it’s a bit like sewing a seam wrong, unpicking it and sewing it the same over and over again. Ok… So it’s not always that bad, but sometimes it can be just as frustrating.
Sabine has worked long and hard to create the next big thing in the sewing industry, a truly needed one-stop location for sewing enthusiasts to communicate and share. It’s a website known as “Threadle“. To say that she’s spent a few hundred hours on this project is probably an understatement… Threadle is her “baby”.
I may be writing this post a bit prematurely, however I honestly cannot contain my excitement. I need to let you know about Threadle. Whilst the website is still in its early days and hasn’t even reached official release, it is already growing by early adopters. There are a several site sections that are being developed that will prove of interest:
Not all of us have blogs. Many sewers don’t have the skills or time to play around with code, databases, web hosts… and blogs do cost money to run! But it doesn’t stop you from wanting to show the world your wonderful projects.
The Projects section of Threadle is great for showing off any and all creations that you make, or even ask for help. It’s easy to upload photos and description of your project and tag it as planned, in progress, completed or even stuck. It’s such a great way to quickly get feedback from other sewers.
There are thousands of pattern designers out there. Thousands! Of course, most of us know the big four, and perhaps have a couple other favourites. But those options still limit us. Unless you spend hours browsing forums, blogs and places like Reddit, it’s hard to discover quality designers in the styles that you love.
Introducing the Patterns section of Threadle. Sabine has created an ingenious way for you to browse through thousands of patterns to find your ideal pattern.
You can even apply filters to your search:
For example, you can browse only patterns that other users have uploaded project pictures to. This is a great way to see how the garment might look when sewn by a non-professional, or when worn by a non-model.
But it get’s even better! You can browse patterns by difficulty, whether they include seam allowances, for the type of fabric, whether it’s free or paid, whether it comes with a step-by-step tutorial, its style, its purpose, its intended audience, ideal weather, ideal body shape…. you get the idea.
Obviously the search filter is something that I enjoy using. It’s always hard for me to find patterns that suit the hot weather in Kuwait, and to be able to browse for blouses suited to summer weather with different length sleeves…
Did I forget to mention that most filters have sub-categories… so it’s incredibly easy to select the not only the length of sleeves that I want, but the type of fit (tight or loose).
Who doesn’t love to chat? Meeting people with similar interests will be easy with Threadle‘s forums. You can easily ask questions, offer help, or just chat away about how cute your cat looks when it tries to “help” you sew.
Who doesn’t need to reference something once in a while? The Library section has many bits of information such as size charts for brands, a list of brands, companies, designers and helpful websites. A one-stop place for all this information is amazing… and sorely needed! Whether it’s just checking your ideal pattern size or referring to data for drafting patterns, I can honestly say that it will save me plenty of time browsing google.
The Social section is another great way to help you find new friends. With Threadle‘s built in ability to send messages to other members on the site, it will be a great way to find friends to chat to.
Time for a breather. I lost my breath ranting about how great Threadle.net is going to be. I’ve watched its development progress for a number of months now, and suffice to say that I am definitely an early adopter.
Whilst there isn’t many members – yet – and perhaps a few bugs, I believe that Threadle.net has the chance to be the next big thing in the sewing industry. Sabine is truly passionate about what she is doing, and her work reflects that. She regularly asks for feedback from her members, which suggests that the site will be tailored to suit you.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliate with Threadle or Sabine, and she hasn’t asked me to advertise her site in any way. In fact, she doesn’t even know that I am writing this post. I have so much faith in what she is doing and her, that I want to support her goals as best I can. And what can I say, I’m excited to use Threadle.