Tip of the day: Be smart with your smart phone

Here’s a handy use for a seamstress’ smart phone: When you buy fabric, snap a picture of the bolt end with your phone (or a camera, if you don’t have a smart phone) to capture all the information you’ll need about your fabric when you get it home: width, fiber content, cleaning instructions, even price. I import the photo to my sewing app (Sewing Kit, buggy but useful), but you can also print the photo on plain paper (by emailing it to yourself) and keep the printout with the fabric. Be sure to make a note on the paper about whether you’ve washed the fabric.

Bolt end from smart phone

All the info you need to know about your fabric captured in a flash (literally!). This was the only bolt of batiste I could find at JoAnn's, and it's predominantly polyester. Sigh.

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5 thoughts on “Tip of the day: Be smart with your smart phone

  1. Corinne September 15, 2011 at 5:51 am Reply

    great idea if you stash fabrics. my plan is to use up most of what I have and not to buy ahead……we will see!. to find super quality batiste go to marthapullen.com. price points rage from very reasonable (martha’s own label) to the highest quality swiss stuff.


    • Jeanne Marie September 15, 2011 at 7:21 am Reply

      Great tip on finding batiste. Thank you! I may put in a supply. I have just a few pieces in my stash, but two have them have been there for years!

      Sent from my iPhone


    • Jeanne Marie September 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Corinne, great tip on Martha Pullen’s website. She has some fantastic things on there. Even silk batiste. I’ll add her website to my Resources page.


  2. redbamsews September 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Clever idea! I like it.


  3. Jeanne Marie September 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm Reply

    Thanks, Redbamsews! I love to find new ways to use my iPhone. I am IN LOVE with that thing!


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