Saturday, 17 January 2015

Stash Star Fabric app: a review

Could you tell me what's in your stash? How about how much of each piece? Nope, me neither. Organisation of all sewing related items has been a persistent problem for me and only gets worse as my fabric (and pattern) stash grows. Is this a familiar problem?

I needed to find a solution to recording my fabric stash and as I was browsing the Apple App Store, I came across a free app called Stash Star Fabric. I've included a number of photos so you can get a feel for the app. 

Fabric app

The app is rather basic and consists of two pages. The home page details your stash in photos. The other pages are for each individual piece of fabric. The fabric specific page allows you to record the name, colour, pattern size, fabric measurements in metric and imperial, fiber content, the details of where you purchased it, designer and manufacturer details, where it is stored and any notes you want to include. 

Fabric app

Fabric app

You can add a photo at the top which is displayed in the home page. If you find that the fiber, type of fabric, or measurement, is missing from the list provided, you can add it. You can choose your favourite or most regularly used fabric widths and fiber on the menus. 

Fabric app

Fabric app

Adding the details in the fabric pages allows you to group your fabrics. This is useful if you want to know only the cottons in your collection, or those that are 140cm wide. The location box is especially useful as my stash is split across a couple of wooden storage boxes and I can never remember which one to look in. The layout is pretty clean and uncluttered with the information in two columns. 

Fabric app

There's a small number of issues with this app though. It has constant adverts at the bottom - this is annoying but to be expected with a free app. I can generally ignore them and haven't yet accidentally clicked on them. It also doesn't remember what measurement type you use to record the length of the fabric. I've listed my fabric in metric and have to choose this option every time I add a fabric but still, it isn't too bad and doesn't take much time to hit 'm' instead of 'yds'! It is also only available on Apple. 

My entire stash has been added and it is so much easier to plan projects now. I will no longer be found pulling out fabric only to find that I can't fit all the pattern pieces on it! While it is a very basic app, it has everything I need. I now add new fabrics as they arrive and before they go into washing basket with a note that it hasn't yet been pre washed. I can see myself continuing to use this for some time. 

I'm always interested in new options for staying organised so please do share your preferred way of keeping track of your stash. 

12 comments:

  1. Wow! Great find. I've downloaded this and will slowly add my stash to it. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. Glad you found it useful. Good luck adding your stash!

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  2. That app looks very useful. Shame its not available on Android!

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    1. Yeah, it's always annoying when an app isn't universally available. Hopefully there's an equivalent for Android out there.

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  3. This is such a good find! I'm going to have to check it out

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  4. This looks really convenient! Now you can admire all your beautiful fabrics even when you're not home. :)

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    1. Indeed! It's great for those moments of inspiration when you're out.

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  5. It's just what I wish would be available for Windows Phones. I make do with OneNote now, but it is unfortunately not a database, but a notebook. That means that I can browse through my fabrics, but now group them together (e.g. I can't ask the app to show me all my cotton fabrics). I'll keep looking for the perfect app that I can use in my phone though...

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    1. It's difficult and annoying when apps aren't across the different operating systems. Fingers crossed you'll find one soon.

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  6. When I was trying to find an app for this, I couldn't find any equivalents on Android, so I've gone for Memento, which is a database app, and I kind of love it. You create your own database, with whatever fields you want. You can upload a thumbnail to serve as a picture, and you can have as many databases as you want for free. For me, the big thing was that it syncs to Google Drive, which means I've got my stash wherever I happen to be. You can only sync 2 databases with the free version, so I plan to do fabric and patterns, but I'm thinking I'll also create databases for things like notions, trims and elastics, as I seem to buy them all the time and ending up with lots of duplicates. I've only added fabric so far, but it's working great - I must do a full review at some point!

    What I love about the one you're using is that mosaic of all your fabrics, and it does sound easier having options to select, rather than having to set it up yourself. Maybe if I ever move to an iPhone, it'll be the one to use!

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    1. Sounds like you're making good use of Memento and I like the idea of having a database for notions etc. I could imagine using it for buttons - I have so many and it takes ages to look through them!

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