Monday, March 20, 2006

SW Refuge

Hi my friends at Sewing World have asked me to post this message and a link to my blog. So if you are a member of Sewing World and it should suddenly disappear contingency plans have been made. Below is the message that was posted to the Sharing and Inspiration folder earlier today:

Dear Sewing World Friend,

Kathryn (fzxdoc) and I have been among the ever-widening circle of Sewing World’s users who are worried that it seems to be teetering ever closer to the brink of disappearance. I don’t know how familiar you are with the history of SW, but we have been concerned that there is an increasing likelihood that SW will just grind to a halt. Threads can now only go 1/3 of their former length, they disappear without warning, many features, such as Search, no longer work at all, and many of us have gotten the dreaded white screen more and more often.

Since we have come to cherish SW and the Sharing, Inspiration and Project Photos (SIPP) thread especially, we put our heads together to come up with somewhere to go in case of a crash or just a continuing spiral down. As you know, we looked at the PatternReview and FabricMart boards as well as exploring some other avenues.

We are very pleased that a SW poster called DragonLady has come to our rescue! Perhaps you remember her from SW; she did not post on SIPP. During one of the flurries of posts on the Feedback topic (which is supposed to get action by Scott and Krista) people were lamenting the many problems besetting SW. She has run and runs several boards, and explained a little about why SW was unstable, etc. and offered to do or help do an upgrade on the SW board. No response from those in charge and nothing happened.

DragonLady has now put up a board we can use if needed and anytime, actually. For the time being, SWRefuge. (The name will probably change eventually, and suggestions are being solicited on the site.) Kathryn and I have been helping to test it, and we like what we see. It has wonderful, modern features, and we hope you will like it.

We hope you will bookmark this site’s address, and check it out at your leisure. There will also be links to the SWRefuge site on the sidebars of Liana, Mardel, and Carolyn’s blogs, in case you need the address later, and so that everyone can move seamlessly to the new site should it become necessary.

We hope you will not think that we have been precipitate, or that we or DragonLady are trying to usurp SW. It is simply our wish not to lose all of our wonderful friends and relationships that have been forged on SIPP that has galvanized us to take action.

I hope you will register at the new board.

Here is the link:

Hopefully I will have a click link on my blog soon!


  1. Thanks so much for posting this Carolyn! You'd better get over there and register, too. Everyone seems to think it's a good idea, which is really nice.

  2. My two cents....I truly enjoy your blog! I stumbled across it in Google somehow. I am a 28-year old novice sewer (I've been a novice forever) who is motivated and inspired by every entry. All of your items are wonderfully made. Keep up the great work and I hope you are filled with many creative ideas to use up your extensive fabric collection.

  3. Nice idea with this site its better than most of the rubbish I come across.


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