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JoAnndjob
Posted 2014-05-20 10:57 AM (#87926 - in reply to #87924)
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I agree! Measure distance is one I want to use frequently. I know there are others, but can't remember at this time.
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Paula J
Posted 2014-05-30 1:56 PM (#87958 - in reply to #87824)
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Lisa, Thanks for asking for feedback. When I saw this thread about a week ago I decided to give it some thought before replying. I have had PMB for many years now ( 3 initially, then 4 and 5). I have definitely had a love-hate relationship with this software. When I first bought it I was just getting back into garment sewing and of course standard patterns needed lots of adjustment. I was naive and thought I could enter measurements and get a pattern I could just sew up and wear. I learned quickly that was not the case and really knew nothing about pattern drafting or CAD. So I struggled mightily - I sent slopers to support and got some answers but had some nagging issues that just couldn't seem to be addressed in the software with settings and I didn't know how to fix them manually. I now have been on the journey (as I call it) of fitting and understanding pattern drafting. Several years and many, many classes later, I have learned so very much. And I always keep coming back to software hoping I can do what I want there rather than on paper. I will confess I still cannot wrap my brain around editor, and need to take time to understand it. But I work full time and time is limited, so I haven't spent the time (yet).

So, I saw your question and decided to go back to the beginning and do new measurements and a new sloper using the system settings/defaults. Just enter all the measurements and do the fitting garment. My two nagging issues are still there and I don't know how to deal with them in the software. 1 issue - in the center front, I have about 1 1/2" of excess fabric width at my neck, tapering to nothing just below my bust. Think "long vertical dart going down the middle". The fit everywhere else is fine and my balance lines are straight. The second issue is what I call a twisted sleeve. I have a large diagonal dragline going down the sleeve from the front armhole to the below the elbow - as though the sleeve needs to be 'turned'. The only pattern I have made up that has not has this problem was a blouse pattern I recently made from Lekala Patterns. BTW - I also did not have the excess fabric in the front of that blouse either.

I realize I am not really answering the questions you are asking, but given these items, I think the software is somewhat user-friendly. What I find not user friendly is not knowing the relationships between various measurements and it isn't spelled out. So when I make a change 'here' - I often don't know I affected something 'there'. I think moving around, printing, finding the user manuals, etc is easy to use. I find it time-consuming creating a pattern because of background changes that occur, requiring you to go back and re-do some choices. (Checking two things that don't work together, so it just changes something you just did, rather than a message saying 'you can't do x with y').

Thanks for listening
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2014-05-30 2:31 PM (#87959 - in reply to #87958)
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Send your chart and the front, back and side view of your fit garment to support@wildginger.com If we are helping you and you still need more help we are here. Drafts start in the center of the body and draft out. Extra in the center is really extra on the edge.  It is natural to put the edge of the shoulder in place.
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-30 5:38 PM (#87960 - in reply to #87914)
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cfonfold - 2014-05-19 10:30 PM

Hi Mike, I'm afraid I'm way dated and as they say "out of the fashion" but I fit all my FGs with a minimal of ease. Not super tight, but definitely 1950's little black dress tight. And I put the armscye right up there on the shoulder. Not extended at all. And the sleeve as high as ossible. And all the horizontals level. This isn't a garment to be worn really. It's a tool.



 Hi Coopie, I also sew for family that stay about 6 hours drive away and I 1st make sure that the fit garment is correct before I proceed. You mentioned fit garment with minimal ease, how much ease do you use for the fit garment? Having their "body" as a FG would be better with people far away as it is useless to ask them how loose or tight they want their garment compared to the FG. They are not  sewers so it is difficult for them to answer. Thanks Kirsten 
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-30 5:49 PM (#87961 - in reply to #87824)
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Hi Lisa, would it be possible to measure in the small screen instead of going to large screen and then back again.

Referring to Mikes suggestion, is it possible to have finished garment measurements always visible in SE. It just has to be total amounts, for example total hip width, no need to have front and back shown on the main screen, we can always go to the summary sheet for more details.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2014-05-30 8:15 PM (#87962 - in reply to #87961)
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kirsten - 2014-05-30 4:49 PM

Hi Lisa, would it be possible to measure in the small screen instead of going to large screen and then back again.


No, unfortunately, this is not possible.

Referring to Mikes suggestion, is it possible to have finished garment measurements always visible in SE. It just has to be total amounts, for example total hip width, no need to have front and back shown on the main screen, we can always go to the summary sheet for more details.


I don't see where could I put the finished garment measurements where they would "always" be visible? I am pretty much out of room on most of the garment screens. And no matter where they go you are still going to have to click on something that refreshes and displays them as you are making changes. It would not likely be any fewer clicks than it currently takes to display the summary screen.
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-31 12:04 AM (#87963 - in reply to #87824)
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Thanks Lisa that makes sense, if we have to refresh anyhow then we can just as well go to another screen. Thank you again for wonderful programmes.




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sewsally
Posted 2014-05-31 1:15 PM (#87968 - in reply to #87824)
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When saving styles.... Asks for a name but I would like to add to the name and not have to retype the whole thing.

For instance: File name is "Raglan Test 2014".

 

I changed a few things and want to save it as "Raglan Test 2014 Rev A". I select "Raglan Test 2014" from the list but I cannot just type "Rev A" after it. Have to type in the whole name.



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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2014-05-31 1:32 PM (#87969 - in reply to #87968)
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Humm...I am not at the program right now, but think I use the arrow key to do this.
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thistles
Posted 2014-05-31 1:33 PM (#87970 - in reply to #87968)
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If you hit the right arrow key, the highlight disappears and you can add to the original name.
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cfonfold
Posted 2014-05-31 1:33 PM (#87971 - in reply to #87969)
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Yes, that's what I do.
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-31 1:48 PM (#87972 - in reply to #87824)
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What arrow key is that? I have also had to retype.
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thistles
Posted 2014-05-31 1:59 PM (#87973 - in reply to #87972)
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I use the right arrow key on my number pad.
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-31 2:00 PM (#87974 - in reply to #87824)
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Thank you so happy to know that
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kirsten
Posted 2014-05-31 3:39 PM (#87975 - in reply to #87824)
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Another request, is it possible in PM to have a "save button" like we have in Word or Excel. Just one click and our style is saved. I know the program is very intricate, but if possible that would be wonderful.
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2014-05-31 4:53 PM (#87976 - in reply to #87975)
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kirsten - 2014-05-31 2:39 PM
Another request, is it possible in PM to have a "save button" like we have in Word or Excel. Just one click and our style is saved. I know the program is very intricate, but if possible that would be wonderful.


Unfortunately, that is not possible either. All of the patterns (bodice, collar, sleeve, pockets, facing, etc.) have to be on one screen with style pics in order to save the patterns such that they can be opened in PE or YC and also create the images for the summary. There is no way to do that with one click.
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EasilyAmewsed
Posted 2014-05-31 6:02 PM (#87978 - in reply to #87824)
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I thought of one thing I'd like to as about, since I don't save my working .las in the program directory and often work only in PE.

After I've done a SAVE AS of a .las and later return to PE and choose open, there is a 'recent' tab, but it's of little use because any. las that was not created in SE shows up.  Is there a way for the 'recent' tab actually record where the last .las was saved - whatever it's origin, so I do not have to dig through 5-6 trees of directories to find it? It would be really nice if that could happen.
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sewsally
Posted 2014-05-31 9:03 PM (#87981 - in reply to #87970)
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thistles - 2014-05-31 10:33 AM If you hit the right arrow key, the highlight disappears and you can add to the original name.

 

Thank you so much. This really does work.

 

Just us the arrow keys on your key board. Mine are near the number pad. 

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sewsally
Posted 2014-06-02 11:47 AM (#88005 - in reply to #87824)
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In the Style Editor -- could we have the style choices in alphabetical order after the first one or two?
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Joyce F
Posted 2014-06-02 3:06 PM (#88006 - in reply to #87824)
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Don't know if this is possible, but would be nice - could we have folders in the style list, so as to be able to put skirts, pants, etc in folders?
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2014-06-02 3:17 PM (#88007 - in reply to #88006)
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Already that way. In open style, you can select the garment type you want to open.
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StMike
Posted 2014-06-02 3:22 PM (#88008 - in reply to #87824)
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In the charts screen, it is not clear how to set up and use the notes. The help files say a little about it but they don't go far enough. The section with the labels is not as useful as it could be because the text blocks are too limited in the number of characters they will take. Down below there is another open Notes box, but the use for that is not clear. If you put several notes in there, the computer gives you data truncated error messages, and the charts will not save reliably. Maybe just more explicit explanations as to how these things work would be enough. If there are data limitations for the blanks, then tell us just how much we can put in there before running into problems.
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sewsally
Posted 2014-06-04 1:33 PM (#88033 - in reply to #87824)
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Two piece sleeve.... please take another look at how it drafts especially for large bust cups.

My friend made a jacket and the sleeves curved to the back!! A wadder.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2014-06-04 2:52 PM (#88034 - in reply to #88033)
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Not sure this is possible. Is it possible she select right side which flips the pattern.

Full info needs to be sent to support@wildginger,com. Summary and pattern.
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cfonfold
Posted 2014-06-04 5:30 PM (#88035 - in reply to #87976)
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Perhaps the color or position of the save icon could be changed?
It does get lost in the row.
And while I understand about the custom notes, I think StMike makes a good case.
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