Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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FAQ

Answers:

J

I hand stitch a lot of things, it takes longer than using a machine but works the same. People got by without machines for hundreds of years!

If you’re just learning to sew it’s a good idea to use store-bought patterns for a while. Once you are familiar with them, you will understand better how to make your own because you’ll be able to see the different parts that go into a garment.

There are THOUSANDS of patterns out there, so if you see something you have to have, it’s a good bet you’ll find a similar pattern.

Of course you can always change details like making something longer or shorter, adding straps to a strapless top, or putting on decorations! You can take a mass-produced pattern and make it completely your own just by changing the little things.

i’m mostly interested in Japanese fashion. You think there’d be a similar pattern for those clothes?

J

You never know until you look! Like I said you might not find something that is exactly the same as what you want, but you can always use a similar pattern and change it a little.

This is one of my favorite websites, it has instructions for making a lot of different crafts including clothes. Try searching it for “Japanese” or “Japan” and you’ll come up with tons of results. Plus if you have a question you can’t find the answer to, you can post it and chances are there is someone who can help you!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php

 

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