Privacy Policies

To be compliant with new GDPR rules, following is a new combined Privacy Policy as of November 19, 2023. Please excuse any duplication of information. We figure better duplicated than omitted. Since we're users just like you and are also concerned about private user-identifiable information, most of the following regarding data retention had already been addressed in our Privacy Policy back in 2009. We will be changing the formatting of this page soon as well as adding direct links in many sections. We will also be adding an automated disclosure option where you will be able to see all retained data without requesting it through email. This will save everyone time.

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We understand that you are aware of and care about your own personal privacy interests, and we take that seriously. This Privacy Notice describes our policies and practices regarding its collection and use of your personal data, and sets forth your privacy rights. We recognize that information privacy is an ongoing responsibility, and so we will from time to time update this Privacy Notice as we undertake new personal data practices or adopt new privacy policies.

How we collect and use (process) your personal information

Personal information you give to us:

We collect limited personal information in various areas of our website.

1. Membership

Note: You do not need to become a member to use the freePatternWizard but if you do become a Stitchboard member, we collect information about you including (but not limited to):
•A user name of your choice (not your legal name or any name directly associated with you legally)
•Your email address: Your email address is used in the freePatternWizard area if you want patterns you create to be sent to yourself. We do not send any unsolicited emails nor ever sell or share your email address. Also, by deleting your account, we erase all user-identifiable information, including your email address.
•Your ip address when registering: We retain the IP address from which you first joined as well as your IP address the last time you logged in. IP addresses are only used to assist our servers in member account deletion verification. We never contact anyone via their IP address and, in fact, many thousands of users may share a single IP. If you delete your account, we will remove both of these IP addresses from our servers.
•A password selected by you (encrypted so even we cannot see it)

By deleting your account, we erase all user-identifiable information.

2. Community

The Community is a message area of our website that allows members to interact by posting comments, questions, or other text. Images can also be posted for other to see. A cookie is stored on the user's computer to keep track of on-line status. This is deleted when you log off. No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers relating to the Community. By deleting your account, we erase all user-identifiable information.

3. Circles

Circles is also a message area of our website that allows members to interact by posting comments, questions, or other text. Images can also be posted for other to see. A cookie is stored on the user's computer to keep track of on-line status. This is deleted when you log off. No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers relating to Circles. By deleting your account, we erase all user-identifiable information.

4. User Profile

Members may also voluntarily provide additional information in their membership profile, such as information about their interests, hobbies, and the like. Members may edit and/or delete their profile information at any time through the "my area -> change profile settings" menu.

You also have the option to enter your website URL, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GooglePlus, LinkedIn, Etsy, Deviant Art, Ravelry usernames. This information is stored on our servers for no other reason than showing to others. This information will be removed if you delete your account or change or remove it in the Profile area.

5. Showcase

No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers in the Showcase area unless you optionally pay to post a website link. If you pay for the option to show your website URL, we retain your PayPal email address and your website URL. Your website URL can be deleted in multiple ways -- by editing your showcase information and erasing your URL, by deleting your showcase, or by deleting your Stitchboard account. Deleting your account will also remove your PayPal email address.

6. Stash

No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers.

7. freePatternWizard

No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers unless you optionally subscribe to a premier service. If you do subscribe to one or more service, we retain your PayPal payment email address, PayPal first name, PayPal last name, and IP address. This information is retained as long as your subscription is valid (not expired). If your subscription expires, all subscription information will be deleted. If you delete your account, all subscription information will also be deleted and you will forfeit any unused subscription time. The deletion of information is not reversible.

8. Site Mail

No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers. If you delete your account, all your site email (read and/or unread) will also be deleted.

9. Videos

While this area is being rebuilt, it is currently not available. Once re-enabled, no user-identifiable information is stored on our servers.

10. Photo Albums

No user-identifiable information is stored on our servers.

11. Vendor Registration

If you optionally send us IRS W9 tax information, we retain this information unless you cancel your vendor status or delete your member account. W9 and Vendor registration information includes your name, address, business name, either FEIN or Social Security number, phone number, and PayPal email address. If you enter your social security number, we only retain the last 4 digits. All of this information will be deleted if you delete your vendor status or your membership account.

Your correspondence with Stitchboard

If you correspond with us by email, the postal service, or other form of communication, we may retain such correspondence and the information contained in it and use it to respond to your inquiry or to keep a record of your complaint, and the like. As always, if you wish to have us “erase” your personal information or otherwise refrain from communicating with you, please contact us at .

Note: if you ask us not to contact you by email at a certain email address, we will retain a copy of that email address on its “master do not send” list in order to comply with your no-contact request.

Use of our website

As is true of most other websites, our servers collect certain information automatically and store it in log files. The information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, the region or general location where your computer or device is accessing the internet, browser type and operating system. We do not track users when they cross to third party websites, do not provide targeted advertising to them (although 3rd parties may do this), and therefore do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.


Cookies are pieces of data that a Web site transfers to a user's computer for record-keeping purposes.

This site uses cookies to provide enhanced functionality on the site (e.g., user ID and password prompts). These cookies may be delivered in a first-party or third-party context. Our website also captures limited information (user-agent, HTTP referrer) about visits to our website. You have many choices with regards to the management of cookies on your computer. All major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies from your system. To learn more about your ability to manage cookies and web beacons, please consult the privacy features in your browser.

The only user-identifiable information stored on your computer or device is your email address, which is stored in a single cookie. This cookie gets deleted when you log off or delete your account. All other cookies stored on your computer either keep track of your logged-in status or are created and managed by third parties such as PayPal or Google (see next paragraph).

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purposes of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you will not be able to use the full functionality of our website. By using our website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly and you will no longer be able to log into our website.

What happens if you don’t give us your data or allow cookies in your browser

Only certain functions are available to unregistered and logged-in users. These areas do not retain user-identifiable data.

If you have set your browser to disallow cookies, you will not be able to log into our website. We use cookies to keep track of whether you're logged in or not. If you cannot log in, you will lose the use of many of the site features.

When and how we share information with others

Information about your purchases and vendor status are maintained in association with your membership or profile account. The personal information we collect from you is stored in one or more databases hosted by third parties located in the United States. These third parties do not use or have access to your personal information for any purpose other than storage (cloud or not) and retrieval.

We do not reveal your personal data to third-parties for their independent use unless: (1) you request or authorize it; (2) the information is provided to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order); (3) to address emergencies or acts of God; or (4) to address disputes, claims, or to persons demonstrating legal authority to act on your behalf.

Our website uses interfaces with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others. If you choose to "like" or share information from our website through these services, you should review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your site visit to your personal data.

Transferring personal data from the EU to the US

We have our headquarters in the United States. Information we collect from you will be processed in the United States. The United States has not sought nor received a finding of “adequacy” from the European Union under Article 45 of the GDPR. We rely on derogations for specific situations as set forth in Article 49 of the GDPR. In particular, we collect and transfer to the U.S. personal data only: with your consent; to perform a contract with you; or to fulfill a compelling legitimate interest in a manner that does not outweigh your rights and freedoms. We endeavor to apply suitable safeguards to protect the privacy and security of your personal data and to use it only consistent with your relationship with us and the practices described in this Privacy Notice. We also minimize the risk to your rights and freedoms by not collecting or storing sensitive information about you.

Data subject rights

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and other countries’ privacy laws provide certain rights for data subjects. A good explanation of them (in English) is available on the website of the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

This Privacy Notice is intended to provide you with information about what personal data we collect about you and how it is used. If you have any questions, please contact us at .

If you wish to confirm that we are processing your personal data, or to have access to the personal data we may have about you, please contact us at . (Please allow up to 30 days for a reply).

You may also request information about: the purpose of the processing; the categories of personal data concerned; who else outside of might have received the data from us; what the source of the information was (if you didn’t provide it directly to us); and how long it will be stored. You have a right to correct (rectify) the record of your personal data maintained by us if it is inaccurate. You may request that we erase that data or cease processing it, subject to certain exceptions. In many countries, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate data protection authority if you have concerns about how we process your personal data. When technically feasible, we will—at your request—provide your personal data to you or transmit it directly to another controller.

Reasonable access to your personal data will be provided at no cost to our members and others upon request made to the us at . If access cannot be provided within a reasonable time frame, we will provide you with a date when the information will be provided. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation as to why access has been denied.

Security of your information

To help protect the privacy of data and personally identifiable information you transmit through use of this website, we maintain physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We restrict access to your personal data to those employees who need to know that information to provide benefits or services to you. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information. We commit to taking appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce our employees' privacy responsibilities.

Data storage and retention

Your personal data is stored by the servers of the cloud-based database management services we engage, located in the United States. We retain data for the duration of the users' or member’s relationship with us. By deleting your account, we will erase all your user-identifiable information. For more information on where and how long your personal data is stored, and for more information on your rights of erasure and portability, please contact our data protection officer at .

Changes and updates to the Privacy Notice

By using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use and/or any other agreement that we might have with you. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use this website or any of our benefits or services. You agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use, or any other agreement we have with you, will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois.

As our organization, membership and benefits change from time to time, this Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use is expected to change as well. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use at any time, for any reason, without notice to you, other than the posting of the amended Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use at this website. You should check our website frequently to see the current Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use that is in effect and any changes that may have been made to it. The provisions contained herein supersede all previous notices or statements regarding our privacy practices and the terms and conditions that govern the use of this website.


In no case will we ask for or store credit card information. We display 3rd party advertising which may use their own cookie(s). For more information on Google advertising, go here. For more information on Google Analytic information accessing, go here. We do not receive any user-identifiable information from any third parties.

Our Commitment

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. We are committed to protecting the privacy of each and every one of our visitors and members.

Personal Information

We understand that personal information is sensitive and that you may have concerns about sharing information with us. We believe you should control the amount of information we receive about you. Where possible, we allow you to give as much or as little personal information to us as you feel comfortable providing.

For visitors 16 and older, we allow membership and retain all collected information.

Only a small fraction of information retained is user-identifiable and is described in this document. If you are comfortable sharing some basic information, you will receive enhanced services (our Membership area) that are not offered to anonymous users. In addition, to reduce system abuse, certain services (i.e. Message Community area) may also require you to register a user name and email address before allowing full access.) However if you choose to fully interact with, you have our pledge to protect your privacy to the best of our ability. How We Protect Your Information We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or access your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers' (i.e. PayPal) database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your related order information is stored on our servers unless you delete your account. also conducts voluntary surveys from time to time to help us identify visitor interests, and to allow for delivery of information that will be most useful to you. Information collected on viewer surveys may be shared with third parties to illustrate, on an aggregate basis only, profiles of the website users, but we will not individually identify you. If you delete your membership, we remove survey information from you. will contact you by email one time for email validation when you register for membership, to respond to any questions you may send us, and in response to an email subscription you may request through the website. We use email links on most pages of our website to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We read every message sent in. Due to the volume of email sent, we may not be able to respond to every one. The information you send is used to respond directly to your questions or comments. We may also file your comments to improve the site, or review and discard the information. Your personal information will not be shared with third parties without your explicit permission.

Regarding our online subscription mailing lists, it is our policy to send email to the subscribers who explicitly requested to be placed on such lists. In every such email message, we will also have instructions on how to unsubscribe so that you will not receive any such messages from us in the future, if you do not wish to. When you register for membership with, you have the option to receive email with information which we think you will find useful, including announcements about new services from us. If you decide, at any time later that you would rather not receive such email, simply visit the "Edit My Profile" area of the membership home page to change your preferences. Here you can also review, correct, update, or delete personal information that you provide to us at any time. provides public forums for our visitors to read and share information with other individuals. Disclosing personally identifiable information online through chat rooms, forums, and message boards makes the information submitted public information. Please be careful and use discretion when disclosing any information in such a public forum. In all cases, by deleting your membership we will also delete any messages you have posted in our public forums.

By using the website and the services available to you on the site, you consent to our collection of your personally identifiable information as described in this Privacy Policy. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will update our policies here at the website under Privacy Policy.

Information Disclosure to Outside Parties

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. We share no personally identifiable information with these third parties and, in return, receive no personally identifiable information from them. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent. As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by clicking on the 'Profile' option within the Community area, or by clicking on 'Account Information' or 'Address Book', within our Stitchboard Boutique.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). will never knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 16. While does not target services to those under 16 without using the safeguards listed herein, we recognize that some children will attempt to register and use the services in our member area. If a visitor registers with us, we reserve the right to cancel such membership if it is determined that they were, in fact, under age 16. In such case, we will discard all personal information without using, storing in our database, or disclosing such information. In addition to these protections, will never list Personally Identifiable Information, or information that would allow for the online or offline contact of a child under age 16 in any member service.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Terms of Service

Please also visit our Terms of Service section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our web site's privacy policy.

Governing Law

Any claim relating to's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

This policy was last modified on November 19, 2023.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.
PO Box 242
Cortland, IL 60112


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