Okay, so I really need to hear from you. I'm thinking of "unretiring" from my career as a technical editor so that I can edit sewing pattern instructions, and you can help me make my decision. Here's what I'd like to know:
- Do you buy downloadable sewing patterns (and instructions and tutorials, so I'll just use "patterns" in this post to mean all three) from individuals or small companies (rather than the "Big Four", and I'll add in Burda, too)?
- For what kind of projects do you buy patterns (garments, purses, upcycling, baby and children's clothing and accessories, home dec, other [please mention])?
- Do you print the patterns or read and use them from your computer? Ereader? Other mobile device? Or both print and use from computer/mobile device?
- Do you notice errors and omissions?
- Do you notice inconsistencies?
- Are you aware of confusing instructions and/or instructions that are out of order?
- Do you care?
- Why? In other words, how does this affect your 1) ability to use the pattern and 2) your pleasure and enjoyment of the pattern?
- If you notice these problems, how does it affect your decision about a subsequent pattern from that person or small company? (Are you more likely to buy it or less likely to buy it?)
- What bugs you about patterns?
- How would you like them to be different?
- Do you have different satisfaction standards for patterns that are free compared to those you purchase?
- What else would you like to say about this topic?
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who reads this and replies. This time, it's you who's helping me! "We help each other!"
And a reminder: The giveaway for a little zippered case with a see-through front ends tonight (Tuesday, Sept 4) at 11:59 pm EDT. That post is here.
Update: I think I am asking way too many questions here. How about if you choose one or two questions and answer those. Would that be better?
Blessings and peace...