Welcome, Pattern Testers! Here's a blog series for you, and the designer(s) you work with. The posts below discuss everything you need to know - from tester compensation to fabric selection, and ever tester personality you'll encounter along the way. I hope you find this series encouraging and informative. If you love this series - please consider a donation in "blogger gold" - that is, sharing with your friends!
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The tester series continues! I've interviewed designers and testers, read every comment on every thread, and worked diligently to sort my own feelings from those of the "masses." So today, I report some of the tester's poll results, and comment on them. A combination of what we DO expect - and what we SHOULD expect - in exchange for this "free" service we offer designers.
If you're on my sewing blog, there's a pretty decent chance that you sew. (I'm a smart one, aren't I???) And since you sew, you probably like to share those beautiful creations across the inter-webs. Maybe you blog, maybe you test patterns, maybe you just enjoy sharing creations with your friends on sewcial media. Whichever you do, you've probably taken one of the following...
I've been pattern testing since month 1 of sewing with PDF patterns. I can't really remember how this happened, but I know that my background as a lifestyle photographer accelerated my fan-to-tester status. In the 3 years since, I have tested for girls, boys, women, and accessories. I've met designers of all types, and encountered testers of all types. And while their personalities, sizes, and aesthetics vary greatly... their usefulness is undeniable. Here are the 13 tester "types" I come across most, and what makes them valuable (and what doesn't).