Become a JLH Pattern Tester!

Friday, February 3, 2017

THANK YOU!! 
The list is now closed, but check back in the future for other openings.

Yesterday, I deleted my very first tester database *gulp* but it was time.

I started that database all the way back in August 2014. Over the years, people have naturally dropped off and those that were on it, became confident seamstresses, ready to tackle anything. So this week, I emailed that amazing group of people, told them that the list was being deleted and that if they still had time and wanted too, they could sign up to the new Pattern Tester list.

And now, you can too!

For a limited time I'm opening up the list to new people who might fancy testing a future pattern for me - oh, and the Juniper Cardigan will be ready next week! May as well hit the ground running right?

Please take a moment to read the updated FAQ's below so that you know what you're getting into before you sign up...

1) Do I get paid to pattern test?
Unfortunately not, but you do get a (hopefully) cute pattern! Once all feedback is collated and any changes are made, I'll also send you a final copy of the updated pattern as a thank you.

2) Do I need to blog about it once the pattern is released?
Absolutely not! In fact, I have testers who don't even have blogs or an internet presence. What I need from testers is honest feedback about the pattern, and then should you wish, you are more than welcome to blog about your experience with the pattern (good or bad) once released, but there is no small print stating that you have to blog about it (though obviously, I'd welcome it!).

3) Do I need a blog or web presence to test?
Again, absolutely not, see above answer.

4) How do you pick who get's to test?
Once I have the next pattern ready, I'll email the entire database to let you know. From there, testers will be chosen on a first in per size email basis. If the first 10 people signing up are all a size 14, obviously I need a range of sizes to test for me, and sending the pattern to a large group who are all sewing up the same size isn't going to give me a good idea of how the pattern works across all sizes. So in that instance, the first few in that size group will get to test.

5) What do I have to do?
Once you've received my email with a description of what the next pattern is, if you want to test it, all you have to do is let me know. If I receive your email before the testing group is full, I'll email you the pattern with a list of questions I'd like to know about.

After you've made the pattern, you'll need to email me back with the answers to my questions and any other comments you think might be useful for me to put into the pattern (whether it's fit, typos, missing information, instructions that are hard to understand etc). This usually needs to happen with a 2-3 week turn around.

6) What if I'm too busy to test a pattern with a 2 week turn around?
I'll always let you know what you're in for before you commit to testing a pattern. If you think there's no way you'll be able to provide feed back in that time (sometimes sooner!) then I'd appreciate it if you'd pass on testing that time and let someone else do it.

Don't worry, just because you pass this time, doesn't mean you get a black mark next to your name for next time :)

7) Is the pattern going to be in pdf? Do I need a printer? I hate pdf's by the way...
Yes, at this stage all my patterns are in a digital pdf format. So, yes, you'll need a printer. My patterns work for both A4 and US Letter sized paper.

I think 'hate' is a rather strong word, but I understand the difficulties of working with pdf patterns. However, if you're yet to try one of my PDF patterns, I hope I'll curb some of that dislike. My pdf's are laid out in a way that you don't end up needing to rearrange your entire living room to tape together one big blob of paper. You get to print out only the version you want to make, and you'll save a bunch of paper and time doing it my way :)

I've also just added A0 Print Shop versions to all patterns and I will send you both layouts when testing.

8) What if I don't like the style of the pattern on me?
I'll hopefully describe the pattern to you as best I can without actually showing everyone what the pattern looks like (cause that'd be giving it away!). Based on that information, you'll need to decide if you think it's something you'd like to make, and then fingers crossed you like it.

If you end up hating the style, I'd still need your feedback but I guess you'll just need to look at the pattern objectively (rather than emotionally) so you can let me know any issues with it.

9) What if I'm a beginner seamstress?
Great! I will be releasing patterns that suit different levels of sewing experience. If I've stated in an email that a pattern is intermediate or advanced but it sounds like something you'd like to have a go at making, then please feel free to sign up. You never know, while I think it's an advanced pattern, you might think it's super easy, which would then mean I'd need to re-think my classification of the pattern anyway.

10) If I sign up and give you my email address, will you use it for other spammy 
purposes, or give it to spammy people who will send me spam?
No way! Your email address will specifically go onto my testers database, and you'll only ever get an email from me if it's about pattern testing (unless you'd like other emails of course! You can sign up to my actual newsletter here). And I'll never give your email address to spammy people either, don't you worry.

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Does that sound like something you'd be up for? If so, you can...

Sign up here! I'd love to have you.

Make sure you get in quickly as I'm not going to be leaving the list open for too long, having a massive tester database doesn't actually help as much as you think it might - people inevitably get disappointed if they don't make the sign up in time when a new pattern is ready, and unfortunately, there's not too much I can do about that.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Otherwise, thank you so much for all of your support! And here's to testing Juniper next week (gin optional).

xx
J
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2 comments on "Become a JLH Pattern Tester!"
  1. I never fit in a single size, is grading between sizes ok for testers or are you looking for testing of specific single sizes?

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    1. Hey Khristina! That's totally fine - I always add a few testers who are in-between sizes since many people don't fit into just one size. You'd just need to let me know what any changes you made to the pattern (eg, graded between size 10 waist to size 12 hips) and comment on how those changes went and the overall fit after the changes were made.

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