Pattern Testers Wanted!

All skill levels welcome.

Do you love to sew and quilt? Have you ever read a pattern and been confused by either the wording or the diagrams? Do you enjoy learning and sharing techniques? Have you ever considered becoming a pattern tester?

Pattern testing is a great way to connect with designers, learn new techniques, be part of a quality control team, and show off some of your handiwork. And we would love to have you join our team.

How It Works

When new patterns are ready to be tested, an email will go out to the mailing list which will include: the timeline for completion (generally 3 weeks), a picture of the quilt to be tested, the skill level of the pattern, the fabric & tool requirements, and any other important details. Those who are interested in testing will have 5 days to reply, and a random selection of 6-8 testers will be chosen. If you reply and are not chosen, don’t worry. There will be many other opportunities.

Expectations of Pattern Testers

1. Commitment. If you agree to test a pattern, please do your very best to complete the project within the allotted time. That being said, life happens. I get it. If you realize that finishing the project just isn’t going to happen, please let me know as soon as possible. I won’t go bananas and I won’t delete you from the mailing list. This is one of the reasons there are multiple testers for each pattern.

2. Choice. Pattern testing calls will include projects like: large and small quilts, bags and pouches, pincushions, etc. If you are not comfortable with a particular call, simply do not respond. There will be no pressure for you to make projects that are not of interest to you. I want this to be a good thing for all of us!

3. Test the pattern as written. You are creative, you have a set of skills to bring to the table, and maybe you would approach the pattern a different way (PLEASE include that information in the pattern evaluation) but it is VERY IMPORTANT that you test the pattern as written.

4. Written Evaluation. Plan to include things like: steps that are unclear, diagrams that are unclear, re-wording suggestions, tips and tricks to make steps easier, grammar errors, measurement errors, cutting and yardage errors, steps that are confusing at first but you were able to figure them out based on your experience as a sewist, etc.

5. Provide a high quality, well lit photo that can be shared on social media.

6. Mum’s the Word. It is important that you not share the patterns you test on social media or with your local guild until the pattern has been released.

7. Honor the copyright. All patterns provided to you are for YOU to use and enjoy. Please do not distribute them at large.

Expectations of Pattern Designer (ME!)

1. Communication. I will keep you informed. All questions directed to me will be answered with 48 (or fewer) hours. Also, you will be informed of the release date so that you can prepare to be included in the initial release advertising (this would be the time to share on social media, blogs, newsletters, in real life) if you so choose.

2. Patterns. Each tester will receive a draft (well written and already tested by me) to use for pattern testing. Upon publication of the pattern, each tester who has completed the project and submitted the evaluation and photo will receive a final copy of the pattern (your choice of print or pdf).

3. Evaluation Form. Each pattern draft will include a form to help you with your evaluation.

4. Credit. Your photo will be included in the pattern release and you will be credited as the maker.

If, after reading the above, you are interested in being a pattern tester for SEWN, please fill out and submit the form below.

Thank you!!

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