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Date: 7/22/13 9:49 AM

Recently, I bought an expensive pattern system after I read glowing reviews on a sewing blog. I followed the directions, made my first muslin and was completely disillusioned by the whole experience. It would takes days to correct all the problems with this pattern....I will say that there could be slight error on my part but I'm not too stupid and I am an experienced sewer. What I want to know is if these bloggers are paid to promote patterns, fabrics, notions, etc. Some bloggers acknowledge their connections to online fabric shops (Two on, Two off tells you straight up that she is a rep for Fabric.com). I just wonder if others are not quite so forthcoming. Any opinions here?

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Date: 7/22/13 9:53 AM

Can you return the system? I'm sorry you had a bad experience.

I blog about personal finance and have affiliate links on my site.

I'm not a legal expert but I do know there are FCC rules that require that I disclose those links.

You'll also see people say things like "I was given this product to review" as another type of disclosure.

Having said that, that doesn't guarantee that a particular blogger knows or chooses to follow the rules. I'm not sure what the penalties are if caught.

For me, it's an issue that deals with personal integrity.

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Date: 7/22/13 1:00 PM

Depending on the item, perhaps you can return it?

Also, think about ways you have to let others know about your experience-- a review on your own blog (if you have one), review here, and even comments on the blog in question. This blogger may not be paid to promote a product, but she may really like it and want others to know about it.

A glance through a number of patterns and products here will tell you a lot of them are not unanimously loved. User experience, desires, body type, preferred fit, etc. all make a difference in how we like something. I'm not saying user error or anything like that, just that some patterns and gadgets work better for some people than others. Example-- I complained about the narrow sleeves on Jalie tops and someone commented on my review that she loved the sleeves. So there you go.

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Date: 7/22/13 1:09 PM

I think as far as pattern systems go there isn't one size fits all. I've seen people love them but then other people have different experiences with them. I think it's because people have different body shapes and I don't think most systems take that into consideration. I've tried several computer drafting systems and the patterns from would have me making as many adjustments with with tissue pattern a heck of a lot cheaper. Whenever spending a lot of money check several sources. One size does not fit all. And some bloggists do get products etc in exchange for promoting different things, products to have contests etc.

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Date: 7/22/13 2:07 PM

not that anybody reads my blog, but when i was given some stuff to review at sew expo, i noted in the blog entry that i was "invited to evaluate" the items. i did not review all of the things that i was given, but i did give my honest opinions when i wrote the entry.

i think most of the blogs that i read have badges and/or links showing who sponsors the sites.

as for it it not working for you, while that is unfortunate, it could just be one of those things that you need to "get the hang of" or maybe it just doesn't work for how you do things.

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Date: 7/22/13 2:10 PM

I think the vast majority of the time sewing bloggers are honest. I've seen tons of review posts where they mention that it is a "sponsored post" or where they note that they were sent the product specifically so they could review it. I have a blog and I was sent a sewing tool to review. I was not given any compensation aside from being allowed to keep the product, and part of the agreement was that I be completely truthful in my review. I did mention in my post that the creator of the tool sent it to me for the purpose of getting feedback. I genuinely liked what I was sent and use it all the time. I sew with so many Style Arc patterns and have such consistently good results that I suspect some people think I'm paid to promote them, but I'm definitely not! They just happen to be what works best for me at this point in my sewing life.

I would contact the company and see if they can figure out what went wrong. Even though they may not offer returns officially they may still allow it if their system genuinely doesn't work for you.

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Date: 7/22/13 2:32 PM

You just have to read the recent threads about favourite and least favourite notions to understand that one thing does not always work for everyone. You will see the same item listed as most used by one person and "wish I had never bought it" by another!

I would be unhappy if I found that someone was promoting a bad product for profit of some sort, but not much we can do about it but review the product ourselves and talk about it with others here and on our own blogs if we have them.

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Date: 7/22/13 2:41 PM

Some honesty know the product and others know nothing. Ask questions before making the purchase if you have any doubts or if the item is expensive.

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Date: 7/22/13 2:46 PM

Personally I think along the same lines as clothingengineer. For the first time in over 6 years of blogging I recently reviewed an item I was sent for reviewing. Both in my review here and on my blog I was clear about that and in it is my firm belief that most bloggers tell you if they are either paid for something or have received something for free to review.
Personally I would not have written a positive review if I would not have been positive, I would rather have contacted the seller about it and discuss what to do.
I have not reviewed a lot of notions or classes till now because I know that what will work for me, might not work for someone else. I've changed my mind a bit, as I think it is worthwhile to read the different experiences from different sewers. Everyone writes a review with her (his) own perspective. In that respect it is quite the same as a pattern review.

Sorry though for your bad experience with the system. Hope you work out some solution.

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Date: 7/22/13 3:28 PM

It is against the law not to disclose you are a paid review or got the item for free, at least not without a disclosure.

I know on my own blog, I tell people upfront I get something to review instead of a blanket disclaimer that many put on there.

Heck, with all the crap I have used on it, they SHOULD be paying me for it, but they aren't.

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