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How do you tell complete strangers about pR?
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Date: 11/13/10 6:51 PM

I have learnt so much in the 3 years I have been on this site. It has been a tremendous resource of knowledge and being able to access the experience of others is incredibly powerful, not to mention the companionship and entertainment along the way. Of course I want to tell other sewists about it.

Often when I am in a fabric shop, I feel like saying to someone struggling with a problem or decision 'Do you know Patternreview?'. Most of the time of course I don't. Sometime I do and it is well received and sometimes not, probably because the person is not used to the internet.

Do you tell people about PR? How do you do it? Would you want to be told if you did not know? Or would it just be annoying for a complete stranger to start a conversation with you?

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Date: 11/13/10 6:53 PM

I've told people about patternreview at the pattern counter in the fabric store...usually if they are beginners asking questions. I've never had anyone offended.

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Date: 11/13/10 7:26 PM

Why would someone be offended? Because it's not helpful if they don't use the internet? (Are there really that many people who don't use the internet at all??)

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Date: 11/13/10 7:55 PM

We're evangelists now? Would that make PR a religion or a cult?

Deepika's poor server(s)!

It's easier if the store has a copy of the new PR sewing tips book ... saw it not only at Hancock but Books-A-Million.

(No thumbs-up smiley? We need one!)
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Date: 11/13/10 8:37 PM

I always tell people who insist that "no one is sewing clothing anymore"...especially fabric shop owners.

I do warn that it takes a little while to learn your way around the site...which is true.

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Date: 11/13/10 9:20 PM

My Dad won't use the internet at all. I was trying to get him look at some flooring on Lowe's website. He wouldn't do it. Instead, he drove all the way to the store and then called me back. LOL They have a compeuter. My Mother uses the internet and is a PR member herself.

Franticfashion used the words not well received or something like that. I translated it to offended, but I guess not being well received could simply indicate disinterest. No one should be offended when someone is being helpful.

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Date: 11/13/10 10:12 PM

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Sometime I do and it is well received and sometimes not, probably because the person is not used to the internet.

If someone doesn't use the Internet, I would think the typical reaction would be no reaction, or a simple "I don't have a computer" or whatever.

I've mentioned PR from time to time over the last few years to people who work at the local Fabricland. I never got a reaction much beyond an "oh, that's interesting."


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Date: 11/13/10 11:12 PM

I talk about PR to people at fabric stores,sewing lessons, sewing shows etc. Some have heard of it, others have no idea.

Nobody has said anything negative to me.

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Date: 11/13/10 11:33 PM

I was a PR ambassador at the Sewing Expo. I couldn't believe that nobody I talked with had heard of PR. My line was, "I have improved my sewing and fitting skills by at least 50 percent in the 6 months since my Pattern Review membership started".

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Date: 11/14/10 0:08 AM

I've mentioned it to a few people (recently someone behind the fabric counter) and they seem interested. Often it's somebody who says they've been thinking about taking up sewing--they've inherited mom's old machine, for instance. I say that it's got people at all levels, and it's a great place to ask questions.

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