I recently was working on a skirt pattern. It's quite involved and it took me almost 3 days work to sew the skirt and along the way to make the tutorial video and take all the step by step photos. Then I had to edit the video and turn the photos into a step by step tutorial.
Except disaster – I had left my camera on macro and although things had looked sharp in the little screen, when I uploaded them to my computer, every single photo was blurry. Every single one – 3 days of work – grrrrr.
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It's a busy time of year, I was struggling to find the time to do it all over again. So that got me to thinking – did people really want step by step photo instructions these days, or did people prefer to watch a video tutorial? I always prefer video myself so I decided to ask in one of the sewing groups I am a member of and I was really surprised at the strong opinions. Almost everyone said they either disliked sewing videos, or said they never watched them for one reason or another. They were all very clear – they certainly wouldn't use a pattern that only had a video tutorial. It seems full written and photo instructions -were essential and video was just a time-wasting nuisance.
I was surprised, but it does show that sometimes what one person prefers, many others prefer the opposite.
It's a lot of work for me to create some of these patterns and tutorials and I would hate to be wasting my time and your time with instructions or videos that you aren't interested in. So it's time for a readers poll.
Let me know what you think below…
And if you really do think my video are rubbish, I'm happy to receive your suggestions for improvement. Try not to be too cutting with your remarks!