What’s Up With All These Sewing Community Sites?
Warning: This is a long post with no pictures or links, so if you don’t care about sewing websites (or even if you do) feel free to skip over this!
I have yet to find a sewing community site that really appeals to me. I started out on BurdaStyle, that’s how I got into the interent sewing-sphere, and I thought it was awesome back then. Free patterns, good contests, totally open source. But things changed over time and it’s not open source anymore, barely any patterns are free (and member created patterns are hit or miss), and their contests are screwed up (always read the fine print. I’ve got some personal grips with them that I’ll tell you if your interested, but they’re nothing really bad).
Lately there seems to be lots of new sites popping up. Craftsy, the Sew Weekly, Colette Pattern’s Forum, Your Style Rocks, Kollabora, sew-whats-new.com, Threadbias, Stitchtalk, Sew and Share, and we can’t forget about Pattern Review; That’s just a few that I knew of and that came up when I searched “sewing community” on google. And I’m sure there’s more. Maybe one of these is perfect for you and you stick to only the one, like the perfect shoe, or do you surf and post in multiple?
What it says to me is that none of them have gotten it right. They all have something that works. Pattern Review has the biggest database, BurdaStyle is trendy and connects to the German pattern company(I’ve recently found that the newest incarnation of Russia Burdastyle is pretty awesome, if only I was fluent in Russian! Google translate and Pedro only help so much), Kollabora has a current site layout, and Your Style Rocks has free patterns. But none of them do it all, or if they try to it just doesn’t work.
Personally I’ve given up nearly all. I post on Pattern Review because the members have been the most supportive in comments (though PR has plenty of issues too). I quit posting on BurdaStyle awhile ago because it felt like the members cared more about crappy DIY and constantly designing your own stuff instead of just plain old good sewing (and I really wish all the differen Burdastyle language sites were connected). The administrators made a half-assed attempt at making it the official Burda pattern magazine English site… but they’re missing all of the stuff I’m interested in, and I’m pretty sure I’m in their target demographic. They sell the patterns digitally but they don’t keep a good archive like the German or Russian versions and they don’t show previews, both of which are what I like about Burda. It’s like they didn’t want to really be the English Burda site so did the bare minimum, like they were forced into it.
The best community I’ve found is just the network of sewing blogs, they’re fun, inviting and even collaborate on projects together. I don’t comment on everyone’s blog I read (it’s hard!), but I enjoy them all. I appreciate every comment I get, and try to return the favor, because this is supposed to be fun. I wish I lived in a more populated area because I get jealous that all those big city sewers get to have so much fun meeting up! I don’t really care how many people I “convert” to sewing or how many followers I have, I just like talking about sewing and no one in real life wants to listen to me that much haha!
Sorry this was such a long post, but how do you guys feel about community sites? Do you have a favorite, or one that you hate?
(By the way, this post was prompted by an email from Craftsy titled “Are you just not that into us?” How needy/passive aggressive can you sound? The email wasn’t that bad, but still, why do you care if I’m not posting? I bought a class from you is all, I don’t care about the rest of your site.)