Thursday, April 25, 2013

A public service announcement

Home sewing enthusiasts: if you happen to notice flyers from "Tru-Fit Patterns" for an upcoming pattern design class being offered at your local fabric store, and you're tempted to plunk down the $10 to attend, please be aware of the following:

  • The "professional in the garment industry" is a representative from Tru-Fit Patterns, and he's there primarily to get your money.
  • The "2 1/2 hour class" consists of a demonstration of the Lutterloh Pattern System (which has been around since the 1930s), larded with lots and lots of hard-sell tactics attempting to get you to buy this very expensive system and all its accoutrements from Tru-Fit before you leave the store.
  • The fine print at the bottom of the order form: "All sales final. No refunds." In the words of Stan Lee, "Nuff said."
My best guess is that the Lutterloh system probably works -- if it's been around for some 80 years and the company is still in operation, that's usually a good sign. But this is not a pattern design class -- it's a product shill. If you want to pay $10 to sit through a 2 1/2 hour advertisement, be my guest. Just be aware of what you're getting into. (Me, I went back to Hancock Fabrics and asked for a "tuition" refund. Ordinarily advertisers pay for the chance to convince an audience, not the other way around.)

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