Being fairly new on this site, I have seen some fantastic and frankly some terrible pictures of people’s projects / efforts..

Being a straightforward person, I would like to think that someone would give me their opinion if what i had posted was awful.. giving me the chance to discuss their views if I so felt the need..

Is this the same of others? Do you other sewers want to know if people think your work odd / bad?
Or do you only want praise – and if someone doesn’t like what you have done.. then you don’t want to know ? kind of the phrase – if you have nothing to say then say nothing at all ??

I just wondered if I should be honest or not ??

(I’m of course not talking about – i dont like the colour or an item would look better longer etc..)
but when someone gets something so terribly wrong that you know if they e.g. wore an item in public – they would be laughed at…)

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    Dec 11, 2009, 05.30 AMby sew4my3

    Hello seemslikeagoodidea! I just wanted to let you know that I reposted this for you here http://www.burdastyle.com/discussions/project-chatter/topics/opinions-advice—2 I hope it will draw more attention higher up in the discussion section. If you would like me to remove it and you repost it please let me know and I will do so.

    Also, I happen to agree with you on this. Happy sewing!

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    Dec 14, 2009, 02.35 AMby scheryka

    I agree as well. If my sewing reeeeeks! Let me know.

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    Oct 23, 2010, 03.37 AMby jen .ss1

    If you want “honesty” I think you should probably mention that very clearly in your comments when you post a project.

    In terms of commenting, it is important to remember that there are a lot of beginners here. A lot of these members, I think, want or need encouragement for their efforts, and perhaps some gentle guidance. (Learning to sew has got to be one of the more frustrating self-learning endeavors). Unfortunately, I’ve been somewhat disheartened lately to see really critical comments about a person’s sewing ability (and some borderline comments about body size/shape). This is a nice and supportive community, generally.

    If you really want critique, please say so, but don’t give it unless somewhat asks specifically. That’s my take!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 05.11 AMby nouvellegamine

      thank you. i think a lot of sewers mention when something they posted didn’t quite turn out how they hoped.

      and the body comments drive me crazy! i don’t want to read negative comments about any of the models bodies or positive comments presented in a way that puts down other people.

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    Nov 4, 2010, 10.40 PMby impqueen

    I think I’m with Jen nyc on this one. Helpful pointers on improvements are one thing – saying you think a project’s rubbish is another. I’m a novice, I know my projects aren’t perfect by a long shot and I need all the encouragement I can get! If someone was really critical of a project and happened to get me on a day I was feeling down it might put me off sewing entirely for a good long while. Besides, what someone thinks looks ridiculous is very subjective. Some people don’t give a damn if they’re laughed at in public! I know I’ve had more confident times in my life when I took it as a compliment. (The reasoning goes like this – I don’t want to be like them, they think I’m ridiculous, ergo I am not like them. Mission accomplished.)

    On the whole I don’t want people to be untruthful, but if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all. Comments about improvements in technique are welcome. If you don’t like that colour combination or style … well… I’d best not say that here!

    People post their projects on here because they feel proud of them for many and varied reasons. Is it really your place to tell them that that pride is misplaced?

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    Jan 1, 2011, 06.48 PMby gedwoods

    Many of my first efforts were awful, to the point that I sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t go back and delete those projects from my BurdaStyle studio, as I am trying to develop a standing as a designer now. However, I believe my early attempts serve as markers to others, to show how quickly it is possible to evolve from rank beginner with crooked sewing lines to a reasonably good sewer and what I hope is a great designer! If my early attempts had been met with heavy criticism, I’m not sure I would have made it this far. I might have said, well, “stuff BurdaStyle, I think they’re good” and kept on, but I’m not sure. What I did encounter is a highly encouraging community with lots of really good advice. Within the first few months as a member, I learned “tons” from fellow members, and even over the last year I learned a ton of stuff in more specialty areas.

    I agree with “jenss-1” assessment – provide constructive criticism where it is explicitly requested, and keep your thoughts to yourself where it is not. I have to say that there is so much new stuff every day that I don’t have time to follow up and comment on even the really good projects any more – I simply don’t spend much time with the projects that don’t speak to me.

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    Jan 1, 2011, 08.38 PMby katensew

    I think that constructive comments that are encouraging are important. I think it’s wonderful that we all have a chance to display our efforts to each other. Remember that someone ( who may not be very skilled ) has spent a great deal of time and effort in producing a project that they wish to show off – we all had to start somewhere. Surely all efforts are praiseworthy somewhere along the line – I have worked with less able students who have derived great pleasure from making what some may perceive as as " substandard" work Encouragement and showing by example is what is needed . There is room on the site for all !

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      Feb 5, 2011, 11.09 AMby katexxxxxx

      This, exactly.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 06.14 AMby urbandon

    If critical comments are encouraged by the poster then fine, otherwise I think it’s best to just be polite. We are a supportive group- and we should stay that way.

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    May 2, 2011, 11.38 AMby hdk100

    I agree with urbandon on this! What I really liked on the site at first was this, all the kind words, the encouragement. The projects I don’t like I don’t open, that’s it. There are enough members to say positive things on almost every project, I don’t have to like everything… I think that the poster should ask for critiques.

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    May 6, 2011, 11.03 AMby Sue @ Nainscrafts

    I am happy to receive constructive criticism, I am self taught and would take on board any advice given by those more experienced what I dont understand and it is the only complaint I have of burda style is the rating system….By all means rate my work but do it in such a way that I can at least either know what it is you feel is wrong this idea of in the dark criticism is NOT helpful at all in fact if I were a beginner and or someone who would think better leave this as they say I am no good it would destroy my confidence completely! Bottom line is if you cant be bothered making a comment then DONT rate the work….I want to know who and why as I am sure many others do and same goes for those who rate highly why? for those who are not designers or trained that can be a HUGE booster! ..=)

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.13 AMby nouvellegamine

    if i see something that isn’t sewn very well & the poster doesn’t mention it i just don’t comment at all.

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.15 AMby nouvellegamine

    and i’m not sure if you’re talking about actual photo quality or not, but i don’t judge the projects negatively for poor photos. not everyone has a great camera or someone to help them :)

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    Jul 30, 2011, 11.05 AMby emilybib

    I joined this community precisely because I won’t be kicked out if the things I produce aren’t perfect! We all sew for fun and for the love of creating, don’t we? Why would we sledge each other? I’m sure there’s somewhere else on the net where communities exist for that sort of precision (and nit-picking). I love seeing what other folks have done, and I’m not about to come down all high-and-mighty on someone else’s wobbly seam – there’s enough sadness in the world without adding to it by making someone else feel bad about something they’re really proud of! If you want my help or advice, I’ll give it in the spirit of generosity and our shared love of sewing, nothing less.

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    Aug 4, 2011, 08.30 PMby TheCreativeMissW

    Personally I think being straight talking is better left for face to face interaction where you can judge whether or not it’s apropriate and generally know people so you know what you can say without upsetting the other person. I think the nice thing about Burda is that it supportive. Sewing can be quite a solitary activity. and it’s nice to be able to share with others and encourage others. I think it can be quite hurtful to get a negative comment so I don’t personally comment if I’m less keen on the project.The person who put it up will have spent a long time making it and might well be very upset. I think people know themselves what needs improving really and if their sewing is wonky or awful I think they will be aware of that themselves and will ask for specific advice if they want it.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 06.01 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i do not see a nedd to put someon down with my comment. if i like something, i comment it (and the more i like, the more i write!) but if i do not like something newley posted or it is just not “my cup of tea” than i do not poste any thing……..as a lot of people started sewing just recently, who are we, to “judge” them with a negative comment?? lets be polite and friendly!

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      Aug 17, 2011, 09.28 PMby ichigogirl

      I totally agree! And sometimes it’s obvious that someone has really made an effort, and is learning, then I think they deserve encouragement rather than critisism even if the project they’ve made isn’t flawless. Then I comment too :-). In kind words, of course.

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    Aug 18, 2011, 02.38 AMby alfonsobarbe23

    Practice makes perfect.

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