Tuesday, March 31, 2009

That's Sew Odd...

I was browsing the patterns at our local JoAnn's, and came across a little top with a cute ruffle detail (which probably isn't showing up in my lousy photo!). Bought it, took it home, opened up the envelope and discovered -- I had the paper pattern for the pattern I bought, but the instruction sheet was for another pattern entirely. First time that's ever happened to me -- anyone else?


I probably could have stitched the top without instructions, but I really wanted to know how that ruffle was done, so the next day, back to the store I went. After explaining my problem to the clerk, we went back to the pattern display to see if they had another copy. They did, but when we opened that one up -- same problem -- I'm guessing this particular pattern was produced the day after a major drinking holiday! At any rate, the store clerk having no further clues as to how to help, I sent off an email to the pattern company. Imagine my surprise when I got a response the very next day! It was no big deal for them to fax a copy of the instructions to me -- hmmm, wonder if they've done that before? So, props to Alicia at Simplicity patterns (parent company of New Look) for helping out this sew-ist!

3 comments:

CNH said...

Hellooooo, Karen! (That's my best "Goood Mooorning, Viet Nam!" Robin Williams imitation.) I'm so glad to be getting to know you a little at Panera on Wednesday nights and to find your blog spot. Will the CD snafu soon be an entry? And the jig is up about your coquettish reluctance to call the company that produced the CD to ask for a replacement---you're obviously tenured at just that practice according to your latest post(s!). The fact that you need it because of user rather than manufacturer error is a very minor detail, indeed. Who cares? Can't hurt to give it a try. Or the taking-the-box-cover-off thing Sho's finacee suggested. Either way, I hope it's soon recovered. See you on a Wednesday. Cindy.

Karen said...

Well, Cindy, I'll probably try to get the disk out before contacting the company -- when all is said and done I would still need to be able to insert the disk into the machine onto which the program was originally loaded. And for those who might be reading and going "What the...?" Cindy is referring to a certain idjit (that would be moi) who inserted a computer CD into a slot that it was not meant to be inserted into -- ouch! I'm hoping my SIL (the original Computer Boy Wonder) may be able to help me out of this jam eventually.

CNH said...

Oh, dear. Obviously I'm the one who's the idjit here. In my childlike pride of accomplishment in actually having been able to navigate to find your blog---coupled with my naivete about proper protocols---I didn't stop to consider that it was more appropriate for my greeting to be a private e-mail rather than a public post. Now I may have spoiled what coulda woulda shoulda been a perfectly wonderful future topic for you, as well as thickly misunderstanding that you weren't hesitant at all about contacting the CD company for a replacement. You were, instead, kindly refraining from embarrassing me by pointing out the glaring fact that a substitute disk is superfluous to a jammed disk player. Mea cupla. I apologize, and am signing off the public airwaves. From now on it's conversation in person only, or via the sotta voce of e-mail. I'll be a faithful reader of your blog, though, and wish you and the many members of your audience well!