09 November 2010
Quality of work
One of the companies Duane works for has a number of different divisions, including one that sells the toys and accessories for RVs. They sell these covers, large size, and wanted a small one for a display. They had me make it (i was rather reluctant). I did most of this, Duane (who manages pretty well on the sewing machine) put the top on it. They then took it to a company that does the embroidery who added the logo info.
They are getting ready to ship it off somewhere, and wanted to know if i want to go see the finished product before it goes. Um, not really.
The truth is, i can see all the flaws in this thing. I kind of dreaded making this, and procrastinated quite a while. It came out okay, but that doesn't mean it meets professional standards. What looks really good on this thing - to me anyway - is what i did not do, the embroidery.
My mother taught me to sew, and she is professional in all the sewing she does. So, when i make something, i usually see all the flaws rather than the assets.
I'm very happy that Duane's company is pleased with this . . . thing, but, i have a hard time looking at it. I know exactly what it should look like if it were professionally done, and this falls very short. I guess they want a few of these. I told Duane that i will try a second one, but that if that one doesn't meet "professional standards" in my eyes, i would prefer to recommend someone else. I can think of at least 2 places that would do a good job with these.
He didn't understand this at all. I could make a little pin money on the side. I kept trying to explain, but he didn't get it until i said, "Sweetie, imagine you wrote a computer program that works. It works. It works just fine. But it isn't perfect. The margins don't line up. The color isn't quite right. It works, but it isn't right. Tell me you wouldn't be bothered every time you opened that page. Tell me you would not be bothered if it was just okay instead of really professional."
I could tell from his face he knew just exactly what i was saying. I've seen him work hours and hours to make web pages of things look perfect, well designed, professional.
So, i don't know where this will go. If i do something that will be taken to stores and used in displays, i want it to look right. If i can't make it look right, then, please take it to someone who can!
I'd ask your opinion on this, and i'd be glad to hear it, but frankly, the way i feel about my work and the quality of my work is not something anyone can change. It doesn't go by opinion! There are some things in my life with which i'm fine with "okay." (How well the wood is stacked in the basket by the stove doesn't matter all that much. "Smoothing up" the bed - at home, not my MIL's - is fine. I'm not too perfectionistic about having the forks on the "proper" side when i set the table. Sewing a shirt or clothing for myself, something that no one else will be examining, doesn't have to be perfect/professional. So many things just don't matter all that much.)
There are other things that need to be done right!