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Date: 6/18/13 9:11 PM

Hi!
I love my Vogue Knitting subscription but I've been knitting for years and feel quite comfortable with their patterns.
I'm now considering a Vogue Patterns subscription but I wanted to get some opinions on whether or not its the best choice for the rank beginner. I would also love some other magazine suggestions for beginners since I don't know the sewing world very well yet.
I know there are other magazines out there, but most seem to focus on ruffly crafts and kids clothing (my two kids come with litterboxes) or they have a couture/art focus, like Selvedge magazine.
Would Ottobre or Burda be over my head right now? Are there any UK magazines that might be of interest/use to a beginner?
ETA: What about Sew It All magazine? Anyone have experience with it? I've never seen it in the stores here.
Thank you for any suggestions!
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Date: 6/19/13 12:00 PM

Ottobre and Burda might be over your head by themselves (the directions are sparse and there are few if any illustrations) but if you have a good basic sewing book or two to help you out they are a good source of patterns. Ottobre Woman tends to have styles that are less fussy and maybe more that are beginner friendly than Burda but there are only 2 issues of Ottobre Woman per year and 12 of Burda. I think the Ottobre directions are clearer and they have some illustrations for the tricky parts. Burda usually has one pattern per issue that it has in depth directions for.

Threads isn't a pattern magazine, but it focuses on garment sewing. It's the kind of magazine you never want to recycle! I think Sew Stylish is by the same publishers, but more for beginners (I think).

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Date: 6/19/13 1:46 PM

Thanks for responding!
I guess I should wait a year or so before I try Ottobre. I saw on a blog that all the patterns are printed on one page! It was a little scary.
Sew Stylish seems cool, but I've never seen it in the stores around here even though we get Threads. I know it's not a monthly but I've really been looking!
I like being able to look at a mag before I commit to a subscription. That's really why I posted this question. Most of the bookstores in my area have shut down and I just don't know where to find anything anymore.

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Date: 6/19/13 3:07 PM

Hope it's not too late to chime in. Burda has an Burda Easy (?) magazine that's geared for beginners with more indepth directions. Also the regular magazine sometimes contains simple patterns that I think you could handle once you get past the tracing part!

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Date: 6/19/13 3:25 PM

Instead of sewing magazines, which if like other "craft" magzines will be hit or miss. Some very helpful and others not at all.

Check the various DVDs at Threads Magazine's website. Sewing 101 would be a good start for a novice and a refresher for those who have a few years experience. Many techniques have improved over the years.

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Date: 6/19/13 8:15 PM

You can't go wrong with a subscription to Threads magazine. Ask and you will find many have been subscribing since the 80s. It has depth, couture articles, beginner articles, articles on retro garments, international shopping, notions, on and on...... Highly recommend. What you can't use now, I promise you will use later.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:16 PM

That sounds interesting! I like some of the Burda patterns I've seen, but they all seem advanced. I'll check it out. Thanks!

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Date: 6/19/13 9:26 PM

Yes, I love reading that one at the bookstore. It's a little intimidating for me but I guess most things will be right now.
Someone else suggested the Learn to Sew dvds from Threads. Maybe they'll give me some confidence.

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Date: 6/20/13 0:17 AM

No one mentioned Sew News. Are they still around?

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Date: 6/20/13 1:17 AM

Yes, they are. There is even a tv show called Sew It All TV. Ellen March is the host of the show.
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