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Is the BMV Club worth it?
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Patti B
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Date: 1/22/10 9:56 PM

Now that the BMV Club has been going for awhile, I'm wondering how people feel about it. Is it worth doing? Obviously, I haven't joined and am debating with myself if it would be handy. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Date: 1/22/10 10:39 PM

It is so worth it. As you know, patterns can be very expensive and I for one am not really into sitting at the pattern counter flipping through the pattern books. I love the fact that I can look to my hearts content online and then save the patterns I want in my basket. Every 2 to 3 weeks I get an email saying that all patterns from one of the lines, or maybe all 3 pattern lines is on sale for anywhere from $2.99 up to a couple of dollars more. Then I pull up my cart and check out. A couple of days later the patterns arrive at my door. It is so worth the $15.00 membership. If you are a member you can purchase patterns at any time and get a nice discount, but I always wait for the email and get a HUGE discount. I have so many different patterns now to choose from and it is really nice to be able to pull the paper pattern out of the envelope, study it and if I decide it is not going to work for me--then that's ok because I have only spent a few dollars on it. I joined a couple of years ago and I now have a wide variety of patterns to choose from, mix and match, study over, dream about etc, etc. I highly recommend it. One thing to note though: the Marfy patterns and out of print patterns are not eligible for the discount.

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Date: 1/22/10 10:40 PM

i joined but am not going to to renew - nothing at all wrong with bmv but my local fabric store has rotating sales every month on patterns for the same price - sometimes less - one week mcalls - the next vogue and so on.

i was disappointed by the length of time it took to receive patterns but chalked that up to my being in canada.

taking in to account the cost of shipping/handling - long wait and fluctating $ made me decide not to renew.

sorry for the poor typing - right hand is out of commission due to recent surgery so this is one left hand typing.

if you are in an area where it's hard to get these patterns on sale i would say go for it.

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Date: 1/22/10 11:15 PM

And another Canadian piping in, to say I'm a member and LOVE the BMV club!

The fabric stores in my area always have 50% off any patterns...as long as you also buy fabric for them. I buy most my fabrics online, and even at 50% off, that's still $12 - $15 per Vogue pattern.

I buy at the BMV special club sales from $2 - $4 per pattern, and even with shipping & exchange rates, that's cheaper than buying local.



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Date: 1/22/10 11:26 PM

This sounds pretty great, all this variety at a great price. But, I'm pretty new here, so can you tell me just what the BMW club is and where to find them? Thanks.

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Date: 1/22/10 11:39 PM

Club BMV is Butterick, Mccall's, Vogue pattern company. You can join for $15/year and you get notified about sales on their patterns plus a discount anytime you order. Club BMV

NAYY

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Date: 1/22/10 11:42 PM

Patti, I developed an aversion to the idea--at first. However, from time to time they have a free shipping thing. My nearest Joann's is a 45 mile drive (45 X 2 @ 42mpg with a Prius), so, if the Vogues are going for 3.99, I have to factor in the the cost of gas per gallon plus maintenance. I wait for a great deal, and on the designer patterns, the BMV club wins now and again. If McCall's or Butterick are in question at $1.99 each, not so much. However, if you are very likely to buy Vogues even a couple of times a year, it's a winner.
-- Edited on 1/22/10 11:43 PM --

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Date: 1/23/10 7:28 AM

I can get patterns on sale close to home, but I was attracted by the idea of fresh, crisp patterns arriving in the mail. However, I never got the e-mails announcing the sales, and they were very unhelpful when I contacted them about the problem. Dealbreaker!

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Date: 1/23/10 8:17 AM

I echo what others have said. If you live near a JoAnn's it's probably not worth it. But for people who don't live close to one or don't live in the US it's really a great thing.

JT

ETA: OOP patterns are NEVER included in their 1.99/2.99/3.99 sales. Just so you know!
-- Edited on 1/23/10 8:18 AM --

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Date: 1/23/10 9:11 AM

Quote: Jatman
If you live near a JoAnn's it's probably not worth it.

I live near a Joann's and Club BMV actually *is* worth it to me, because it means I don't have to get in the car and drive to Joann's and then fiddle through pattern cabinets hoping to find the pattern and in my size. I don't have to stand in the usually long line to buy them. I don't pick up a bunch of other impulse items. I really wish Simplicity would do something similar.

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