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Date: 11/16/10 11:04 AM

I recently rediscovered my sewing mojo and have begun sewing from my most recently received Burda Style magazines.

Holy mother of all that is sewing-related! Can anyone else use these? I am a woman in my early 40s with good eyesight (near-sighted even), a well-lit studio and a large tracing surface, and I've had to walk away from a tracing task in frustration.

To clarify, I've been using Burda magazine since 2005. I've got no issue with the general format. It's the reduction of pattern sheets from 2 large sheets to 1 that is giving me conniptions.

Burda quickly responded to my letter of complaint, but seems to believe that the change has been well-received. My mini-non-scientific survey of sewing friends shows 100% otherwise.

If you have cancelled your subscription, or are considering it because of the nearly unusable new format pattern sheets, would you mind taking a second and dropping the fine folks of Burda a note at burdastyle@burda.com? I'm hoping that if enough people let them know how they feel, maybe they'll go back to the usable 2 sheet format and I won't have to cancel my beloved subscription.

In all fairness, if you love the new format and I'm a lone voice of dissent in the wilderness, perhaps you should let them know that, too....

Also, I requested they return the archives to the website. Their response "As soon as there will be resources on our website for the online long-term archives of the magazines you will find them back." Don't know exactly what that means, but looks like they're eventually bringing them back. Hooray!


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Date: 11/16/10 11:48 AM

Done. We'll see what good it does. But at least I'll know I tried.

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Date: 11/16/10 11:49 AM

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"As soon as there will be resources on our website for the online long-term archives of the magazines you will find them back."


I'm pretty sure that means "Computer says No."
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Date: 11/16/10 11:56 AM

I haven't really had a problem with the new format of the pattern sheets, *but* that does not make me a fan. It was certainly easier to use the previous format. I really don't notice a difference in the bulk of the magazine with 2 sheets vs 1, but I guess there is a difference in shipping weight or at least cost of producing the magazine, or else they wouldn't have done it.

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Date: 11/16/10 11:57 AM

I am so with you and it is done. Hopefully, money talks, and mine is talking on its way out the door. Unfortunately, I'm starting to suspect that Burda would just as soon get out of the magazine business. I think it is probably a hassle (and huge expense) compared to their internet presence and they seem to be putting the heavy push on downloads. Sadly, I think we may be witnessing the end of an era.

I pretty much committed to cancelling this month...I've recently acquired 4 old BWOF's ranging from 1999 to 2004 (before my subscription) and I found myself getting excited about more patterns in any single one of these issues than I have for the past 6 months of BS. That, coupled with the insane pattern sheets and omission of the archives and other silliness, pretty much makes me think that BurdaStyle is living up to their initials. *sigh*

I hope it's not all for naught, but I agree that we all need to speak up if we are dissatisfied.

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Date: 11/16/10 11:58 AM

And Leslie, if you have been tracing the jacket pattern we were talking about, I can see why you are frustrated. That front piece looks HORRIBLE, just on the instructions page. I can't imagine trying to sort it from the other gook. I LOVE that jacket...but am in fear of it.

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Date: 11/16/10 12:01 PM

I have aquired quite a few Burda Moden magazines from the 70s, and I often trace from them, so these new patternsheets seem easy to me in comparison. There were only 2 colours then! The pattern piece numbers are all in the margin. You look up from the number and there is your pattern piece! I use a highlighter to mark all the details before I trace so I'm sure I won't miss anything.

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Date: 11/16/10 12:10 PM

Same thing happened to me. I just finished tracing my first garment from a new Burda Style 'roadmap' with the drawings so much more crowded than they used to be, and I nearly went blind! This is in spite of perfect eyesight now and excellent lighting.

I had already planned on letting my subscription lapse because of the paucity of interesting designs, but this was the nail in the coffin. I really mean it: No more. Life is too short to muck with this kind of nonsense.

Back in my college years, I was a German major and actually studied at a German university. I used to buy German cameras and other cool machines. My husband has had a number of German motorcycles, and our experience with German flexibility is that there isn't much. They are slow to make changes, but when they do, they do it dramatically, turning everything upside down all at once. Then, after that, it's as if they are so traumatized by the whole process that they are unwilling to make any changes to the new design, even if it is patently wrong or actually stupid. If you protest that it would make more sense to do such and such, the response is likely to be, "Es hat keinen Zweck" ('There's no point').

I've had enough experience with this sort of thing to believe that writing Burda would be a waste of time. Burda is an enormous business, so large that this sewing magazine is a drop in the bucket to them.

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Date: 11/16/10 12:20 PM

Quote: Elona
I've had enough experience with this sort of thing to believe that writing Burda would be a waste of time. Burda is an enormous business, so large that this sewing magazine is a drop in the bucket to them.

I wholeheartedly agree w/ the first portion of your post, Elona, but I consider this part kind of like saying that government is so big and so flawed that there's no point in voting. You are probably absolutely right about our comments changing nothing - I'm not disputing that, but I don't believe that's not a reason to not try. You just never know. And I always feel guilty complaining about things that I have not tried my best to influence. So, yes, the REAL reason for complaining to them directly gives me the go-ahead to continue whining (in my mind). heehee...kidding. Sort of. Don't worry....I'll try to keep the public whining to a minimum.

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Date: 11/16/10 12:20 PM

Quote: LuceLu
I'm pretty sure that means "Computer says No."

That's funny for SO many reasons.
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