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Is it worthwhile to join ClubBMV
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Date: 8/20/12 7:43 PM

Anyone have good or bad experiences with ClubBMV?

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Date: 8/20/12 8:44 PM

Depends on how much you plan to purchase from them.

Personally I think YES! You get cheaper prices on the patterns and after buying a certain # of them, it pays for itself.

Right now there is a special for a year subscription for $9.99, so I say, GO FOR IT!

I also think there's another thread w/ this same topic out there if you want to search for more responses.

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Date: 8/20/12 9:24 PM

If you are located near a store which has pattern sales and always has your desired pattern in stock, probably not worth it to join unless you burn through more than $90 worth of BVMK's.

For the rest of us - worth it. My local chain fabric store sells BVM for MSRP less 25% and doesn't carry Kwik Sew. I can recoup the cost of the ClubBMV with the purchase of one sale Vogue pattern!

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Date: 8/20/12 9:33 PM

I live an hour from the nearest Joann's which is the only place at all nearby to buy patterns. Just for the time savings it is worth it to me to join ClubBMV.

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Date: 8/20/12 10:59 PM

I joined back at the end of June when I signed up for the Couture Dress class at www.craftsy.com. They had a special on classes AND a special on club BMV, $9.99. I have a couple of Jo-Ann's and a Hobby Lobby close enough to buy the Big 4 on sale, but I got the membership for the Kwik Sew patterns. I don't like to pay full price for any of my patterns. I've recouped my membership already.

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Date: 8/20/12 11:04 PM

Thanks for responding. It seems like there are no bad experiences. I did join today. I'll try it for a year.


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Date: 8/20/12 11:32 PM

I just put a bunch of patterns in my cart over the weekend ($90 worth) and today a sale started...it's now costing me $18 plus shipping. So worth it.

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Date: 8/20/12 11:44 PM

For me, the big advantage to being a club BMV member is the convenience. I don't think it is a money saver overall for me because I buy more patterns through the club than I would locally or if I weren't a club member, which makes up any savings I might see. For example, I can't get Kwik Sew locally, so I'd spend very little on that line if I weren't a member of club BMV.

Our local Joann store only gets one of each size for Vogue patterns and I don't notice that they ever restock the ones I might want. There is no Kwik Sew at all, and it seems like the newest McCall's and Butterick patterns are never in the store until the next catalog set are published. If I want the right size pattern, and I want the pattern before several months have passed (at the risk of the pattern being discontinued), it's best to order during the club BMV sales.

The online sales are available to the public, but members get an additional discount. For me, the cost of the patterns on sale online plus shipping of about $1 per pattern on average vs the cost of driving to the store and back for the rotating sales is about the same. If the online sale is Vogue for $3.99 ($3.69 for members), I make out a little better with the online purchase, except that I end up buying more patterns online than in person because of the limited availability in the store. Overall, I spend more through the club than if I were not a member. But I get what I want instead of having a wasted trip to Joann Fabrics, and the shipping is quick enough for me (about a week or less).

When they are on sale locally, the prices are better than online for Butterick and McCall's. But there is the availability problem in the store, and Butterick are less likely to be included in the rotating sales than McCall's and Vogue.

I've called customer service twice to change an order when I'd made an error, and if they hadn't pulled that day's order for shipping yet, I could correct my error. That has not been my experience with other online shopping, where the order is set in stone or subject to restock fees even if they haven't touched the stock yet.

And they now have Marfy patterns for 15% off! Unless the exchange rates drop a lot, that is a better deal than ordering directly from Marfy, provided the pattern I want is on the website. Only some of the Marfy patterns in the catalogs are posted for sale online, though.

I think I also got my subscription for Vogue Patterns magazine at a discount, too.

Online is pretty much the only way to get any of the discontinued patterns. OOP patterns are never on sale unless they spend a short time as a clearance item. The discount isn't a lot off the full price of the patterns, but it does pay for the shipping to have the club discount on OOP patterns, provided you order more than one.

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Date: 8/21/12 0:34 AM

I use Club BMV for all if not most of my patterns.

Cheaper and fast shipping to Canada.

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Date: 8/21/12 2:40 AM

I'm not a member, because I would have to buy too many to make it pay for itself. However, I buy all my Vogue patterns from there. Here they cost 16-24 Euros ($20-30) and they never go on sale.
I always wait for a 3.95 sale for non-members and then buy a bunch. Even with shipping, it still only works out to only $7.50 apiece.

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