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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Why did you like/dislike your Threads online subscription? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Why did you like/dislike your Threads online subscription?
I'd like any input!...Do I subscribe to Threads or just by some books and Dvds...Would I get as much info. out of books and Dvds?
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Date: 11/16/12 9:30 AM

Good Morning Sewing Friends!,
I'd appreciate any feedback! I'd like more resources for sewing....I need some updated fit, sewing techniques, serging info., and inspirations. Do I just by some books and DVDs, or do I subscribe to Threads online? I see that they have an offer right now that lets you access their data base and a free Craftsy class too. I could do that, or I could just buy the craftsy class and a couple books. What say you? Have you or your friend tried Threads and what was your experience? What did you love and find yourself enjoying or hate and find yourself irritated about? I DO like having info on hand, and I DO like visuals/DVDs....... but I don't mind downloading or copying either....can you copy the info off of the Threads website if you're subscribing to it?
Anyways, thanks in advance for any input!!!
Happy Almost Holiday to you. : )
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Date: 11/16/12 9:44 AM

Threads is an amazing resource, and I definitely think it is worth the $30/year. I have the digital subscription to Threads. I really like the fact that since it is digital I can read it anywhere, anytime from any computer and I don't have to make room for physical storage of the magazine. That being said, I really hate that it is displayed in a Flash viewer in the browser instead of being a downloadable PDF. They offer some of the articles as PDFs but I would rather have the whole magazine. So I'm up in the air as to whether I will renew the digital subscription or just stick to print. I don't really have the patience for classes so I haven't done anything with Craftsy.

The Threads magazine archive DVDs are well worth the money. I consider my copy one of my most valuable resources, right up there with Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina.

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Date: 11/16/12 11:34 AM

I have been a Threads subscriber for many many years. I also opted for Threads "Insider".
Since I have sewn for a lot of years I might not learn something new from each addition but I am always being inspired by what I see and read.
What I like about the "Insider" is the video's. You have all the "Learn to Sew" videos available to you and some really advanced techniques in the "Threads Industry Insider Techniques" videos. Whats not to love
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Date: 11/17/12 3:46 AM

I subscribe to the magazine and tried the online "Insider" but found that the info provided on the online site was stuff I already owned/had. If you have their DVD collections, then you basically have the items on the Insider. I wouldn't do without the magazine subscription, as I find it extremely valuable.

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Date: 11/17/12 4:53 AM

I have considered myself quite digital but I no longer crave it. Sitting at a monitor and dowloading and organizing is tedious. Looking at an *iDevice* and knowing I can access a Publication doesn't inspire me. I associate digital tools with work and commuting and stress.
What brings relaxation and inspiration is picking up an issue of Threads, smelling the aroma of the print, hearing the pages as they turn and seeing the pictures and text with no scrolling or zooming.
I love walking into a room and finding it calling to me to sit down and peek inside. I even love the advertisers. Some piqué my interest enough to explore their websites. I like being able to pick up my e-device and download or explore something the article references. But primarily I love having each new issue surprise me in the mail.

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Date: 11/17/12 5:39 AM

Hi Textilegram,

I don't have a subscription to the paper magazine, but I bought the Threads Archives DVD, which covers 1985 through 2011--158 issues in all. It cost $99, and was really worth every cent. It is searchable, so I can find info on just about anything I need. I find that the articles even from the early years issues are still very timely and useful.

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Date: 11/17/12 1:15 PM

I used to subscribe to threads hard copy, but dropped it. I do better with buying a dvd on the subject I want. Peggy Sagers at Silhouette patterns has some great webcasts for free on her site http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/. I watch those and have also ordered dvds from her and Cynthia Guffey.

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Date: 11/17/12 1:32 PM

Thank you Ladies! One more query?????
What DVD or books have you found helpful ref. for fitting?
Thank you again!
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Date: 11/17/12 2:04 PM

I ordered the whole fitting series from Cynthia Guffey at a sewing expo. They are also at her web site, but email before ordering to see if you can get a better price if you order all of them. I also ordered "Fitting with Confidence" from Nancy's Notions.

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Date: 11/17/12 6:33 PM

References for fitting:
I really liked the video on full bust adjustment by Palmer and Pletsch, that and their book Fast fit for everybody or something like that -- those taught me how to do one (an FBA) that worked.

Pamela Leggett and her dvd on her tshirt and seminar on doing a tshirt was also very helpful as she showed me some petite adjustment in the shoulder/chest/bicep that I needed and about narrowing the shoulder.

Peggy Sagers was also a great help in the yoga pants webcast/dvd as well as Sandra Betzina's pants/jeans directions on adjusting for a belly.

Those are the ones that stick out for me and that I will review when I need to address an issue and I have spent all kinds of money on fitting books that only confused me. I am looking forward to working with Linda Maynard's fitting book. I think most issues need to be worked out with measuring the pattern and considering what size you want the garment. Most of us don't know the measurements we prefer in garments so it makes sense to measure the stuff you like and write it down for reference. Baste your darts first and try on the garment and tear out or pin/adjust for your best fit when putting it together--they are usually drawn in the wrong spots. That is more of a draping approach. That and sewing a lot of knits which are pretty forgiving.....

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