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If Burda Magazine is going to continue featuring digital patterns for an additional price, why bother wasting printing space on the instructions. There are 20 patterns included in the magazine. There are 23 patterns’ worht of instructions which the subscribers do not have access to or own. By my reckoning that is over half the magazine that is content that subscribers are paying for which does nothing for us.

I mean, I don’t care for the fashion and make-up tips, but I realize other people may enjoy that. That’s a matter of personal preference. But printing a large amount of material with no benefit to consumers strikes me as a waste of resources. When you buy the pattern online you also recieve the instructions, so they are effectively being printed twice, once at the magazine’s cost, and once at the consumer’s cost. If the pattern instructions for paid downloadable designs weren’t included, wouln’t it be possible to print the included patterns on more pages to make it easier for consumers to trace?

if there are going to be fashion shoots of downloadable designs, then why not simply post “find online at (URL) for x amount.” This will make it obvious that these patterns are not free, as subscribers had been led to believe. I believe this choice in the spring issue of the US magazine is alienating a lot of consumers. When I compare my US magazines to my European magazines published at news stads, it’s a very glaring discrepancy. The European issues may cost a bit more in the US, but they have 10-20 more patterns and less fluff. I’m seriously considering canceling my US subscription if the content continues to be so frivolous. Missing

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    Apr 26, 2014, 04.12 PMby alvixen

    Thank you for this post! I was not aware that the patterns available as downloads were not included in the price of the magazine!! I’ve spent the better part of my morning trying to figure out if there was a code in the magazine that I was missing. What a bummer! One of the only patterns I want to try to make is “available as a download.” I agree that it’s a waste of space and energy to print those directions, especially if I’m going to have to pay to get the patterns. The cover says “plus 23 more to download.” Not to download at additional cost. I don’t have a subscription so I paid full price for the magazine thinking I was getting 43 patterns. $14.99 is a great price for 20 patterns but when you’re thinking you’re getting 23 more, it’s disappointing. I actually already purchased the fabric to make the dress. Having thoroughly read the sewing instructions, I was waiting to download the pattern when I could print it on a laser printer. Again, BUMMER!

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    May 4, 2014, 04.42 AMby emina

    I was also not aware that downloadable patterns need to be purchased separately. That was not the case with the winter issue even though by now that may have also changed. I have also spent a bit of time like alvixen trying to figure out how to download a pattern and purchase price kept popping up. It would be fair to let readers know that those patterns are to be purchased separately.

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    May 11, 2014, 10.13 PMby PiperP

    Agreed. I thought they were free with the magazine, it is not made clear at all!

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    Sep 8, 2014, 02.36 PMby libbyjohnson5494

    It’s the US version of the magazine that only includes about half the patterns for free. They are also patterns that have been featured about a year before in the international version of the magazine.

    US version: different publisher, only about half the patterns included, about $17 USD, published quarterly, patterns are reprints from the international version’s, about a year old. This is the one that you will typically find at Hancock Fabrics, Joann, and Barnes & Noble in the US.

    International version: available in the US from GLP Magazines (google it) and through Amazon.. Monthly, about $10 USD, typically features 20-25 patterns, all included, some are variations on the same pattern.

    With the international magazine, are also 2 Burda Plus magazines a year and 2 Burda Easy magazines a year.

    So, the international version is more fashion-forward, published more frequently, and a better value since all patterns are included.

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      May 11, 2015, 01.53 PMby ccmax

      Thanks for letting us know where to get the subscription. Found the international version Amazon for $90, $7.50 an issue. This makes it really a bargain for them.

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    Sep 8, 2014, 03.12 PMby nouvellegamine

    I second the International version. The pattern pages are crowded, but once you get the hang of them, they’re easy to trace & at roughly $10 USD, they’re an amazing deal, even during those months when I only find one pattern i really love.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 12.16 PMby purplefan

    The discussion about changes to the US Burda Style magazine-yes, it seems disappointing that not all of the patterns shown in the magazine are provided. However, as the publication is written (therefore people are creating content for North American readers and also updating the original pattern instructions), the contributors need to to be paid, so the magazine is an income-generator. Let’s take the printed pattern/paid digital download option combination as a 21st century way of acknowledging different ways of providing pattern content while recognizing the labour/time spent in creating/updating/informing/editing/assembling information for sewists wanting style. Recall that not everyone is up for the challenge of sewing to translated- to-English instructions in the international magazine-sometimes the directions are sparse or puzzling. The US edition is written to overcome that problem.

    Just to chime in on my 5 cents’ worth: for sewists who are not familiar with the international Burda Style magazine, there are 12 months of issues in a subscription (through the distributor in your country/region) or issues that you can buy at a vendor/bookstore. The Burda Plus and Burda Easy Fashion(Couture Facile) magazines are considered to be outside of the series or extra publications NOT INCLUDED in a subscription and are also sold at retail stores (usually the big city bookstore chains and some newsstand chains like Great Canadian News at Yonge & Front St. in Toronto, ON). Plus & Easy issues are released in spring (Spring/Summer) and in fall (Fall/Winter). The extra publications feature a mix of published patterns from the international issues and some new patterns (either not yet released in the international issues or just published in those special issues).On this last point, sometimes the German website has many of the special issue patterns for download purchases.

    If you read French, that BurdaStyle website lists the back issues of Burda Plus and Burda Easy Fashion as Hors-series (or outside of a series).

    Burda Kids has been revived as an annual children’s patterns issue and has been available in English for the past couple of years. GLP is the distributor for US in New Jersey and for Canada in Ontario. Good place to call if local store has sold out or not stocked certain issues. You can purchase directly from the distributor or verify if the issues you want are still available so you can order through your retail store if that is possible.

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    Sep 21, 2014, 03.56 AMby adgentry

    Wow. Just found out from reading here that the downloadable patterns in the BurdaStyle USA magazine are no longer free. I agree with everyone else…it should be clear in the magazine that we have to pay for the downloads. I’m very disappointed! I don’t mind tracing the patterns in the magazine; but to have to print the pdfs, match them up, tape them together and then trace the pattern AND have to pay for it first is a bummer. What is the benefit of subscribing to the magazine?

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    Sep 23, 2014, 12.11 PMby burasek12

    Agree with you

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    Oct 12, 2014, 02.05 AMby Gerhild

    Thank you for pointing out that the downloadable patterns are not free. I grew up with the Burda magazine in Germany and I was expecting the same content. What a disappointment. I had purchased the Winter 2014 magazine and was finally getting ready to download the patterns and “Page not found” comes up. That explains it even though last year the magazine said free downloads and there was no expiration date. I was seriously considering subscribing to the US version but now I’m re-considering.

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    Oct 16, 2014, 09.09 AMby golinskey

    thats sad :/

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    Nov 11, 2014, 05.52 PMby dannie9

    I agree. I won’t renew my subscription.

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    Dec 27, 2014, 11.03 PMby OzTreefrog

    bummer! I just feel like I’ve been conned.

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    Mar 27, 2015, 04.01 AMby Laura Plenzik

    I love burda patterns, I had used the spanish version before. I subscribed to the American version last year and got 4 issues, none of them had any codes for downloading the extra patterns not included with the magazine. Please help me figure this out once and for all, are the downloadable patterns only available with purchase or not?

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    Apr 1, 2015, 04.07 PMby purplefan

    I understood that the first US BurdaStyle quarterly issue came with some code to access the downloadable patterns but that process was discontinued with subsequent issues. I don’t know if the first code was time-limited or not.

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    May 17, 2015, 01.11 AMby valkera

    I don’t seem to have the same problem…I don’t subscribe to the magazine but purchase patterns…my problem is that while I don’t generally need them, sometimes I do. I didn’t get instructions when I home pdf’d mine. I downloaded perfectly and love the heavier paper of mine but could you include instructions. It is rare for me to subscribe to magazines for the reason stated by so many. I need Larissa jacket instructions…

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    May 17, 2015, 09.21 AMby ruthw

    The Burda U.S. Edition was produced because U.S. visitors on this site were complaining bitterly and constantly about the instructions in the international edition. It seemed that most U.S. sewers wanted more detailed instructions (not just “put in the zip”, “bind the neck edge”, etc.) and Europeans were happier with brief instructions (maybe because a lot of us had sewing lessons at school and that’s not so common nowadays in the U.S.). So Burda responded by producing the U.S. Edition. If you don’t need extensive instructions, then the international edition is for you. If you like to know how to bind an edge or put in a zip, then the U.S. Edition is more helpful.

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    May 19, 2015, 03.28 PMby muse2me

    I was a little perturbed that I was unable to locate the Spring issue at any of the usual stores – Joann, Michaels, Barnes and Noble – but after reading the posts, it’s a relief I didn’t waste my money. And I’m still seeing the Winter issue on sale at those stores, by the way, so I wonder if they won’t order the new issue until the sell out of the older one. If that’s the case, good luck. It feels like a bit of bait and switch. I’ve purchased the magazine over the last year, and it was always with the understanding that all the patterns were free, but only some of them were actually printed in the magazine. Now it sounds like I’m out of luck if I didn’t download the digital patterns, since the links are dead. I think I’ll stick with my European Burda subscription. It’s a shame the US version has been handled so poorly. It had the potential to be great. But I won’t buy from a company that isn’t honest about what I’m going to get for my money.

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