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Threads Insider Review

I used to have a normal Threads subscription... Then, the credit card I had used to pay for the subscription expired, and the Threads system managed to mess something up.

Long story short, after talking to their support I somehow ended up with no subscription, and then proceeded to get a Threads Insider online thing instead, because they finally - 2 years later !!! - got an Android app.

Now, I would not normally bother with companies that mess up quite so much, but Threads is an extremely good magazine, so I thought it was worth making an exception.

For the uninitiated, a Threads subscription comes with: paper edition of the magazine, as well as nifty access to all their online resources, including the magazine. Threads Insider is the online version of this - no print magazine.

For the online resources, you need to use the web interface. It's ok to search (at least I always seem to find what I want), but quite difficult to figure out subscription metadata - I just generally click around until I find it. They also seem to have two tiers of account data - one on, and one on I am not quite sure what the difference between the two is, and clicking the interface just randomly jumps between the two. Either way, it only matters once a year, when I need to renew said subscription.

The text when you get the subscription says "Digital access to our most recent issues of Threads", but I seem to have access to magazines going back to my first print subscription. I'm not sure if that wording means they'll change their minds in the future - I would be very disappointed if that were the case, so let's hope it doesn't happen.

The online bits have, besides the very informative articles that you can read about on the web, some interesting extras. First, you get access to their videos, including stuff they make other people pay for, like the Teach Yourself to Sew series (I only have access to Version 4 in my account so it might not be all).

Then, you get access to this 360 view of garments. For the mobile app, they also have 360 views of sewing rooms and the like - basically everything that would rend itself to 360 degree viewing :) Here's an example of what the web 360 interface looks like - the Android one is a lot better.

My only real complaint is with the Android app:
The 5 issues I downloaded are using more than 25% of the storage I have on this phone. **sigh** This means I must go and manually delete older issues or my phone will start complaining.

Still, I think this is really worth it, especially if you live outside the US. When I was in the UK it could take a month to get the print copy, now I get it instantly.

PS I now have the domain for this blog - you should get an automatic redirection, let me know if things don't work out.


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