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How to subscribe to KnipMode magazine

7 July 2010, 12:23

An international subscription, that is! All of you lucky Dutch readers can just subscribe online to one of their many cut-price deals with great freebies (a decent Toyota sewing machine with a year’s subscription, nice!).

I’ve been buying individual copies of the Dutch pattern magazine KnipMode for several years now, and I finally got the funds together to get a subscription for myself, just as the euro/pound exchange rate was at its lowest for ages. I started the process at the very end of May, and look what arrived in my postbox on Saturday (3 July)… the August issue! Yayyy!

There have been quite a few people asking how they can subscribe (I think after getting a taste of the magazine during Naaipatronen‘s 3-for-2 sale! Seriously, way to go, guys, we totally cleared out their back issues!), so I thought I’d sum up the process here for anyone outside the Netherlands that would like to subscribe. Please note that the prices vary with time and postal rates, so always get your own quote!

Subscribing to KnipMode outside The Netherlands

As far as I know, there are no resellers or international distributors for KnipMode (or Knippie, their bi-monthly childrens pattern magazine), so you have to subscribe directly with the publishers.

Email ServiceTeam@sanoma-uitgevers.nl and say you’d like to subscribe to KnipMode with [your country] delivery. They’ll email you back (it may take a few days, they can be a bit slow to respond to emails) with a list of conditions:

The subscription fee (prices subject to alteration) is 105,72€ a year. Knipmode is a monthly magazine. It is sent by airmail in an envelope.
[that’s the UK-delivery price I was quoted – the US was somewhere around 120€ I believe.]

If you agree, then they’ll send you an invoice. This is where we got our wires crossed, because I assumed it was 1) agree to terms 2) get invoice 3) pay invoice 4) get first magazine, so I rang them up when I didn’t get an invoice and faxed them my long address and my card details, then rang again to make sure they got it okay. And slowly, it dawned on me that the process is actually 1) agree to terms 2) get first magazine 3) get invoice 4) pay invoice.

And indeed, I received an invoice in the post at the beginning of July, right around the same time my first issue turned up! The invoice has your subscriber number, address, and amount owed, and there’s a form to fill out and post back if you’d like to pay by credit card (or you can ring up the service team and pay by card over the phone – it’s just easier if you have your subscriber number from the invoice first!).

If you need it, their phone number is 0031 (0) 23 556 6901 and the fax number is 0031-23- 5566370. All the ladies I spoke to there spoke excellent English and were very helpful indeed!

So to clarify – they start your subscription process when you agree to their terms. They get your details together, give you a subscriber number, etc etc, and then they send you an invoice around the time of your first issue (they can tell you when your first issue should arrive if you ask). They do NOT wait until they are paid to start the process rolling, like is standard in the US and UK. So just because you haven’t had the invoice yet doesn’t mean you’re losing all this time… Be patient.

(A roundup of the June, July, and August issues will be coming as soon as I can catch my breath…)

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  1. Ahhh! Thanks for clearing that up :)
    I went through the email rig-ma-role last week, and wondered why they hadn’t got back to me, asking me to pay after I sent my address details to them. Now I know! So I will just have to wait and see if an August issue ends up in my mailbox :)

    Liz    Jul 7, 01:44 PM    #
  2. Thanks for the detailed info; maybe sometime soon I will be able to subscribe. I really like the June issue and have the July issue coming via Stoff-Art, the pictures look great.

    Laura    Jul 7, 07:50 PM    #
  3. I’m glad that you wrote out the process in a clearcut manner that can be easily replicated by others—Thank you! I just renewed my subscription at the end of May and my renewal price was 112,92 Euro. I renewed late (they sent the renewal invoice via post not email and somehow I missed it), so I’m waiting for my August issue. It’s great to know that they are distributing it.

    Rose in SV (Silicon Valley California)

    Rose in SV    Jul 8, 01:08 AM    #
  4. Wow. Thanks for this info. I was just reading my 2 latest issues (June & July, which I bought individually) last night. As I was reading I was thinking that I really must get a subscription because I’ve now bought 7 issues straight. While I will check with my Australian supplier (they do the Ottobre subs here) first, I’ll keep your info in mind. Especially since you are the person who got me hooked on Knipmode in the first place!

    — Mischka    Jul 8, 03:25 AM    #
  5. What’s going on – the phone numbers don’t work. I sent them an email 2 weeks ago and have not heard back.

    — Sherry    Dec 6, 06:54 PM    #

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