Final Issue of #DIME Magazine

One of my YouTube viewers sent me an email that contained an image of a page out of Designs In Machine Embroidery (DIME) magazine stating that this would be the last issue of the magazine. I get the digital version and hadn’t seen it yet.

My emotions went from “This is a scam!” to “Nooo!” to “Aww dang, I love that magazine,” and then finally to embarrassment. Why embarrassment? Because just this past summer, I held an Embroider-Along on my YouTube channel for a table runner that was a project showcased in the magazine. When I requested permission from the magazine to do this, the editor of DIME, Eileen Roche, gave her permission and also offered my viewers a 2-years-for-the-price-of-1 subscription. So throughout the month of July 2019, I urged viewers to subscribe. And now this.

My husband told me not to take it personally. He said, “It’s out of your control, it’s not your fault, so don’t worry about it.” Yes, that’s true but… Anyone who watches me on a regular basis knows that I frequently recommend products to my viewers. Some of these products are provided to me by companies for my honest review and some are not. If I don’t think the product is worth it, it goes unmentioned. However, if I recommend a product, it’s something that I own/use/adore/can’t do without, etc. DIME Magazine was part of this group as I have been a subscriber of the magazine since circa 2010. It may be due to vanity, but I believe that my viewers trust what I recommend to them and they wouldn’t have parted with their hard-earned cash unless I told them it was worth it. Money doesn’t grow on trees. As I struggled with it, he said, “It’s not about you.” That’s difficult for me when I’ve built a relationship with my viewers.

So what’s a girl to do? Why, validate the news of course. I promptly wrote to DIME to confirm the information. My email was forwarded to Eileen Roche and she personally sent a reply to me. Here it is.

Hello Becky,
Kayla sent me your email expressing your concern about the magazine.

I spoke in length about this on FaceBook Live today, you can watch it there.  Although the magazine appeared very healthy up to its last print issue, it is not financially feasible to continue to print.  We are making sound business decisions and will continue to grow. Our competitor, CME, filed bankruptcy last spring. Their readers received NOTHING for their remaining issues.  Family Circle ceased printing after 87 years.  Newsweek vanished several years ago.  A visit to any Joann’s store tells the story – the magazine newsstand is no longer anywhere to be found.  The publishing industry is in vast decline, this is not something we caused. 
I appreciate your concern regarding your viewers.  They will not lose faith in you as this is totally out of your control and being handled professionally. As the founding editor of DIME, I can tell you I did not make this decision lightly – I have spent all of my 20+ year career making machine embroidery easier and more enjoyable for the embroidery enthusiast and I plan on continuing to do just that.

Eileen Roche
Designs in Machine Embroidery

I read the email to my husband and he said, “See? I told you this was out of your control.” It’s funny (‘odd’ funny, not ‘ha-ha’ funny) that both he and Eileen used the same language. Still that did nothing to remove the odd pit in my stomach about some of my viewers possibly feeling misled by me. However, I do have to give kudos to Eileen to offer a gift certificate to the DIME shop for the remainder of readers’ subscriptions. Most magazines aren’t so charitable.

For those who may feel misled, know that I too am in the same boat with my viewers who subscribed. I paid for my subscription as well and was not provided the magazine for free to promote it. (Heavy sigh) Emotionally, I’m back to, “Dang, I loved that magazine.” The world is a-changing. One of my favorite pastimes was hunkering down with an issue of DIME and a hot cup of decaf-tea to end my day. DIME was one of those magazines that quieted the noise of the daily world. Sadly, that will now be a thing of the past. It was good while it lasted. I guess I can liken this to sports fans whose favorite player has been traded and now they have all these team number jerseys and hats in their closet that are no longer applicable. Do those fans blame the player? Ultimately, no. While they too become emotionally attached to the team as a whole, they know down deep that sports are a business and players are traded all the time due to business decisions that are out of the player’s control. In my case, the loss of the magazine doesn’t diminish my passion for the embroidery game. I hope it doesn’t yours either.

If you are affected, here is the link to claim your gift certificate for the balance of your remaining issues.

https://www.shop.dzgns.com/page/claim-your-gift-certificate

8 thoughts on “Final Issue of #DIME Magazine

  1. I would never put the blame on you, Becky. I ordered the magazine too and was shocked when this issue came with the news. It is very nice of them to make that offer and I will enjoy using the gift certificate. I always look at the items you suggest and we as adults have the brains to decide if we want to try them or not. You do not “force” us to buy anything. I understand how you feel but you can’t let it consume you. Please don’t stop showing items that you like, it’s one of the things I enjoy on your channel. Hey! I would never have found Amelie Scott designs, which I love, without you. I wish you could “chat” every day!!!
    Fondly, Cheryl

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  2. Thank you for posting this!! I don’t follow any Youtube channels, so i didn’t know about your July offer, but I know our sewing community won’t blame you! I just subscribed to the magazine at a DIME event last month, so my 1st issue (which is sitting on my table in plastic) will also be my last! The thing is, I probably won’t look at it til we go on a road trip, so if it weren’t for you, I might have missed my opportunity to claim a gift certificate! So thank you again!

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  3. Hi Becky;
    This is not your fault by any means. I bought the two year subscription and do love the magazine, but things are changing. I do have DIME items, and will keep buying them, I do love their items and quality.. Just keep mentioning anything you do buy and have videos on, we still appreciate your testing items and giving us your real feel for them, what happens with companies and policies in the future is not in your hands. You husband is right !! HINT HINT, please give us a good video on your new quilt frame set up now !!! Looking forward to it.

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  4. Hi, Becky. I’m so sorry that you too were blind sided. What a shock for the embroidery world. While I will continue to buy the quality DIME products I do want to say a few words. My Joann’s still carries magazines for every hobby there is out there. That may change tomorrow, but for now they do. Also, I subscribe to CME and while they have had concerns, and the change over to a new company and publisher has not gone smoothly, I am still receiving a magazine so no refund is needed. Until I receive a coupon from DIME I will not give them kudos. If this was their plan, that should have been set up and ready to go. How long will we wait for one is any ones guess. Maybe some “facts” that were used as an excuse should have been clarified before stating them to you. No one blames you, and I appreciate you addressing this sad event in honest terms. I’m glad we have you to get the low down on new items and fun projects. Keep up the great work!

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  5. I’ve lost my subscription number because it’s usually on the plastic wrap. How can I get reimbursed? I can’t find anything on her blog to help me with this.

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  6. I entered my info to be reimbursed for the (I think) three more magazines that I should have coming at least a week ago- have not received any communication from them as of yet.

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  7. I have worked in the printing industry for over forty years. Never did I think when I got into printing that so many printing companies would go out of business, and my skills would no longer be needed. But I have been laid off over 10 times throughout my career in Prepress, due to lack of needing hard copy printing. The introduction of the computer and internet were some of the causes.
    Just look at the size of your Sunday paper. Remember how thick it was, and all the ad papers it held? I finally had to retire early because of lack of jobs in my field. I feel sorry for all those people that will be losing their jobs especially the older ones who will need to find another job in this shrinking industry, and do not have skills to find a different profession, but too young to get full retirement.

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