Stitch Membership Types
As outlined on the Stitch Membership page, Stitch has two membership types:
- Public Membership
- Full Membership
A Public membership is free, and gives members access to the Public parts of the Stitch Community.
A Full membership has a small membership fee, and provides full access to the community, including member-only groups, events, activities and discussions. Full members are supporters of the community and help keep the community running.
There are several different membership plans for Full members, each based on what Stitch members are usually looking to do on Stitch. This article lays out all these options in detail.
(If you're interested, you can learn about why Stitch has both free and paid membership options in this article.)
Stitch Membership Plans
Whether you want to simply Experience Stitch, Join the community, Connect with other members around shared interests, or Grow and manage your own community through Stitch, there is a membership option for you:
Experience Stitch -- Public Membership
A Public membership is free, and is for new members who are just getting familiar with Stitch, or members who only want to participate in part of the Stitch community. Public members get unlimited access to the "Public" parts of the Stitch community, but not to the parts of Stitch reserved for Full members only. They also have a limited time to respond to direct messages from community members.
That means Public members can attend Public events, join Public groups, connect with other Public Stitch members through open interest groups and discussions, and even create activities and events in areas where there isn't yet an established Stitch community.
Join the community -- Community Basic Membership
A Community Basic membership is for members who want to join Stitch as a Full member, and participate in all the activities and interest groups the community has to offer. That includes attending unlimited members-only events and activities, joining members-only groups and discussions, suggesting events and activities, and earning trust and status through the Stitch Rewards program.
Connect with other members -- Community Standard Membership
The Community Standard membership is our recommended plan for people who want to get the most out of being a member. It's for those who want to fully participate in the community while also giving the greatest ability to connect with other members around shared interests. This includes using the Members page to welcome new members to the community, browsing profiles, organizing Public Groups and creating Public events and activities.
Community Standard members are also able to create Private Groups, to facilitate even stronger inter-personal connections with other members in the community. We encourage all members who are fans of Stitch and would like to make the biggest contribution to the success of the community to choose the Standard membership plan.
Grow and manage your community -- Community Manager Membership
The Community Manager membership is for organizers of existing community groups to be able to grow their existing communities and groups through Stitch.
It’s worth noting that members on the Community Basic plan who make positive contributions to the community in their local area (by creating events and activities, or getting new members to join) will be rewarded with higher Membership Status and can use their membership points to upgrade to the Standard or Manager plans.
The table below highlights the features available to each membership type:
If you're not yet a member of Stitch then some of the items in the table above may need a bit of explanation:
Group types: Regular vs Public vs Private
Members who create interest groups on Stitch get to choose between three groups types when creating a group:
- Regular groups, which are for Full members only (i.e. anyone on a Community plan or above)
- Public (or "Open") groups, which are for all verified members of Stitch, both Full & Public
- Private groups, which are only for the members you invite to your group. Events and discussions posted to a Private group can only be seen by members of the group.
Only Standard and Manager members will be able to create Public and Private groups.
Learn more about the different group types here.
Event types: Regular vs Public vs Member-only
Members who organize activities on Stitch get to choose between three event types when creating an activity:
- Regular events, which are for Full members only, plus any Public member who has not yet attended 3 events. This allows new members who have just joined to come along and see what Stitch is all about before they decide to join.
- Public events, which are for all members of Stitch, both Full and Public.
- Member-only events, which are only for Full members of Stitch. Event organizers sometimes choose to create a Member-only event when they have limited numbers, or don't want to spend time introducing Stitch to new members.
Events may also be created as a Private event, by creating the event within a Private Group. Only members of the Private Group will be notified of the event and be able to see the event listed on Stitch.
Learn more about the different event types here.
The Members page on Stitch is where Stitch members can contact other members in their area directly for one-to-one connections. The Members page lets you view:
- New members in your area
- Members who live closest to you
- Suggested members based on shared interests & other factors
The Community Basic plan is focused on joining the community for activities and events, which means members on that plan don't get to browse profiles via the Members page on Stitch.
The Community Standard plan, on the other hand, is intended for any members who are interested in connecting with other Stitch members via the Members page, whether that is to reach out to new members in your area to welcome them to the community, or connecting with other like-minded members for one-to-one companionship.
Stitch membership fees are:
- Public: Free
- Community Basic: $5 / month when paid annually ($60/year), or $20 / month
- Community Standard: $10 / month when paid annually ($120/year), or $40 / month
- Community Manager: $15 / month when paid annually ($180/year), or $60 / month
For members in the UK, the membership fees are:
- Public: Free
- Community Basic: £4 / month when paid annually (£48/year), or £16 / month
- Community Standard: £8 / month when paid annually (£96/year), or £32 / month
- Community Manager: £12 / month when paid annually (£144/year), or £48 / month
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Stitch membership pricing and how Stitch works. If you don't see an answer to your questions here, check out the rest of our help articles on the Stitch Help Center, or else feel free to send us a message!
Why are the annual plans so much cheaper than the monthly plan?
One thing we've learned at Stitch is that the best relationships don't happen by reading and dismissing thousands of profiles online. They happen by being engaged in the community, getting to know other members based on shared interests, and judging them by how they behave more than what they say about themselves on their profiles.
We've also learned that finding the best relationships takes time. So that's why we try to make our annual plans as attractive as possible, to encourage members to join the community for the full year, and maximize their chances of getting the most they can out of being part of Stitch.
Can I try Stitch for free before joining?
The Public membership was designed to let you do more than just try Stitch for free ... you can stay a Public member as long as you want! You will be invited to any Public events and activities in your local area, which will let you come along to meet other Stitch members and find out what Stitch is all about.
If the Stitch Community isn't fully active in your area yet, you don't need to worry, you can stay a Public member as long as you want for free. You'll be the first to know when other members in your area start organizing groups, events and activities.
You can even start organizing activities in your area without needing to become a Full member first. Stitch isn't in every city just yet, but we don't expect our members to take out paid memberships until the community around them becomes active.
Of course, we hope that once you've had a taste for the Stitch community you'll eventually choose a paid membership so you can support what Stitch is doing, but that's completely up to you.
Can I cancel at any time?
Absolutely! If you don't want your membership to renew in the next billing period, just select Manage Subscription on the Membership page and cancel your renewal.
Can I switch between membership types?
Absolutely. If you've already selected one membership type and want to change to a different one, simply press the View more membership plans button on the Memberships page and select the new plan you'd like.
Are there any other fees and charges?
Stitch doesn't charge anything beyond the membership fees noted on our web site.
Please note, however, that our current credit card processing provider is a US-based company. This means that if you live outside the US, it is possible your bank will impose an international transaction fee when your membership is processed, even if we are charging in your local currency. Not all banks do this, and we don't think the charge is justified, but there isn't currently anything we can do to prevent them from charging you this extra fee. We will be working to implement a new payment gateway to remove these additional charges in the future.