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Thread: tearing fabric

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    Don't get me started on raveling! I am making a quilt for my granddaughter that uses 3 fabrics. Two are from Walmart; one is from the LQS. I bought the 2 from WM on sale for about $2/yard, paid $10+/yard for the LQS fabric. Guess which one ravels to the point of being almost useless?

    Yup. The pricey one. I am now thinning some elmers glue and coating the cut edges of the pricey fabric so that I an use it without it raveling. (I know there are products that can be used to lessen fraying, but I have allergies that are irritated by any spray products and scents. Using elmers washable glue is tedious, but doesn't make me feel sick, so that's what I use.)

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    Have to say that I have purchased 'cut' fabric that was cut on such an angle that I've losts 6" of useable fabric. Now I check it before I leave the store.

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    I don't think anybody mentioned this but... it's not that the stores can't cut straight - rather that the fabric is stretched off-grain during the process of wrapping it on the bolt. And often it's just on one side of the fold that it gets tugged out-of-shape, and the other side is just fine. I have no idea why it happens that way.

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    Wow...another example of learning something new everytime I come here! Didn't realize there were such divided camps between cutting/ripping. I've only had fabric ripped once, and I hated it...it distorted the fabric, and it ripped at a funny angle. My local Joanns cuts, and they're always very generous as to their measurements. At Mill End she ripped for the customer before me, but cut my fabric.

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    Nan is right - we as shop owners get such atrocious wraps from the distributors that it's not anywhere near funny. We try to straighten, give extra inches, etc, but sometimes it's just a losing proposition.

    It all goes back to the work ethic and care taken by the people who are doing the bolting. Oftentimes that's sorely lacking...

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    When I purchased fabric -in her tent at the park--in Paducah, Ky, all of Eleanor Burns clerks were tearing the yardage from the bolts. I think it is fine. However you like it is fine.........either way.

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    I also like my fabric cut. I went to a warehouse like place a month ago and they tear there orders, except I bought some fleese and they cut that. Real nice fleese for 3.99 Yd
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    There used to be a shop near us that did that. Sis and I asked them to cut it and they very nicely did.
    Anne L. Fulton

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    Only want it cut! Won't take it if they rip it.

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