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    I can get 6 yards of regular quilting fabric in a FRE fairly easily.

    It does require special folding - and I would not do it if I was running a business - it takes too long to make it fit.

    It is worth buying a fairly accurate scale (accurate to 0.1 ounce) if one is planning to do any amount of shipping. I think a decent one can be purchased for less than $30.

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    We get 8 yards into the envelopes all the time. It is all in how you fold it.

    Should say... that's 8 yards of 44" wide cotton. Only about half as much flannel will fit, and only one yard of fleece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    We get 8 yards into the envelopes all the time. It is all in how you fold it.

    Should say... that's 8 yards of 44" wide cotton. Only about half as much flannel will fit, and only one yard of fleece!
    But are you talking about the $4.95 flat rate envelope??? What envelopes hold that much and do you pay by weight, then??

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    I know some one who can do this work up a tutorial on folding the fabric to fit! I sure can't figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I can get 6 yards of regular quilting fabric in a FRE fairly easily.

    It does require special folding - and I would not do it if I was running a business - it takes too long to make it fit.

    It is worth buying a fairly accurate scale (accurate to 0.1 ounce) if one is planning to do any amount of shipping. I think a decent one can be purchased for less than $30.
    Are you talking about a flat-rate envelope for $4.95? I don't see how that much (even half that) could possibly fit in a flat rate envelope. I have stuffed one until it was ripping, then taped it with wide tape to keep it together and closed, and still only got a few yards in. I know they have the larger envelopes, but they charge by weight. How much would 7 or 8 yards cost to mail approx.?

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    The PO told me there are now rules about how overstuffed the envelope can be. No more of the "if it fits it ships". There is a thickness guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    We get 8 yards into the envelopes all the time. It is all in how you fold it.

    Should say... that's 8 yards of 44" wide cotton. Only about half as much flannel will fit, and only one yard of fleece!
    But are you talking about the $4.95 flat rate envelope??? What envelopes hold that much and do you pay by weight, then??
    Those 9.5" x 12.5" cardboard envelopes. There's a 4 pound weight limit if they're being sent internationally, but 8 yards of fabric always weighs less than that. You don't pay by weight, it's a flat-rate envelope.

    There was a LOT of confusion within the Post Office earlier this year about how much you could put in the envelope. But it is still, "If it fits, it ships"... and yes, you can tape over the flap, and the seams of the envelope.

    We had the local USPS Business Services Specialist come out to our shop and examine our envelopes, and check over our taping etc... and everything we do was within the guidelines of USPS so we've been sending those fat envelopes all 'round the world!

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    I order. for free, the plastic bubble priority 4.95 envelopes and they can hold up to 7 yds for me. I mail them all the time. Fold neatly and tightly. And not by weight but flat rate. It says so on the envelopes. You can go to USPS.com and look under priorty packages and order for free.Have fun.

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    Thanks everyone, I went to the PO today and the lady gave me a flat rate bubble envelope and said you can only get them on line. I was on-line and ordered the "flat rate package", and it didn't include a bubble envelope, only the cardboard ones, with the boxes. I will see how I do with the bubble ones, as they seem to hold more than the cardboard ednvelopes. Favorite Fabrics, I still don't see how you can get even close to 8 yards in those 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 cardboard envelopes!! I have even put it in zip lock bags and sucked all the air out, and still can't get more than 3-4 yards in it!

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    Practice makes perfect. You'll get it soon. Have a good evening. I order them all the time so I always have them on hand. Our USPS can't get them in the office either, just on line. Strange.

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