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Thread: Question for Fans of Kona Cotton Solids

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    I know many of you love to use Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton Solids.

    We just received an e-mail today notifying us that their price is going up again in early May. That makes, over the past year, total price increases at the wholesale level of a bit over $1. Which translates into a $2 price increase at the retail level. (For those of you who relate best to percentages, it's about a 36% increase.)

    Simple question for you: is it worth it? Or will you look for a more economical solid?

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    I would still buy it but I've also been looking at the Moda solids (I got a color card recently). So if I needed to buy a solid for a certain project, I'd shop around to find the best price. I mostly keep solids on hand though so I would wait for good sales and stock up.

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    I would still buy Kona because its good quality and consistant in color. In other words if I run short and there is a new bolt out then I'm pretty much assured that the colors will match even if they were from different bolts.

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    I'll stick with Kona.

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    I'll stick with Kona, too, as long as they don't start using thinner fibers than they are now...which is thinner than they used to use. :roll:

    In my experience they have not been consistant in color from bolt to bolt at all, but I don't expect them to be so I don't mind that. I just don't mix die lots in the same piece.

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    Even having it shipped from the US and paying customs duty, it is STILL a lot cheaper than buying it in our LQS.

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    No need to leave Kona due to price increase when all the others will be/have been increasing theirs as well.

    Jan in VA

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    I think she means leave Kona for a cheaper brand though. As Kona goes up the cheaper ones will too but they'll still be cheaper in the long run. Still, I'm a self professed fabric snob so I won't be changing (although like I said, I do like bella solids too-I've only bought them once and haven't sewn with them yet though).

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    Yes, I would still buy them.

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    I bought some Kona on Saturday. It feels a little thin to me, not as thick as before. If prices go up, I will look for something less expensive for sure.

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