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Thread: Watch when you buy full bolts.

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    I went to Walmart to pick up some backing fabric. Bolt said it was 10 yards. Came home and measured it. It was 9.58 yard. NOT 10
    Yesterday i saw some more bolt fabric.Took off paper surrounding it made clerk measure the bolt. 9.58 yd. Instead of the 10 yd.it said was on the bolt. If i was a shop owner i would check some of my new bolts that come it. It may happen to you too. Something to think about.

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    I suppose they'd have to put a disclaimer on the 'full' bolts to say rounded to the nearest full yard.

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    Thank you for the heads up :D:D:D

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    Bolts that are machine wound often stretch the fabric a bit, in keeping a good, taut tension. This could account for the discrepancy.

    I used to buy lycra spandex stretch nylon fabric for my swimsuit business, and the difference between what the machine bolter measured and what I measured when I got it was way more than with a woven!

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    That's awful! Did they compensate you??

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    It not unusal to have a un-opened bolt not measure what the bolt end says.
    It one of the issues fabric stores have with inventory shrinkage before the bolt is even started.

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    There was a piece on NPR this morning describing how "box" stores often insist that suppliers dilute or otherwise downgrade products sold in their stores.

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    Walmart's is a "box" store

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    That's the way they come from the manufacturer. When I worked at JoAnn's, corporate directions were to measure every bolt, no matter what it said on the end. Exceptions were batting - don't know why - and special orders as the special order department measured those.

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    The store has nothing to do with it unless they are cutting and rewrapping large bolts into smaller ones. I'd rather have a slightly short, machine wrapped bolt to work from than one that some clerk has unrolled, measured and then tried to rewrap smoothly. Just my personal preference.

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