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Thread: Wal Mart and the Fabric Department

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    Okay so I have to eat CROW, I never thought I would see Wal-Mart bring back the Fabric Department at one of our Wal-Marts here. I was shocked when we went into Wally to get the grandkids their school supplies (that mom can't find in UT) and there it was a sewing machine sitting on a shelf. I walked over and had to ask the 2 gentlemen standing there if I was seeing things or was it truly going to be a sewing department AGAIN. YES the manager replied: I stated they never should of gotten rid of it,and he agreed. Too many woman boycotted Wal-Mart with their decision (the emails/letters were over whelming he stated to bring back the department). He stated Wal-Mart made a big boo boo by trying to lure the men into shop for Electronics and competing with the big box items (men come in and buy their electronics and don't shop, women do !LOL) and getting rid of the Fabric Department. (all this time I am standing there talking to the managers, DH walked away but not out of hearing distance..LOL he said he didn't want to be embarassed if they weren't going to put back in the department and I would get upset!LOL).
    So now I am going to be able to get my material from Jo-Ann's with their coupons (which is stated to open in November) & be able to buy whatever I feel like material/notions/etc wise at Wal-Mart (which the department will be open in a couple of weeks!). This will make many of the seniors happy who used to buy their fabric from Wal-Mart that was in their price range!

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    We also have a new FD at our Walmart. Very nice.

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    Did not lose our FD but it is better now and will be getting it back in other walmart at are closing and I pass (had to make trip to the one walmart and that was all did in that town now can go different direction and hit Hobby Lobby, New Joann opening in september and new walmart in one trip

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    What's the quality of fabric at Wal-Mart and Jo-Ann's? Adequate? Good? Better? Best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstQuilt
    What's the quality of fabric at Wal-Mart and Jo-Ann's? Adequate? Good? Better? Best?
    it ranges from adequate, good, better, wouldn't say best. lol

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    Only down side it that the prices of fabric is going up. Yes, I know cotton prices have to, but they have raised the stuff they have on the shelves of current stores that never lost their fabric....... It's about a buck more expensive a yard overall. Yes, most of my fabric stash is Wal-Mart stuff, but have been slowly buying LQS fabric on clearance which is same price or cheaper than Wal-Mart or Jo-anns, but mostly a better quality.

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    wooohooooo

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    I agree .. Wal-Mart's fabric isn't the greatest but it suffices. And with the price of all the cotton materials going up at the LQS, well a girl has to shop where the pennies can be pinched !LOL Just watch the fabric and decide for yourself. Get a yard of each from Jo-Ann's, LQS and Wally.Wash it then sew with it and decide for yourself. I have differing opinions as sometimes Wally can get in some good fabric and just the opposite at Jo-Ann's or LQS.

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    Our WM never lost the fabric dept and have upgraded to include more collections so it isn't so hard to find fabrics that belong. But, I also noticed that the button rack has been replaced and there are not as many to choose from. My mother uses a lot of the quarter inch white fish eye buttons on her hand made baby clothes and those buttons can no longer be found there. We would special order them by the gross from the fabric dept. there and I was told we wouldn't be able to do that if it wasn't stocked. Now what to do??

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    Cessews is, Right on! Just have to watch what you buy, use conpons, and got for it, that is half of the fun.

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    We didn't lose our fabric department.

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    Our wally is currently in the process of bring back bolt fabric. They also have a nice display of precuts. What little bolts they do have right now seem to be of decent quality. Now the precuts they had before were very poor. Its not the best fabric and you do need to watch the quality. But I'll tell you this Joanns wont be seeing me nearly as often. In the last few months the quality of fabric has gone down even at my local quilt shop. So if I'm gonna get a lower quality fabric then i want a lower price.

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    Something is going on in our walmart too - but there were no employees around for me to ask - they've packed up the patterns and there is alot of stuff missing - I bet they are putting the fabrics back there too. :) Maybe with WM sewing dept returning JoAnn's will lower their prices a bit... and the good news - Hobby Lobby is coming to town!! :)

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    Our Walmart in Savoy, IL is putting the material back too. Makes me happy.

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    I was at my Walmart today and checked out the craft area where there has been minimal sewing/quilting items and fabric. Today there was less than last week, much less and emptying shelves.

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    They have started to stock our Walmart with fabric. Hope they bring in a good variety as right now the prices are higher than Joanns. $5-$6 yd. Will wait and hope the selection gets better.

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    was in our Wal Mart the other day and was looking at packaged material and a stock person came by and said that they were marking fabric down because they were getting an old fashion fabic department with a cutting table.......Good ....Good.....Good....... oh and by the way that young man was about 19 or 20........

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    I heard on the news last week the price of cotton is coming
    down, so lets see if the fabric prices follow, or do they
    have us hooked now at the higher prices.

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    I live in Central OH by a lake and I sure wish the Walmarts in this area would bring back the FD too! Currently, to get to JoAnn's I drive either north about 30 miles OR drive south 100 miles or east the same distance! HELP! WE all sent letters, emails and etc. to Walmart headquarterss BUT nothing is happening here! Boo Hoo! :cry:

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    It sure would be nice if the Wal-Mart closest to me would get their fabric dept. back, but the girl working there told me not to get my hopes up. She even said they were going to get rid of their precuts. Maybe if I pray to the "Fabric Angel" we'll get it back.

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    According to the manager of the dept in our Walmart, the amount of fabric they carry depends on the % of fabric sales in relation to their total sales. The more they sell the more they will carry. Our notions area seems to be smaller and have a feeling that the same rule applies. So maybe if we shop Walmart more the fabric and notions dept will get bigger and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MawMaw B
    Our WM never lost the fabric dept and have upgraded to include more collections so it isn't so hard to find fabrics that belong. But, I also noticed that the button rack has been replaced and there are not as many to choose from. My mother uses a lot of the quarter inch white fish eye buttons on her hand made baby clothes and those buttons can no longer be found there. We would special order them by the gross from the fabric dept. there and I was told we wouldn't be able to do that if it wasn't stocked. Now what to do??
    Check to see if the buttons are available on the Walmart website. If so, order them, have sent to your local walmart (no shipping charges to you), they will call when product arrives and you can pick up there. My daughter has done this several times on items that were either out of stock, or no longer carried in her local store. Other than that, google buttons and I'm sure you'll get lots of responses.

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    My WalMart was moving the precuts to gardening to make room for the new fabric dept. at the back of the store. That was last Thursday. I need to go see how far they have come along. I purchased some fat quarters for $.75 Thursday. All other precuts had not been marked down, yet.

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    One of our Walmarts brought back the fabric but as precut and packaged. That does not work for me, I like to chose how much fabric I want to buy. We have a new Holly Lobby and that is where I am purchasing my fabric. Nice selection.

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