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    Have you ever bought fabric and got home to find out it has a lot of flaws in it? Well, I bought some, brought it home and put it up for the next quilt. when I took it out and was cutting it, there were bad places in the fabric all over it. I was sick. It had been a while since I had bought it. So, now I am stuck with it. Has anyoneelse ever done this or am I a lone goose?

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    It has happened to me twice. I did the same thing as you, didn't cut into it right away so I was stuck with it. I cut around it and used it anyway although it made cutting a real pain.

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    I only had that happen to me one and I was able to cut around it.

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    Yes, just recently bought a white on white. 3 yards worth, cut into it. There was print on both the first and last yard, but the middle yard had nothing on it, barely even visible that it was supposed to have a print. But since I had already cut into it, I couldn't return it. Burned me up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    It has happened to me twice. I did the same thing as you, didn't cut into it right away so I was stuck with it. I cut around it and used it anyway although it made cutting a real pain.
    been there done that. you just do the best you can with what you can salvage.

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    I was told by someone in the fabric business that it can have something like 2-3 flaws per yard and still be considered first quality. Amazing.
    If you are getting it for a backing or border, inspect carefully in the store before buying.

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    I've done the same. It was 'sale' fabric on the flat-fold $1 or so a yard table so I didn't feel like I'd really been gypped all that much, but since I had intended using it for curtains for my RV and had only bought a certain amount, I had to rethink the curtains.

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    I bought some fabric for a back and the center fold was faded. It looked fine to me in the store but when I ironed it to prepare my quilt sandwich, there was a line. Bummer! I decided that the back was going to have a seam through the middle after all.

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    That happened to me just last week with Robert Kaufman fabric from LQS. There was a white spot near the bottom of the salvage> Fortunately, i had just bought it so i took it back and had it replaced.

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    That is frustrating for sure. I have bought fabric with flaws in it - but have made them discount it. Hope you can work around it.

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    I was buying left over bolts Northcott for backing for donation quilts for the millitary. Thankfully the owner who was measuring it pointed it out to me. One bolt I bought because it was minor and they gave me a discount since it was for donation quilts for a good cause the other one I left. Would they not have noticed it when they were cutting? I would try and still bring it back even if it is to exchange. You can try but without a receipt it might be hard or because of the time passed.

    I bought also fabric from some one online and a lot of it was polly cotton so I can not use it or it was very thin quality. I assume the peron did not realize because I told her I needed it for this cause and it needs to be 100 % quality cotton. So Now I am not sure what to do with it either. I also feel bad because I spend $ and DH and I wanted to support our troops but now I can not use a lot of it and I am out of the money so I can not even buy the more expensive stuff.

    I guess we live and learn. I know some one always watches the cutting when she buys fabric. This is probably a good idea.

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    I have to really check fabric purchased from Fabricland (Canadian company similar to Joannes) because they frequently sell flawed fabric and it is supposed to be first quality. When I tried to return flawed yardage the last time, the manager was very difficult and reluctant to replace my flawed fabric (it was big and right in the middle). She thought that I should just cut around it and at $11.99 a metre, I wasn't willing to do that. Now I make them unfold it completely and I check both sides before I let them cut my yardage. This annoys them because it holds up the cutting line but I'm not letting them cut before I check.

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    I always tell the cutting clerk...you measure and cut....I will fold. That way I get to double check for any flaws and YES, I have found flaws in $2.00 a yard stuff from Walmart all the way up to $12.00 a yard LQS fabric, so I point it out to the clerk, she marks it as flawed and it goes into the sale bin, then she recuts for me. The clerks love the little break they get from folding and the line goes a lot faster!!

    Another plus, I get my fabric folded like it was on the bolt, so when I need ''some'', I just measure out the inches I need, cut it off and back on the shelf it goes.

    jodi

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    Have you ever bought fabric and got home to find out it has a lot of flaws in it? Well, I bought some, brought it home and put it up for the next quilt. when I took it out and was cutting it, there were bad places in the fabric all over it. I was sick. It had been a while since I had bought it. So, now I am stuck with it. Has anyoneelse ever done this or am I a lone goose?
    not to often, but I've had bad fabric before.

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    I have gotten fabric a few times that was not printed straight - thats tough too becuase you don't really notice unitl you get it home and try to cut it. Once with Vikings football fabric and once with polk-a-dots.

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    It's happened to me, too! But this was an on-line purchase. Before the purchase I communicated with them as to the use and that it would need to be a tight weave to hold up to lots of washing. I even asked them what their thread count was on the fabric but obviously the gal just quewssed. Since they were the only resource with this particular print I ordered 6 yds. When I did get the fabric I nearly cried. It was the worse grade of fabric I've ever seen, the left had salvege had been cut off and the print was not consistent in dye grade. I immediately contacted the company about the probelms and they apologized for not meeting my expectations but they don't give refunds for purchases of under 10 yards. Though I order from a number of reliable resources on-line this was my first and last from them. Lessons we learn - some really hurt the pocketbook!!!!! As for store purchases, I always pull off what I think I'm going to buy and give it a once over and once again once it's cut.

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    Where did you buy the fabric? You should return the fabric. LQS or Joanns should take the fabric back since it has flaws in it. Even Walmart should take it back even if it is cut. It is worth a TRY!

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    Oh yes, most annoying those flaws!
    Shelbie(Ontario), I could have written your post! As I started to read the topic, Fabricland came to mind....sorry for them. But, honestly, they don't have a lot of high quality cottons. But, I still need to shop there at times as it's closest to my home. I know it can be annoying, & I apoligize to all my quilter friends in the line up behind me, buuuuuut, I have to check it out before it's cut. I've been burned before.
    Maureen

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    The fabric was purchased on line from Jo's Fabrics (not JoAnn's). Only place that was carrying a certain spiderman figure we wanted for window covers and pillowcases for a special boy. I did call them directly and actually moved up to who I was told was the supervisor but he repeated that they do not refund for purchases under 10 yards. I guess I didn't read the fine print before ordering. Out $36 but all the more aware of who I purchase from and what I'm purchasing. Lessons learned.

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    What a bummer!

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    Return the fabric to the shop if the quilt shop won't take it back ask for information and contact the company they should replace it.

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    when ever i plan to purchase yardage i pull out a good length from the bolt and look it over, also while it is being cut i watch and if i see flaws i point them out and ask them to either compensate for the wasted amount, or find a section with out flaws and cut over. flaws happen...i have wound up short making a quilt before because of flawed fabric- that's when i started paying a bit more attenting before i purchase. :wink:

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    Yes, so I watch like a hawk when the fabric is cut and try to catch any problems.

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    yes, I got some twice, from joanne fabrics....I took them back, both times. They gave a refund.

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    Just bought some orange tye-dyed fabric with a little black on it, wasn't sure if it was part of the design or not. It was on sale and I was buying it to add a color I don't particularly like to my stash. It was not a problem for me. I bought 3 yards, plenty to cut around if it becomes a problem later.

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