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    Hi, everyone

    I just want to let you guys & gals know that I have had some very positive experiences ordering fabric & quilting stuff online. I've ordered off of ebay, but I rely on the seller's reputation and feedback based on past customers. I ordered from bienlien designs on ebay and received a 10% discount on a future order. Thrilled with her service and the future discount!

    I've ordered from Connecting Threads and was very pleased with the service and the products. I really like their thread.

    QIAD is no surprise. I'm currently waiting on a box from them and hope it will be here this week. Only complaint is no tracking number unless I use an expensive mail option. I can wait. Maybe. :lol:

    I also ordered from Hancock Fabrics online. Their main office is about an hour and a half from me, but the closest store was out of a fabric I wanted. I figured they'd stick in the mail via USPS. They used the FedEx/USPS option where FedEx picks it up, sends it from North MS to Memphis to Atlanta to Birmingham then in B'ham gives it to the USPS to deliver to my post office to me. Might have gotten it sooner had they just shoved it in a mail box. For the west coast people, the FedEx option would be quicker.

    When I lived in the Sact'o area of California, I could mail a letter to my folks back in Alabama and it took two days for them to get the letter. They could mail one to me and it took 5 days or more. Never did figure out the difference.

    I ordered some panels of snowflakes and quilt labels from a couple of shops online:
    FabricLovers.Com
    Prairie Rose Quilt Shop

    I also ordered some Iris print fabric from one of the ladies here on the forum (Thanks, Jane).

    A total positive experience. I know some people prefer to pick fabric when they can feel it. I'm inexperienced enough to think that if I like the fabric when I see a swatch, I'll eventually find a good use for it. Wish I could afford the $10 a yard stuff to piece with, but that isn't likely to happen anytime soon. So it's gotta be on sale, much as I might wish otherwise.

    Anyway, I hope that posting my experiences with online purchases might help someone else who's thinking about doing so. I'm all for supporting your LQS, but since I don't have one (closest fabric shop is Hancock's and it's 60+ miles from me), I don't mind supporting reputable dealers online when I can.

    Happy Quilting,
    M&M

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    I order everything I possibly can online, from bed sheets to fabric to kitchen appliances. I would buy gas and groceries online if I could. Especially if I could save money.

    The only fabric I buy locally is when I absolutely MUST perfectly match or coordinate a color. When that happens, I make sure I have at least a 40% coupon in my purse.

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    [quote=draggin_behind]I've ordered off of ebay, but I rely on the seller's reputation and feedback based on past customers. I ordered from bienlien designs on ebay and received a 10% discount on a future order. Thrilled with her service and the future discount![quote]

    Thanks for the recommendation. With my huge stash purge I am doing, I am very picky about what I buy and for what. Will have to check her store out.

    [quote=draggin_behind]I've ordered from Connecting Threads and was very pleased with the service and the products. I really like their thread.[quote]

    LOVE THEM - everything.

    [quote=draggin_behind]I ordered some panels of snowflakes and quilt labels from a couple of shops online:
    FabricLovers.Com
    Prairie Rose Quilt Shop[quote]

    I have seen a couple of great pieces at Prairie Rose but wasn't sure, I will have to look again.

    [quote=draggi_behind]I also ordered some Iris print fabric from one of the ladies here on the forum (Thanks, Jane).[quote]

    Your welcome Mary. There is more to come.

    I love that you have taken the time to post this. I think we all need to do this. Especially with the smaller/Mom & Pop on-line stores. There are definitely small little diamonds just waiting to be found.

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    Just an FYI - when you want to break up the quoted responses, you have to end each quote with [/quote] . It needs the slash, otherwise it can't pair up to the beginning [quote].

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    Good news. Thanks - I buy online too but also support my local quilt shop because it is so much fun going in and surrounded by all the fabrics - it can be overload but I love it. I order online from Green Fairy Quilts - they have great shipping and personal customer service - love them. Plus you can buy pre-cuts before they come out at a discount and will receive them up to a month before they are released.

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    I buy many things online, but most of the fabric is still bought at a LQS, I like to feel it.

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    thanks for sharing

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    I order a lot online even though we have 9 stores in town that sell fabric. And there may be others that I don't know about!

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    I buy almost everything I can online. I even bought a washing machine. I found what I wanted and didn't have to drive 25 miles to the showroom. They delivered it from that store.

    Buying from places like Walmart or Amazon is easier that going in if all you want is a few items.

    Jean

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    I should have added, that purchasing gifts are easier. I had wanted to purchase some little tykes toys for my grandsons.

    I wouldn't have been able to get them into my car, much less to them over 100 miles away.

    Buy online and have delivered to their home. So easy.

    Jean

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    Yep. I bought 2 yards of a quilt block on the month fabric a couple years ago just cuz it was pretty. I finally decided what I wanted to do with it, but needed 7 yards. I found and bought 3 yards on a site called BluJay, 1 1/2 yards on Esty, and 3/4 of a yard on eBay.

    Now, my new minimum "Cuz it's pretty" cut is 4 yards.

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    I was hesitant at first, but once I got the hang of it, buying online is just way too easy. I, too, would buy everything online, if I could.

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    For ordering parts for older machines, I've had wonderful experience with Sew-Classic. She shipped out from east coast and I had them within 2 days. Very fast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyCurious
    Yep. I bought 2 yards of a quilt block on the month fabric a couple years ago just cuz it was pretty. I finally decided what I wanted to do with it, but needed 7 yards. I found and bought 3 yards on a site called BluJay, 1 1/2 yards on Esty, and 3/4 of a yard on eBay.

    Now, my new minimum "Cuz it's pretty" cut is 4 yards.
    Why not 7? :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I was hesitant at first, but once I got the hang of it, buying online is just way too easy. I, too, would buy everything online, if I could.
    Way too easy is right!

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    I am an online junkie. I buy everything possible. Books, toys, food, fabric, you name I have probably bought it. The only thing I cannot buy is the sewing machine I want, because you have to purchase from a dealer. However, I have seen it on Ebay, but they are asking the same price for a used one that I can purchase new at the retail store.

    I also pay 90% of my bills online. If I can pay it that way I do. I register my car that way. I actually bought that cute puppy you see in my avatar online too!!!! She was shipped to us from Mo. when she was just 8 weeks old.

    I am quite pleased at the things you can do with computers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyCurious
    Yep. I bought 2 yards of a quilt block on the month fabric a couple years ago just cuz it was pretty. I finally decided what I wanted to do with it, but needed 7 yards. I found and bought 3 yards on a site called BluJay, 1 1/2 yards on Esty, and 3/4 of a yard on eBay.

    Now, my new minimum "Cuz it's pretty" cut is 4 yards.
    Why not 7? :lol: :lol:
    Cuz [1] I am cheap, and [2] most quilts have 3 to 4 colors/fabrics in them. So the chances of needing more than 4 yards is fairly slim.
    This one pattern "Chained 9 Patch" that I fell in love with and decided it MUST have this one color as the background, is mostly 2 colors, and I'm not doing the paper piecing it suggests. I found another way, and already tried it out on a quilted carrying case for my cutting board. Pictures later.

    What a darling puppy Amy!!!

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    I pay my bills online now too. So much easier to do and to track back this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyCurious
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyCurious
    Yep. I bought 2 yards of a quilt block on the month fabric a couple years ago just cuz it was pretty. I finally decided what I wanted to do with it, but needed 7 yards. I found and bought 3 yards on a site called BluJay, 1 1/2 yards on Esty, and 3/4 of a yard on eBay.

    Now, my new minimum "Cuz it's pretty" cut is 4 yards.
    Why not 7? :lol: :lol:
    Cuz [1] I am cheap, and [2] most quilts have 3 to 4 colors/fabrics in them. So the chances of needing more than 4 yards is fairly slim.
    This one pattern "Chained 9 Patch" that I fell in love with and decided it MUST have this one color as the background, is mostly 2 colors, and I'm not doing the paper piecing it suggests. I found another way, and already tried it out on a quilted carrying case for my cutting board. Pictures later. Way later.
    Sounds like a neat pattern. I usually buy only 3 years of something I love. For my blenders and fillers, I buy 1-2 yards, depending on how often I use that color.

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    My dilemma......
    I like to buy online as it really saves me money, especially if I am buying from the USA as it is so much cheaper than buying in the UK even with postage. Also it is so much easier for a lot of people who can't just pop to a local store....however I would be truly mortified if my local quilt shops closed down and I was unable to go and see and feel the fabric.
    What I would like to see is all shops offering an online and physical shop but this maybe too expensive for a lot of little shops....however if it was a choice between just buying on line or going to my local quilt shop....there would be no competition....Local Quilt Shop it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little RoO
    My dilemma......
    I like to buy online as it really saves me money, especially if I am buying from the USA as it is so much cheaper than buying in the UK even with postage. Also it is so much easier for a lot of people who can't just pop to a local store....however I would be truly mortified if my local quilt shops closed down and I was unable to go and see and feel the fabric.
    What I would like to see is all shops offering an online and physical shop but this maybe too expensive for a lot of little shops....however if it was a choice between just buying on line or going to my local quilt shop....there would be no competition....Local Quilt Shop it is
    Unfortunately, there are 4 of those where I live. Plus JoAnns, Hancocks, 2 WalMarts with fabric, Beverlys and Michaels with fabric. A lot of competition. Sometimes online is easier to think about than running to each of them and checking out fabric and prices. I support each of the 4 LQSs but when it is cheaper online for the same thing, I order online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little RoO
    My dilemma......
    I like to buy online as it really saves me money, especially if I am buying from the USA as it is so much cheaper than buying in the UK even with postage. Also it is so much easier for a lot of people who can't just pop to a local store....however I would be truly mortified if my local quilt shops closed down and I was unable to go and see and feel the fabric.
    What I would like to see is all shops offering an online and physical shop but this maybe too expensive for a lot of little shops....however if it was a choice between just buying on line or going to my local quilt shop....there would be no competition....Local Quilt Shop it is
    WHile I do agree buying online hurts the LQS, then first off, they need to lower their prices. If I can get the same fabric for less, and I am not talking about cents less but dollars less, then I am going to buy online. I live in the big city though, so the LQS's are not small by any means, and honestly I really think they could lower their prices a tad. However, with the poor cotton crops this year we may see a rise in prices all across the board.

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    Just wondering. Do you better prices than the local fabric stores?

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    WOW!!!! We have one quilt shop in town and it is getting less and less in. I have to drive 45 minutes away to get to one and an hour for the next one. You are lucky!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I, too, buy almost everything online. I like the fact that I can linger on a website as long as I want and go back and forth, so far I've never been disappointed. I found one lady in Washington State who runs her business with her husband's help; she has the most amazing collection of panels and OOP with great prices and terrific customer service.

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