Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 26 to 44 of 44

Thread: Fabric Cost

  1. #26
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    2,285
    $15 per yard? Absolutely not! I can sit in my chair and find wonderful deals on great fabrics by shopping online. If I check out the sales/clearance on ConnectingThreads I can find fabric at $3/yd. and never leave the house. If you want to run a store and make money, you have to be realistic about your pricing.

  2. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    96
    Everything is going up. Our Cable bill just went up 20%, groceries aren't just creeping up. If I am going to spend time making a quilt, I will pay whatever. I am a business owner and thanks to our government it is harder and harder to stay in business.

  3. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Any place I can sew
    Posts
    434
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Girl View Post
    I quilt at a small quilt shop located in a farming community. The cost per yard of fabric 2 years ago was $8-$9 a yard which I was happy to pay. Now, the new fabric came in today and the shop owner was marking it as $15 per yard. I'm so afraid she is pricing herself out of the market and this small community will not support this price increase. I'm not sure if I should say something to her or just wait and see what happens. The shop has only been open for 2 years and I've been their customer from the beginning and I consider her a friend.
    I hate to say this, but this has been an on going problem from the begging of time. What you are seeing is the difference between SMALL local stores and LARGE MEGA corp owned stores. Your LQS buys 1 bolt of this 1 bolt of that, some times 2 bolts of some things. But the Corp stores buy truck loads of the same things. When you buy in mass you get the best price. The price of fabric goes up and you LQS still has the same bills (rent, elect., etc...), so she still has to mark up by the same amt in order to pay her bills. So at the LQS it looks like her prices are out of line, but she hasn't changed any thing other than what has changed on her. It's SAD, because the little guy is being priced out of the market. Most quilters can not pay $15 a yard for fabric and give it away, so we have to look at other ways to save and we end up at the Corp. Mega stores. Around and around we go.

  4. #29
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    new york state
    Posts
    5,512
    Blog Entries
    2
    My quilt groups makes more and more trips to the Amish. We recently stopped at a quilt shop on our way home from the Amish and between 10 of us we didnt spen $20.00. Prices are just getting to high.
    Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind see.
    mark Twain

  5. #30
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,648
    Blog Entries
    42
    There is something wrong with our fabric prices. You can't make clothes cheaper than buying them. Don't save hardly anything buy making your own curtain and such. Where do they get fabric cheaper and then send it over seas to be make and shipped back to sell to us. Let alone buy material for quilting. Supposedly quilting fabric isn't the same grade of fabric and garments.

  6. #31
    Senior Member diamondee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    713
    Blog Entries
    1
    I've been working on my stash for the last few years because of the price increases. I also am not afraid to look around at yard sales, church rummage sales and such. I now have 2 bookcases 8X10 ft filled and at least 10 boxes. I hope I live long enough to use it all LOL I still find myself picking up the "just right" fabric at the stores. I still have so much to learn, I do not feel as bad cutting into bargain/ but good fabric.

  7. #32
    Super Member Rose_P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas, USA
    Posts
    2,926
    Quote Originally Posted by Jennja View Post
    Wish our LQS had material for $15 mtr, mostly we pay around $21 and upwards. They wonder why we buy online, even with postage it still works out cheaper than our local QS. Mind you, we have to watch what the postage costs are, some are way over the limit, but mostly for material the postage is not too bad.
    When I read this I thought we were seeing this difference because of the exchange rate, but I checked and the Australian dollar is barely any higher then the USD right now! That is a shocking price!

    Cotton has gone up for various reasons affecting the supply worldwide. Even the chain stores around here - where there is plenty of competition - are charging much more than they did last year. After the new Jo-ann's opened in our neighborhood to much fanfare and a coupon blitz, a whole lot of people were in there shopping. A couple of weeks later I went in to buy thread and found the store practically deserted. Either everyone is at home sewing what they got earlier, or sticker shock is setting in. The reality is that the products that they sell are not necessities of life (except to those of us who are addicted to fabric). The consumer can force the price down by not buying when the prices get too steep, but businesses that operate on a narrow profit margin will not be able to afford to compete that way. Your store owner may be over a barrel and offering the best price she can right now.

    On the other hand, something tells me that if there is a bumper crop of cotton next time, the prices are not going to go down accordingly. Over the years I've noticed that a bad year is a reason to raise prices on anything, but the recovery isn't passed on to the consumer. Back in the 1970's there was a sugar shortage and the price of sugary things, such as soda pop, went way up. I don't think it ever came down. A similar thing happened with the price of orange juice when a freeze killed the crop. Once the purveyors have established what consumers are willing to pay, they see no reason to get generous with us.

  8. #33
    Senior Member ShabbyTabby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts
    944
    It's a sign of the times and so many of us older ladies (me included) are living on fixed incomes and just can't afford those prices. I have done fairly well with the online outlets I use and have even started going through the closets to find good cotton clothes that I no longer wear and cut them up for quilts. I just love making them as that's about my only hobby, so will be digging into the stash and shopping for bargains.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

  9. #34
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    526
    I recently saw many fabrics at JoAnn's in the $12.00 range. Either way, my fabric diet has had to kick in by necessity.

  10. #35
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    469
    Blog Entries
    2
    I shop at LQS in small towns and larger cities as I travel often. What I have concluded is where there is competition the prices are lower. Where there is no competition the prices are higher. I went in a shop in a small Virginia town where the policy stated it you purchased everything for your quilt in this shop and at one time, you were given a 25 percent discount.
    I had gone in the shop only for the main fabric for my next project and ended buying everything to finish it including the backing and batting. I plan on returning often and think this shop owner is indeed a smarty.

  11. #36
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    VIRGINIA
    Posts
    22,671
    yes she may not have a choice even wal-mart has gone up was watching world news this week saw where a tractor trailer overturned full of cotton first thing i thought was now fabric going up more
    QUILTNMO

  12. #37
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Normal, IL
    Posts
    561
    I go to a shop that not onlyputs her new fabric at 11.999 but ALL the fabric in the shop was raised to that price even if it had been 9.99 the day before. How do you like the apples?

  13. #38
    Senior Member anita211's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Northfield, MN
    Posts
    340
    My little shop that I go to in a town with a population of about 3,000 has prices on new bolts at $12.50 to $14.00 a yard. She has no choice. In order for her to make any sort of profit, she has to charge these prices. I bought half a yard of some new stuff... I love it, but sighed when I gave her the card and paid $36.00 plus change for some leads for a marking pencil and 3 half yard cuts.

    Anita in Northfield, MN

  14. #39
    Junior Member quilt'nmomma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Southern IL
    Posts
    144
    I wouldn't pay $15 a yard for fabric. I actually wait until I visit my grandmother and go to her local fabric shop in a Mennonite community instead of shopping locally. I can get a lot of Moda fabrics for 6-7 dollars a yard.

  15. #40
    Junior Member nantucketsue's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    West Yorkshire ,England
    Posts
    238
    Blog Entries
    1
    Here in UK we are paying over 10 to 12 per metre (approx. $16 to $20). So we get a couple of inches more, but it is still very expensive, considering a number of quilt shops have closed to save on overheads and are selling on ebay, and with the increased postal charges, the latest fabrics are becoming a luxury. I look for sale and special offers now, as I refuse to pay these prices. I have actually been able to purchase fabric from USA which, even with the shipping, has worked out cheaper. I know cotton prices have risen, but there is a limit to what people will pay.

  16. #41
    Junior Member nantucketsue's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    West Yorkshire ,England
    Posts
    238
    Blog Entries
    1
    PS: I think that some of the gizmos and gadgets that are being marketed are way overpriced. They can't have it both ways. If we didn't have to spend so much on replacing blades and marking tools etc., we would have more money to spend on the fabric. So many of these are marked up by the retailers, as can be seen when you shop around to compare prices.

  17. #42
    Super Member glenda5253's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    NE Kansas
    Posts
    1,086
    This IS a Catch 22 subject, isn't it? But I'm with several others who cannot pay $15/yd for fabric.

  18. #43
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    16
    Definitely a catch 22. For us as customers and for the shop owners, too. My LQS owners are very aware of rising fabric prices. One of them told me more than a year ago that they were sticker shocked by the price of the cottons coming into the store and that even at $10 a yard she knows that her customers are going to start choosing between quilting and other expenses like gas for the car.

    So I imagine the OP's shop owner knows that $15 a yard is very high but I'd bet that price does reflect her costs to stock the fabric.
    It is tough. My LQS has wonderful classes and teachers. I stumbled in there a couple years ago out of curiosity. Then a quilting coworker got me a gift certificate which I used to take some beginning classes. The employees there are quilters and they do a show of their projects every year on top of making gorgeous and inspiring examples for the classes. I would really miss that if they were to go out of business. And I wouldn't have taken an interest if I hadn't been able to walk into a bricks and mortar store, I don't think.
    I can't afford $15/yd either. The last few fabrics I've bought I picked up online for far less than that. But I do try to shop my LQS for gadgets, books, patterns and notions, just to try to give them some support.

    I agree about the gadgets, too. There seem to be so many of them and for a real pretty price! I grew up with a mom who could sew everything under the sun with a pair of scissors, her 1959 Singer Slant-o-matic and little else. So whenever I see a slick new gadget that I supposedly can't continue sewing or quilting without, I ask myself "How did my Mom do that?" It's saved me a lot of money!
    Last edited by nmtonimarie; 05-12-2012 at 02:45 PM. Reason: edit to add this:

  19. #44
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Charleston, WV
    Posts
    260
    Blog Entries
    2
    The price of fabric has gone up in our area too, but not to $15.00 a yard!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.