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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I always find this subject of discussion interesting. I wonder if the same attitude is in place when one shops at the Dollar Store vs the Supermarket or the Chain Super Market vs the local mom and pop conveniense store.
    Absolutely for me it is. I will pay more for something to support the local business in the market than to a chain. And, now that I am doing a little better financially, that is my preference. I just bought a new freezer. I didn't price them anywhere but the local hardware store. Paid off for me because he threw in a furnace filter that we asked about and he started carrying for us.

    My LQS knows I check with her first and then I go else where if she doesn't have it. If I want them to stay in business I have to use them and I do.

    I will completely admit I am a snob about a lot of things. I will pay more for made in USA and locally grown than I will for other stuff but THAT is my opinion and is something I can afford right now. That may change in the future

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    I shop at Joann's and found out yesterday their remnants, anything under a yard, are on sale for 70% off. One gal knew and the other didn't, but it pops up in the machine. I used their coupons, email coupons and a phone coupon and got all my fabric on sale.

    I have bought good fabric and lousy fabric at Joann's and at LQS's too.
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    I go to Joanns when sales are going on and some of the material that does have a good feel and weight I will purchase. The main complaint I have about the store is the restrooms, they are a disgusting. I have gone in 2 different ones. The last one I went in was remodeled and very confusing, I will have to get the lay of the land. But the restroom did not have soap or paper towels and plumbing on sinks (one side) did not work, they put in metal partitions between the commodes instead of curtains, but the commodes are old and cracked. What is up with this? I know Joanns make plenty of money why don't they spend it on decent restrooms. I travel over an hour to get to the stores, so when I get there I do need to use the facilities. Wonder if this is the same throughout country.
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    Like a previous poster, my problem with JoAnn's is not the fabric - it's the employees. The store is a mess and I often have to search for someone to cut fabric. But then I guess the bigger problem is the management. I don't mind buying fabric at WalMart either but I do get tired of listening to the clerks talking about how horrible the store is. Love my LQS - they have great fabric which I don't purchase very often because of the expense, but it is a light, bright, friendly place where I can generally get help with a quilting problem.

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    I was at my home away from home, the Joanns in Indy(my home is the Joanns in Bloomington) and met the best clerk!!! I was just there to get my 60 degree triangle and left with $100 of fabric only because I had an appointment. I am debating about returning Fri. I never buy without sale and/or coupons. I an equal opportunity fabric addict. I do flea markets, garage sales, Goodwill, Value World, DAV, thrift stores, rummage sales. My life is an adventure and fabric is my goal. I was on vacation on Pawleys Island and my 1st purchase was fabric. My friend walked in and was in shock as we had driven from IN to buy fabric. I never met a fabric I didn't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have issues with Jo'Anns and the coupon use. They use them to draw in the customers.. but then "game" the use, by putting items on sale , so coupons can not be used. They also seem to inflate prices , so when a sale happens , you are paying normal pricing , but feel like you got a deal... They have wired our brains to look at the "what you saved" in big bold print... rather than what you spent. This is to create the feel good impression.. when in reality the "deal" or savings was not all that wonderful.
    I wish they would price more reasonably and forget all the coupon/discount gimicks.
    I went to joann's today armed with 5 50% off coupons and couldn't use any of them because the scissors and thread were already on sale. Because of my huge stash, i didn't even look at the fabric.

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    you can use the discount on sale items...IF... The coupon discount is better than the sale discount. I wanted a new pair of thread snips that were on sale for 30%off. I had a 50% coupon, so I took the snips at 50% off the regular price. The manager had to clear the sale, but worth asking. I also did this at Hobby Lobby.

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    I think big block shops like Joann's did get a bad rap in the beginning, but times have changed. I usually shop at my LQS, but do get some fabric at Joann type of shops. Joann's carries the Moda solids which are top quality. They also have some Denise Schmidt and Alexander Henry on occasion. You can't beat their 50% off notion sales. Like you said, you choose the best you can. I agree with the comment about Bonnie Hunter as well. Go to Goodwill and get some cotton shirts. They make great strip quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    Absolutely for me it is. I will pay more for something to support the local business in the market than to a chain. And, now that I am doing a little better financially, that is my preference. I just bought a new freezer. I didn't price them anywhere but the local hardware store. Paid off for me because he threw in a furnace filter that we asked about and he started carrying for us.

    My LQS knows I check with her first and then I go else where if she doesn't have it. If I want them to stay in business I have to use them and I do.

    I will completely admit I am a snob about a lot of things. I will pay more for made in USA and locally grown than I will for other stuff but THAT is my opinion and is something I can afford right now. That may change in the future
    I find this discussion interesting too. Don't forget who the employees are who work in these big box stores: probably your neighbors. I get that they are not owned locally, but they do provide a lot of jobs for folks in our community. We need to think about supporting the United States globally. (and maybe one day the world when we are all at peace)

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    I buy all of my fabric .... wherever fabric is sold!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    As long as we find beautiful fabric that brings someone's heart a smile when they see the love we have put into a quilt, it really doesn't matter where we have purchased it. I love every place I find a piece of fabric that makes me smile.
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    Some people just like to impress others I guess. I have bought stuff from just about everywhere and don't care what others think. I get what I like and don't care what the "quilt police" say, I haven't been arrested yet.

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    Ok, I have read every post in this thread with amusement, as with so many other threads in the past discussing the pros and cons of JoAnns and others. I'll throw my two cents in. IN MY OPINION, I have 3 Joanns all about the same 30 miles or so in distance, but in different directions, and I do MOST of my shopping in 2 of the three ( the smaller of the three but the largest of the three by far is also very pleasant to shop in, with several cutters and every time I have been in, at least 5 cashiers. I have never had a problem with staff, I usually stick to buying the premium brands of fabric, but occasionally will pick up some Keepsake, all my notions, iron-on embroidered patches, battings and interfacings, purse making hardware, and occasionally, a book or pattern. I NEVER pay full price, I go armed with coupons from Internet (DH gets them to his email too), the mailers, and anywhere I can find them. I study the sale brochure I get in the mail, make a list of things I want, and if I can't use all the coupons, I give them to someone else shopping that might not have them. I always rummage through the red tag table, and most of the time, manage to save an average of 50% on my total bill. I also have a 10% off total purchase VIP card, even on sale and red tag fabrics. When I receive a coupon for 25% off total purchase, I wait until that is good and shop then. Recently, I looked at Batiks which were not on sale, so I took advantage of one of my 50% coupons to get a couple of yards. In a nutshell, I do my homework to get the most out of the coupons and sales they offer. I rarely need to get something in particular that can't wait until it is either NOT on sale so I can use a coupon, or it is on sale for 40-50% off. If they are busy at the cutting table, I check first, then take a number and continue shopping until my number is called. I usually meet such nice people shopping and will usually strike up a conversation while waiting. I only had one mistake on a receipt, which they fixed immediately. I am sure lucky my experiences with customer service have been good. I feel sorry for you who do not have good employees in your Joanns. I would love to be able to afford to always shop at a LQS, but just can't. When I do go in, I usually look for the sale table or rack and only buy then. (Having just said that, I forgot I did buy at full price the entire set of 9 McKenna Ryan Home Tweet Home patterns and the background/sashing/border fabrics at a LQS on a shop Hop this year). I just enjoy the shopping experience, fondling the fabric! I don't feel I buy inferior fabrics, I check the quality, and so far have been happy with what I buy. I also LOVE Connecting Threads, and have bought a few times from Hancocks on line, but still prefer to buy in person. 'Nuff said-I'm going to bed to dream about the fabric I am NOT buying now because of my moratorium for the year(or until I break down and blow it!)

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    Agree, agree, agree.....

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    It's not the fabric I dislike but the customer service. There's never enough people cutting (usually one) and you literally have to take a number and wait in a long line. Then there's only 1 cashier when you're finished. I used to work there about 8 years ago and it has always been that way.

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    I shop at Joann's all the time. A few years ago they started having better quilting fabric. They still have some of the stuff that is not the best but they also have other choices for better fabric. I love getting the coupons in the mail and paper but sometimes I get irritated because the coupons do not work on stuff that is on sale and they put just about everything "on sale". I wish they would let the coupons work on anything.

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    Buckeye Rose, I am with you on this.... I also go armed with coupons to JoAnn's. It is VERY seldom I ever pay full price for quality fabric (.i.e. Kona etc.) alway's 40% to 50% off. I had my husband sign up for their flyer also, this way I get double 50% coupons each month. I have purchased fabric on-line, LQS, and Walmart also. But, when I can save 50%, I do it! Bevster

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    I learned a valuable lesson about fabric. I went to JoAnn and bought a charm pack just to practice using my Dresden ruler. After I practiced I was going to my LQS and buy some "nice" fabric to make my granddaughter a quilt. Well, I liked the fabric from JoAnn so much, I went and bought 2 more charm packs and I made a beautiful quilt that my Granddaughter loved.Name:  resized quilt.jpg
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    Everyone here as made all the comments I was going to make. What I have heard is the fabric may not last as long. I have a quilt that was made for me from 'heirloom quality' fabrics from an LQS, it was washed gently once and is only about 8 years old, it is very lightly used but has three tears. I have another one made from Keepsake Calicos from Joanns that is 15 years old, used very roughly by kids, grandkids and washed often. It also has three small tears, but is soooooo soft now. A quilt is only as good as how much it is loved. Enjoy the process, the hobby and the great people you will meet along the way.
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    I do not have a problem shopping at JoAnn's. I just wish the lines were not so long at the cutting table and again at the register. I worked at a quilt shop for several years so I have a nice stash but now that most of the LQS's are closing, I go where there is fabric if I need something I do not have. Did you know that Hobby Lobby has their own line of fabric and they also have coupons weekly in the paper and on line. We have the Road To California Quilt Show next week and I am making my list and checking it twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonomine View Post
    It's not the fabric I dislike but the customer service. There's never enough people cutting (usually one) and you literally have to take a number and wait in a long line. Then there's only 1 cashier when you're finished. I used to work there about 8 years ago and it has always been that way.
    You can eliminate one of those irritations-waiting in a long line at the cutting table. Check what number they are on and what the next number is out of the machine and if it is a long wait, just grab the number and continue your shopping. I do that frequently, and if my number is called and I am not ready, I swap numbers with someone waiting with a higher number! I tend to do fabrics first, then after getting them cut, I can take my time with patterns, buttons, etc. I shop there for the good deals, they are the most convenient for me to get to, and I don't mind a bit of wait, usually chatting with other shoppers, and enjoying myself. I generally do not need assistance when I shop, preferring to just enjoy the experience on my own. I find if I start out with a pleasant and smiling attitude, even the grouchiest of sales people will soften!! I don't go if I am in a hurry, I prefer to take my time, wonder around looking, fondling fabrics, and chatting with nice people.

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    I buy fabric I like, whether it is from my LQS, Hancock's or JoAnn ETC. JoAnn has some really nice fabrics now. Their prices for the better fabric are right up there with the LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSongbird View Post
    I always hear Joanns and like fabric stores always getting a bad rap from, primarily, quilters. Why is it so?

    I understand that Joanns, and such, does not always have the best quality fabric, compared to LQS, but I don’t think it is as bad as people make it out to be. I’ve heard several quilters say “real quilters” don’t shop at Joanns (and most of us know that is ridiculous!).

    I don’t have much of a choice when buying my fabric. As some of you know, I’m a college student and money is always tight. I love the fabric at my LQS, but unless I really, REALLY want it, I won’t buy it, because I can’t afford it. And the thing is when I shop at Joanns I always make sure to get the nicer quality fabric. If a fabric doesn’t feel right, I won’t buy it.

    (Plus I don’t think the best quilts have to be made out of the best fabric out there. The only time quality of fabric should be judged relatively harsh is when it is entered in a quilt show – and even then sometimes it isn’t the most important aspect of the quilt.)>
    I agree with you on this. I'm retried, can't afford the high $$s at the LQS , I think I have bought fabric a couple of times there. I've made 100's of quilts all sizes out of Joanns fabric, most are still good, care taken with the laundry of the quilt helps in how long they last. Camp quilts for the kids were made from used jeans, those wear for ever.
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    I have found both good and poor quality fabric - no matter where you shop, feel the fabric. Buy the best quality you can find wherever you can find it. Joann's is great for non-fabric quilting things.

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    I agree--we all can't afford $10-$15/yd fabrics to make a queen or king sized quilt. The LQS shops in this area never have sales and if they give any kind of discount it is 10% which might zero out the area tax. Those JA coupons have given me the opportunity to buy fabrics I would normally have denied myself. One of the LQS shops here used to flaunt their fabrics saying they were made in America---NOT--my husband has gone around the store checking out just where they come from and most are not made in America.

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