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Thread: Hancocks?

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    I don't hear a lot mentioned on here about Hancock Fabric. Is it because they aren't in a lot of locations or is because their fabric is sub-standard? Just wanting to know because we have one here and I don't know that much about fabric yet, so don't want to shop there if they aren't too good.

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    They closed alot of stores, so none near me now. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    They closed alot of stores, so none near me now. :-(
    Same here, and it was a pitiful excuse of store before it shut down.

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    There are no longer any in the Pittsburgh PA area either. Used to travel to Ohio but they closed that store too.

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    I've always enjoyed Hancocks. Seems like some locations are different than others. Some locations I like more than other locations.

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    We have one, Their fabric is decent. I only buy robert kaufman from them not the cheaper stuff.

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    It is like other chain stores, some is good and some not so much :wink: But I have seen the same in some LQS also. Feel it, hold different brands up to the light and look through the single thickness. Can you see a tighter woven cloth? Can you see through it like a double layer of cheesecloth? Look at the printing in it, does it look nice all over? By really checking over different manufacturers fabrics, you will start seeing and feeling the difference. Hand dyes and batiks will have a heavier feel to them due to the way that they are dyed, but you can still look to see what the quality of the fabric looks like :wink: :D:D:D
    I shop at all of the chain stores, online shops and LQS, where ever I can find what I want and for the price I am willing to pay :D:D:D

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    We have a Hancock's here and I prefer it to Joann's actually.

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    I had one nearby when I lived in WA state. It was an awesome store. I have one near me now in Tx. Lots of selection. Too bad the store is incredibly disorganized. Every time I have been there it looks like a tornado has run through the store.

    I haven't been in a while because it is so frustrating.

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    We have one here and the ladies are wonderfully helpful. I can get good fabric there. Like most places you need to look for it.

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    I have one near me and like another member said, it always looks like a tornado just went through. The staff is less than helpful even though it's the same ladies that have worked there for years. I still shop there on occasion but prefer my LQS or online. Better yet is stopping by LQS's when I'm out of town. I have been to some fabulous stores in the past few months.

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    Ours went out of town a few years back!

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    As previously stated: it depends on the store.
    I have lived near three: first one was awesome, the second was horrible, current is in the middle.

    I had a treat last weekend as DH took me to the Fabric Hut (1/2 hour away). They carry over 6,000 bolts of quilting fabric!
    Yes, the common is in the right place! I needed a tissue for the drool (which they had on the front counter!)

    Then DH said "I'll be back in a couple of hours" and handed me $100.00 for early Mother's day from him and the kids.

    Heaven!

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    Fabric Hut is my absolute favorite fabric store! I am like a kid in a candy shop there and their back wall of $3.88 fabric is always a plus!

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    I'll shop at Hancock's before Joann's if I have a choice. The closest Hancock's is 200 miles away in one direction, Joann's 100 miles in a different direction, needless to say, I don't shop at either a whole lot.

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    My hancock is still open, I go there all the time.

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    I have a Hancock's and Joann's both here in the metro Little Rock, AR area. I like them both. Clerks at both stores are very nice and helpful. As others have said, you do have to look at and feel the fabric to see if it seems good.

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    I had the privileged of meeting Mr. Hancock in the early 80's. What a nice gentleman. I believe he would be appalled by the way some of his stores are being run.

    Our store in Bend, Oregon isn't that bad. Although it could be better. I wouldn't mind a bigger flannel section.

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    I love the Hancock Fabrics that's close to where I live in Georgia. Their sales are fantastic and that's usually where I buy really nice fat quarters for 99 cents. Just like shopping in any other store you have to check the quality of the fabric before you purchase it but I haven't been disappointed yet. Their staff is very friendly and helpful.

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    My impression is that Hancock has kept the price low by lowering the quality of the fabric. JoAnn has raised the prices a lot and doesn't match the quality of the local quilt shops. I've been buying at fabric.com and a local discount outlet shop. They have top of the line overruns for $3.99. Crossroads Fabrics in Watsonville, CA.

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    We have a great Hancocks in middle Illinois. They have a LARGE selection of good quality quilting fabric. If you're ever near Champaign, Il. look them up.

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    They closed the one just a couple miles from my house :( I would rather go there than Joann's...

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    I have a Hancocks still and it is fine. But I have learned not to buy flannel from them , mine always seems to get the "super thin" stuff :shock: Bit for the 100 % cotton they have good stuff :wink:

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    that and Jo-anne fabric is like the lower price run of fabric at all the big companies. u think your getting good. but when u wash it all the work goes down the drain

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    I also prefer Hancock's over Joann's. They seem to have more of what I want, the prices are in a range I can afford and I find their quality to be better than Joann's in most cases. I kind of like the staff better too.

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