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Thread: Heard something interesting about our JoAnn today!

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    Heard something interesting about our JoAnn today!

    I went in to buy some backing fabric for a quilt I'm making and commented to one of the clerks that I wished they had a better variety of wide backings and she said they probably would after they moved! That got my attention! They are getting a NEW store in August in the new mall. It will be twice the size of the present one. Since we don't have a LQS anymore, that is great news! Our Walmarts have fabric, but most of it is poor quality. The only other place is Hobby Lobby. I don't do a lot of shopping on line anymore because of the high shipping costs. JoAnn will start their pre-moving sales in May and the last of the sales will be "bolts". They have to sell off all their stock before the move. I'm really going to be watching!

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    My Jo'anns had less backings once they moved into a new store. The selection of backings seems to have gotten pretty slim in my area at Jo'Anns. If I want anything other than the 4 or 5 they might have , I have to go online for the best selection. My choice for backings is Thousands of Bolts ... so many many to pick from.. and they list who the manufacture is. I had purchased a few from Fabric.com ... but found they have some without the manufacture listed and it is a tip off that its not top notch.... found out the hard way.

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    Our Joanns moved several years ago and lost their selection and just put in tons of more crap, I mean craft items and home dec. I wouldn't get too excited until I see what they put in for sure. ONe of the other superstores has a lot of each item but no different items. I would be sooo happy if we could get a different store in our town to give JA some competition and maybe they would do something better.
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    You can get free shipping with a $35.00 purchase at fabric.com. You can also go to retailmenot.com for a code to get a price discount at fabric.com.

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    Thanks for the info ChaiQuilter!

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    Our Joann's just moved across the parking lot from where they were. They moved to a smaller store. I don't understand why they moved to a smaller location. I am so disappointed in them.
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    you can get free shipping over $50 at connecting threads
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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    I went in to buy some backing fabric for a quilt I'm making and commented to one of the clerks that I wished they had a better variety of wide backings and she said they probably would after they moved! That got my attention! They are getting a NEW store in August in the new mall. It will be twice the size of the present one. Since we don't have a LQS anymore, that is great news! Our Walmarts have fabric, but most of it is poor quality. The only other place is Hobby Lobby. I don't do a lot of shopping on line anymore because of the high shipping costs. JoAnn will start their pre-moving sales in May and the last of the sales will be "bolts". They have to sell off all their stock before the move. I'm really going to be watching!
    Just where in Southern Oklahoma is this store located?

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    I was just in JoAnns today and noticed they had several bolts of backing fabric in solid colors and maybe 5 in prints. I wasn't too impressed with the quality, thought it was too thin.
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    Our new Joann's opens Friday. I am quite excited and hopeful that I will find something there that appeals to me and is good enough quality. I don't make heirloom quilts and mainly quilt for my own pleasure. I've gotten some nice yardage and fat quarters in the Joann's I go to in Puyallup and in Atlanta. I do have to touch and feel all the things I'm interested in. Some are too thin, some have too much sizing, or feel stiff to me. But, it is another option in town.

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    I was in JoAnns in Indianapolis yesterday; and the quilting notions were 50% off. Yes I purchased a couple templates that I have been wanting but not on full price. Just thought you should know. Teresa

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    A beautiful big new JoAnns just opened in Oklahoma City. They do have a lot of stuff besides quilting but I'm quite impressed with the store & their fabric selection. And it seems their prices are pretty reasonable, too. I shopped there yesterday & found just what I was looking for. This store is a great improvement from their old location here. The sales are quite good this week.
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    Our new Joann's opens Friday. I am quite excited and hopeful that I will find something there that appeals to me and is good enough quality. I don't make heirloom quilts and mainly quilt for my own pleasure. I've gotten some nice yardage and fat quarters in the Joann's I go to in Puyallup and in Atlanta. I do have to touch and feel all the things I'm interested in. Some are too thin, some have too much sizing, or feel stiff to me. But, it is another option in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Just where in Southern Oklahoma is this store located?
    This isn't in Oklahoma, it's in Sherman, TX. I live about 3 miles from the Red River and do most of my shopping in Denison and Sherman. I worked in Sherman for years. There is a LQS in Durant, OK, but it's 20 miles away and I don't go there very often. Texas is closer and they don't tax food, so I do my grocery shopping there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I was just in JoAnns today and noticed they had several bolts of backing fabric in solid colors and maybe 5 in prints. I wasn't too impressed with the quality, thought it was too thin.
    That's about what they had here. And the solids were not impressive at all and they didn't have a print in the color that I needed, so I didn't really inspect them closely. I ended up buying a light green print in the 45" size, so it will have a seam in the middle...no biggie, but it's better fabric than the wide backings. I came close to ordering one online at Thousands of Bolts, but I don't trust the computer screen to match the greens.

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    We have a new Joanns and they have lots of all kinds of fabrics. I was disappointed that they sell such small spools of gutterman thread, doubt there would be close to enough to quilt a quilt with, very expensive too. Prices seem very high for about all sewing notions, guess they need to raise prices so their coupons look like you are saving money.
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    Our JoAnns had more after the move - TWO bolts of each of the same eight or so fabrics. You could read the newspaper behind some of them.

    I buy backing online from Christian Lane Quilters, Eleanor Burns or Hancocks of Paducah on sale. White or natural muslin can be bought in large yardages from Hancocks of Paducah or Marshall Dry Goods (online).

    My most recent visit to Joanns revealed the prices were much higher, and the sales not as good. A 40% coupon on one item doesn't help much when you are buying 1/2 yard pieces. AND the 15% coupon off your entire craft purchase excluded fabric.

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    I haven't been to Joann in a few years. Their fabric is substandard, not quite as bad as Walmart, but bad enough. I think my time spent making a quilt is worth more than that.

    Besides, the closest Joann to me is an hour away. I'm lucky enough to work at an LQS only 3 miles from my house! My boss can order anything I want and I get the employee discount.

    All that being said, I rarely buy quilt backs. I find that even quilt shop quality backs are thinner than other fabrics. And, I often piece my backs so that they are more interesting, using leftover blocks and fabric from the front.

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    Found some great prices when the closest JoAnns moved to the mall. As the prices go down, so does the selection. I did score some great decorating fabrics the last day at 90% off. No quilting fabric left by then though.

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    That is good news. Just remember thre will be more crafts and flowers in the bigger store, not necessarily more fabrics. Joann's has considerably less fabrics than they used to have even with the bigger stores!
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    When our nearest Joann's reopened after 3-4 months renovations/expansion following some bad late summer flooding, I noticed the "new spacious/well lit store" has a combination of lots more craft/gift items, more clothing/decorator fabrics, books/patterns/notions etc., but it still looks like the same amount of quilting fabric. The good news is the isles are now 2 lanes wide (so carts can actually pass each other), the store feels much more open and and the lighting is very bright. Some of the new sales staff are very pleasant... a very nice change.
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    I'm glad to hear Sherman will be getting a new store. That's where I shop when I get a chance to go any where. I didn't know OKC had a new store, I will have to look up the location the next time I'm up that way.

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    We all need a wide variety of fabric! Looks as though things in your town are going your way!
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    We're getting a new store in Wyomissing, PA this month. It will be in a renovated Borders store near a mall. I'm guessing that they will close a much smaller store in Reading....a few miles away.
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    A joanns store near my daughter that a shop at often just did a big remodel, took down walls etc for more room. They added a lot of craft stuff and house items and cut back on all their fabric and sewing and quilting items, fabric notions etc. It was very upsetting to me and many other people that were in the store the other day.

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