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Thread: How much does fabric cost in your country?

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    After reading another post about the cost of fabric in Canada ($15 - $18 / meter), I thought it might be interesting to ask what the price is in other countries.

    Please chime in and tell us!

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    In Oklahoma/Arkansas (and back home in Massachusetts) good quality quilting fabric runs about $9.00 a yard. If I am looking online, and see some for less than $8.00, I figure that I am getting a good deal. If it goes over $9.00 I have to look at it for a while before I make up my mind to get some. I consider that a bit high.

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    It depends on where you go. At the store I work in, which is much like a JoAnnes, I guess, quilting cotton runs from 9.99-14.99, if you go to the quilt shops, good luck finding anything under 15 bucks a meter, if it's not on liquidation.

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    Okay hope you're sitting down...
    In France the fabric is between 18 and 24 Euros/metre - at current rates that's $25 to $34.
    So I buy mine over the internet from UK where average is about 10 to 12 GBP, (about $16-$19), but then we have to add the postage as well. I buy when I can in (UK) sales and can find some for about equiv of about $11.
    I have bought from the US, but with postage, and the french customs charges, and TVA (which is charged also on the postage rates) there is no saving.
    The worst thing is having to select matches on a monitor, which as you know isn't ideal.
    I also have to buy threads, batting and notions from the UK.
    Quilt stores in France are very few and far between.

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    This is a dumb question but how big is a metre? We never had metrics in school.

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    Do you pay less in Customs charges if you buy from another country in the EU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    This is a dumb question but how big is a metre? We never had metrics in school.
    A meter is about 39". So, given US prices, figure it's about another $1 worth of fabric, to us.

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    It varies so much in the USA. Walmart goes as low as 1.50 a yrd. Shops vary from 6.98 to 12.00 a yd.
    I shop sales for name brands on the web. Quilt in a Day is great for 3 dollars a yard for pages and pages of fabrics.
    One shop here in Phx. sells all thier yardage for 6.98 a yrd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Much Fabric
    Do you pay less in Customs charges if you buy from another country in the EU?
    No, we don't - but the prices are best in the UK. I know Germany and Holland are about on a par with France, don't think it is any better in Spain, Elle will know.

    I do buy some bits & pieces from an online store in Switzerland, mainly because she on the border and crosses into France to post to her French customers therefore using national post rates, and has a good range of items - but again equiv of about $21/metre

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    Sorry meant to say we pay no customs charges from another EU country!

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    A friend of mine winds dozens of plastic bobbins full of thread and mails that to a friend in France. She can get dozens of bobbins in a tiny package. She said her friend can't buy good thread there.

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    I stocked up at Connecting Threads $2.99 a yard sale.
    And bought enough piecing thread on sale to last for many years. The sale is still ongoing so I think I'll go buy some more after reading the prices elsewhere.

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    No it's a real thread desert here. I buy Superior, YLI, Mettler from UK suppliers.
    Only thread here seems to be poly or if you can find cotton it' very low quality fuzzy stuff.
    French quilters seem to use polyester all the time - usually Gutermann Sew All.

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    Here prices vary. Most of the LQS in the Twin Cities run about $9-10/yd. I have a couple of outlet stores nearby where I can find Hoffman batiks for $5/yd and some of the name brands like South Seas, Bernatix(sp?) and a few others for $3-5/yd. I try to get there whenever I can! That's as cheap as Walmart around here!

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    I'm emigrating!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    I'm emigrating!!
    Well start packing, cause any one of us would sponsor you :thumbup: But seriously it is obscene to have to pay that much :evil: At my lqs the average is about $9 a yard. Do the wages support those high prices :?:

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    Wisconsin $8.00 to 9.00 cheaper if you go to walmart and Joanne's has fabric for $5.00 on sale.

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    *Le sigh*

    Here in Toronto (Canada) I bought a meter of fabric (that's about 3" larger than a yard) for $14.65 today from the LQS. But it was really pretty! I'd say this is an average price for actual quilt stores in my area.

    I'll often buy from US stores and have it shipped up here because it's more cost effective. You just have to be cautious about shipping prices.

    Kristy

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    Bellaboo, Be careful thread definitely has a "shelf life/expiration date" even if they dont tell you. It can get dry rot just like fabric and is probably even more fragile.

    Margie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    It varies so much in the USA. Walmart goes as low as 1.50 a yrd. Shops vary from 6.98 to 12.00 a yd.
    I shop sales for name brands on the web. Quilt in a Day is great for 3 dollars a yard for pages and pages of fabrics.
    One shop here in Phx. sells all thier yardage for 6.98 a yrd.
    Phx, has some great shops. I've been to a shop hop there.

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    For a good quality fabric, from a qs, we pay approx. $15.00 per meter (just over a yard). I buy alot of my fabrics from Hancocks of Paducah (sp). They're price plus shipping usually comes in a lot less. I have bought alot on ebay (name brands only) and I've got some pretty good deals even with shipping.

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    In England we can pay around 9 to about 12 per metre. I think this is about $14.

    That said, I found some absolutely beautiful fabric at 14. I think it was really to much, but I couldn't leave it at the shop.

    Joanne

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    Here in Australia it is about $20 Aussie dollars a metre..can be more or less. I think that is expensive and wait for sales where we can get it up from $3 - $10 a metre ($10 being the norm) but they arent the nice fabrics that you would drool over but they do for baby quilts etc. I do sometimes spend the $20 on a metre but only for very special quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmohan
    *Le sigh*

    Here in Toronto (Canada) I bought a meter of fabric (that's about 3" larger than a yard) for $14.65 today from the LQS. But it was really pretty! I'd say this is an average price for actual quilt stores in my area.

    I'll often buy from US stores and have it shipped up here because it's more cost effective. You just have to be cautious about shipping prices.

    Kristy
    this is a site i use often and the shipping to canada isn't bad, because they use a flat-rate system. the fabric is way cheap and first first quality. f you're not familiar with it, take a peek.

    http://stores.ebay.com/CROWSNESTQUIL...1QQ_fsubZQ2d33

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    When I stationed Germany back in the early 90s, I went to several German fabric shops and mostly is was 17 - 20 marks per meter which would have been $12 or $13 per meter. EXPENSIVE!!!! I did buy some purple fabric one time and paid about 10 marks per meter which was still pretty expensive. At a local sore, like a walmart, I could buy some fabric there for about 8 marks/meter which was about $5.30/meter. FYI: I used $1.50 =1 mark. Rarely was the rate that good, however. In Kansas, where I live, the LQS fabric is $10/yd approximately, Walmart doesn't fabric anymore, locally, and Joann's is average priced I think. I do shop on a lady's farm and most of her fabric, top quality LQS stuff, is approximately $5/yd. There, I try not to spend more than $100 in fabric, before taxes.

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