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 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 3 4
Results 76 to 84 of 84

Thread: Joann's Fabric snafu....

  1. #76
    Super Member patdesign's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    So. Fla now, Va orig
    Posts
    1,567
    Quote Originally Posted by AliceQ
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter41
    Well I have to disagree with those of you who like the Chain Stores. If you lived in a small town and saw all your friends and neighbors lose their businesses because of Walmart, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Hancocks, etc. you would understand why I say patronize your LQS. Walmart has ruined our downtown area and that is why I refuse to go there. One after another have closed because of all the Chain Stores plus it has brought lots of riff raff to our town from areas where they aren't located.
    I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. Sadly, I've seen it happen in this area,too. I hate giving WM any of my money, BUT when folks can find the products they need for so much less (allowing them to keep the bills paid at the end of the month) what do you expect them to do? If I had to shop only in the independent stores (whatever it may be) I would have to just stay at home. As far as fabric goes, if I had to shop at a LQS that just opened nearby, I would be putting my sewing machine away. I can't afford $80 to $100 for fabric for a grandchild's quilt. My grands deserve it, but I can't afford it.
    I really don't believe customer service is a big part of why a shop closes. Good service, of course, is wonderful and worth paying for, to a point. Face it, I think for most of us, it just comes down to money.
    Alice I'm with you, in todays tight times and on fixed income, I just wouldn't be able to sew at all if I couldn't use Walmart and coupons at JoAnns. I understand about businesses closing, but eventually it will swing back the other way because the big box stores will not have anything to differentiate themselves, in the meantime it hurts the smaller retailer with limited buying power. I ran a retail business for over 25 years, and finally stopped selling product and sold my expertise which was being given away for nothing before. The big stores cannot compete with that, and for those who must price shop and I count myself among them, then we must settle for what the big guys want to offer. SAD! :-( :-(

  2. #77
    Super Member OHSue's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,413
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter41
    You gals need to start patronizing your LQS. That is where the good quality fabrics are.
    According to twinkie (note above yours) they are buying WM fabric to sell at the LQS near her. We have 6 LQS in town here and everything I see seems to be better than the WM, but Joann does have some quality fabric.

    As for the FQ bundle, I don't think those are packaged by Joann fabric, but purchased already in the bundle.

  3. #78
    Junior Member ozarkmama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Yellville, Arkansas
    Posts
    102
    Can't say that about all LQS. We have a large wholesale fabric house in our driving area, our quilt shops go there to buy fabric they sell for $9-$10 per yard, we can drive down there and buy the same fabric for $3.95. Sure they have to go pick it up, but we carpool and have a blast. I have always been careful about what I buy at WalMart or JoAnne, they both have good and bad fabric. Just gotta look good at the fabrics. Most of their fat quarters that are bundled so carefully are really poor quality so I shop carefully for those. One of our LQS has a "fat-quarter Friday" once a month that is great also.

  4. #79
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    403
    Blog Entries
    1
    I found out many years ago that fabric company make alot of different grades of fabric that how Joanns and WM sell them for cheaper. I really have a hard time buying from the if I'm going to make a quilt to last into the next generation by using them and all the time it take to make a quilt too!
    I used Joann fabric on a quilt for my Daughter for her wedding a 2 color log cabin it was 120x120 a big one and with in a few years it all balled up on the top and the seams were coming apart. I did the washing of it and know I did a good job doing that. It made me sick as they loved that quilt!

  5. #80
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    In Plain Sight
    Posts
    307
    One of the 3 Joanne's I ususally go to looks like they are clearing out all stores and warehouse...the difference is remarkable...sort of like a dumping ground...just can't tell what you will find when you go in. It is not well kept , the help is less than helpful and seems to carry mostly low end fabric. Rarely go there unless I am in that city.

    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    I go to several different Joann's and the fabric mix is different in each one. Some have lots of the less expensive fabrics (a range of quality within this category) and others seem to cater to those who can/will spend more.

    Seems to me like we just have to be aware of the "feel" we're looking for no matter which place we shop...and sometimes I'm more interested in the color match than in the fabric being 'the best' there is.

  6. #81
    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    16,761
    Yeah you have to watch Joann's, their fats ae very thin!

  7. #82
    Super Member JoanneS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    AZ and CT
    Posts
    4,885
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Berta48
    I had a women tell me that worked at a WalMart that they buy their fabric from the same places the LQS do.I believe it!! I get mine at WalMart. Also 30 miles away is a store named Ben Franklin that sells fabric and they have Thimbleberry Fabric for 5 bucks a yard!!!

    I do buy from our ONE LQS when she has 50 & 40% off.
    The 'same' place, the manufacturer, does several runs of the same pattern, and they're not all printed on the 'same' quality of cotton. The highest quality and is what we usually find at the LQS. Walmart and JoAnn's don't buy the highest quality fabrics.

  8. #83

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    6
    I've never found jelly rolls in either Walmart's or Jo
    Ann's.

  9. #84
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,676
    Blog Entries
    3
    this argument goes on forever ... and too often.

    i've bought very nice fabs from walmart and some real stinkers from quilt shops. and the other way around, as well.

    buy what you want. buy where you want. don't listen to criticism from those who buy elsewhere.

Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 3 4

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.