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    I developed the headaches etc after I developed fibromyalgia.. My nose is much more sensitive now its seems. I use to love scented things but now if it isn't a completely natural scent I cannot stand to be around it. The Joann's here doesn't seem to bother me as much as the one in GA did. I can actually walk around the store for more than 15 minutes. But Any fabric or piece of clothing goes from the bag into the washer. I cannot let anything sit in my room for any period of time. I
    I hope your feeling better now.

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    What a shame that our fabric can cause so much illness. I notice that fabrics just don't seem to be the quality we once had. I have started to check the label for the place of origin and rarely find anything from the USA. I can't recall the last time I saw that.

    Each year, I seem to experience more and more sinus/allergy type symptoms but I had not thought about the fabric I use. Sunnye, I'm so glad you are feeling better and I now plan to notice if my sinuses are reacting to the fabric I'm using.

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    looks like we'll now have to sniff and fondle our fabric. I've noticed some of the smelly stuff too. Seems like it's in the really dark colored prints or maybe just the one I saw.

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    Hope you are feeling better. This shows chemicals are very potent and can be dangerous for some. I am glad that the store was very cooperative. Please stay away from these types of materials in the future.

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    I have chemical allergies & copd, so have to be very, very careful. I've been told that imported clothing, fabric, yarn, etc is treated with insecticide before being allowed into the country. I believe that because I can smell it. I'm not able to stay in fabric/yarn stores for very long without choking up, & anything I buy, my DD washes for me with washing soda. Even the yarn - we tie the skeins up in old panty hose legs & put through washer & dryer - if it can't be machine washed & dried, i don't buy it. I can get good quality homespun natural fibers from independent producers in this country but the cost is so prohibitive I only do that for very, very, special gifts.

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    A year ago I would have said I was not troubled by any of the fabric. Now, some of the newer fabric in my stash has to be washed for me to avoid headaches. Right now it is only headaches -- I have not had the really bad reactions but this may be building to something worse.

    Sunnye, I hope you are feeling better now.
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    I think that the fabric made in china is using formaldyhyde as a sizing now. I used to get an allergic reaction walking into fabric stores years ago, and I stopped sewing for a long while. Recently I had an allergy attack, and couldn't figure out the cause. Duh, I stopped and shopped a long time in Joann's - I wonder if it is the formaldyhyde, or just the dust. Joann's seems to have gotten messy lately.
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    As long as I can remember when going into a fabric shop, after a few minutes my eyes would burn and start to tear up
    and my nose would run. I finally noticed that it was much worse if new fabric had been unpacked. I personally think that it is the dye, sometimes you can even smell it, especially dark fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Thanks for your kind wishes, Chasing Hawk and Nanquilts44. I am better now, with another dose of medicine, but staying away from all fabric for now.
    Too bad too. This weekend my husband was off on his motorcycle so I was going to take the time opportunity to make baby quilts, receiving blankets & hooded towels to start selling.
    Ah........best laid plans.
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    Our oldest Granddaughter Has been in Italy for a month, she has had a cold or allergies the whole time. I'm leaning towards allergies, although she has none here. When she has a cold it only last a day or so. I know lot of differences between here and there. She comes home Monday and I hope all clears up.
    I am glad you have recovered and watch what flannel you buy. I don't buy much flannel, bought some years ago and still have not used it.
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    Oh my goodness I do hope you are doing better..
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    Glad the store was supportive. Sorry you had such a bad reaction to something. I have a hard time shopping at my Joanns because of the smell and allergic reaction. I thought it was just Christmas time and the smelly stuff they had, I could smell it in the parking lot. But I went last week to try again, within one minute my eyes were burning and started to have wheezing.

    I am lucky that I have another Joanns that does not effect me so badly but at that store the service is terrible. Oh well, guess I have to use those coupons for online shopping.

    I wonder if it is some of the fabric and not just the scented stuff.
    Lisa

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    sure hope you are feeling better now.. maybe by the weekend you will be good enough to do some sewing.. sure hope so... what fun you had planned... hope it works for you. and thanks for the news about joanns..smile

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    I bought a brand of flannel at Hancock Fabrics several weeks ago, I think it was Kozy Flannel. It pilled like crazy when I washed it and really, really, shrank and was very thin after washing. It was okay that it was thin because I was making baby blankets for use in South Florida. However, the pilling was very bad and I had to use my fuzz buster on it. I will not be buying this brand again. So, don't think it's just at JoAnn's with the bad flannel and the smell. A lot of warehouses are beginning to spray with chemicals to kill bed bugs being imported into this country in shipments of fabric from China. Be sure to wash and dry all fabric you buy these days to prevent an onslaught of possible bed bugs in your homes.

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    I hope you're feeling better by now, and happy for you that they let you return the fabrics.

    I have issues at JoAnn's too, but it's usually at its worst when they get a new shipment in and haul it out to stock the shelves. I'm allergic to the formaldehyde they use in the fabrics...I think it's in the sizing! I walk in the doors and immediately start itching like a dog with fleas! lol By the time I get to the back of the store my eyes are burning and itching. No shower helps, no lotion helps, etc. I just have to wait for it to "wear off". EVERYTHING from the fabric stores goes immediately into the washer when I come in the door!

    I've gotten really picky about chemicals in every way over the last few years; in our foods, on our foods, laundry soaps, fertilizers, etc.
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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