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Thread: Kona Cotton questions

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    Kona Cotton questions

    I like Kona Cotton for solids...and have noticed a significant variation in pricing
    between lqshops in the area.
    One i know sells Robert Kauffman Kona Cotton at 4.99 yard.
    One sells the same at 10.99/yard.

    (guess which one i shop at?)

    Anyhow....is the "Kona Cotton" at Joanns the same product? (with coupon - $5yard) I noticed the bolt label says Kona..
    but not the same "Robert Kauffman Kona "Cotton that the LQShops have.

    Your thoughts?

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    The bolt of Kona that I saw and bought at JoAnn's does have the Robert Kaufman premium muslin tag on it. It's a separate tag that could have been removed from the bolts you saw. Kaufman is the only person to use that term. It was $6.99/yard and I used a coupon or got it on sale, don't remember which.

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    The Jo Ann's where I live also has Robert Kaufman on it.

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    Our local JA's bolts do not have the Robert Kaufman name on their ends.

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    Oh how I wish I had a JoAnn's near me. I hear about the prices and the coupons and wish I lived close to one.
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    Hobby Lobby also carries Kona, if you have one close to you. Can use a 40% off on them. Last time I checked, I believe is was 7.99 a yard. I use theirs all the time and love it. Use lots of black.
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    The JoAnn's in my area sell faux Kona solids...in other words, they are NOT Kaufman Kona Cottons and the Kaufman name/logo is NOT on the bolt end. They're using 'Kona' the way many of us use 'Kleenex'...as a product description, not a brand. Be very careful and be sure to read the bolt.
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    Fabric Depot also carries the RK Kona and if you subscribe to their free "newsletter" (coupons for all month) you can order it with a 40% coupon any day of the month.
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    thats what i was suspecting too!

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The JoAnn's in my area sell faux Kona solids...in other words, they are NOT Kaufman Kona Cottons and the Kaufman name/logo is NOT on the bolt end. They're using 'Kona' the way many of us use 'Kleenex'...as a product description, not a brand. Be very careful and be sure to read the bolt.

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    thanks for the tips

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    even with Kona solids there are a variety of weights/weaves/qualities-
    some of the ones at Joannes are good medium weight fabrics- some are very thin-(not so great) the same can be true in most any shop-
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    Yup. I agree with this totally. I suspect our store doesn't even carry the real stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The JoAnn's in my area sell faux Kona solids...in other words, they are NOT Kaufman Kona Cottons and the Kaufman name/logo is NOT on the bolt end. They're using 'Kona' the way many of us use 'Kleenex'...as a product description, not a brand. Be very careful and be sure to read the bolt.

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    I have purchased a whole bolt at Joann's (with coupon) for the white connecting hexagons in my GFG and for the applique on my Whitework Sampler. I noticed it seems a bit hard to hand-sew compared to my regular quilting cottons. Is that because it is a tighter weave or something? I love the feel of it, but it is a bugger to hand-sew. I bought another partial bolt at another Joann's and they are both a bit different. One is thicker and seems to have a bit of texture (at least, the weave is more noticeable) and that one I haven't tried yet, and the other seems more like a good quality sheet. That is the one I currently am using. Both say Kona Cotton, made in Pakistan. Nowhere do I see Robert Kaufman. The price on the end of the bolt was $6.99.

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    This topic pops up in forums from time to time but I will tell you that RK has responded on their site and blog as well as on quilting board: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...-t33854-4.html stating all customers receive the same quality Kona Solids, so I would definitely not pay more for them at a quilt shop. There's a huge selection at Yoder's Department Store in Shipshewana (a good few hours drive from me but available online) and they charge about the same as JoAnns & Hobby Lobby maybe a little more, but for the variety of colors and excellent customer service, I'll gladly pay for it. I've not seen it at the $11+ listed on other post entries anywhere.

    If your local JoAnns does not have the quality you expect, let RK know. I have purchased from Hobby Lobby and have been very pleased with the quality. Our local JoAnns rarely has any stock and I have purchased RK muslin that was included in their Kona section & the label wasn't all that clear---but that was a couple years ago. It's been straightened out at our local store since. Between the two, I'd rather shop Hobby Lobby any day.

    JAs does have a much cheaper quality that they carry & it's in the same area so your local shops may be out of stock, too. I think it's called country something and it's see through...no where near the quality of RK solids even though there may be some signage in the area or customers may put the lesser quality back in the wrong spot. I use this RK Kona on everything, even have plans to redo the boys' room with some soon. It's a beautiful weight, gorgeous colors & excellent quality. I haven't been disappointed in my RK Kona purchases yet....now if I could just get a hold of one of those color cards, I'd be a happy camper because I buy the very same shade of blue every single time I make it up to Shipshewana!! LOL
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    Okay, leave it to me to be different but I don't like Kona cottons. They tend to ravel too easily. However, I LOVE the Kona Bay cottons.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The JoAnn's in my area sell faux Kona solids...in other words, they are NOT Kaufman Kona Cottons and the Kaufman name/logo is NOT on the bolt end. They're using 'Kona' the way many of us use 'Kleenex'...as a product description, not a brand. Be very careful and be sure to read the bolt.
    I agree with this post whole heartedly. Always check the end of the bolt!

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    I buy Mine from Hancocks of Paducah when they have free shipping. I buy black and snow by the bolt. You get a discount buying large amount plus you are guaranteed that it is all dyed the same. The fabric fom Joanns is definitely not the same.

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    I know the website says they are ALL the same Kona, but I question this still. Knock-offs are made everyday and the quality of the stuff at Hobby Lobby is horrid....

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    ...and the stuff at my Joann Fabrics is definitely not the same as RK Kona. It's not even close.

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    I have purchased the "Kona" from Joann's and it frays and ravels something terrible! I have purchased Robert Kaufman Kona online and haven't had the same issues.
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    Different quality of Kona.

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    If you are looking for genuine Kona Cotton, you need to find the Kaufmanns name on the bolt. The other stuff is just a copy. 10.00+ is way too high a price to pay for Kona cotton even with the name Kaufmann. Your LQS is ripping you off.
    I can find the genuine stuff at Hobby Lobby for about 6.99 or 7.99 and use a 40% off coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The JoAnn's in my area sell faux Kona solids...in other words, they are NOT Kaufman Kona Cottons and the Kaufman name/logo is NOT on the bolt end. They're using 'Kona' the way many of us use 'Kleenex'...as a product description, not a brand. Be very careful and be sure to read the bolt.
    We have Fields Fabrics here in MI and they carry "Kona" fabrics that I have used. The texture seems to be fine, however I have noticed that they aren't really a true 44" width. This caused problems for me when I made my first pillowcases and used Kona as the contrasting strip between the case and the cuff. It was never wide enough to line up with the other fabrics, so that I would have to use a wider seam allowance. This made for a narrower pillocase. Has anyone else noticed this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Oh how I wish I had a JoAnn's near me. I hear about the prices and the coupons and wish I lived close to one.
    oh dear, be careful what you wish for....... coupons are great for notions, but for rulers you actually have to check to be sure they are accurate....same with walmart

    and the fabric (at both) has problems ....... I have seen some that must have been a reject by quality control

    and if either of these stores come to your neighborhood it puts the local merchants out of business
    sad, to say.

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