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Old 07-19-2010, 04:31 AM
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I went to a fabric shop in Elkader Iowa Saturday and bought some fabric. When they measured it, they used a measuring device that I haven't seen in a LOT of years. You just pull the fabric thru it and it tells you how much fabric there is! :lol: I remember them from my childhood at the Ben Franklin store
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:36 AM
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I remember them also and not just at BF. It looked so much easier that the way that some of them do it now.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:42 AM
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About a month ago I purchased batting at JoAnns and that is what they used! I too was amazed. It really is a great idea reborn.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:33 AM
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At least this way you get a true measurement. I still like to buy fabric at the LQS, they give a little extra, but only charge for what you asked for. It sure does make up for some of the non-straight cutting.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:40 AM
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I would love to find one of those gadgets! I remember they cut a slice in the fabric to tear it too.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:49 AM
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I remember too but can't remember where.
Yesterday I was at Joann's and the sweetest little lady waited on me. SHOCK! lol
I'm going to look for her next time :D
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:52 AM
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LOL, I had to help the kid in Walmart measure my fabric last night. I pulled him out of electronics, and he didnt have a clue what to do! He needed one of those!
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:59 AM
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I remember that tool from Ben Franklin's too.

It even snipped it to be cut or ripped.
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hmmm,i've seen that done with decorator fabrics.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:23 AM
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I think that is great, as long as they measure from the top to the bottom. I get so frustrated at JoAnns because they don't use the groove to cut, or a ruler, so the top is rarely the same as the bottom. I have had some off as much as two inches. JoAnns rarely gives me a full yard. I guess they have a strict policy about not giving even an inch more.

Yesterday I went to my LQS and spent A LOT. I wanted to support them, even though I found the fabric for less on-line. Anyway, their markings on their board automatically give an extra inch, so I am sure I am always getting what I need. I am going to be a busy bee today, cleaning and then SEWING, since I have all this wonderful new fabric to use.
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