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Thread: Minimum cut when buying online

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    Just wondering what those of you who shop online have discovered.

    What's the typical "minimum cut"? Do you have to buy full yards? Or 1/2? Or 1/4?

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    I usually buy at least 1 yard.

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    It depends on the seller. Some say 1yd others 1/2yd some 1/4. I usually buy 1 yd. But then again, I seldom buy less than one yard except on Fat Tuesday then I spend bunches on fat quarters. Fat Tuesday is when Threads of Time has all their fat quarters marked down to $1.50 each. Last year I bought around $79 or $80. You have to be there early to get the best picks.

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    Fat Tuesday... as in Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday?

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    I usually buy 1 yard of fabric unless I know for certain that a 1/2 yard will do. I hate when stores list 1/2 yard price points. It make you think you are getting a bargain until u view the shopping cart lol....

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    Mostly I buy in full yard increments, but I like the option to buy in 1/2 and even 1/4 yard increments. I buy a lot of fabric online, and I hate when I know I only need 1/2 yard of something for a binding, but don't have that option, especially with the price of fabric these days.

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    I do tend to buy at least one yard. I find it frustrating that on the occasion that really do not need a yard I can not buy a 1/2 yard. If 1/2 yards are offered I would still buy the one yard or more because most of my purchases online or at LQS are 1 or more . It would be nice to be able to have the 1/2 yard choice available. Sometimes its just not that convienient or if I have to go to(LQS) get the 1/2 yard I might as well get the rest of the project fabric while I am there.
    I agree with previous post about posting pricing in 1/2 yard. I REALLY do not like it when the price posted is for 1/2 yard.

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    most of the online shops i've seen require the customer or order a minimum of one yard. some require that you order in whole yard increments. most will require that especially on their sale fabrics. since i usually buy at least a yard that doesn't matter to me.

    even so, i'm always pleased and impressed by those shops that will let us order in fractions of a yard.

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    I don't shop the on line stores that require a lower limit. I do not like the 1/2 yd. sites either. I forget to look until I realize this is no bargain. LOL

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    I have no problem with a minimum order of a yard, but I really appreciate those shops that offer fractions of a yard! I love to be able to choose 1.25 yards and minimize waste. I'm more interesting in getting what I need for a project--I don't have room for a stash!

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    most of the shops i frequent will cut 1/2 yards or larger, sale fabrics are almost always at least 1 yard cuts. they do offer fat quarters and other pre-cuts.

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    Usually buy in 1 and 2 yard increments. The occasional half yard for experimental purposes.

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    Just wondering if anyone besides myself has noticed that there seems to be a trade-off between price-per-yard and the minimum cut?

    As in... bargain-priced websites that only sell in 1-yard increments? What if you really only need 1/2 yard (and have plenty of stash already)? Is it really a bargain, if you have to overbuy? Not that most of us mind having extra fabric... but when money's tight... it makes a difference.

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    i buy 3 yards minimum cuts - if the online shop only has less then 3 yards i cancel the order.

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    I've bought many 1/4 yd cuts especially for specific a house project. Most of them have been from you and I really appreciate that I can do that!

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    Some quilts require a wide variety of fabrics, and being able to purchase 1/4yd cuts is wonderful.

    For most purchases though, I do buy atleast one yard cuts :D:D:D

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    I love being about to get odd size cuts online, but I will be more likely to buy a yard or more of fabric. but then it just depends on need vs money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Just wondering what those of you who shop online have discovered.

    What's the typical "minimum cut"? Do you have to buy full yards? Or 1/2? Or 1/4?
    Usually they want a full yard cut, but you can find them for less, just not often. I've also noticed that the "sale" fabrics inside quilt shops require a 1 yard cut. I did a lot of shopping cross country this summer and was surprised to see this trend.

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    I mostly shop at places that will cut 1/4 yards. I've found, though, that I like 3/8 better when the yardage is cut width of fabric. It's a nice balance between 1/4 and 1/2. Stitch-n-Frame in Mississippi and Fabric Shack in Ohio are two that come to mind that will cut 1/4 yards.

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    I just ordered some yesterday and because it was a closeout, I had to order a full yard. Well, I needed 5 yards so no problem. Regular-priced fabric will be cut at 1/2 yard increments.

    If I want 1/4 yard, I usually get FQs.

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    When I buy fabric online, usually I buy from stores that have 1/2 yard increments. Sometimes need 2.5 yards, etc.

    In a brick and mortar establishment recently, I asked for 1/3 yard because I knew it was all I needed for a scrappy quilt. (I am a frequent purchaser of 1/3 yards in most of the stores I shop at.) This one particular shop said they didn't cut in 1/3 yards. The clerk said to me that they cut at nine inches and 13.5 inches. Quarter yards and 3/8 yards. I actually thought that was silly. If the cutting mat is right there and they can cut at 13.5 inches, why not 12? The fabric was priced at 9.00 a yard. My request would have been a nice, whole $3. But I settled for 1/4 yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Baby Yow
    I usually buy 1 yard of fabric unless I know for certain that a 1/2 yard will do.

    I hate when stores list 1/2 yard price points. It make you think you are getting a bargain until u view the shopping cart lol....
    Me to, i hate when they show the 1/2 yard prices..just show the per yard price, we can put in the 1/4 or 1/2, if that is all we want...

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    Usually get fat quarters.

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    ..depends on the store...the couple I use to order online from usually will specify 1 yard minimum if the bolt is on sale... I always buy a minimum of 1/2 yard. Guess I figure that's 2 FQs and that's a nice start, lol. Then when it arrives, I kick myself for not ordering a full yard....go back and find it's sold out. Acccckkk.

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    Generally you need to buy 1 yard and never less then 1/2 yard.

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