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Thread: Moda Charm Pack inaccuracy!!

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    I had 2 Moda Tweet, Tweet charm packs that I had bought a couple months ago and just this last week started on making a D9P lap quilt. When I got them put together and looked at the size on my display wall it didn't look big enough to me so I went back to the LQS I had gotten them from and bought another pack. I got home and started laying them out in the patterns that I wanted and started sewing the nine patches together. Then I noticed that there were different sizes!! They weren't matching up! I measured some and found that there were some 5 1/8" square and some were just barely 5" square. I started measuring all of them and sorting them in piles and found that there were more of the 5 1/8" than the 5". I guess you could look at this and say...well, you got a bit more fabric for what you paid for. That's true, but when you're doing a project don't you think you should be confident that you can purchase pre-cut fabrics and they will ALL be the same so you don't have to trim or mess with it? Isn't that the point of buying pre-cuts so you don't have to worry about this sort of thing???

    Thanks for letting me blow off steam...LOL Has anyone else ever come across this problem?

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    I would be disappointed :(
    I would be buying these for the accuracy and convenience... I can miscut like that all on my own LOL

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    thanks for sharing with us so we will know to measure if we buy any

    I thought charm packs was an exact measurement, that is terrible

    did you call your LQS (Local Quilt Shop) and tell them they were different sizes so they can contact supplier???

    Buyer beware!

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    So sorry you had that problem. I usually buy more than I think I will need so I haven't had that problem. But I would be quite upset if I got that far and found that problem. I usually buy 2 charm packs at a time to be sure I have enough when I decide to use them. I will remember what happened to you though, I I decide to get more of something.

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    I buy a lot of charm packs and store them in one tote. They all line up perfectly. And I am a big fan of Moda. Were your packs pre-packaged by Moda or by the LQS? I have been in shops where they take the fabric from the bolt and cut their own charm packs. Maybe this happened with yours? You should be able to tell by the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I would be disappointed :(
    I would be buying these for the accuracy and convenience... I can miscut like that all on my own LOL
    My thoughts exactly....

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    I use a lot of pre-cuts, and I always have to re-cut them, or fudge for the inaccuracies. They aren't usually correct, in my experience. I've had layer cake squares that aren't even square!

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    I wonder how often when we buy what we think are Manufacturer's cuts, are really LQS cuts? Hmmmm

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    I've had some precut strips that are off about1/8 inch - but I didn't find out until several squares were done - and they were nearly 3/4 inch off!

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    Write Moda a complaint letter, perhaps they will apologize and send you some goodies!!

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    I've used lots of Moda charm packs with no problem at all.
    I would contact your LQS.
    How frustrating for you!! :(

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    I've only used Moda packed charm packs, and I can honestly say that they have always been consistently cut!

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    I have used Moda and some off brands and they have always been accurate. I actually love precuts.

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    This same thing happened to me today. I just received 2 Moda charm packs, Halloween prints, from Missouri Star Quilt Co. As I was making a table runner for my daughter I noticed the sides were not even. I measured the 5" charms still in the package. Most were indeed 5" but some were 5 1/8" Kind of defeats the purpose of buying precuts.

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    If they were cut and packaged by Moda, I would contact them. If it looks like they were packaged by the LQS, I would contact them. Someone needs to make it right. You should not have to spend the time recutting something that was supposed to be correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I would be disappointed :(
    I would be buying these for the accuracy and convenience... I can miscut like that all on my own LOL
    ditto :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    If they were cut and packaged by Moda, I would contact them. If it looks like they were packaged by the LQS, I would contact them. Someone needs to make it right. You should not have to spend the time recutting something that was supposed to be correct.
    I agree I would want some answers to the problem!

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    I have had that problem with several different charm packs. Each one seems to be just a little different from the other. It is just enough to make it a pain. I think from now on I will just cut my own. It's cheaper and I know they will all be the same size.

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    Yesterday I was at a sale and I was almost tempted to buy some turnovers...glad I didn't! If you buy precuts I feel they should be accurate, straight and ready to use, otherwise what's the point?

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    That is a shame. If I buy precut I expect accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    That is a shame. If I buy precut I expect accuracy.
    It would seem to me that Moda would use automatic cutting machines that would cut big stacks of fabric at once; it would be computerized and they should have quality control. If your faulty ones were Moda, you should complain and expect them to make it right for you. I don't think Moda wants their good name tarnished by shoddy cut fabric.

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    Think of it this way, if you complain to the LQS, or Moda (whoever cut them), they will likely replace them, and you are not only making it right for yourself, but you may be helping other quilters by bringing it to their attention. I am hearing about this problem a lot, and I think if we all take them back and ask for a replacement, surely they will eventually find a solution, and everybody will be better served. If many of the charm packs and other pre cut fabrics are accurate, than surely there is a way to cut them ALL accurately.............but that won't happen until they hear us ALL roar! Granted, the replacements my be just as inaccurate as the first ones, but at least we can make some noise.

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    Yes, I have had the same problem with a charm pack from WM

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    I just wanted to update this post and let you know that I contacted Moda and a Rep sent me 2 replacement charm packs. She said that Tweet, Tweet was an older line and they didn't have this in house so she sent me a pack of Fandango and a pack of Martinique. Now that's the way to keep business :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    I just wanted to update this post and let you know that I contacted Moda and a Rep sent me 2 replacement charm packs. She said that Tweet, Tweet was an older line and they didn't have this in house so she sent me a pack of Fandango and a pack of Martinique. Now that's the way to keep business :)
    Good for you for stepping up and telling them!! I am glad they took care of you and did the right thing!

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