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AngelinaMaria 06-29-2013 07:37 PM

Wow, half yard cuts at 22 to 28 inches--isn't that amazing!!
I have been folding my batik pieces the past few days and noticed that some of my half yard pieces are around 19 inches or so but a good portion were measuring 22 to even 28 inches (the average seemed to be around 24 to 25). Then, today I received a delivery from Hancocks of some batiks and they are all measuring at 22 to 28 inches (and the one yard cut I ordered was 45 inches!!!).

Is this an anomaly or do they always cut their fabrics so generous?? My LQS cut at exactly the 18 inch and 36 inch mark with no extra at all. The cuts from Hancocks will yield so many extra pieces. What a bonus!!

Jan in VA 06-29-2013 10:35 PM

I'd guess it depends on the clerk who is doing the cutting. Regularly I had to remind my former staff not to give away the shop by cutting like this. We allowed a "thumb's width" on both edges beyond the 18" or 36'. It's possible you won't get this much from Hancocks each time.

Jan in VA

Esmerelde 06-29-2013 10:43 PM

When I buy fabric online it's usually dead on. If I buy from a retail store (here in the uk, shops like hobbycraft, or abakan) I sometimes get up to 8 inches extra. But then they cut with scissors not a rotary cutter and ruler. So I always lose a bit of that extra straightening the edges of fabric up.

DOTTYMO 06-29-2013 10:57 PM

Esmerelda I have found that Abakan rip the fabric to length.
I thought a half yard cut was the width of fabric 42 and 18 inches down. This is what I would expect if I asked for half a yard, and not as you appear to have 18 inches by 22 variable .

karate lady 06-30-2013 01:45 AM

At the stores i seem to get exact amount, but when I buy on line there is always some extra.

QuiltnNan 06-30-2013 03:23 AM

when i ordered from hancock's, i got exactly on the mark... not a hair more.

eparys 06-30-2013 04:40 AM

In my last order from Hancocks, I seem to get just a smidge (maybe 1/4 - 1/2 inch)- that was all. Recently, I was physically at a shop from whom I now purchase online (they are 700 mi away from where I live). I purchased almost ten cuts of fabrics in either 1 or 2 yard pieces and they were ALL cut exactly at 36 and 72 inches.

However, there is one place I do go (Mardens of Maine which is a discount store which sells fabrics) where they are overly generous in their cuts. I recently picked out a neutral and asked for 4 yards and got almost 5.

marymm 06-30-2013 05:36 AM

Hancock's or Hancock's of Paducah?

dunster 06-30-2013 06:09 AM

Connecting Threads has always given me generous cuts.

pmginder 06-30-2013 06:39 AM

I ordered a mix of sale and clearance fabrics from Joann's this week. Three of the clearance pieces had a note folded inside..."bonus yardage included because less than 1 yard remained..." This started me measuring. All of the sale fabrics were at least 3 to 4 inches longer and the clearance fabrics ranged from 13" to 34" of bonus yardage per piece. So it sounds like my order finished off a couple of bolts AND was cut by an overly generous employee.
Phyllis in NC

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