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Thread: Question for Fans of Kona Cotton Solids

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    I know many of you love to use Robert Kaufman's Kona Cotton Solids.

    We just received an e-mail today notifying us that their price is going up again in early May. That makes, over the past year, total price increases at the wholesale level of a bit over $1. Which translates into a $2 price increase at the retail level. (For those of you who relate best to percentages, it's about a 36% increase.)

    Simple question for you: is it worth it? Or will you look for a more economical solid?

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    I would still buy it but I've also been looking at the Moda solids (I got a color card recently). So if I needed to buy a solid for a certain project, I'd shop around to find the best price. I mostly keep solids on hand though so I would wait for good sales and stock up.

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    I would still buy Kona because its good quality and consistant in color. In other words if I run short and there is a new bolt out then I'm pretty much assured that the colors will match even if they were from different bolts.

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    I'll stick with Kona.

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    I'll stick with Kona, too, as long as they don't start using thinner fibers than they are now...which is thinner than they used to use. :roll:

    In my experience they have not been consistant in color from bolt to bolt at all, but I don't expect them to be so I don't mind that. I just don't mix die lots in the same piece.

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    Even having it shipped from the US and paying customs duty, it is STILL a lot cheaper than buying it in our LQS.

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    No need to leave Kona due to price increase when all the others will be/have been increasing theirs as well.

    Jan in VA

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    I think she means leave Kona for a cheaper brand though. As Kona goes up the cheaper ones will too but they'll still be cheaper in the long run. Still, I'm a self professed fabric snob so I won't be changing (although like I said, I do like bella solids too-I've only bought them once and haven't sewn with them yet though).

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    Yes, I would still buy them.

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    I bought some Kona on Saturday. It feels a little thin to me, not as thick as before. If prices go up, I will look for something less expensive for sure.

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    I still haven't found anything else I like for the solid black ~ although Kona made in the new country they chose feels almost like a poly cotton the last bolt I opened... I buy it a bolt at a time, BTW ~ must have my Kona!!!

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    I like moda solids.

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    I love using Kona solids for the insides of my totebags. I would continue buying it even if it increases in price. Hopefully, the quality won't change.

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    Even the prices on wholesale closeouts at the place we go to have gone up twice in 6 months.

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    I would definitely stick with the Kona Cotton Solids...some things you just can't do without. If you find the quality of the fabric you trust and like, then you stick with it. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!

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    is it cheaper to buy by the bolt??? I have only seen it at the stores stating price by yard.

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    Michael Miller and Moda have come out with some (or have had) a great line of solids and I've found them to be very nice quality. I can't remember their collection names at the moment. Michael Miller's Jet Black is a true black and as good if not better than the other quality blacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I just don't mix die lots in the same piece.
    Oops...Freudian slip. Make that DYE lots. :oops: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker
    Michael Miller and Moda have come out with some (or have had) a great line of solids and I've found them to be very nice quality. I can't remember their collection names at the moment. Michael Miller's Jet Black is a true black and as good if not better than the other quality blacks.
    Jet Black is Michael Miller's #1 best seller, according to the newsletter they send me. It is more expensive than Kona Cotton (and always has been) by about $1 / yard on the wholesale level.

    Kaufman does make a premium black solid that is supposed to be comparable to Jet Black. Also at a premium price. I have not seen it in person though.

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    I will still buy Kona.

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    I will still stick with Kona, especially for their deep, dark, black :D:D:D

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