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    Does your LQS accept returns on fabric? (I know the chain stores generally do.)

    Could you even bear to (sob) return a fabric?

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    I don't know that anyone does if it has been cut for the sale, not even walmart, if it is prepackaged maybe, and the packaging is intact, though if there is a serious flaw in it they might.

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    I have never tried to return fabric , even to a chain store . Even if I have regrets later I keep it 8)
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    WalMart will take yardage back if it has not been cut, washed, etc and has the receipt intact. The only other time I have taken a fabric back is when it "fell apart" in washing. the color after washing was not even CLOSE to what it was before.. I felt it was a faulty product and returned it. The folks at the fabric shop where very nice and appalled at how poorly it washed. I washed it on cold, gentle cycle with Dreft soap and tumbled dry.. it was hideous after washing.. sorry I didn't get pics. but it went from a beautiful vibrant green to a muddy brownish green

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    None of the stores here well let you return cut fabrics. I don't know about kits or fat quarter packs.

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    I've never had to return fabric, but all the places I have been to have always had a sign up saying no returns on fabrics. But, I'm sure if there is a problem with it, one such as Tippy mentioned, then they'd take it back.

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    I haven't heard of a store accepting returns on cut fabric in years. It went the way of giving you a discount if you finished a bolt. Does anyplace do that any more?

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    I have a wholesaler right now giving discounts on finishing bolts that have less than 5 meters on them. none of the other stores seem to, which isn't very smart, though I often take a little more if it is 1/2 a mter or less on the bolt, sometimes if it is around a meter if the price isn't bad.

    The walmarts here that have fabric left, won't take it back.

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    [quote=Moonpi]I haven't heard of a store accepting returns on cut fabric in years. It went the way of giving you a discount if you finished a bolt. Does anyplace do that any more?[/quote

    My Joann's will sell anything less than 1 yard at the end of the bolt as a remnant if you want to purchase that along with what you got.


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    Walmart would accept the return, I've done it there before, tho' I can't remember why I took it back. I've never taken back any to a LQS but I know of one that does as long as it hasn't been altered in any way.

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    I've only had to return fabric once. It was years ago. I seem to recall I was preparing to wash it when I discovered a serious defect. Walmart accepted the return.

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    I don't know....never wanted to :mrgreen:

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    my LQS will not take fabric back.

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    I took back five 1/4 yards that were cut short (crooked) to JoAnn's.

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    I work in a fabric store, and we do not accept returns, unless it's our mistake (cut crooked, or short) or the fabric has a defect. I've never tried to return fabric elsewhere, so I don't know.

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    Have only returned fabric once to a LQS, was white on white. Got it home getting ready to cut into it, there were black flecks all through the cut. When I took it back, upon checking several of the white on whites she had, they had black flecks through them. I would call that a serious supplier problem.

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    can't part with my stash after I get it home. trying to downsize a little now. sending out some squishies of things I know I will never get to use.

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    I bought some flannel for a baby blanket,....... now this was good flannel......after washing and making it up, the fabric had balled badly, couldn't give it as a gift. Took it back to Hancock's, they took it back and returned my money.....

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    I would probaly only try to take it back if it was defective or cut wrong.

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    Have taken bolts back to Hancocks. They were backing, extra wide and when I opened the packaging and unrolled the fabric, it was split! Not a whole width as advertised! No questions and I exchanged for another bolt that we opened right there to check! Have never actually returned fabric for any reason other than a defect.

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    My local stores have signs saying once it is cut that's it. But I don't mind because I have never had to bring back fabric. I always love what I pick out.

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    Hancocks will take back fabric if it has not been washed or cut. I've never done it because if I don't use it in my current project I'm sure I'll find another use for it. Into my stash it goes.

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    [quote=kd124]
    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I haven't heard of a store accepting returns on cut fabric in years. It went the way of giving you a discount if you finished a bolt. Does anyplace do that any more?[/quote

    My Joann's will sell anything less than 1 yard at the end of the bolt as a remnant if you want to purchase that along with what you got.
    my joanne's won't discount the last 1". if you don't take it, you can't have that last yard. they also will not take back fabrics once it has bee cut unless there is a serious defect or a bad cut. they even give you a problem on that if it was on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    . . . if I don't use it in my current project I'm sure I'll find another use for it. Into my stash it goes.
    If I get it home - and decide not to use it, I add to the "ever growing" stash.

    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
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    my joanne's won't discount the last 1". if you don't take it, you can't have that last yard. they also will not take back fabrics once it has bee cut unless there is a serious defect or a bad cut. they even give you a problem on that if it was on sale.
    What a bummer - At one local JoAnns here :? I look at the bolt and if it is small I try to estimate what I need and what will be left just to see If I should take the remaining yardage for the stash.

    I have recently found a GREAT discrepancy in operating practices at different JoAnns. I do not know if it is the managers prerogative as to how to run things or the district manager - but they are NOT all the same. Even the availability of the sale fliers differs. There are two equally distant from my home - One readily offers the end of the bolt and stocks the sale fliers, while the other does neither. You can guess which one I go to!!

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    I don't know any stores who will accept returns. Walmart has a sign in their fabric dept to that effect. But I think they are talking about "changed my mind" or "it doesn't match" issues, Most stores probably would, if it were defective.

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