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    So exciting~

    I just got back from walmart, where I was unable to get thru the fabric department! It was full of pallets of fabric to fill in the 3 new aisles of fabric offerings!! An entire aisle is all cotton quilting fabrics, as well as another huge section of quilting supplies!! Prices looked great. Most of the fabrics look like the same as carried by Joannes,with much better prices!! Too bad i have to use an electric cart to shop, or I would have been digging thru the pallets!! I will be back tomorrow!!

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    Wow! You are so fortunate. My WalMart does not sell fabric.

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    the super wally world (aka walmart) nearest me is stocking fabric and it is an organizational mess and not the most inviting aisle to shop in. i truly hope they do something better with the organization but there was lots of fabrics. they clearanced out all of the precuts they were carrying. i managed to get a few.
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    Our local walmart tripled it's fabric department this past week. Bolts and bolts of "quilting fabric"($3.00-$6.95), clearance section, specialty fabrics, more machines thread, zippers....Everything they took out is back. Great planning on their part.....NOT!
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    Mine never lost it's fabric section, but shrunk it severely and stuffed it in the back. The fabrics are like cheesecloth, prices almost $8. It's sad.

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    Our local store discontinued fabrics and most crafts a few years ago. They're expanding the store to one with groceries and when we went through the other day, I spied some fabric. We were in a hurry so didn't get a chance to really look. Looked as if they were just putting it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I just got back from walmart, where I was unable to get thru the fabric department! It was full of pallets of fabric to fill in the 3 new aisles of fabric offerings!! An entire aisle is all cotton quilting fabrics, as well as another huge section of quilting supplies!! Prices looked great. Most of the fabrics look like the same as carried by Joannes,with much better prices!! Too bad i have to use an electric cart to shop, or I would have been digging thru the pallets!! I will be back tomorrow!!
    I guess they decided to do anything they could to break the independent quilt shops now. It just makes me sad, not happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Wow! You are so fortunate. My WalMart does not sell fabric.
    Mine does but it's nothing to write home about... no FQs like I hear the other gals talking about, nothing good at all.
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    Our only Quilt shop closed a while ago, so unless i went clear across town to Hancocks, all I had was Joannes.The quality of the fabrics in Joannes are no better than the ones at Wamart....Even with the coupons many times the prices were higher too...I like having more options especially since price can make or break me since I live on disability.

    Quote Originally Posted by cuppi duke View Post
    I guess they decided to do anything they could to break the independent quilt shops now. It just makes me sad, not happy.

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    No fabric in the wal-mart here, but word has it we're supposed to be getting a hobby lobby!
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    Here in Salem, Oregon, the Walmart stores must be managed by men, because the fabric section is absolutely horrid. Poor quality fabric, almost no selection, its really sad as this is the capital of Oregon! Joann's coupons make it very difficult to buy anything on a discount, and that's after a long wait in a cutting line. I've had to leave my selections on the counter several times because it took too long to get through the cutting line and the checkout line was almost as bad. I either go to one of the LQS's or to Fabric Depot in Portland (about an hour away) to get really good fabric and good service.

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    Our one walmart (Yes we have 2-one at one end and the other at the other end of the city!) really has geared up in the fabric department. WOHOOOOOOOOOOOO is all I have to say !!
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    Our Walmart in Midland never lost their fabric and they still haven't remodled the store. The one in Cheboygan remodled, took out the bolts of fabric and restocked with precuts and kits. They have brought back fabric by the bolt last year and have continually expanded and organized their stock. There is only one other place to buy fabric in town, LQS and another 30 miles away. The area needed another source and it's nice to have it there. You have to watch, like anywhere the quality of the fabric.
    Give them time, make suggestions to management about organization, etc. we do have a voice.
    Hobby Lobby has awesome fabric also. Different from what Joanns and walmart carry. Love that store.
    As to Walmart forcing out the LQS, some people don't get to shop at them and can only got to Walmart, etc., it gives them an option. ( i can buy fabric in Walmart and it gets hidden in the groceries..... See where i'm going? He he).
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    DebbE - I don't understand why they cut that So. Commercial one so bad, with Joann's having closed their store I would think it would be open game for them. I did find a clear foot for my Brother SE machine there for $5, where the W/M in Dallas (which is closer to me) was selling it for $8.37. I noticed online a lot of the stuff is marked "prices vary in stores" which if they are a chain, doesn't make sense to me. The one on Lancaster has a huge fabric dept now - but that is a long way from both of us. At least I have the Dallas one which is pretty good now.
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    Our walmart does not stock fabric, I have bought fabric from a Walmart out of town though and it was actually decent stuff. I made a couple of cute dresses out of it.

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    The lady at our local WalMart told me that there had been such an uproar from quilters/sewers about dropping fabric that they were going to bring it back. She said that as the stores remodel (it's supposed to be finished in Sept. here) the fabric department will be back--complete with cutting tables and such! Yea! I don't like the precuts. The squares and the jelly rolls I've tried from there have been cut wonky and I end up having to redo them. Why bother with that? I might as well do it right the first time for myself!

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    Hi Pat,

    I was in the North Lakeland Walmart yesterday. Be very cautious with those quilting fabrics. The free standing bin in the aisle had a lot of cheap, low thread count fabrics. I would check the 'hand' of the fabric before having it cut. The same with the last row of fabrics....many of the mini prints in that section were poly cotton bolts mixed in with 100% cotton. Again, I won't buy anything there unless I'm happy with the hand of the fabric.
    Have you been there when you can't find an associate to cut for you? Once, another lady and I rang the bell countless times, walked around the large area and had measured our fabrics and had them ready to cut when someone finally showed up. Last time I had just picked up a prescrition so I used my cell phone to call the pharmacy and tell them they had customers waiting in fabric. they paged someone and I still waited...and waited......and waited....
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    Be careful in choosing fabric from Wal-Mart. Many of theirs are full of sizing and fall apart or becomes thin and flimsy after washing.

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    Our Biloxi Walmart got their fabric back in April when they move to a bigger store. Yes, their prices are better than Joannes.

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    I will be sure the check the quality before I buy!! I wasn't able to get thru the aisles the other day..Unfortunately I had a bad health day, and haven't been back yet. I am careful when buying fabric anywhere. I have found that none of the chain stores have ALL nice stuff. I really miss the Patchwork Pig.
    If you are there early or late in the day, I have found that it is hard to get someone to cut...I just make a total pain in the A$% of myself until someone gets there. Usually the nicest woman, Earline (sp?) is there when I go tho..I try to shop when most people are at work or school, since I can manuever the electric cart easier.I will remember the prescription phone call idea tho!!
    Quote Originally Posted by GlitzyMe View Post
    Hi Pat,

    I was in the North Lakeland Walmart yesterday. Be very cautious with those quilting fabrics. The free standing bin in the aisle had a lot of cheap, low thread count fabrics. I would check the 'hand' of the fabric before having it cut. The same with the last row of fabrics....many of the mini prints in that section were poly cotton bolts mixed in with 100% cotton. Again, I won't buy anything there unless I'm happy with the hand of the fabric.
    Have you been there when you can't find an associate to cut for you? Once, another lady and I rang the bell countless times, walked around the large area and had measured our fabrics and had them ready to cut when someone finally showed up. Last time I had just picked up a prescrition so I used my cell phone to call the pharmacy and tell them they had customers waiting in fabric. they paged someone and I still waited...and waited......and waited....

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    Our Wallyworld is a 24 hour superstore with a huge fabric department. Has anyone ever had the pleasure of teaching someone how to cut fabric? Try fabric shopping at 3 am...you have to train the staff in scissor use. Half the time, they can't figure out how to measure yardage (let alone cut it!) and the ruler is stuck down on the table! Yup, sometimes I get bored and go shopping in the middle of the night. [I need a life.] :-) Try it sometime, it's good for a laugh. Plus side...no lines at the check-out (or cutting table IF you can scare up a clerk who can't cut or measure)...
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    If there is no one to cut the fabric, I ring the bell. If no one comes, I pick up their InterCom phone and say, "Help is needed in fabrics. Help is needed in fabrics." Within 1-2 minutes a worker will be hurrying to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    If there is no one to cut the fabric, I ring the bell. If no one comes, I pick up their InterCom phone and say, "Help is needed in fabrics. Help is needed in fabrics." Within 1-2 minutes a worker will be hurrying to help.
    I think ILoveToQuilt was talking about the person who is there to cut doesn't know how to do it. It isn't a requirment there to have knowlege on cutting to be able to do it. My daughter and I went the other day and they are slowly getting more stuff in; they never stopped all the way. Some of the fabric is nice. My daughter got some fabric and the girl actually hung the fabric over the edge of the table to make sure we got a full cut, we probably got about a yard and 1/8th. Then she wanted to buy some of the fabric that was gathered at the top where all you have to do (well that would be me) is sew the side seam and have a dress. We measured out how much we needed and it was a few inches from the yrd mark and the girl was trying very hard to talk us into getting a yard. I told my daughter to go ahead. When we walked away I told her it was obvious that the girl didn't know how to figure out how to charge her for what she would have gotten to start off with. But it was a great price; the dress cost her a total of $4. They don't have too many trained staff in that department especially late at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caswews View Post
    Our one walmart (Yes we have 2-one at one end and the other at the other end of the city!) really has geared up in the fabric department. WOHOOOOOOOOOOOO is all I have to say !!
    That sounds like where I live; we have two but only one has a fabric department and it never went away. Actually you could say we have 3 Walmarts because we also have a groceries only Walmarts.
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