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Thread: Wal-Mart/ Joann's fabric

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    I was told by a quilting friend to stay away from Wal-Mart fabric and she was not pleased with Joann's either. What do you all use when you quilt? Is one manufacture better than another--Hoffman over VIP?

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    I usually hit Jo Anns or Hancocks for my fabrics. I try and use Wal marts meager sewing selection for emergencies. My husband and I went into a speciality quilting shop yesterday, they had fabrics I have never seen and would love to have had. Maybe I will spend some future (way in the future lottery winnings) in there.

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    I personally, never buy fabric at either WalMart or Joanne's. I only buy from the quilt shops or on line at the quilt shops. There is a lot of difference in the quality of the fabrics. Good quality is also alot easier to work with.

    I am also cheap so I always check out the sale tables. There are a lot of great buys online. My favorites are Hancock's of Paducah and Quilt in a Day. Great buys and a huge selection at times.

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    I like all fabrics, I just look at it and feel it to see if it seems like it is not flimsy. A lot of the Wal-Mart and lower end fabric is pretty thin, so I bypass it if it doesn't pass that feel test.

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    I started out with quilt shop quality fabric, and I just can't seem to take that step backwards and use anything else. JoAnn's just isn't good enough (even though I wish I could let myself shop there), and Wal-Mart certainly doesn't live up to that standard. Our Wal-Marts don't have fabric, anyway.

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    You buy what you can afford.
    I have never bought lqs fabric as it is over 9$ a yard. I only buy from walmart or joanne. They work fine for me.

    Most people say that the quality for lqs is alot better. and one day I will try it. But right now while I am new to this I stick with the cheep stuff. I inspect all the fabric I am buying for the feel and weave of it. Like Walmart has some new 1.50 a yard but they are really see through and really really stiff. I could see that with one washing the fabirc was not going to look the same. So I skip it.

    The other reason I shop at walmart and Joannes is that they are close to me. The lqs is a town away not to far only like 20 min and in the other direction that we never go.


    So buy what you want. If you can afford the lqs I have heard that is the way to go. But if like most people now days and you have to watch your pennies dont let Walmart or Joanne fabric stop you from a wonderful hobby

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    When I first started quilting, there were a lot of things to buy, cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers, markers etc. I thought to save money, why would I spend big bucks at the quilt store on fabric when I could go to Jo-Ann's and get it for a lot less. Well, that first irish chain quilt that I hand made, hand quilted and is still hanging on my bedroom wall is about three shades lighter blue, it has faded so much and it is not in direct sunlight. So, there is a big difference in the quality of the fabric. You live and learn.

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    I totally agree with AbbyQuilts. I can't afford to shop at LQS all the time, especially if I want to make anything of any size. I use the best I can afford and like and take it from there. I feel everything and it needs to feel nice and not be so thin I can see through it. I buy it where I can get it at the best price I can find!

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    Most lqs have sale tables or shelves, selling for almost the same price at JoAnn's. NO I do not shop for fabric at JoAnn's; I did look at some Christmas fabric there in Dec. and at $9.95 (JoAnn's price), I will spend my $10 a yard at the lqs. I always check the sale fabric at the lqs for borders and backing. Sometimes the backing is not exactly what I would like, but at 50% savings it works.

    To spend the time and effort on a quilt I want a better quality that will hold up for a long time, and I don't feel JoAnn's inferior quality will. JMHO

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    There isn't a reason to not use quality fabric. There are too many online shops that have sales and clearances that will beat Walmart or Joann's fabric prices. Stock up on the basic neutrals and blenders and your favorite color. Always buy backing fabric when there is great sale. I'll buy muslin and fusibles at Joann's with a coupon but seldom buy fabric there. I don't mind buying a couple yards of $9 a yard fabric when I know I have the basic colors to go with it in my stash bought for a few dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    There isn't a reason to not use quality fabric. There are too many online shops that have sales and clearances that will beat Walmart or Joann's fabric prices. Stock up on the basic neutrals and blenders and your favorite color. Always buy backing fabric when there is great sale. I'll buy muslin and fusibles at Joann's with a coupon but seldom buy fabric there. I don't mind buying a couple yards of $9 a yard fabric when I know I have the basic colors to go with it in my stash bought for a few dollars.
    Yes, I agree, this is what I do.

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    thanks for the input

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    There isn't a reason to not use quality fabric. There are too many online shops that have sales and clearances that will beat Walmart or Joann's fabric prices. Stock up on the basic neutrals and blenders and your favorite color. Always buy backing fabric when there is great sale. I'll buy muslin and fusibles at Joann's with a coupon but seldom buy fabric there. I don't mind buying a couple yards of $9 a yard fabric when I know I have the basic colors to go with it in my stash bought for a few dollars.
    do you have a fav online shop that you use

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    When I first got into quilting, I bought from Walmart, JoAnn's,, and the quilt literally frayed apart. Now I search the web for the best deals on quality fabric and stock up that way.

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    Brush and Thimble, My personal favorites are stack n frame quilt shop online, they have good quality and good prices.

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    What you like is important. My mother was taught to "feel" the fabric. She says you can tell what is good. It takes a while but I am learning it. It all depends also on if a quilt is made for kidling use, running around the yard and stuff, you may not want to spend a whole lot of money on fabric, where if you are making a keepsake quilt or a gift or a wallhanging quilt, then you would no doubt spend a little more. I buy a lot of fabric from JoAnn's and have never once been disappointed. I bought from Wal-Mart once and then the fabric was on sale because they were discontinuing the Notions Dept. No complaints there either. Edie

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    I use to get my fabric from Hancocks-paducah but they were always out of stock on the fabrics I wanted. I once got a fabric 6 months later!

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    Wal-Mart does have good fabric, like JoAnns, you have to look for the better quality fabric. However, not all Wal-Marts carry good quality fabric. I do a lot of buying via internet. I can get $12.00-$9.00 yd. on sale for $4.49 yd. to $2.49 a yd..

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    My Walmart carries seconds or rejects from various textiles which is why it's so cheap but I don't want to take a chance on ruining my quilts by using them.

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    I too, like to feel the fabric, and if it doesn't feel good, I don't get it. There was a bolt of a gray print at Walmart that felt wonderful but it was ugly!! If fabric doesn't have a good "hand', anywhere, I don't buy it.

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    I like to use walmart for emergencies. I do use some of their fat quarters of fabric for crafty items. I hardly ever use it for making quilts though. Their is a big difference in quilting fabric campared to regular fabric., Alot like thread counts in bedding sheets, The higher the count, the better and stronger.

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    I buy what I can afford and almost all the time that is Walmart or even goodwill. I can't afford nine dollars a yard or even six dollars a yard, yet I love to sew and quilt. Made some pretty nice items from the fabrics at Walmart.

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    I pretty much stick to quilt shops and online shops. I use Jo-ann's coupons for anything but fabric. The Wal-Mart near me still has quite a large fabric dept, but the six months I have lived here I have not found any fabric to buy there. I learned that lesson early on.

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    You know what? You buy what you can afford. And dont you ever feel bad about it. Quilting is about your expression, not the quilt snob/police. Of which there really aren't very many. Yes, lqs is a LOT better quality, imho, and easier to work with. But if you have the need to create, anything will do. Also, every quilt shop I have been to always has some fabric for half price. I stock up epecially if it is something I like. Just like buying winter coats, buy when the spring clothes are coming and winter is all on sale for the next year.

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    I went to walmart to look for some cheap fabric to make a nightgown pattern for. I found some cotton checkered print for 1.50 a yard in the quilting fabric section. To me it felt like quilting fabric. So I got it and I ended up making a nightgown out of it to make sure the pattern fit.
    I ended up only doing 1/4 seams as I forgot to do larger ones for clothing.
    That nightgown has been washed and worn and washed again with no problems.

    Fabric from Walmart can be bad, I have seen it. It can also be not so bad. You have to look at each individual fabric.
    When I was buying for my latest quilt. I saw a fabric at Joannes, I LOVED the pattern but the fabric did not feel right. So I skipped it.
    None of my quilts have fallen apart yet. I hope that they dont. If they do well then it will be my fault. but I got the joy of making it and learning from it.

    I have yet to spend more then 3$ a yard for fabric.
    It really limits what I can get and I really have to be careful. It can be done.

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