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Thread: Walmart Sticker Shock

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    My policy...If you can see through it, don't buy it. You money isn't well spent if the fabric is poor quality.
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    WalMart Fabric

    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Well, I'm very glad that they've brought back the fabric, but last night I experienced sticker shock - most fabrics were just under $8/yard! Maybe they think they've turned into an LQS? Sorry, Walmart. Not at those prices.
    I just went from Spring Hill, TN to Taylorville, Illinois via Paducah, Ky. What a great difference in WalMarts. Columbia, TN WalMart doesn't have fabric, just some meager prepackaged ones. Paducah has items I haven't seen at other WalMarts. Wow, do they ever have the stuff. I always buy something there. Then I get to Taylorville and they have pretty good fabric, similar to $5.99 at JoAnns for $3.00 and $4.00. Of course I had to buy more. Have heard that the Taylorville, IL store is going to lose its fabrics. As a stockholder I am irate toward the decision maker in Benton, Arkansas. Why don't they listen to us. Yes, it is a nightmare getting service. I have to track down a clerk. Today in Taylorville, a nice lady from maintenance cut my fabric. You never know who'll come and when. Paducah has clerks stocking fabric so I was lucky there. Wake up WalMart.
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    I was just at our local walmart bought my granddaughter a little Brother to learn to sew on, their material was still starting at 5.49 wish I had more time in there to look around, have never been dissapointed in my purchases

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    I usually buy muslin from Hobby Lobby which is 20 miles away. None of our nearby Walmarts have fabric and Joann's near our Hobby Lobby is expensive. I was in a little town near Mobile, AL a while ago that had a newly opened Hancock's. I bought a lot there. Several large tables of $1 and $2 fabrics suitable for quilting, so I splurged a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I personally think our walmart carries cheaper fabric, so cheap I am not interested.
    I feel the same about WM fabric.

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    Our WM never did lose its fabric dept when it was remodeled, but the area was smaller and cluttered...had a lot of $2/yd fabric on a long table. Others on bolts @ $3 - $5/yd. Recently they have been organizing the area better and it's bigger. They have a lot more fabric on bolts and it seems to be good quality. No, not LQS fabric, but better than it had been.
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    My Walmart which we have 2 of them both have pretty large sewing depts. They include everything from thread to yarn to sewing machines. Lately they have been clearancing the 4.97 fabric for $1.50. Good deal!
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    I wrote awhile back on this thread that our new super WM had a pitiful selection of fabric and crafts. Well, I was in there yesterday and the fabric dept manager told me they are expanding the department, and bringing back the embroidery dept. I knew they had been getting in LOTS of bolts of fabric lately - so much they have no where to put it. She said the back room is full of fabric now. I don't know why they are doing this, but I'm happy about it. Not all their fabric is good quality, but I know how to pick and choose.

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    Artsy, which Walmart in GB were you at? East, west, DePere? I live very close to GB, if you come often maybe we can meet at a LQS?

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    IMHO if the fabric is so thin that you can see through it is simply not worth buying not even at 25 cents a yard. Walmart has plenty of that at various prices.

    I was in our local Walmart yesterday and somehow got rerouted in that store because they change alot of things around from last time I was in there. The sewing department seemed to have the biggest change. Nothing in that department is as it was before. They took out there cutting table and left them with one less than half the size of what they had before. They added about 24 ft of extra fabric space which now starts at $2 a yard (which I have never seen in that store before) up to $8.98 a yard and some of the fleece as high as $9.98 to $11.98 a yard. Wasn't much in the way of fat quarters or 2 yard cuts like they had before. The sewing machine area is half the size it use to be with very few machine models on it. I did not see as much space for accessories like scissors and such things as they use to have.

    The workers are teed off as are customers and the lesser quailty of the fabric and the higher prices so I fear folks will do as many of us already do and that is to drive to a neighboring town to the LQS when you can buy off the sale tables from $2.98 to $3.98 a yard better quality fabric and regular shelfing fabrics from $5.95 to $9.98 a yard. They also will visit that towns Walmart and find better quality fabrics than at ours for a better price.

    No way will I ever buy any fabric from anywhere that I can see through it no matter what color or print it is and our Walmart has alot of it like I said from $2 to $5.95 a yard and anything over $5.95 a yard which is up to $9.98 a yard a bit better quality but not worth buying at those prices when I can go to the LQS in a neighboring town which takes only about 20-25 minutes to get to and get a better quality for lesser money at times.
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    The closest Walmart to me does not have a fabric dept and I don't think it ever will. When I asked the manager (male) one day when it was going to happen I got the deer in headlights look.....but its camping, hunting, exercise dept has certainly grown......but good news is a Walmart about 25 miles away has one and it is a very good one...great fabric choices...the manager of the dept is a sewer so she knows what to buy....love it...needless to say, I now "travel" to the Walmart...........and might add a grocery piece or two to my cart!!!!

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    Although not all of WalMart's fabric is top-quality, our two local (one in each neighboring town) WM's do carry V.I.P. by Cranston, which I love for quilting and general sewing. I search the selvages for that brand, before I even look at the colors. We also have a local Hobby Lobby but the prices are generally higher. There's a JoAnn's somewhere around this area but I need to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Although not all of WalMart's fabric is top-quality, our two local (one in each neighboring town) WM's do carry V.I.P. by Cranston, which I love for quilting and general sewing. I search the selvages for that brand, before I even look at the colors. We also have a local Hobby Lobby but the prices are generally higher. There's a JoAnn's somewhere around this area but I need to find it.
    I also look at the selvages to see who is the manufacturer. I found onethat is a sewing theme for $4.97 a yrd and I looked it up on the Cranstone website. They didn't have it and its possible because its outdated. So. next time you see a material with good quality and price at Walmart, GET PLENTY OF IT! wish I did

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    My local WM has a medium sized fabric department but most of the fabrics are uglies. They don't have the prepackages things like piglets or charms. They also lack in the notions available. I hate going there for fabric and would rather order online and pay a little more.

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    Went to a Wal-Mart North of here and they are changing it all aroud. The gal said they are going to become a full cloth department. They had lots of charms. fat quaters and some other pre cuts. Lots of the fabric was $5.79. They had lots of reduced I think making room for the new dept. I did not price the fleece. It is a long way there but such a nice ride and that gal is really nice.
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    A whole lotta WM bashing going on here. I have seen my share of "cheapy" fabric at LQS , so it's not just Wally World or JoAnn's etc.

    I personally think this is why some "hide" their quilting supplies and fabrics from your husbands. Cause y'all have been brainwashed into thinking only Quilt shop fabric is the only stuff to use.
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    *Big Sigh* oh how it would be to pay $8/yard or even $8/metre, hard to find any fabric here at that price EVEN on sale. $20/metre upwards is the norm
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    Went to Walmart today and did my usual browing of the fabrics. They are doing a major overhaul, again! More zippers, threads, lace and fabric. But what I do NOT like at this Walmart is you literally have to wait a good while for someone to cut anything!!!!!!!! I waited one time almost 30 mins. after inquiring with two employees and a manager! You'd think with them bringing it back they would provide better customer service. So a lady was there today complaining to the worker that she's waited more than 10 mins to have someone cut her fabric. Geez....

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    In most WM's there is a phone in each dept. I pick it up and call zero and tell them I need help. If no one shows, you do it again. Then when you leave you ask to speak to the manager. This works.

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnut4ever View Post
    Went to Walmart today and did my usual browing of the fabrics. They are doing a major overhaul, again! More zippers, threads, lace and fabric. But what I do NOT like at this Walmart is you literally have to wait a good while for someone to cut anything!!!!!!!! I waited one time almost 30 mins. after inquiring with two employees and a manager! You'd think with them bringing it back they would provide better customer service. So a lady was there today complaining to the worker that she's waited more than 10 mins to have someone cut her fabric. Geez....

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    Thanks noahcats I'll keep that in mind next time!

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