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    I got an ad in the mail from Walmart last summer that said "the fabric is back"...made my day
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    I think that there are areas where fabric does not sell well. Local Walmart has always had a fabric department and 2 years after they opened our LQS closed, so you would think the WalMart would have expanded, but no! And the service is so poor in that department.
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    Ours was renovated but they never brought the fabric back as we have to go to town as guess they figured everyone should go to Hancocks.

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    Our WallyWorld kept the fabric selection. However, there wasn't much selection until just the last few weeks. Now they are getting more selection and better fabric, but you still have to be careful. There is still some crap mixed in. We have a new SMALL Joann's now, but the selection is not very good, a lot of apparel fabric instead of quilting. Our LQS is so rude I refuse to shop there.

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    Our Walmart never took our fabric department out but downsized it looks like this ( l * l ) OK the first (l) is machines and fabrics the * is the middle of the two and it has some fabric, patterns, fleece, Thread and cutting table and the second (l) has yarn, ribbon, and sewing notions. It is so cramped and material is stacked and stacked you have to spend a lot of time looking for what you want. But the up side of this is that we have people in the department and I very seldom have to look for someone to cut for me.

    What is sad is that pets is right on the other side and the isles are so wide and all there stuff is spread out nice. What a shame that fabric has to be shoved in such a small area. I was told that fabric isn't a commodity???? So they can't use end caps.??? Ok it sells and when they took it out of the stores they had a flood of people from all over asking to have it brought back. What is there thinking????? Oh well at least I can go 7 miles and get fabric, not like some that have to travel along way to get it.
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    I heard on NPR yesterday that Walmart had instituted a policy of only stocking those items that are big sellers - how many types of mustard do you need, was their lead. Well, the customers were not pleased, so Walmart is now starting a campaign telling customers that they are bringing back more varieties of products and that includes fabrics! I had noticed that they would have 4 dish towel patterns and stock a huge amount, but little variety. Duh! So fabric should be coming back soon.

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    Why would you buy such inferior fabric when on line for the same price you can get quality?IS the fading and loss of design worth it?
    I'm an obsessive compulsive quilter and batik aholic. I make only king size quilts.

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    Our Walmart never lost its fabric dept, about 45 days ago new, better quality and design, fabrics began showing up on the shelves for $7.98, they changed their David and Nathan fabrics priced below $3.00 and raised the prices to $3.97, they still have the $1.50 junk from China which is mostly poly or undetermined fiber, and have added a new line of simple cotton prints for $2.00. They now have something for everyone. Better for the budget minded, not Moda, but not bad for fill ins and something different from JoAnns locally. We only have one quilt shop locally(within 25 miles) and they are Snobby, dont even carry whites or beiges and way overpriced, so I stick to Walmart, JoAnns and a few on line favs.
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    When I lived in MA, the closest Wallymart was 11 miles away and the JoAnn's was 9 miles away. I tried some of the LQS which are few and far between. Now that I am back in CA, I have Wallymarts all over the place and JoAnn's too. We also have many LQS which I love to go look at and buy from them. We only have one Wallymart that sells material which is about 11 miles away. They have a lot of it too but you really have to check it out to see if you really want to buy it. The funny part to me is that even though that is just as far away as the one in MA it seems closer to me. I think it has to do with the fact that the ride in MA was basically residential and trees and country roads, stuff like that where here it is all asphalt jungle with commercial buildings all the way.
    Dreaming of New England while being stuck in So. Calif.(the asphalt jungle of the world.) But hey the Happiest Place on Earth is here.

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    Wal Mart Fabric Sales Lady

    I agree with Breezyquilt! Our Wal Mart in Ukiah, California has a lady working in Fabrics that is always so angry! She never smiles and never talks - just looks at you until you tell her what you want. I don't go there anymore.

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    I have three Walmarts within reasonable distance. The closest (10 miles) has a decent amount of fabric, and that is where I go most. The next is about 20 miles away, it has quite a bit more than store number one. It is out of the way,, but I will go there before going to JoAnn. The Third has a 'craft' section and I have found no fabric at all. They are in a larger town with JoAnn and quilt shops.

    Walmart was not the first to do away with fabric. Sears did away 35 years or so ago. The great mail order company of the USA! Can't remember when I last saw fabric at KMart, but probably in that same time frame. I was so excited when Walmart came to town with fabric!
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    Bullhead City, AZ Walmart

    Our Super Walmart in Bullhead City, AZ. eleminated the entire fabric section. Because Bullhead City, AZ. is directly across the river from Laughlin, Nv. they said the "winners" from the Casinos spend their money on electronics, not fabrics! Now I have to go an hour and a half to Las Vegas to buy fabric.

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    Our WalMart never took the fabric out. I was looking around the other day and noticed a stack of bolts to be put on the shelf so I just looked at the price. $8.00/ yd.! OMG! I hope they don't raise it all. I thought $5.97 was high enough!
    Guess I better clean up my sewing room so I can see what I have in my stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breezyquilts View Post
    We have fabric in our Walmart, but the girl who runs the department always acts like you are disturbing her, so I rarely shop for fabric there!!
    Our WalMart has the same problem. The girl that was there didn't seem to want to help you or there was no one around and you had to have someone call a person. A friend of mine couldn't find anyone and cut her own material and wrote down the material number and price and took it to the cash register. She got some attention then. But if you don't let the store know about it, they will never fix the problem. That is what your store manager is for. If you don't feel comfortable seeing him or her in person send an email to their headquarters. Squeaky wheels get oiled.

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    wal mart here brought the fabric back but there is never anyone in that dept to cut it

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    I was at my Walmart today and sure enough the new fabric they are getting in is almost $8.00 a yard!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis View Post
    My local Walmart (60 miles away) has been under renovation for the last year - I went in Monday- strolling through looking for craft items and gasp........Yes....they are bringing back the fabric department. Yay...they took it out a couple of years ago and now its back..... Happy Dance.....
    Our local Walmart is only 15 miles from my home they took out fabric 7 years ago and I was told they WOULD NOT bring fabric back to us.I ask did they sell alot of fabric and they said yes We do not have LQS around here in.The only ones I know is around 85 miles from our home YUK>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I hope it's bolts and not just the darn pre-cuts that we got back!
    Same here and hate it!!!
    I have to go on an 80 mile round trip to the nearest Wal-Mart with any kind of fabric/sewing notion selection.
    When I was there lat the girl in the fabric department said they had just gotten word that fabric was going to be in again in 600 stores.
    Hope one of them is my Wal-Mart which is a mile away!!!!!

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    i hope yours is better than ours, after they put our fabric department back in it is now one small isle, the prices are $7.97 a yard nothing cheaper and there choice of fabric is limited

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    I was so happy when WalMart began bringing back fabric to many of its stores making fabric more readily available in areas that may not have a LQS. Although prices have gone up, much of it is more affordable; not everyone can afford quilt shop prices. I put messages on the web-sites of our local WalMarts that brought back fabric, thanking them for doing so, and stating why it was important to many who sew and quilt. Although I continue to purchase much of my fabric from my LQS, not every quilt is an heirloom, and WalMart does carry some nicer cotton fabric that is just right for some projects. I'm happy to have another fabric source! Let's be sure to let WalMart know we appreciate them bringing back fabric to many of their stores! Their help is often spread thin and may have no experience with sewing or quilting, but I thank them too for carrying fabric, and usually find they respond well to a kind word.
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    WalMart at TAYLORVILLE, IL has a great fabric deartment. Franklin, TN nas a good one. Columbia, TN is sorry. Paducah, Ky has a lot of unusual items in the fabric dept. nobody else does. Keep looking.
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    Doreen, there is plenty of fabric at the wm in northeast El Paso.
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    Clever idea your friend had. "My" Walmart is staffed with very nice, friendly people during 'normal' business hours, but after 8:PM you have to hunt someone down. However, they are always courteous and friendly. No complaints from me about that.

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    I say if you have a problem with WM. Don't go back.My Jo Anns is going down hill.So I for one will shop at WM.
    Last edited by marymay; 02-24-2012 at 05:03 AM.

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    Our WW never closed the fabric dept. However they managed to make the area managers life so miserable she quit after 24 years of running the department and now has a new job with way less stress. The department was always in the top 200 of the stores, but with a new manager that just hounded her to death to get rid of a "higher wage" employee and then put the department under someone who does not even sew. Great help a customer gets from this person. I also found lots of "cheap" fabric, loosely woven so when the sizing washes out its a very inferior fabric. Also prices for the better fabric is now nearly "$8 a yard. So it goes. At least it is back.

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