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Thread: when you buy fabric, do you expect any extra length?

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    I don't expect extra and I don't always get it. Sometimes it depends on who is cutting, usually if they notice it's crooked coming off I'll get it, otherwise I point it out and they'll give me a bit more depending on how bad it is. I'm a serial over buyer though, so I don't worry about running out either. I had one lady at Joanns a few months ago throw an absolute fit when I pointed out the five and a half yards she was charging me for was only four yards. The manager came over, measured and it was only four. I got a huge discount, but really she threw a huge fit.

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    I only expect exactly what I pay for. No more or no less.
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    A smart shop gives you a couple thumbs extra, for me good service goes a long long way.

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    I use to work in a fabric store and would cut a "generous" amount....meaning a tiny bit more that requested to allow for the customer to get their "full" amount. I wouldn't know if the person before cut straight or not. I appreciate the benefit of a TINY bit more to make sure I get my full amount.

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    Two online stores that do generous cutting: BatiksPlus (1 yd = 40" to allow for fussy cutting), and GRS Creations in Spring, TX (1/2 yd turned out to be 20"). GRS is actually easier than some LQS because the fabric lines are kept together instead of rearranging things by color.

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    I don't expect it. I would be frustrated if it was so off grain that I lost useable fabric.

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    I just bought some this weekend - I got several 1/2 yard pieces. The lady tore each one rather than cutting. problem with that is she allowed no extra for tearing - and I had to trim up the raw edges so I came out with less than what I paid for. Not happy - especially at $11.00 a yard. Will think beforeI return there again.

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    I don't expect it, but I do take note of those shops that cut slightly over the mark versus those that cut exactly on the mark.

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    The one fabric I insist be torn is wide backing. I have lost 6" on both ends of the cut (12") total. You really have to watch cutting the wide fabric.

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    I work at a chain fabric store and generally give an extra inch when cutting fabric, even though I'm technically not supposed to. I just know I like to have the extra to square it up (lower quality fabric is usually printed off-grain.) But my managers would have a S**t fit if they saw this. And I guess I'm just a little resentful at how badly pay and treat their employees.

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    Occasionally at chain fabric stores I get a little extra if when they are cutting they notice it is really off. Either that or they try to square it up some first. I think I've seen the same at my LQS. I can't recall about the times I've ordered online from small quilt shops, I never really thought about it. I'll be sure next time to check out of curiousity!
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    You are cutting into the retailers profit if you expect more than you pay for, which is not correct. The retailers have a difficult time these days with cheaper shops competing all the time. Let's face it we picked or it picked us, is an expensive hobby and to do it correctly we must pay our dues.
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    After washing I have found the cut is off sometimes to short me. I always ask to have a smidgen larger to compensate for the possible problem. Any quilter or seamstress can understand that if they work at a store.
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    I don't expect more than I am paying for but often get shorted and not happy about that. We have one local shop that always gives a little extra to make up for the wrongly cut pieces and of course I really them for doing this. What I do hate is when a clerk stretches the fabric to get the yard or whatever was asked for. The chain stores seem o be the worst for that.With the high prices we now pay for fabric I think it is no more than fair to pay the price for a useable yard and get it.

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    The local LQS where I work, we always give at least an extra inch, because we know we're not perfect and neither is the fabric. I understand that at JoAnn's, they're corporate, and they have strict rules about how they cut the fabric. So I always get a couple extra inches when I buy there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    Both quilt shops near me cut it exactly to the measurement. That wouldn't bother me except fabric is so often on the bolt crooked that you always have to square it up and loose a bit. I just have come to realize you have to buy a bit extra to get what you need.
    No! You shouldn't have to buy extra because the clerk isn't lining up the fabric straight with the crooked part off to right and off the edge of the straight part. I watch one of our shops (not naming any names) like a hawk: every time I've pointed out that the crooked part is useless and thus waste fabric, they've "done the right thing."

    One of our shops always straightens the fabric and then cuts it exactly if it's a new bolt: otherwise, it's already been straightened.

    Our third shop also always straightens the fabric and also gives a bit extra.

    Guess who gets the lion's share of my business?
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    I think expecting/wanting "extra" to make up for possible shrinkage is about as reasonable as expecting extra meat to make up for the bone or fat that is inedible.

    The store probably pays for the fabric as it comes on the bolt. So if there are 10 actual yards on the bolt, they were probably charged for 10 yards - regardless of how it is on the bolt.

    That said, I will favor a shop or store that cuts generously to one that cuts "short."

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    I don't expect it...I just want what I pay for
    I agree. I don't want to be shorted but I don't expect an extra inch.
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