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  • toggpine
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    They changed the supplier for their FQs a year or so ago. I asked about it when all of a sudden the racks were getting empty and they were selling them for much less than normal. Something about the quality of the fabrics was the line I was given for the change over. Funny, it used to be better quality in my opinion! I think it had more to do with the price than anything. Not that they are any less expensive now. If I wait, I can find the good, name-brand quilters cotton on sale for $2/FQ and that is what they are charging for crap cottons there.
    If I buy fabrics from J's I really watch the quality closely. Sometimes you find gems tucked in with the junk. Sometimes. Since I am on a fabric diet anyway, I stick to the durable items and the notions for which I have coupons to get the best prices possible on those.

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  • mbrwfy
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    Originally posted by toggpine View Post
    Wow Lin, that is bad.
    They MUST have different management across the country. My grandmother in Tulsa, OK says their J's is horribly dingy and depressing, somewhat similar to what you are describing. They don't have much in the way of a selection of merchandise either.
    I hadn't been in J's for a couple of years because I've been concentrating on school instead of fun things like quilting. Went in for the first time yesterday and was shocked at how much it had changed. The place I remembered was bright, clean, and friendly. The place I walked into yesterday had terrible lighting, was dirty, and the clerks acted like they couldn't be bothered.

    I was looking for FQs for a little hand applique project I'm doing. In the past I use to purchase a lot of my FQs at J's because they had such a good selection at a reasonable price. The fabric I saw yesterday severly disappointed me. I'm particular about the fabric I use for hand applique; if the thread count is too low, things don't work well. The fabrics I found at J's yesterday were terrible. Even my DH could tell they were cheap. At one point he held his hand behind a medium green print and said "look you can see through it". This isn't the J's I remembered.

    I thought maybe I was just imaginining things. But when I got home, I was rummaging through my stash and found some FQs I bought several years ago that still had J's stickers on them. There is a marked difference in the quality of the fabric I bought 4 or 5 years ago and what I found in the store yesterday. Its really a shame, because it use to be such a good store.

    -M

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  • zenkitty
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    We have a new JoAnn's and it is huge. The last time I bought muslin, there was 6" left and the lady didn't charge me for it. I htink it all depends on the store. However....I just don't care for the place. I just don't like the feel of the place. I prefer to go to the LQS instead. But some things have good prices at J's.

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  • bakermom
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    If it's one of the smaller stores they may not carry it. I have two relatively new stores about 15 milies from me. One is just a "regular" store the other one is "crafts and more". there is a big difference in what they carry.

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  • quiltingtrish
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    Thanks guys, I knew I wasn't crazy - lol! I'll probably order it online someday - like the size of the big one - with a coupon. I'm not cutting smaller sizes right now, so I can wait a little bit.

    Hugs,

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  • toggpine
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    The GUY never heard of it. Hmmm. Not to be critical, but does he quilt or sew? There are guys who do. Then there are some folks who will take a job to get a paycheck and don't really bother to figure out what they are selling.

    We have some guys that work at the local JoAnn. The one older guy said he got a job there 'cause he can measure in fractions, and it was one of the only ways he figured he'd see his wife. He doesn't know a lot of the technical stuff about sewing, but he can reach the stuff on the high shelves! He has such a good sense of humor we are all very patient if he is trying to help us. The other fellow who works there is a costume designer for a couple of theater groups. He has been a wonderful resource for some clothing sewing questions I had. He's not a quilter, but he does know his fabrics.

    I hope that you can find the mat. If not, consider ordering it online. Their coupons are good for online purchases too.

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  • Texsam
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    Trish

    You may want to let him know that any Jo Ann's I have been in sells them and they are also on their website. I bought mine at the store nearest me. Sounds like he just didn't want to look to hard.

    Three different stores in three different cities around me carry it.

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  • Lola2Ace
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    Trish, here is the link to JoAnn's that has the rotating cutting mat. Maybe you can get the # off of it and take it in and show it to that guy. Scroll about 1/2 way down the page.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/c...CatName=rotary cutting&_DARGS=/joann/catalog/category.jsp.bottom_resultsnav

    Sure hope this helps! I still need to look for one.
    Lola

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  • janluna
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    If I can find what I did with my receipt I'll send it to you and you can take it in t him. I really did get it at joann's and so did my friend Dawn. Honest!lol

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  • quiltingtrish
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    Our Joann's is okay, but I did stop in last week to see if I could get one of those rotating mat thingies like Jan has and the guy never heard of it. He said - if Joann's has it, Harrisburg will have it - said he would call - so off he goes I thought to make the phone call - what am I going to do, stand there waiting for him to come back so I look around at the fabrics - still standing in the same place only turned my back - he comes back and I ask if they have it - he says, oh - was waiting till you came back. Hello? Where did I go? I guess the back of me looks nothing like the front of me - like I don't go together - haha! Anyways, guess you didn't get it at Joann's Jan, cause the guy insists that no Joann's sells it. I think he is wrong.

    The aisles are okay at this one, but don't get me started on the aisles at Walmart. I can hardly fit my body thru them, much less a cart. Needless to say, I don't go there very often - like once or twice a year.

    Hugs,

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  • toggpine
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    Wow Lin, that is bad.
    They MUST have different management across the country. My grandmother in Tulsa, OK says their J's is horribly dingy and depressing, somewhat similar to what you are describing. They don't have much in the way of a selection of merchandise either. For her, Hancock's is the best way to go if she is going to the big box fabric stores. Which is NOT the case here. Our Hancock's is the dingy and depressing one. They do have a better selection of some specialty things like flannel-backed tablecloth vinyl. Since there isn't a very big call for that on a daily basis in my home, I don't shop there very often. The big J's Etc in our area have well lit stores and isles that are well over the 36" mark. Even the little J's out nearest to us has wider isles. It does need a new coat of interior paint to brighten things up, but it's not too bad for an older store. I have had good service from the people there, actually better over all than the LQS closest to me.
    I guess we can't all be as fortunate as some, and have MSQC in our backyard! I have found a LQS near my mom that has good service and some pretty good sales on occasion too. My best bet thought is MSQC. I can shop there in my PJ's with a mug of tea and not have to worry about messing up the fabrics! If I need to see some fabric in person, I can take the info and trek into the unfriendly LQS after I call to see if they carry the line. I do like to rummage through their scrap/rem bin to see if there is something that I can't live without, so it's not a complete loss to them. Then I come back home and shop MSQC online. Even with shipping figured in, it costs less than local, and the customer service is far better.
    I wonder if these gals know how much we appreciate them, or what they started when they opened up the online business and forum?

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  • Onetiredmomma
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    Now that I know about MSQC I can definitely see my shopping lessen at JoAnn's an here is why:

    Getting on my soapbox...

    According to ADA standards all doorways and aisleways in a commercial building need to be at lest 36 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs. I am very sensitive to this not because I'm in a wheelchair, but because I work with people with special needs. However I personally object to JoAnn's because when I shop I usually have my children with me. We use a double stroller for my 1 year old twins and I cannot even get through the check out aisle. I can get through department store clothing racks, but I just can't get through JoAnn's. If they wre within ADA guidelines we would have no problem.

    Now, off my soap box...

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  • Blondie
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    Chiming in here to say I think it was because of the special order thingie. But STILL, gimme a break! Last week I was at my J's and was overcharged for some fabric and then had to go back when I realized it. It was worth the drive though - it amounted to about 12 bucks.
    Most all of the gals working there know me, and when I get something that has a few inches left on the bolt, they will offer me that at remnant price - generally 70% off the price.

    I don't blame you for feeling this way. I think it was rather stinky. Why not send corporate an email? I would.

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  • toggpine
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    Maybe ours here are different. We have some pretty good people that work there. You have to watch the quality wen you buy, but I think that is about the norm everywhere now.
    I do think the 5" of fabric was crazy. Did you ask if the last 5" would be at a remnant price? If they had the hutzpa to ask me if I wanted it, I'd have asked for a deal. I hope you enjoy your new "designer" drapes and that the smidgeon of fabric lays in the scrap bin.
    Who knows, the buy out may be a good thing or it could make things worse. In either case, I'll still only be shopping there with the coupons.
    Cathy

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  • patticakes
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    Maybe the change will help the issues at Joann's! So many people complain about them.

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