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Date: 2/11/12 10:32 AM

Twice this has happened to me on buying spring woven fabrics in regular fabric stores--the bolts say 54", but the fabrics are 45", which of course can't squeeze you a sleeveless top out of a yard and a quarter.
Returning to the stores, there wasn't any left or I got arguments
from the clerk. The contents were correct, so these weren't re-cycled cardboards, but the widths are deceiving!

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Date: 2/11/12 1:15 PM

Thanks for the heads up gramma b. I've never thought to check. I work in the grocery business and if the tag on the shelf doesn't match the product the store gets fined.

Grab your measuring tape and go back and see if you can find other bolts that say 54" but are really 45" and raise a big stink about it. That fabric store is totally ripping you off with 2.25 sq ft less per yard or 17% less fabric. That's a lot plus the whole yardage could be totally unusable. grrr So angry.

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Date: 2/11/12 5:05 PM

That is pretty bad. My other big issue at a cutting table, is when the fabric is a two way stretch knit or even sometimes a two way stretch woven, like Nylon Lycra and it gets off the bolt at one point, and then rewound or into a flat fold table, and the cutter measures it the wrong way across the grain instead of lengthwise. Most times because cannot recognize a selvage edge I guess.? That has happened to me with bad cutters/new cuttersbefore. Quite a few times over the years.

Sometimes you can even point it out and argue for a long time, that is what they are doing, but to no avail. When that kind of thing occasionally happens to me now, I don't even bother to point it out to many times in a row or make a big deal of it anymore, as most times a waste of breath. Instead, in that case since they are measuring even the width and the wrong side of the fabric at that point, it will really just measure the same, no matter how many yards you get, or the whole flat fold piece.

I used to argue that with them, when that happened, (as like to be a good person, at least just at first, but theydon't understand that and want to be argumentative about it, then now I say just fine, give me the whole flat fold piece, or the whole bolt, as does not matter then, as if you got that kind of issue at a cutting table, the flat fold or whole bolt (no matter how much is on it) will cost you just the same 54" or 60' inches no matter what anyways :)

Of course someone else doing inventory there later is probably going to notice fabric shortages all over the store later, but that is really their problem at that point, if they don't train their cutters right.

But you would think the cutters at those tables would notice if the fabric bolts are marked a different width than the real fabric too. And once they notice that, on even just one of them, it would only take a few moments and one little black sharpie pen, to go back and find all them that were a like and came from the same vendor, and just cross out the width info on end of cardboard bolt and hand write in, what it was really was instead. You could try mentioning that to the manager there, and see if it made any difference or not.

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Date: 2/11/12 5:27 PM

If you take a tape measure and hold it at your nose, with head looking striaght ahead and stretch it as far as thumb and index fingers will allow, you might find it measures someplace between 30 and 36 inches sometimes. If so, or you can make it so by turning your head a bit in the other direction, then you always have a handy measuring device for fabric with you no matter what, as it's just your body as the measuring device then. You could also try that, as that comes in handy sometimes.

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Date: 2/11/12 5:40 PM

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as it's just your body as the measuring device then.

I compare the bolt height to me and don't usually use the bolt tags ... 45" is around underbust and 54" is about my chin and 60" is almost as tall as me.

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Date: 2/11/12 6:45 PM

I don't believe the bolt tags. I always doublecheck the width, either estimating or with a tape measure.

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Date: 2/11/12 7:02 PM

This floors me. There is no reason in the world why you should have to check the widths on fabric bolts--crazy! The store is trying to put something over on you. How many people go into a fabric store and pull out a tape measure to measure the size of the bolt? I don't.

It is up to the store clerk, and the company, to mare sure that the bolts and the fabric widths match. If you got an argument, someone is not doing their job.

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Date: 2/11/12 7:39 PM

Wow--thanks for the heads up. Miss Fairchild is correct: we shouldn't have to measure the fabric.

The only places I have found where the fabric width or contents may not match the bolt label is at discounted places where they reuse bolts and make it very clear that they do.

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Date: 2/11/12 7:58 PM

I do out of habit, because so many are 39-65" depending on type, where I get it, etc.

I measure, because a 54" fabric requires a different amount then a 60", etc. I just do it at the table. If it's something off grain and they want to argue, I just don't get the fabric. Several times of saying "Hey I'd rather it be done this way..." and them arguing, I just go "Never mind that cut." I don't do the argument, and I don't give them money to mess it up. Sometimes it can be quite a few bolts, since I can't live without any of it.

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Date: 2/12/12 8:45 AM

And the cutters don't care if you buy that fabric or not.
Complaints don't get back to corporate mgmt. and local managers
seem to hate their jobs and don't care either. Guess they care less
about fabric concerns since stores became 3/4 other crafts.
I got a big gift card from relatives for Christmas and I'm having a hard time using it up, should have told them an online site!

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