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Date: 11/11/13 9:02 AM

I live in SE Michigan, and the only fabric shops near me are Joann, Hobby Lobby, and some quilt shops. There is a nice fabric store in Royal Oak (Haberman) that I need to check out, but from what I've heard the prices aren't always the greatest. I've never been in a Hancock to know whether it could possibly be worth an hour drive each way. If I went I'd be looking to stock up on apparel fabric. Thoughts? Am I better off just shopping online?

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Date: 11/11/13 9:21 AM

I am an hour's drive from any fabric store and am primarily a home-dec. person. Hancock's is the nearest store, so I go there several times a year, but I would not consider them to be a great place for apparel fabric if you are looking for a huge variety.

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Date: 11/11/13 10:51 AM

Well, it's certainly worth going at least once. Then you can decide if you want to go again. :)

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Date: 11/11/13 11:05 AM

They have about the same amount as a JoAnn's but I think some of their fabric is nicer. I prefer to shop at Hancock's. They have a big sale today but they are over an hour for me too now. I think it would be worth it to see.

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Date: 11/11/13 11:10 AM

Hancock's is also nice because they sell Mettler threads - and Metrosene is far and away the best garment thread I have used. Also use it for everything else usually. Also, they sell Maxi-Lock which is most generally used for sergers although I use it for quilting a lot. And they have good sales. Sign up online for the mailings and get your coupons before you go to the store! The nearest Hancock's to me is hundreds of miles away, but I go each year when I visit Seattle and I buy thread and Janome bobbins (they sell Janome machines and a few accessories) and whatever else, and usually fabric that I sew up while I am there. I like Joann's but would love a Hancock's nearer as well.

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Date: 11/11/13 12:35 PM

My take is that Hancocks has more of a sewing focus than JoAnn's.

I didn't have a Hancocks nearby until we moved to the Seattle area a few months ago, and now I have one on the way home from work. (JoAnn's is just a five-minute further drive away.) I probably stop off at Hancocks about once a week--they have a good stock of high quality thread (Mettler, Gutermann) and some hard-to-find elsewhere notions, unless you have a good sewing store nearby. And of course, pattern sales.

Basically, it's a nice option to have nearby. Would I drive an hour each way to visit? Probably not unless I had a shopping list of notions, patterns (assuming that the appropriate pattern sale was running at the time of my visit), etc.


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Date: 11/11/13 1:33 PM

It depends on the particular store. We only have one Hancocks left in the area, but when we had more some of them were great but some were not that impressive, as far as amount of apparel fabrics goes. I do think that Hancocks is better than Joann's for garment sewers. I'm not sure I'd make a special trip just for it, though, but I might do a combined trip with any other things I wanted to do in the area. :)

From what I've heard about Haberman's from people here on PR (never been there myself), I'd try there first, at least once, unless you are on a severe budget.

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Date: 11/11/13 1:37 PM

We have a Hancocks in town; I think of it as the polar fleece store. That being said, it is the only apparel fabric store in town and I spend a lot of happy moments there pawing through the flat fold tables for treasures. I'd make the drive but then in Wyoming we have been know to drive 100 miles in one direction for an especially good malt. ;)

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Date: 11/11/13 1:41 PM

Funny; I drove thirty minutes each way this morning without thinking twice just to buy cat food...funny how the areas we live in affect our perception of what is a decent or not decent distance to drive for a trip.

I think it's worth seeing once, then you'll have a better sense. It's hard to judge by other people's experiences, particularly when each store is so different. While there are a FEW things I like there, for the most part, the local JA has significantly more with better prices, which means a lot to me. If one store doesn't have it, I generally find it at the other though. Is there another errand you might need to run out that way that would make a trip more worthwhile??

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Date: 11/11/13 2:02 PM

Thanks for all the input! I'm in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, and while I have regularly driven 30 min each way for local trips for things on the far side of town or east of here, an hour each way feels much further for whatever reason. The closest Hancock looks to be on the south side of Toledo. Not sure what else I'd do down there, but I can't say I've thought about it terribly hard. We pass by Toledo on the way to visit family in Pittsburgh, so I suppose on our next trip I could tortue hubby with a slight detour.

Yeah, I need to take a trip to Haberman, but I've been putting it off because funds are tight right now. Hubby is between jobs and I'm a grad student (I get paid for my research work, but not much).

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