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Date: 4/6/14 4:30 PM

…until yesterday!

I was looking at a blogger's cute make of a vintage 1976 dress pattern. She listed the pattern number but not the envelop image.

So, obviously, I looked it up on Vintage Pattern Wiki first. Then Googled it and noticed a result on Amazon. Amazon!?!?!?

Amazon!

People, not only are there vintage patterns on Amazon, there are current patterns from BMVKS, a couple of Colette patterns (external site), some Sewaholic.

Well, the patterns are full price or more. Some are insane, like $65 for a NL dress pattern (that I own!) from the last 10yrs or so. Who would pay that much for a contemporary pattern?!?!?!?

And then there are notions. Needles and Simflexes and thread.

I am going to buy some Wooly Nylon. There are cheaper cones available elsewhere, I know, I checked around online.

But I have been a client of Amazon's for 12 years now, on and off, and my credit card is welcomed. Every time. Not true for many websites, to say nothing of the fact that my country is not affiliated to Paypal so No Etsy, No Ebay etc for me. (My budget likes it that way)

Family is coming for Easter so I am going to take advantage of their suitcases, LOL! I call it the Mule System (not that I say that to their faces, just btw us, ok? )

Does anyone here use Amazon for their sewing purchases?

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Date: 4/6/14 4:49 PM

I bought several McCall's pattern through AMAZON with Prime! Yup. Ones that JAs did not carry. They were doll patterns for several sizes and included 22" dolls which is what I needed!

Thanks for sharing this - I never thought if that! :)

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Date: 4/6/14 7:19 PM

Oh yes, I've bought many of my notions via Amazon. I have a whole separate wishlist for sewing and another for embroidery specific stuff. It's terrible! But it makes me easy to get gifts for, as I can just email family my wishlist when they want to know what to get me.

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Date: 4/7/14 0:26 AM

I think the first sewing notions I bought on Amazon were the Clover Wonder Clips. They were their Gold Box deal of the day and were 1/3 the price of what I'd seen them sell for locally. I jumped on it, and then asked myself what other sewing things they might have? Since then, I've bought rotary cutters, blades, a sewing machine, more Clover Wonder clips, cleaning brushes, tweezers, bobbins, and lots more. Much more convenient than driving between stores in town, it usually gets here in 2 or 3 days, and if you watch closely, the sales are good.

I have not yet bought fabric, and I've been watching the quilting thread from Superior Thread. I'm afraid I love Amazon a little too much.

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Date: 4/7/14 1:36 AM

I have bought fabric from Amazon, along with many other sewing supplies and notions. Every cut of fabric has been generous and good quality. And they have all arrived in a timely manner. I know some have come from Fabric.com. Some things were shipped straight from Wawak as well. They have so many fabric listings I still have not made my way through all of them. I have not been disappointed.

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Date: 4/7/14 6:53 AM

I bought my first college books from Amazon in the mid 90's. And were my lifeline overseas and in MT when I had no stores- Prime shipping was quite a bonus.

But since 2008, I have had mixed feelings. I have received products that were obviously bought as seconds and sold cheaper to keep the price down. Sometimes I don't mind a flaw to save money- other times I do.

I have ordered the same item number (soap dish) a few weeks apart to find they were different. Enough so that they didn't look right together in my dual bathroom sink. I have ordered flannel fabric to find it pills and shrinks terribly. I have ordered filters to find that it would have been cheaper shipping and a lower price direct from the 3rd party site.
Since 2012, I noticed the images don't always match to item numbers. Amazon now groups reviews to cover a category from a vendor and not a particular model number. So it is hard to know if the review actually applies to the item it is linked to. Its helpful when the reviewer actually puts the model or serial number in the review so you can tell which to order.

So yes, I do still love the convenience of Amazon and often will start my search there but I don't trust that their product value is what it used to be. Their consistency is now all over the place.

I like ordering my household heavy items for laundry and cleaning (think gallons and large boxes). Or hard to find products. I just love that the strong, young UPS folks will save me the effort of carting it from car to house.

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Date: 4/7/14 7:56 AM

Yes indeed! All the time! Amazon is wonderful!

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Date: 4/7/14 8:20 AM

I know.... who would have thought of it?!

I found a Megan Nielsen maternity pattern on amazon. com when searching online, because I didn't want to pay postage from Australia. After that, I always go to amazon if I cannot find a KwikSew pattern locally. I bought KwikSew books about sewing for babies & children there, too. No postage, etc.

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Date: 4/7/14 8:42 AM

No patterns but lots of notions and even 2 sewing machines. I am very spoiled to have things shipped to my door.

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Date: 4/7/14 10:16 AM

Yes! I found some Kaffe Fassett fabric by searching amazon for the exact name of the fabric I wanted. It was way less than normal, didn't come from fabric.com and shipped for free! That was a big enabling discovery for me!

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