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Date: 4/29/06 6:48 PM

So, this is either silly or nightmare-inducing, but I'm procrastinating on some annoying chores:

What if there was some horrible fabric catastrophe tomorrow and the only surviving fabric stores in the world were Joanns/hancocks/Walmart? Would you still sew? Would you be able to live off of your stash indefinately? Would you learn to weave, or reconstruct thrift store clothes/bedsheets?

This is brought on because I went to Joann today to use my coupon on a foam cushion filler, and the girl ahead of me in the checkout line was gushing to the register employee about how wonderful all the fabrics were, and I was just staring in horror. It seems like most people who are just starting sewing, or who sew infrequently, don't know that nice fabrics exist out there, and are constrained to the big chains and their polyester silkies and pill-ridden fleece.... I had G-Street and some great little independents when I started garment sewing, but I don't know that I would have kept with it if I could only find fabric at Joann. Then I have to think, "Gee, is it any wonder that people don't sew commonly any more?".

So, my answer is that I would slowly work through my stash (which would take about a year), and supplement with reworked thrift store items and scrounged fabric.

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Date: 4/29/06 7:07 PM

Isn't this precisely why we stash? Or at least that is what I tell my husband.

Actually, I think we would have to force JoAnn's, WM and Hancock's to carry better stuff. I think we would have to organize a letter/email/phone campaign and if that didn't get results we'd be marching on the corporate offices.

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Date: 4/29/06 7:12 PM

Hi Niki. Well where I live, we only have a choice between Fabric Land and Walmart. It nice to cross the boarder and go the Joanns or Handcocks. If I want finer fabric, special occasion fabric, and suitings I have to go to Toronto. I've been sewing for so long that I'm a real tactile person. I can tell the fiber content by just touching the fabric. Joanns does offer a good price on their licenced cottons for quilting etc. I also fine that the type of fabric you choose makes or breaks your results. Its always a great feeling when the fabric lays right, cuts wonderfully and doesn't fray and most of all sew like a dream. Shelley

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Date: 4/29/06 7:14 PM


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What if there was some horrible fabric catastrophe tomorrow and the only surviving fabric stores in the world were Joanns/hancocks/Walmart? Would you still sew? Would you be able to live off of your stash indefinately? Would you learn to weave, or reconstruct thrift store clothes/bedsheets?


I was actually faced with this horror when our local independent fabric store closed, about 10 years ago. There was a short period of time before I discovered the Internet fabric merchants.

During that time, I used up some of my tiny stash (I had just started sewing), then I did start buying fabrics at the chain stores. I did mostly home dec projects, because the selection of fashion fabrics at that time was even worse than it is now. I also had a lot of wadders from terrible rayons, bad quality knits, and a really ugly top made of quilting cotton.
I know some local sewers who gave up fashion sewing and started quilting around that time.


If I was faced with this situation again, my wardrobe would probably consist of shirts made from quilting cottons, fleece jackets, and lots of novelty sweaters and jeans.
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Date: 4/29/06 7:21 PM

I'd move to Hong Kong

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Date: 4/29/06 7:48 PM

If I could only buy fabric @ Joann's and not online or anywhere else. I think I would just give up sewing.....

Everytime I go into Joann's lately, I swear that I won't go there again (my tiny local Joann's) But now that my Hancock's is on it's way out, I'm going to look into buying more @ the local indie shops or online.

I'll just use Joann's as my notions shop.

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Date: 4/29/06 7:56 PM

curl up in a fetal position crying for my Mommy? I knew there was a reason I keep a stash.

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Date: 4/29/06 8:15 PM

First, I'll admit that I sometimes buy fabric I like at Joann's. I have the best luck in the back, where they keep those mystery bolts of $2.88 stuff. Occasionally there's a treasure they don't know about; certainly it's nothing the Joann's buyer chose personally, just something that was included in a boatload of manufacturers' leftovers.... But as The Only Game in Town? OMG....I might do something radical - like go to NYC to shop. Stash? Oh yeah, well that should keep me going for a few lifetimes.....
-- Edited on 4/29/06 11:48 PM --

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Date: 4/29/06 8:32 PM

I would be really dreadfull if JoAnn's was the only place to get fabric. I wouldn't be sewing anymore. I personally have very little time to sew, so when I do I need it to be the best I can get. Even now I have a incredibily hard time picking fabrics for the right pattern. I know what I like and it's very hard on the internet, but I'm rather obsessed about sewing

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Date: 4/29/06 8:41 PM

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What if there was some horrible fabric catastrophe tomorrow and the only surviving fabric stores in the world were Joanns/hancocks/Walmart? Would you still sew?


No. Matter of fact I stoped sewing just for that reason when DD was born. I made a couple things out of JoAnns fabrics and they stretched and pilled. So I stopped sewing for a few years untill I found the local ASG and the Internet fabric stores.

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Actually, I think we would have to force JoAnn's, WM and Hancock's to carry better stuff. I think we would have to organize a letter/email/phone campaign and if that didn't get results we'd be marching on the corporate offices.


Our local chapter of ASG has been doing this for years. We wrote( and still do) called, talked to people who have influence in sewing word - all to no avail. JoAnns never as muc as acknowledged our complaints, not on a local level, neither on a corporate. we did not go on a hunger strike, yet :)
-- Edited on 4/29/06 8:41 PM --

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