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Date: 9/2/11 5:43 PM

I've shopped at Joann's for years and have had decent fabric but lately their fabric has snags and flaws and runners. Has anyone else run into this problem at their local Joann's?

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Date: 9/2/11 6:25 PM

Yes, mine is crap. They do have some wool suitings right now but they are already pilling on the bolt and are $26.99/yard!

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Date: 9/27/11 1:21 PM

Ugh, yes! And when I try to get them to avoid the snags or cut the fabric correctly when there is a pattern, I get "corporate policy dictates that I must cut the fabric exactly as it comes off the bolt." "Even if I comes off flawed?" "Yes."

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Date: 9/27/11 4:37 PM

We need to write to corporate.

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Date: 9/27/11 5:01 PM

I have had problems where it is not the size I ask for. But they will not let me return it either. ... I have trouble reading the small print on the bolt ends so I always ask how wide it is so I know what to buy .... twice I have been told the wrong thing.... then of course not enough fabric!

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Date: 9/27/11 5:16 PM

If you've only worked with premium quilting fabric, you'd see the same flaws. Westminster Fabrics had some awful base cloth on half of Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms collection. Michael Miller had some bads ones come through, too. I've seen lots of "bleach" marks on Robert Kaufmann. And Moda seems to have a lot of colored threads woven in on their white backgrounds.

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Date: 9/28/11 1:05 AM

I've never had anything flawed (well come to think of it once, but it was years and years ago), but I never let them cut without me making sure the length is right (and NOT stretched to the right length or cut from a short end), and never leave the cutting table until I make sure the printout they give is correct.
I've actually gotten some great finds there, a poly silky that felt like real charmeuse and pressed beautifully, soft rayon knits, nice ponte knits, and a bohemian-ish top in progress from a bolt of a print matching that style that was a silk/cotton blend and rang up at 5.99 :)

I guess corporate and common sense are two different things.

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Date: 9/28/11 7:27 AM

I've never had a problem with my Joann's (several different stores) in our area cutting a section of the roll off b/c of a damaged or misprinted area. It might be the district managers who set the tone for the stores.

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Date: 9/28/11 7:55 AM

I agree with MamaSewing, I think a lot of what goes on in the Joann stores is due to management. We have a wonderful manager at my Joanns. I've never had a problem with flawed material being included in my yardage. As a matter of fact, the employees who cut, have found the flaws before I have. They will cut that piece off or offer it to me at a reduced price.
According to what Jacqui315 said, the quality of the material can't be blamed so much on Joanns. It's being produced and sent out that way to the fabric(quilting)stores. Quality workmanship is so difficult to come by anymore. I guess that's one reason we sew

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Date: 9/28/11 7:56 AM

I always watch the fabric carefully when they cut for flaws. Never had a proble with them cutting the fabric after the flaw. They just take the flawed part, roll it up and put it on the remnant rack. Usually run across something every few months. Nothing worse than getting a piece home though and finding the flaw then.

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