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do you measure all fabric when you get it home?
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Date: 2/18/12 12:04 PM

I just realized that a piece of fabric I bought a while ago is an inch short of a yard. At $12.99 a yard (I had a coupon), this irks me. I only bought a yard and my pattern called for a 36" piece for a purse strap. Since it is a strap I can shorten it without a problem, but an inch per yard on each cut can make a big difference over time to both the buyer and seller.

Has anyone found that this is a common practice at the large chain stores? I've had problems in the past with coop measurements, but have not measured the chain store fabrics when I get them home. I will now!

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Date: 2/18/12 12:37 PM

I usually measure fabric when I bring it home. If I noticed that the cut was generous when I bought it, I may skip the initial measurement ...but I always measure everything after washing.

I'm particularly attentive in the chain store (I only have 1 in my area) to make sure the cut is straight as well as fair. Sometimes I get fabric home and find that there is 3 or 4 inches difference in the length of the fabric from one side to the other because it is cut so crooked.

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Date: 2/18/12 12:50 PM

I always measure fabric,I am a stickler for accuracy plus it helps to see how much shrinkage occurs if a pre washing measurement is done. I eagle eye Joan cutters and often pass up my spot in line when I see my favourite generous cutter will be available later. Some cutters have NO idea how to cut straight and I loathe their insistence (company policy they say) to line up FOLD on measureing tape not selvedge,,,Duuuh.
But online 90% of time I get fabulous generous cuts esp Denver. If cut is crooked they often compensate but extra inches so I still get ordered yardage measuring double layers evenly on fold-selvedge. Yes it is a pain measuring pre wash then after but I just do it and make notes on fabric swatches. Also good to check then if stains, holes and defects are present. I had one in a FabricMart cut and they sent me a WHOLE new cut, no questions asked. That's service !

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Date: 2/18/12 2:30 PM

I've never measured a piece bought at Joann's because I'm watching them. Now you've cast doubt on my purchases, so far I've had enough, but will check going forward.

I do however check those fabrics made online. I paid $35 a yard for one fabric and they shorted me 4". I sent it back for credit. The other thing I've learned to do is check patterns when I buy them from etsy, or ebay. I ended up with a tailored pattern that is missing a full page of instruction. Grrr By the time I realized what had happened, I didn't have the paperwork to contact the vendor.

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Date: 2/18/12 7:35 PM

I watch them cut it, and that's enough for me. I usually buy another 10cm or 4" in case of shrinkage when I pre-wash it. I'd rather have slightly too much fabric than not enough.

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Date: 2/18/12 7:43 PM

No I never do, but then I watch the cutter like a hawk while at the store. You won't find me on the phone in the cutting line. I look at the fabric for any flaws, watch as they measure and as they cut. I'm forever straightening the bolt as they cut which annoys them some times but so be it. I also always speak up about anything I'm not happy about. I'm the customer. I figure it's better to speak up then and there than make a trip back to the store to complain.

Edited to add: Like Elona I do however measure on-line purchases.

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Date: 2/18/12 8:55 PM

I measure almost everything - before and after the prewash. Sometimes I measure just because I'm annoyed that JoAnn's was SO careful not to accidently cut generously that they took FOREVER. I like to remeasure from Hancock's because they always cut just a little generous.

But, the measurement that really matters is the after-wash, heading to stash that takes shrinkage into account. I measure length and width, write it in my log book with content, type and short descrition. Then I can see which fabrics are suitable for a project without digging through stash and making a mess.

I frequently write the length and width on a corner of the yardage as well, then if I pull it out on a whim, I can see what's really there without unfolding or tracking down that piece in my log. (When color matching, I tend to start in the stash room, when starting with a pattern's yardage requirements, I look through my log book first.)

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Date: 2/18/12 9:06 PM

I get so irritated by the "policy" at Joann's about measuring on the folded edge instead of the selvage edge. If I see that the piece has already been cut crooked because the selvage edges are not lined up, I will always refold several yards before I get to the cutting table, then when they go to measure my piece, they can see that the ends don't line up and will trim the cut edge to make it even first. There is nothing worse than getting home and seeing that you are about 4 inches short at each end when you line up the selvage edges.

Last week my client received a piece she ordered from Mood Fabrics in NY which was to be a 3 yard piece. They sent 3 1/4 yd, even though it was $25/yd. Very generous!

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Date: 2/18/12 9:16 PM

I never remeasure, but as many have said before, it's because I'm watching them cut it.

I haven't ordered fabric online before... I really have to feel it before I buy!

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Date: 2/18/12 10:26 PM

Knowing how far it is to my fabric store, 50 miles in either direction, I watch to see how accurate the cutter is before I leave the store. And yes, it has been in the past a common practice at both my Joann's stores. One time, a cutter tried to sell me a piece that was so off-grain, and on top of that, it was shorter by about 2" (she tried to pass it off as being the amount I wanted), simply because I felt she didn't want to cut more off the bolt. Another time I found that Joann's "Quarter Flats" aren't true fat quarter size and disgruntingly I had to make the trip--again--to the store to buy more fabric. Now they label their Quarter Flats and type in fine print that the measurements are "approximate".

But rarely do I buy fabric from them and prefer to purchase it online. The online fabric companies are generous with their yardage (and I'm speaking of four companies here), and if there is a flaw, they will add more to my length. Two cases in point: Fabric Mart gave me an extra 1.5 yards because a flaw occurred 9" before the end of my cut and the flaw didn't interfere with my project. And another time, the edge of one piece of fabric was cut so badly, they gave me another 2 yards. It's this kind of service I admire and want to continue to purchase. So the term "chain store fabric buying" should come with a caveat.
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