Holiday sales at Jo-Ann Fabrics are ones that I like to avoid. I don't know about the Jo-Ann's near you, but the one nearest to me is typically overcrowded with shoppers and understaffed with employees. They've been that way ever since I worked for them in the early 90s. At least then we all knew something about sewing and fabrics.
I happen to have taken today off from work to complete a project. As I cheerfully sat down at my sewing machine I discovered I had no matching thread for my project. Which meant I had to make a run the closest fabric store...the dreaded Jo-Ann Fabric store during the final day of the Columbus Day sale.
Because I desperately wanted to complete this project, I bravely I arrived minutes after they opened. Looking around I realized it wasn't crowded at all so I could spent a few minutes browsing the fabrics. I may not plan on shopping the holiday sales, but I do keep that 50% off coupon in my purse just in case.
All of a sudden, there is was. The perfect shade of green RPL knit. EXACTLY what I had been searching for for the past few weeks. See that sequin trim at the top of this photo? That's thre green I've been trying to match. The perfect green makes the little sequins POP. And with the 50% coupon it would be affordable at only $6.50 per yard.
What the heck, I happened to have two different 50% off coupons so I grabbed a deep purple also.
Eagerly I made my way to the cutting table, asked for three yards of the perfect green knit fabric only to gasp as she began measuring out the fabric. It was discolored. Very obviously so. Right along the fold lines on the bolt.
I had to tell her to stop that I didn't want discolored fabric. Remembering there was another smaller bolt of the same color I went back and brought that to the table, hoping there would be three yards and no discoloration.
No luck. This one was discolored even more so. I can't believe the bolt was almost gone. Does that mean no one noticed it was discolored when they were making their purchase?
Anyway, as she began cutting the purple knit (thankfully no fade lines in this one) I unrolled the green yet again hoping to against hope the fade marks had miraculously disappeared in the past three minutes. No luck. Not only that, this time I noticed multiple holes in the fabric that had been on the underside when she had been measuring.
As I'm unrolling and inspecting the green knit, I'm trying to keep an eye on the cutter who doesn't appear to know much about grain lines and getting fabric laid out properly to measure and cut. Man, that Jo-Ann's is really strict about how they teach these cutters to cut. One piece I just had her put back as I could tell I would have been shorted close to 1/8" of a yard. Not much money overall, but it's annoying.
The cutter noticed me still inspecting the green fabric and asked if I planned on washing my fabric first.
"Sure", I said. To which she replied, "Well, sometimes those marks go away when the fabric is washed". Maybe, but I'm not willing to spend the money on a "sometimes". I get it...she's trying to be helpful.
Do you think if I purchased three yards, washed it and discovered the lines are still there Jo-Ann's would give me my money back? Oh silly readers, of course not.
So, two questions for you today.
1) Have you ever purchased fabric that appears to be discolored only to have the discoloration disappear when you wash it?
2) How are the cutters as the fabric stores you frequent?