Yesterday I posted about big box stores and local quilt shops. Today, let’s talk about shopping on-line for fabric.
But first, I want to thank my friend Judy. She posted a comment on yesterday’s blog post, that you really must go back and read, along with my response! The comment had to do with a local quilt shop “tearing” fabric instead of “cutting” fabric. Her comment really fired me up on the subject, as you see in my posted reply. Yesterday’s post (Don’t forget to come back to finish reading this post!)
Where do you stand on that subject? I have created a poll, and hope you will take a minute to answer!
Now, on to shopping ……
I have a “list” of people I do business with on-line who have been very trustworthy in their business model, quick to ship and well measured fabrics.
I am a regular online shopper with Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics and have always had good experiences. Love the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon you can use on up to 10 yards in a single cut. I have done some online shopping with JoAnn’s also. These “big box” online stores are fine, but what about others with a smaller presence?
I have ordered fabric on-line from Marshalls dry goods without any problem. It has been 2 years however. I have also ordered online from Hancock’s of Paducah , and I love their catalogue they mail me once or twice a year. My ordering from the Nancy Zieman website was less than satisfactory when an item I wanted was able to be purchased, then ended up being back ordered for more than 60 days. That order, I cancelled and won’t order again from her website, primarily because they never bothered to communicate with me. Lousy customer service is a killer for me. I never go back.
There is a lovely quilt shop in Intercourse PA that I have visited and has an on-line presence — The Old Country Store . I have purchased both in the “brick and mortar” store as well as on-line and I highly recommend them.
Also in Intercourse PA (across the street and down 1 block) you will find Zook’s Fabric Store. This store recently consolidated with another old Amish store – Sauders Fabrics. Sauders has modernized the way Zook’s was run, with computerized inventory etc. I have purchased fabric in both “brick and mortar stores” as recently as last fall. I have never ordered on-line from Sauders Fabrics; but would venture a guess that they are going to manage your purchase in the same manner as in the store on Old Lancaster Pike. Their website says “ We have successfully remodeled and completed, the Merger of Sauder’s Fabric Store into Zook’s Fabric Store, Inc.” They carry all the major brands of fabric, and I like seeing the MODA fabric for $8.99/yard instead of $12+. Note – Lancaster County PA is a great place for a spring shopping trip!!! Sauders is charging a flat shipping charge which is quite reasonable. They also carry wide backings for quilts at very reasonable prices. So, visit their on-line store and see if you can find something pretty! Look for their sale “codes” on the homepage too. Sauder’s Fabric
Today I tripped over a “new” online store when I was reading a blog post on Jo’s Country Junction . Jo was excited about the arrival of a package of fabric from Whittles Fabrics . So, after I read her post I had to go search out this fabric store. This is a brick & mortar store in Kentucky with an on-line shopping presence and again, flat shipping costs. I liked the prices per yard for those name brands like Moda, Benertex and Henry Glass in the $5-8 per yard.
There are many more on-line fabric stores that I have visited, but only as a “window shopper”. My email box is full of their ad’s on a daily basis. It is hard to pick through them all, and know which ones are really ones you want to spend your hard earned money at. What are your favorite on-line shops?? Why do you like that particular shop? Are there any that you would urge others to avoid?? Do tell……………….
Oh, and if you are ever going to Lancaster County PA for a shopping trip, I know a few other places…….
Oh, one more thing….Do you watch the super-bowl or will you be quilting????