by asterixsew Moderator 31 Jan 2017

Today was a sad day as the beautiful fabric shop where I lived closed for the last time. The business was put up for sale due to the owners health but sadly there were no bids. Fabric buying to my mind has to be done in a shop and not on the internet, so as I have a decent stash I will use it but where to go for stuff is a question I will have to solve.

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by sewtired edited 01 Feb 2017

I add my condolences. I too lost a couple of local fabric shops, I still have Hobby Lobby, a quilt shop, and Walmart, SIGH! Unfortunately they do not offer much of a selection unless you only want cottons for quilts. There are more shops in Houston, but I don't care to travel there on my own very often and I won't drag my DH with me.

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by dragonflyer 01 Feb 2017

A sad day indeed...it is always so nice to be able to feel the quality and put bolts together to see their true color harmony...All of the quilt shops in my valley closed up several years ago...we do have some other big box stores that carry fabric, but it is never the same as purchasing from a quilt shop...

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by maleah 01 Feb 2017

I can sympathize with you as Hancock's and two local quilt shops closed since last July.... I do not like to buy online.. I am going through withdrawals.... Where are our fabric shops going??????

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Sadly the owners health caused the sudden closure as fabric shops are opening in many parts of the UK

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by mops Moderator edited 01 Feb 2017

I vcan imagine how you feel. My favourite almost local shop closed suddenly when the owner died. It was her thing although her husband worked in the shop full time.There has been a notice at the window saying they are so shocked they close down for now and think about what to do later. That was 18 months ago and nothing has been done. Window display has not changed, everything looks as if it will open any minute.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Well I hope that the shop does reopen for you.

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by dennis999 01 Feb 2017

Caroline, so sorry to learn that your favourite and local fabric shop has finally closed. Even though you were expecting the inevitable it is none the less a sad day, not to mention that the cause has arisen from the illness of your good friend the shop owner. As others have commented, the closure of a dedicated fabric shop results in the loss of a local resource which provided extensive knowledge and the opportunity to see the true colours and feel the quality of the fabric before you buy. Buying on the internet can be a risky business, since once purchased there is no going back...............not to mention the rip-off charges for postage. Once again, so sorry for the loss of your local and invaluable fabric source.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Thanks Dennis

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by carolpountney 01 Feb 2017

I hope you find another outlet it's like being left out in the dark that empty feeling no shops no fabric no excuse to shop.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

I will have to have a day out to go and buy now which is good and bad. A day out is fun but means that you buy just in case you need it and that can be expensive.

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by gerryvb 01 Feb 2017

Sad news, so many shops are closing here too....

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

This closed due to ill health. When the owner had cancer before a team of friends ran the business for her but this time she has decided she had to close

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by babash 01 Feb 2017

I know how you feel same thing happening everywhere. Apart from not getting to feel the fabric you have to factor in the cost of postage and that can be more than the fabric for anyone buying out of country.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

I don't buy fabric on line as I cant feel what I am buying. Thanks for replying

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by toogie 01 Feb 2017

This is always so sad to hear. I know when out Hancock Fabrics closed we were left with just a Hobby Lobby. While their fabrics are nice, they never have the sales Hancock Fabrics had.
I have learned recently though, JoAnn's is opening up in the same location, the end of March. I am hoping they have some great opening day deals!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Have fun at the opening Toogie as we are all well aware that you sniff a bargain from a long distance

toogie by toogie 01 Feb 2017

Lol

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by graceandham 01 Feb 2017

It's an uneasy feeling. Sorry for your lost resource.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Thanks

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by katydid 31 Jan 2017

Sorry to see a place close.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Yes sad

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by pennifold 31 Jan 2017

So sorry to read this Caroline. As sewmum1 has said this is happening far too often all round the world.

I too love handling fabric and to that end bought some last Friday in Canberra. I know I've got too much, but I just can't help myself when I enter a Patchwork fabric shop.

Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 01 Feb 2017

I feel the same Chris, I like to touch it, even though they may state the fabric content. My husband says I wear a hole in it before I buy it-lol

asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

Thanks and flowers ladies

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by Sewmum1 31 Jan 2017

What a shame. This has happened to far too many business here as well. I prefer to buy my fabric in person too, there is nothing like being able to feel the quality of the fabric in your hands when you feel it. Something technology hasn't quite been able to provide yet!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

I'm sure that technology will sort it out one day but till then I want to see fabric

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by crafter2243 Moderator 31 Jan 2017

That is so sad.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 01 Feb 2017

It is and thanks for replying

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by 02kar Moderator 31 Jan 2017

I grieve with you. It is so much harder to find good fabric now. I'm like you. I have this need to run my hands over the fabric and the internet just doesn't feel good. I hope you find a solution soon.

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asterixsew by asterixsew edited 01 Feb 2017

Judging by the amount of fabric I have I don't need a solution but I am sad that after all the hard work and dedication that her health means she has had to shut a very successful shop

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