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Topic: I made the Wal-mart ladies mad... with one quick tip!  (Read 1838 times)
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« on: March 20, 2015 02:12:17 AM »

Well, most specifically I made the know-it-all one mad. In response she rang up the price of my fabric wrong. Thankfully I noticed it before I left!

My walmart is doing the seasonal swap thing on their fabrics. I very purposefully waited until it was nearly over and most things got marked down to $1 a yard and started buying bolts. Muslins for everything! (Sorta)

I use an old trick for estimating yardage. Pick a side of the bolt. Count the top folds of the fabric on that one side. Every two folds equals roughly a yard.

After telling me I was dead wrong about the bolt lengths and they were going to have to unroll both of them to measure (I was willing to pay for 10yds and 8 yds which were full bolts) they ended up being 9yds 28 inches (close enough) and 7yds 34 inches (seriously?)

She gave me the sourest look ever. And then rang up the tickets.

I win again!

But seriously, I learned this trick working at Hancock Fabrics and it has long stood me in good stead.

Also, the fabric you're looking at may be ugly, but at $1/yd it doesn't matter what it looks like. I'm finally willing to make muslins for things because I have tons of spare fabric. Stock up while you can!

I currently working on a dress muslin made out of Thanksgiving Turkey print. I'm a little worried I might decide that the final muslin is wearable. I've done odder things.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2015 02:33:55 AM »

Good tip to know!  Besides, you never know when an odd print may come in handy!
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015 05:41:47 AM »

Never heard of that tip...pretty cool! Those poor workers thought they knew it all, then some fresh face enters their space and teaches them something new!  :-)
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2015 11:40:53 PM »

Wow, good to know tips and I didn't know Wal-Mart had a fabric sale before bringing in new fabric. I'm going to have to check out my local Wal-Mart now. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2015 06:36:23 AM »

Thanks for the tip adoette, and it makes sense as 9x4=36 (2 folds on one side = 4 folds of est 9 inches = a yard).  Working at a fabric/craft store must have been a slice of heaven.  Sometimes the ugliest fabrics make the best projects.
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