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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2010 08:09:50 AM »

When I worked at Joanns, we sold the long tubes for home dec fabric if people asked, but gave away the rectangular bolts for free.  Reason being we needed to use the long tubes to roll customers home dec fabric back onto, but the square ones were garbage.

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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010 02:01:47 PM »

Here's another possible source, where I just got about two dozen for free: a local upholstery shop. We needed bunches of long tubes for a science fair project and a local auto upholstery shop had so many stuffed in a big barrel we could barely get them out! He was happy to get rid of them. Try auto upholstery, but also a regular furniture upholstery shop should have them, too, especially if they do a booming business. I keep all my vinyl on tubes so it doesn't fold, and I've never had a problem finding tubes at these places. Good luck. Check the phone book.

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2010 12:14:07 PM »

have you thought about going to a Home Depot or Lowes and getting PVC piping cut to your preferred lengths?  would be more expensive (but probably reasonable) and would last longer than the cardboard tubes.

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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2010 12:16:17 PM »

I have tubes that I got for free from a local drapery shop...they had hundreds laying in their cutting room but youhave to ask them to set them aside else they will pitch them and smash them into the dumpsters!

« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2010 08:37:18 PM »

Sometimes I get them from Winmill fabric in Chinatown Boston.  I've never asked for twenty, but they have on occasion given me the tubes,  which we call bolts, because a bolt of fabric comes on them.  It's worth a shot to ask. The people that work there are quite nice.
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2010 07:49:57 PM »

Since it is primarily home dec fabrics that come on rolls, concentrate your search on home decorating fabric stores.  They are likely to have what you need.  Another possible source could be an upholestery shop.

If all else fails, you could get PVC piping from the plumbing section (they usually come in 10' lengths).  You can often get the hardware store to cut them down for you (highly recommended) or you can hack through them with a miter saw and box.

I have a couple taking up room in my sewing room...if you were closer you could have them.
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2010 05:25:51 PM »

I work at a Hancocks fabrics and I can tell you we throw away tons of cardboard bolts all the time.

It's true that we tend to have fewer of the round deco bolts available usually, but if you check back regularly you should be able to get a decent supply.  In most cases you probably want to check back later in the evening after we've done a good deal of business throughout the day.  I know at my store we throw them out every night, so if you come in the morning we won't have anything for you.
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2010 10:42:34 PM »

^yes! They're called bolts.

I used to work in a JoAnn store, and they are also very happy to give them to you for free. We usually just threw them in the compactor anyway. I took about 30 once after a big garment-district fabric binge.

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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2011 01:59:27 PM »

Ksew   Hi I am totally new to this site...just became a member so I could reply to your question...I am a canvas fabricator down in NJ...I have tubes left & right they are all 60" long...you are more than welcome to them but we would have to ship them up Fed-Ex ground and I don't know how much that would cost...it is the cheapest way...I wish you were close by ha ha
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2011 02:17:00 PM »

Phoenix of Anderson recycles them and would probably sell and ship them to you at a great price.
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