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Wal-Mart Fabric

By June 23, 2009

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In the past I talked about Wal-Mart removing their fabric departments but I still had a local store with fabric... I recently found out the days are numbered for that fabric department and the discounts have begun. It already means a forty five minute drive if I want a zipper because they don't have squat for me to choose from. I know a lot of people threatened to stop shopping at Wal-Mart if they removed the fabric but I can't help but wonder if others are finding they visit Wal-Mart a lot less since they can't get their sewing needs at Wal-Mart. I know I have been spending a LOT less at Wal-Mart. Solve the mystery and let us know in the poll.

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June 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(1) Lynn in Tampa says:

Before they downsized the fabric and other items I would go in to browse fabric and end up buying other things. Now I no longer do that so in the long run Wal-Mart has lost business. Also their so called craft dept. is much to be desired.

June 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(2) Loretta says:

I also do the same as Lynn. I would in for the fabrics and craft item and end up buying other things. Now I rarely go to Wal Mart.

June 24, 2009 at 11:02 am
(3) Linda Leonard says:

the material and craft items that walmart sold I spent alot of money on because of their reasonable prices for myself and grand daughter. It’s a shame they are doing away with it the other stores prices are set way to high for me to afford to buy.

June 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(4) crystal says:

i hardley buy fabric anymore the big retail fabric stores are too expensive

June 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(5) RoxAnne Porter says:

I would like to say that Wal-Mart has undermined all the fabric stores in surrounding areas and closed them, and now they have closed the fabric departments in their own stores. I think that Wal-mart is a non-caring organization overall and needs to pay more attention to the needs of the people.

June 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(6) Mary M. says:

My local Wal-Mart still carries fabric. So, in order to encourage the high-mucky-mucks to keep the status quo, I try to buy a yard or two every other week or so.

June 25, 2009 at 8:48 am
(7) Nancy says:

My Wal-Mart still has a fabric and nice craft dept. and while my hubby buys automotive supplies in the next dept. I have plenty of time to find some nice fabrics for my stash. Everytime I go in I’m hoping it doesn’t look like the “end” The girls there suggest going to Wal-Mart website and telling them how we feel. I’ve done that more than once; can’t hurt.

June 26, 2009 at 12:25 am
(8) Beverly says:

Walmart closed the fab dept here a couple of years ago and Hancocks had closed just prior to that. I haven’t been back to Walmart at all.Then we were just stuck with JoAnns for like two years. There is a new store Hobby Lobby that I hear has fabric now, thank goodness. Hope to get in there soon.I am sure we sewers are not a dying breed and like variety like everyone else. However, I am becoming more of a restructurer/recycler for clothing and accessories since fabs have got so high.

June 26, 2009 at 9:00 am
(9) Joan Z says:

I live in Lawrenceville,NJ and shop at the Nassau park Blvd Walmart in Princeton.They still have fabric and stuff there, but I like the Joanns fabric store at Mercer Mall which is a stone throw away.They have a much better selection any way.

June 26, 2009 at 10:10 am
(10) Donna says:

I drive past my local WalMart and shop at the one in the next town where they still have fabric.
I love your down-to-earth sewing articles, thanks.

June 26, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(11) Susan says:

I only go in Walmart to pick up my prescriptions. They still have fabric at my local one but the notions dept is worthless and the fabric is getting chintzier and chintzier. I buy all my fabric now online or mail order for notions.

June 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm
(12) MJ Favata says:

I live in Norhern NJ and we only have one Walmart still offering fabric. I have noticed they doubled the price of the quilt fabric. I belong to ASG (American Sewing Guild) and we are starting a letter writing campaign. Hopefully others will do the same.

June 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(13) Connie says:

I don’t patronize walmart. Their in-humane treatment and unethical business practices don’t warrant my business.

High quality fabric, notions and supplies are available on-line.

July 3, 2009 at 6:49 am
(14) Aisha says:

There is still one Walmart in the area that still carries fabric, patterns and notions. But, I very seldom go there because it is not convenient. But in the last 3 years two of my closest fabric stores have closed. It’s a big problem.

July 3, 2009 at 7:43 am
(15) Gypsy says:

My nearest Walmart is so far away that going there requires more time than I’m willing to devote to shopping. So I rarely bought fabric there in the first place. I can rarely afford JoAnns so I’ve been relying on stash fabric and garage sale fabric for a couple of years now. I guess this means I will not be shopping at Walmart as often as I used to, which wasn’t much in the first place.

July 3, 2009 at 8:27 am
(16) Dot in Alabama says:

Our Walmart has groceries, but I always checked the fabric department too. I use Discover Card and it only gives 1/4 % at Walmart. So now I am shopping for groceries and specials at other stores and getting the 1%.

July 3, 2009 at 8:28 am
(17) Carol says:

I purposely stopped shopping at Wal-Mart a few years ago. There is a local woman who has a wonderful fabric store that I shop with, and have found a nice Jo-Ann’s that I like to go to as well. At both shops I will purchase from the clearance racks, and have accumulated a nice stash of fabric for less than $2 a yard.

July 3, 2009 at 8:33 am
(18) ClaudiaM says:

Two weeks ago, June09, my Port Orange Wal-Mart closed the fabric department. I checked last week and there is still another Wal-Mart, in New Smyrna Beach, about 10 miles south, that is still carrying fabrics and related items. I didnít check the one in Daytona Beach, but I believe they also closed that department. So, with the exception of going to New Smyrna store on ďvery rareĒ occasions just for the fabric, I am definitively moving my shopping for my Super Target in Port Orange.

July 3, 2009 at 8:40 am
(19) Donna says:

I have a Walmart store within 5 minutes of my home. It stopped selling fabric within the last year, and, since then, I rarely go there. I used to go in regularly to browse the sewing department, and would end up also buying things from other departments.

July 3, 2009 at 8:47 am
(20) Sandra says:

I used to do a lot of shopping in Walmart when it had fabric. In fact that was the first place I headed. I got really good deals there.Now I say I have cut down going to WalMart by at least more than 50%. As far asI am concern… A WalMart without fabric is just another Target. Maybe we should write to Target and ask them to start selling FABRIC.

July 3, 2009 at 8:59 am
(21) Marilyn says:

My visits to WalMart and the money I spend have decreased because of the closing of their fabric departments. Fortunately, I am in an area with a good supply of quilting or upholstery stores. However, these stores lack a good variety of fabric for clothing purposes. I am upset because Walmart fabric departments were part of the reason independently owned fabric stores closed. Now with Walmart phasing out fabric sections many customers drive miles for their supplies. The new craft sections leave a lot to be desired. What is the purpose of selling sewing machines when fabric is not readily available?

July 3, 2009 at 9:08 am
(22) Joanna says:

Hi Debbie: I agree with you about WalMart keeping their fabric departments going. In my area, there are four WalMarts. Two have fabric and two don’t. I skip the no fabric stores. The only other place for fabric is Joann’s, and if she doesn’t have what I want, then there’s no place else to go, except online. But then I won’t be able to feel and evaluate the fabric, which to me as a home sewer is part of the pleasure of the craft.
I have been sewing since I was twelve years old, and at that time, in the 1960′s, my area had fabric stores and mill outlets galore to browse through and pick from. What fun my Mother, sister, and I had picking out material. Not any more!

July 3, 2009 at 9:17 am
(23) Burnetta says:

I have no choice but to shop Walmart. Our other stores have been put out of business in our area. As for fabric, I either pay very high prices at the “Other” store or travel 40ish miles.

July 3, 2009 at 9:22 am
(24) Nancy says:

I, like many have been enjoying WalMart’s $1.00 a yd. fabric for a long time. We are lucky to still have fabric but it is now higher priced and not as good of quality. I also do a lot of crafts and their selection is getting poorer and poorer all the time. We have several little fabric stores, but then you look here and there and somewhere else and have spent quit a bit of time and gas and maybe still don’t find what you were looking for.

July 3, 2009 at 9:40 am
(25) MaryAnn says:

I only shop at the Wal-Mart stores that have
fabric and crafts.

July 3, 2009 at 9:57 am
(26) Joyce says:

I usually buy groceries at Walmart, but may stop most of that because of some of the Walmart news I’ve heard on TV. Our fabric and crafts leave a lot to be desired. But I figure if fabric shops started opening up in these small towns then Walmart would rush to put theirs back in. That’s sad.

July 3, 2009 at 10:05 am
(27) Rachel says:

For the 4 Walmarts within a 15-20 minute drive none of them have had fabric in their stores. They have small craft items and for the most part I just run there if I need something after hours. I usually go to JoAnn’s and get their great deals, and soon here my Grandmother and I are going to make a trip to a fabric barn about 1 hour away from here for the deals. However if there was fabric in Walmarts here I probably would browse & spend more.

July 3, 2009 at 10:19 am
(28) Melinda in Tulsa says:

To my knowledge we only have one WalMart with Fabric left in my area, and it is quite a drive. I only go to that Walmart for fabric, and other than that, do not shop Walmart AT ALL anymore. I refuse to give them my hard earned money since they started closing out fabric dept. If they won’t support us that sew, then I will not support them. I will pay more and buy less to support the independents.

July 3, 2009 at 11:03 am
(29) Jean says:

I hardly shop at Wal Mart anymore since they have removed their fabric departments, very disappointed that they think they have to do away with the fabric departments, alot of my friends feel the same way, they are losing alot our business.

July 3, 2009 at 11:31 am
(30) Marilyn, Venice, Fl says:

Our WalMart still has a fabric department so far.

July 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(31) Nancy Powell says:

I quit buying fabric at Walmart because the quality has gone down so much it’s crap. I do buy notions if I happen to be in the store, but I have several quilt fabric shops available to me.

July 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm
(32) Agnes McAllister says:

I live in a small town one hours drive from fabric stores. Since Walmart eliminated their fabric department I can either drive the distance or do without. I’m a senior citizen and this is a huge inconvience. People retire move from major cities for a quiter atmosphere, so they would have more time for sewing. Now Walmart made their decision!!! I just hope they realize how unhappy they made a lot of people.

July 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(33) Wilma says:

There are still 2 Walmarts that sell fabric that I can go to but both are 30 to 40 minute drive. When they close down their fabric departments I don’t know what I will do. I can’t afford Joann Fabrics prices and buying online is more outrageous due to the shipping and handling charges. I guess I will close up the sewing machine.

July 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(34) Vella church says:

The Wal-Mart in our area is 45min away. It is the largest store around unless you want to go to Olympia which is 90min away. The fabric in the local store is not of very good quality so I buy most of my quilt fabric on line. The only thing that I buy at wallys is cat food. Not much of anything else. They lost me

July 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm
(35) Marlene WI says:

Wal-mart moved into our small town (3500 people) about 10 years ago. They drove out all the smaller businesses. Then they cut their fabric department. I used to browse the $1.00 fabric everytime I went to the store and bought a lot of notions etc. Wal mart is now our only major department store within 50 miles. I go in, get what I need and leave. Do you think they realize how much money they have lost by cutting their fabric department?

July 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(36) C.Joyce says:

Some of us still like to sew. And crafts do sometimes need material.
Why is it so hard for them(Walmart) to understand that some still like to sew.
We do quilting for Baby Quilts and our staches are getting small,not everyone likes to do Crafts.
But then , we are an older group and seems we don’t count.

July 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(37) Thelma in NC says:

Went to a Wal-Mart in Apex, NC Monday,and to one in Alexandeia, VA today. Plenty of nice fabrics and craft supplies.

July 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(38) Marty says:

I seldom bought from walmart -because they always had such a limited selection and poor quality. We used to have a Hancock which I loved and still have a Jo-ann’s. Many comments are right on avout going for craft items and picking up other things since you are there. i fear we are all going to end up on-line where it can be expensive…..

July 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(39) Ann says:

I just came from my WalMart. They are in the middle of a huge remodel. The fabric has been cut down to one aisle. No choices of course. Also the rest of the store has changed also. Very few ready made clothes, espceially for us larger women. The emphasis seems to be on electronics and grocerys. Not enough checkers and too many grocery shoppers for me! I don’t have much to go for at all now.

July 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(40) Astoria says:

I find that I not only spend less time at Walmart, but, that when I shop for other things besides fabric I keep track of the amount that I spend because the prices, in general, are more pricy than other stores in the area, and the quality is much better at other stores. Everything at Walmart, especially the clothing is of cheap quality. Walmart needs more competition. thanks

July 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm
(41) Susie says:

Where I live there are 4 Walmarts fairly close by. All 4 used to carry fabrics; now, only 2 do. I have purchased just about my entire fabric stash – mostly from the $1.00 rack – and notions from Walmart. I have been told that within the year their fabric section would be gone as well. My only saving grace when those 2 Walmarts discontinue their fabrics is Hancock Fabrics. HF is only 10-15 minutes away from me so it’s not an inconvenience. As for shopping at Walmart after the fabrics are gone – well, I do have a Publix, Bi-Lo, and Food Lion all close by, and even closer than Walmart is. I can shop at any of those 3 for my groceries, so Walmart can and will lose my business, except for the few times for ready-made clothing purchases.

July 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(42) Cyndy says:

I sent a personal letter to the CEO of Wal-mart. I mailed to his home address in Arkansas. Almost everytime I am in the fabric department, a man comes in for help with glue or fasteners found in the craft department. Walmart does not want to pay employees to measure and cut fabric, but these same employees give helpful information about other departments. It would be fine to stop the cutting service after 9PM, like the deli stops weighing meat and potato salad in the late evening. I don’t need to go to Walmart for hardware or clothing. If the fabric department is removed, I won’t need to make a deliberate attempt not to go to Wal-mart. It will be easy to boycott the store, but it’s sad that I will have to drive ten miles to a Jo-Ann Fabrics. I will probably go to Jo-Ann’s three or four times a year and then avoid making any purchases at Wal-mart. I’m looking for Dollar General to eventually start carrying fabric, since Dollar General is more like the old variety store. Wal-mart can bite the dust as far as I care, since they destroyed the mom and pop stores in my small city of Troy, Ohio.

July 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm
(43) Brenda says:

I refuse to go to Wal-Mart anymore, unless it is the only option. The fabric department was always my first stop, even if I had no plans to buy.

July 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(44) Sara Cucuzza says:

I find myself increasingly unhappy at WalMart. The fabric and craft thing. It seems that they have decided that we all want a Target. I do not. I think Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave at what is happening to the great company he started. It is being ruined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They are increasingly out of things and our store has taken the benches out. My husband and I both aren’t in real good shape for walking. We loved Walmart because we could rest at different spots in the store. No we don’t go because we get tired. I am looking for a new pharmacy. They are so often out of my medication a common blood pressure pill..It takes over an hour to get one filled if you are lucky. We used to cruse the store during our waits but no benches means we just go home and come back!

July 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm
(45) peggy langley says:

our wal mart will fase out the fabric in 2010.all other local’s already fased out. i to have to drive30 minutes just to get to a wal mart..what are we to do?? shipping is sooo expencive and i like to fell of what i am buying.krogers is sounded much better..thanks -keep up the good work..

July 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(46) Margaret Hunter says:

I live in a very small town Wal Mart is about all there is for shopping. We still have some fabric but its not very nice and its been parred down. I have to drive about 45 miles to get to JoAnns which is always busy with no help. I think its all very sad to see fabric stores closing.

July 3, 2009 at 9:46 pm
(47) Sharon says:

I have never shopped Wal-Mart because it is an amoral corporation that mistreats its workers, runs small, local businesses out, and then often leaves, leaving a town with nothing. I shop JoAnn Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics. So what if they’re a dime more than Wal-Mart!

July 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(48) San says:

My Wal-Mart has a fabric department, thank You Lord! They have increased the price of the $1 fabric to $1.50, but I still can’t complain. It is poorly staffed most of the time, but I still can’t complain.

July 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(49) Janet in Midland Texas says:

I have 4 wal-marts in a 25 mile radius of were I live. When all 4 were selling fabric I would hit all 4 to shop – always on the look out for different fabrics. In the last 2 years 3 of them have quit selling fabric. The one left in my town that still does has jacked the prices up and the quality has really suffered.

I find now that instead of making that 5 mile trip, I just go to my neighborhood ALBERTSON and do all my grocery shopping and ONLY go to wal-mart now when I absolutely have too (usually to get 3 cents off gas).

My new fabric buddy is – Hancocks! It’s closer and I never have to wonder – is today the day they stop selling fabric?

Wal-mart has only themselves to blame! Since the old man died. They are not the same store!

July 3, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(50) c says:

The ONLY reason I step into a Walmart is to check out the fabric department. Even if I have to pay more for an item, I try to never shop at Walmart but I loved to look at the fabrics. Sometimes I was tempted to buy. no more.

July 4, 2009 at 2:12 am
(51) Terry says:

I have stopped shopping at Wal-mart all together. I went there before going any place else because they were the only ones with a sewing area. I can get everything else at other stores, and they are close, friendlier.price is usually about the same maybe even cheaper if you take in the price of gas. With out the sewing area there is nothing to make me want to drive over there.

July 4, 2009 at 10:55 am
(52) Lisa says:

I rarely go into Walmart since they no longer have fabric at the 2 stores in Frederick, MD. I now spend my hard earned cash at the “Bullseye” store. I don’t have to spend gas to get there (I can walk) and I know that they do give back to the community.

July 4, 2009 at 11:59 am
(53) SUE says:

THE WAL-MART STORE WHERE I LIVE STILL CARRIES FABRIC, BUT IT IS ON ITS WAY OUT. SEEMS LIKE THE CEO-TYPES THAT RUN WALLY WORLD DON’T HAVE WIVES THAT SEW! THIS IS A SMALL COMMUNITY-WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY TYPE OF CRAFT STORE AND I WILL STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART ONCE THEIR SEWING/FABRIC DEPARTMENT IS GONE. I’LL BE GONE TOO!

July 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(54) Nancy Anthony says:

One Wal-mart in my area closed down completely, a second, closed or “renovations”.
It wa torn down and is being rebuilt as a “super Walmart” Ha!The two thatclosed had a fabric department that was just OK, but nothing too special. A brand new Super Walmart was built a couple of years ago, but did not include a sewing department. I hate Jo-Ann’ Around here (se PA) Jo-ann’s should Home Furnishings, Crafts, and, oh,yes, some fabrics. They are way in the back and don’t ask too many questions, because we don’t know.

July 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(55) Nancy Anthony says:

To Continue–
We had a nice Hancock, good quality, knowledgeable and friendly help. But, like many good stores, Hancock closed. Now, I would have to get any fabrics on-line. We do have a really neat Fabric Row in Phila, but it would be an all day trip. Fabrics are discounted, which leads one to buy more fabrics. Some near-by stores sell mostly quilting fabrics, but I don’t quilt. So, right now I am going through my stash and UFO’s.
Love this site. Thee is so much info and free patterns, that I usualy save te e-mails for later reading or will print out a special project pattern.

July 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm
(56) Yvonne says:

Our Walmart is slowly getting rid of its fabric department….so sad…I rarely go there now ….their loss.
Thanks for the great articles and ideas!!

July 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(57) brenda says:

Our wal-mart has not changed yet. thank god!!!

July 5, 2009 at 10:58 am
(58) deby voorhis says:

i don’t buy anything at walmart unless they are the only game in town. i recently went to a motorcycle rally in austin tx and shopped at one. it was right next to my hotel,. and i could walk and not be confused by the different roads,. let alone i could push a cart back to the hotel. otherwise i a have not bouight a damn thing there for several years. no more christmas shopping on black friday. NOTHING!!!!!

July 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm
(59) melinda says:

I have stopped going to walmart completely…I am proud to say I am 3 years free of them. Fortunately, I live in a city where I have other options readily available. I am truly sorry for those of you who have to live in a community where walmart has chased every other business out of town.

July 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm
(60) Beth says:

I just returned from the Waterford, CT Super Walmart, where I found that the fabric department has started the clearance sale, prior to closing the dept. The woman who works there looked sad, and I often talk to her, so I tried to offer a kind word about it, and told her I was sorry to see it happen. She proceeded to tell me that it was basically my fault, along with others who haven’t shopped and sewed enough. She also said that Walmart couldn’t withstand the losses in the dept, like bias binding packages being opened, sewing machines vandalized, that sort of thing. I was really embarrassed at how she seemed to be angry and taking it out on me! I have always been nice to her. I guess she is really made at her bosses and those she can’t attack, so I was convenient.

July 6, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(61) Gail Carter says:

Our Walmart still sells fabric but the quality isn’t all that great. I keep hearing that they are planning to close the fabric department down. They’ve run everybody out of business and now they want to discontinue selling fabric. It’s a shame how this country allows businesses to shut others down.

July 7, 2009 at 10:12 am
(62) Susan K says:

Our local Walmart closed it’s fabric department, but, due to customer demand, it is now going to bring back the thread and zipper displays. At least that’s what the sales person told me. She repeated, “DUE TO CUSTOMER DEMAND!”, and said, “keep calling and emailing”. Though the local one is only 1 mile from my home, I rarely go there anymore. I now shop at the Walmart that’s 15 miles away, that will have it’s fabric department for 8 more years, also directly due to customer’s calls and emails. Power to the (seamstresses) people!

July 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(63) Cindy DeHoff says:

I very rarely go to Walmart since all the fabrics vanished. Luckily we still have Joanns and Hancocks in Cincinnati. Hobby Lobby has reasonable fabrics, too. If you want one in your area, google Hobby Lobby and contact them on their website. I filled out customer comment cards years ago at both Walmart and Hobby Lobby when we were traveling west of the Mississippi and both chains expanded eastward. They do listen. I read the comments about Walmart’s “cheap” merchandise and remember another seamstress telling me that the top-quality, first-run of the design fabric was sent to the quilt and specialty fabric stores, thus the higher prices. The next quality down in the tier went to the chain stores, i.e. Joanns and Hancocks. The lowest-cost discount stores got the lowest quality cheaply printed fabric. Just take that into consideration if you will be spending a lot of time making the item or want to make an item of heirloom quality and durability.

July 9, 2009 at 10:24 am
(64) Mary says:

I shop at the remaining Wal Mart in our area that is still selling fabric. however their selection is beginning to be a little sparse. I remember when they had dollar a yard quilting fabrics the crowd they had in the store made it hard to shop. I look for them to get out of fabric altogether like K Mart did, and you can’t even start a fight in any K Mart anymore thier business has fallen. I am surprised they can stay open. I can’t afford to pay ten to twenty dollars for quilting fabrics just to give away the quilt. What will we do? My hubby says to sell my stash and make a profit. Hah!

July 12, 2009 at 12:27 am
(65) Sandi says:

I work for Wal-mart and I have been a crafter/sewing. They state that only rural areas will have fabric. This is b.s.; because, they also stated that they were loosing $$. We have five Wal-mart stores just in our city and they all are making $$. They do not think sew is important. They need to rethink this because people are going back to sewing with the economy.

July 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm
(66) Rogene says:

We’ve been told Mr. Sam Walton started the stores to meet needs. I do not believe that shuting down other stores in communities and then taking away the fabrics was what he had in mind. Our new larger Wal Mart has higher prices, no fabric, fewer cashiers and longer lines than the “old” WM store. What a shame! Now they are taking the stores that were left in the old WM shopping center with them. we are left with many empty buildings. The attitude at WM is not a positive one. I could always tell the difference in attitude between WM and K-Mart (which is gone too) workers. The “air” in K-Mart was more positive and the workers seemed to enjoy themselves overall. I don’t buy my groceries there; I do currently get prescriptions there. It is odd, but the things WM is too large to carry–I find at the neighborhood Wal-Green store. Easy in and easy out. Always a cashier available.

I am very frustrated with WM in general. The old store was better! Of course I am biased, I hate seeing empty buildings.

July 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm
(67) Rogene says:

I meant to add that now it is 50 – 60 miles ONE WAY TO fabric shop.

July 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(68) Jill Kenyon says:

Have stopped at Walmart twice now, waited over 30 minutes to get some fabric cut, and no one has bothered. It’s a catch 22 — if I don’t use their fabric department, they’ll shut it down; if I use their fabric department, I support their poor customer service. We don’t have a local Joann or Hancock — if anyone knows of good quality on line fabric/notions, please let me know. Thanks!!

July 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm
(69) Sheila W. says:

I live in Monroe Twp, NJ. Our Wal-mart is getting ready to get remodeled.The company has did away with the fabric department! Now we have no fabric stores in a 10-15 mile radius. I will not be visiting Wal-mart, because they took out the fabric department. I loved the fabric department that they had. The employees were very helpful and courteous! Wal-mart just lost a loyal customer!

August 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(70) Rikki Arndt says:

I try to stay away from Wal Mart because of what they are doing to other businesses, especially in small towns. I am fortunate enough to have several other places to shop very near to my house so I make sure I frequent them instead. I really do feel sorry for those that have no choice but to shop at a store that cares for nothing else but being cheap just because that store drove away all other shops that were there before!

October 8, 2009 at 8:28 am
(71) maryc says:

The alternative fabric stores in my area are overpriced, imo. The fabric dept they had at my local store was usually pretty busy – makes me wonder if the sales were actually that low or if they wanted to cut back on manpower….Regardless, they’ve lost a lot of my business. I still wonder what the founder would think of the changes that have been made to what was once a decent store.

December 4, 2009 at 11:19 am
(72) Bonnie says:

Our Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Walmart was closed for several months and recently reopened completely remodeled. As I was checking out the store 5 “big wigs” with clipboards in hand stopped to ask me what I thought of the new store. I said, I wish they would bring the fabric department back, then I would shop here more often. With a smirk on their faces they responded “well, that’s not going to happen lol”..My response, I will shop elsewhere from now on.. They walked on with big trance-like smiles. To heck with them! I have not returned.

December 19, 2009 at 11:40 am
(73) Jeri says:

In NW North Dakota it is now 120 miles(one way) to purchase fabric. The quilting group at me church (all retired women, most do not drive out of town) are having a very difficult time. I am driving 180 miles today to buy some fabric for them but you can bet I will not be buying it at walmart.

December 29, 2009 at 8:55 am
(74) Diane Sittley says:

The Walmart, in Monroe, NC was supposed to close, also, but then were told it will stay open, indefinitely because sales were good. I drive up there, from SC because there are no other fabric stores around. Closest Joanns is over 2 hrs away. Closest Hancock is over 1 hr away, in Charlotte. I spoke to someone, at Golder Dior Fabrics, where Walmart buys a lot of their fabric. You can see that on the end of the bolts. They told me to contact the buyer for Walmart, because she actually DOES care. Her name is Lenora Babb and her email is lenora.babb@walmart.com
Hope this helps

January 5, 2010 at 6:45 am
(75) Vicky says:

WHEN WALMART STOPS SELLING FABRIC I STOP SHOPPING AT WALMART. I WILL DRIVE OUT OF MY WAY TO GET MY FABRIC, WALMART HAS BECOME THE BOIL ON THE BUTT OF SOCIETY!

February 5, 2010 at 10:13 am
(76) Pauline says:

I found that Walmart had a fine selection of fabric. To bad they cut off their nose to spite their face!

February 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(77) John S. says:

The closest WM to me has no fabrics, but the other 4 in town do. Some fabric depts are better than others.

February 16, 2010 at 1:23 am
(78) Booklady says:

Iím hearing (2/2010) that Wal-Mart nationwide is closing their fabric departments. Highly disappointing and I support e-mailing and telling them so. We are 30-45 minutes from Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s and Hancocks–have not found what I want there at reasonable prices. JoAnn’s is too big to find what I want…Unfortunately Wal-Mart pushed out our local Albertson’s and Safeway moved to a new subdivision–good for them but out of my way…I know of 2 of our area Wal-Martís that have closed their fabric departments and if ours goes so will my prescriptions. I don’t have to support them.

February 17, 2010 at 11:18 am
(79) grandma says:

I have to agree with all.. this is ridiculous I purchased over 4000.00 in one year for outfits that I made and sold on Ebay
it was the only way i could make up for being layed off of my job.. now since they have taken our fabric depts out of the store.. I can no longer afford to do these little outfits as all other fabric stores are sooo high, I do find myself going to winn dixie or such since they food products are much cheaper as well, I use to go into walmart and just look thru the fabric.. and seeing something new or different would pick it up without really needing it at the time.. Walmart needs to think about customer needs.. I am sure everything balances out. as how can they sell an outfit for 12.99 and two months later have it on sell for 3.00 ….mmm goes to show there mark ups must be outrageous .. so really Walmart give us a break and get our fabric back into the stores..
grandma (central florida)

February 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(80) Joyce Jensen says:

One of the main reasons I go to Walmart is to look at the fabric. I am a quilter and that means when you purchase enough for a quilt you are talking about 14 yds total for a queen size quilt. I will personally boycott Walmart as my own form of protest when they take out most of our fabric dept.

March 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(81) Kimmy says:

Wow bitch and complain. Think about the associate that actually has to stand at the fabric table for hours cutting non-stop! Not to mention the fact that her hands/writs might be sore from using scissors all day long. Some of you people are nice sure, but a lot of you that come in with a snotty attitude and choose to be rude to the associates and ring the bell more than once, because “You”. yes YOU are either having a bad day or not very patient at all. It’s tiring and stressful to go at it all day and not have a choice to work in “whatever department”. OH YES lets not forget that people unroll the fabric, leave it on the floor, or put it in the wrong spot, and of course my favourite, leave the fabric unrolled over top of other fabric. “YOU” wonder why the damn store is a bloody mess. So where is the respect in that? To bad, shop online or look for another fabric store. Phoning Walmart or emailing, singing up for a stupid thing is gonna be a waste of time. Walmart only pretends to care. It’s head office choice to get rid of the fabric and there is NOTHING you can do about it at all. So go ahead don’t shop at Walmart, just because one (Popular) department is closing down, don’t mean other departments are gonna lose sales. Walmart is full of dirty little secrets , don’t you know that already? it’s called retail. Life sucks so move on.

April 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm
(82) K. Jones says:

The Fabric is GONE! In Louisville, Ky , the fabric had been discounted and gone. The employees are being told that prepackaged fabric will be sold . Whatever! They sold the cutting table and the last of the ribbon is almost gone. I will not buy anything from Walmart now. But Walmart is stringing the employees along. They suck! People need to stick together and quit buying the crap from Walmart!

April 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(83) Carol says:

My Wal-Mart downsized their fabric department when they remodeled. It used to be a decent size, now only 2 isles of fabric. and about a 4 x 4 foot section of notions. It is a joke. They took out a ton of the crafts that they used to carry. Now they seem to carry mostly scrapbooking stuff. I no longer go in there just to look for fabrics. In fact I seldom go there at all. Many of the departments have downsized to the point that they have almost nothing, this was done to add a food section. All in all I am very disappointed in the new remodeled Wal-Mart.
Lucky for me we have a discount fabric store here in my town.
I Love my fabrics and sewing, Walmart will not keep me down!!!

April 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(84) Sherry says:

I live in Ohio, Walmart still has the fabric dept. But has gotten smaller. I sew all the time and do alot of crafts. I dont know how they make it anyway, fabric is thinner and prices are higher. I think it was a shame when the also took layaway out. Times are tough now a days and that was very helpful to me for layaway for christmas and birthdays. I have went else where. Now I go to Kmart. They have gotten what they wanted out of us. What good does it do to speak anyway.

July 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm
(85) nedia says:

walmart came in with fabric and sewing notion, machines. and all the little stores like fabric bonaza went out of business.there are no mom and pop stores around my area. so of course i had to go to walmart,a 45 minute drive or more depending on traffic.you won,t see me in walmart. they distroyed the little store now we don,t have a place to go.I should make them buy back my sewing machine. people buy american.walmart by from china and we pay for it? heck no

September 7, 2010 at 11:38 am
(86) kim says:

I agree with you all, and would like to see the opposite happen in bringing the fabric back. There is word running about that they know how much they are loosing, and are considering the option to bring it back again! They here our voices loud and clear. I surely want to say that there are other fabric stores out there that do have good deals too. I’m a true fabroholic and have to search for deals. Go or email these places and get their coupons and use them! I don’t have time to “grip” about this or that! I’m on vacation and surfing the web. However I have a busy life too. Walmart as a whole does have cheaper prices than anyone I know so I’m not going to gripe. If I was going to gripe, I would gripe about peoples attitudes and be glad they did shop elsewhere!

September 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(87) Ger says:

I live in the boonies of TX…40 miles from town. WalMart closed the fabric dept. in that store. Now we will probably lose it in the other store, opposite direction,same amount of miles. If that happens then we will have to drive 125 miles to San Antonio. I will order off the computer before I will give WalMart my business and many of us in this remote area feel the same way.

September 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(88) Maureen says:

I certainly will shop less at Walmart since the Fabric Department closed. I would hope that Walmart will change their mind and add a Fabaric Department to this new Super Center in Lehighton, PA.

September 22, 2010 at 9:14 am
(89) deb says:

I barely even go to Wal-Mart anymore. I used to go several times a week, now I force myself to go every couple months just to stock up on paper towels, soap, shampoo, etc.

September 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(90) Gail says:

I quit shopping Wal Mart altogether. Since I have to drive 45 miles to get fabric I get my grocery staples and perishable I put in a cooler once a month. The local stores, other than, Wal Mart has my daily needs between shopping trips. Wal Mart has shot themselves in the foot as far as I am concerned.

October 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(91) lou says:

i live in rock hill and when they took our fabric and craft dept, i called and pleaded with them not to do that and it was like i really dont care what you think. we had a wonderful fabric dept. somethings just need to be left alone. i visit walmart maybe twice a year, but used to go weekly.

October 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(92) Faye says:

I really hate that Wal Mart has taken out the fabric and no longer even carry a decent lot of notions or crochet as well. I never did shop a lot of the ready made in walmart but now i never do Catch sales like Khols and Jc Penny even macys you can get just as good a price . I did sew more when they had the fabric

October 16, 2010 at 7:07 am
(93) Melody says:

I would always go to Walmart for my fabric. Now I have to rely on other means and end up spending more. This doesn’t make me happy. Now I have a problem. I purchased fabric a while ago for a quilt. Now that I need more, I am having a hard time finding a walmart that still carries fabric. I miss that department and don’t think they realize what they have done to me and my fellow crafters.

November 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(94) Mary Miller says:

HAPPY DAYS!!! The Wal-Mart store in Stafford, Tx on
West Airport and the store in Spring, Tx on Louetta
Crossing both have fabric departments. I have recently found this out and am going to to do some major fabric purchasing this Saturday.

December 4, 2010 at 9:09 am
(95) Debbie says:

This is CRAZY that a person has to drive 40 or 50 miles to go to Joanne`s or a different Walmart just to buy Fabric, I use to spend a lot of Money there and now I never go, Was nice to be working on something at midnight and just run to walmart to get what you need to finish your project, WALMART you can KISS MY @*&!!!!!!

December 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(96) RHONDA BELL says:

we really need to leave the fabric in sequim when you do yuor extenstion ;
we dont have fabric in sequim and people will have to go to port angeles to JOANN FABRIC and you have to have a coupon for every thing.
so think about before you take it out of your store,
i order a lot of fabric and like there prices’
over in puallup you have stores that have fabric and other dont i dont want to have to drive over there to get my fabric’
so please think about the fabric and where eles people can shop all in one place.RHONDA BELL,R.B QUILTS AND CREATIONS.

January 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm
(97) connie says:

Wal-Mart has proven they really *Do Not* care of customer satisfaction, AND providing *Low Cost* merchandise anymore.

IF They Did; (1).. They wouldn’t have done away with Lay-A- Way. Most of us, less than averaged
income people, Cannot Pay Full price for
High End Merchandise, All at once.

(2).. They wouldn’t have done away with their
Fabric and Crafts Dept. Therefore, again,
Most of us, Can’t Afford a life of leisure
activities, *dinner, a movie, socializing-
ETC.* Home Crafting and Sewing
filled the gabs of Boredom .

January 28, 2011 at 8:31 am
(98) kelly says:

I dislike the new walmart they have less emplyees so you have towait in line forever and there so slowww, and they have less stuff than ever before especially since sewing fabric is gone i dont shop there anymore there pitiful now they have really gone down hill.

January 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm
(99) Niki says:

I use Walmart quite often. Now that they have been stubborn about material and they have gave into the Unions in New York and the government – instead of standing for what Sam Walton wanted – I will not longer go to Walmart nor Sams Club which I have membership in. I will use Costco. The indifference towards what the people want has made me believe they are a weak company and only in it to please themselves instead of the people. Another company with lousy personal contact. If you had a few stores in each area especially those that have to drive great distances to get sewing materials – don’t you think that would have been good customer service? WOW! No more Walmart for me..

February 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(100) Connie says:

I agree with Connie’s post (we Connies tend to stick together lol)…if Wal-Mart really cared about their customers they would not have done away with their layaway dept.

I am also devistated that they’re doing away with the fabric dept. I was in a local Wal-Mart yesterday and could not believe the pre-packaged crap that they’re trying to sell….who wants that??? I want to be able to see and feel the fabric before I buy it. Also, another downer, the sales associate told me that they’re going to SHRED the patterns that are left, rather than sell them at a discount. I HATE WAL-MART! It’s really a shame.

June 21, 2011 at 9:23 am
(101) Terry W says:

I haven’t spent a dime at Wal-Mart since the one near me did away with the cross stitch things. Been in the store, but only with other’s shopping at “The Devil’s Warehouse,” and I don’t intend to spend another dime at any Wal-Mart until/unless they bring back fabric & crafts. Stopped shopping at Lowes too, because I found out that Wal-Mart owns like 40% of Lowes stock!

July 15, 2011 at 4:55 am
(102) Bonnie says:

I just learned …

WALMART IS BRINGING BACK THEIR FABRIC DEPT!!!

( Noo..I’m not talkin’ about those horrible pre-cut, carded fabrics hanging on their walls at this time…the actual fabric dept with BOLTS!)

GOOGLE IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!! :)

I’m in disbelief!

August 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(103) phyllis says:

when walmarts decided to take fabric out of their stores it was like a shock .as walmarts always has fabric. its a given.
Our walmarts in our town has kept its dept. for fabrics. The quilters are greatful. Every month a new group of colors and a pattern comes in… its very enjoyable to check on the type of pattern and the colors someone has selected .
thank you.

December 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(104) Chris says:

We live in a small county and the Wal-Mart store which was 12 miles away was where I got most all my sewing, knitting and crochetinng needs. It is really a shame when we have to drive to the city to get a spool of thread, etc. We will go to Wal-Mart for other products. But am really disappointed they have so much STUFF that a lot of people aren’tm interesd in.

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