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Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:54 pm
by LeapFrog Libby
I ordered wome of that Warm Tater all cotton Batting from Nancy's Notions, and I love that stuff. It is needle punched and has to be quilted every 5 inches.. There is absolutely no polyester screm in it.. This makes it safe for microwave.. I love working with it.. We are having fun making those warm tater bags.

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:44 pm
by bridesmom
I have found some really cute patterns for kids, but they are pricey, and that can turn people off. There is a great pattern company in Quebec, Canada, Jalie and they have very nice patterns as well, but again way more pricey than the big 4. I think it depends on what type of customer you want to bring in, and the type of fabric you will have, as if you specialize more in quilting fabrics then patterns for women's clothing that are based more on knits won't work. Green Pepper are nice patterns

http://www.abacadabra.com/
http://www.thegreenpepper.com/
http://oliverands.com/patterns/
http://pinkfigpatterns.com/
http://www.izzyandivydesigns.com/?page_id=8
http://www.farbenmix.de/en/sewing-guide.html
http://www.favoritethings.net/patterns/overview

I love the farbenmix patterns, have not purchaed an abacadabra one yet, but they are cute too. I adore favorite things patterns, they are very simple to sew but so unique.

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:35 am
by DorothyL
You probably can't compete with Joann's and the like for big four patterns so I wouldn't try to stock a lot of them. The little fabric shop I loved in Ithaca didn't bother with many patterns at all.
What is your downtown like? If there are a lot of little specialty type retailers You can probably go with higher end products or products that look higher end.
When I had a cross stitch shop there were a lot of companies that would not deal with places like Joann's or Walmart in order to keep up the appearance of being "better" and only in specialty stores.
I -- and I'm sure a lot of other people -- buy fabric from specialty stores when I can but buy patterns when they are cheap from Joanns. Then, when I'm ready to sew something I make a run to Joann's for the thread and other notions.
So perhaps when you are buying your original stock you would want to buy just a small amount of notions and lots of fabric until you know what the market is. Of course you probably know a lot about the local market from experience at the other store.
Another thing to think about -- fabric is often an impulse buy so you really don't do yourself any favors saving money by not taking credit cards -- unless there is an ATM right next door and even then people don't like that extra fee.

Just some thoughts from when I had a cross stitch store.

Dorothy

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:28 am
by Pudge99
I get so annoyed with businesses that don't take credit cards. I don't carry cash, except when I know I am going to need it. Taking credit cards is smart business today. Businesses who don't loose sales. So I will budget and price accordingly so that I can afford to take them.

Joann and Hancock are both about an hours drive from here, so running there to get cheaper thread when gas is $3.50 a gallon doesn't compute. Lots of people come to the other store in town for their notions, so I need to have some if I expect to serve the people in this community.

Yes the downtown businesses are very touristy, so unique, higher priced items tend to sell. That would be why I am looking for unique pattern makers. Personally I am so fed up with the "big 4"...... they leave out instructions, sometimes whole steps, and you can tell by the wording that the person writing them has no clue what they are writing about. Plus with the smaller pattern companies I can pick and choose which patterns go with the fabrics I sell. No sense carrying formal gown patterns if I don't intend to carry that fabric.

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:47 am
by sewingmom
Libby, I accidently got some Warm and Natural batting in a wash load of towells. It cme through the wash in one piece and good shape to boot and I agree it is great to work with.

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:30 pm
by DorothyL
Joann and Hancock are both about an hours drive from here, so running there to get cheaper thread when gas is $3.50 a gallon doesn't compute.


That's great!!

Dorothy

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:09 pm
by Pudge99
DorothyL wrote:
Joann and Hancock are both about an hours drive from here, so running there to get cheaper thread when gas is $3.50 a gallon doesn't compute.


That's great!!

Dorothy



As a future business owner that is GREAT! As a shopper who refuses to set foot in the local fabric store it sucks.

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:30 am
by DorothyL
Soon there will a great new local fabric store and every one will be happy.

Dorothy

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:53 pm
by MartySews2
Gina, I only use Mettler/Metrosene thread for sewing garments. I use Finishing Touch bobbin thread & Madeira rayon embroidery thread along with a little Floriani thread. Superior Threads are great. Just my opinion.
Marty ;)

Re: Who wants to help me shop?

New postPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:32 pm
by bridesmom
Glad you posted that Marty, I've been very tempted to order Superior Threads but had never talked to anyone that had personally used them. I've been getting ..their newsletter for a while