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There’s a rumor going around that Walmart may be bringing back their fabric department. Now I’ll be the first to admit that the quality of much of their fabrics just wasn’t there, but they had a great novelty cotton section, lots of notions and patterns (not to mention that they price matched), and every now and then you could find a ‘gem’. Plus you can’t beat the fact that they were always open – perfect for when you ran out of thread or needed a button late at night. What are you seeing at your local stores?


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    Jun 4, 2017, 01.37 PMby Fjordhestfarm

    Just spoke with employee at our local store in Bedford VA. She was ousted as a cashier in pharmacy because they are going to only licensed techs and pharmacists in that department. She has been reassigned and will be in the re-installed fabric department that will be in place within the next six months. There are all sorts of clearances going on because they are doing complete remodels of their stores. So, for what it is worth, there is some direct info regarding the fabric department rumor. I hope quality isn’t even lower than it was. So pissed that they run other people out and then pull stunts like they do. Had an art supply store and they started carrying art supplies too. Even though the quality was crap people just cannot resist those lower prices that the little guy just cannot compete with. People don’t realise that even though something is a brand name it isn’t necessarily the same. Compared my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to theirs. If you look closely you can see a difference such as the control levers on theirs was of a much inferior quality. Have to wonder about the parts that cannot be seen. Caution is the watchword with Wally World.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 09.02 AMby Molly Bolt

    I am in a town where wamart took fabric out. They carried fabric and ran every mom and pop fabric store out of business. Then they took fabric out. I opened a great fabric store with good prices on quality fabric. Now I hear they may bring it back? I have also heard the quality is worse than ever. Be careful what you wish for. You might end up with nothing to choose from except the poor quality made in China, wash it once and watch it fall apart fabric. Oh well.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 09.01 AMby Molly Bolt

    I am in a town where wamart took fabric out. They carried fabric and ran every mom and pop fabric store out of business. Then they took fabric out. I opened a great fabric store with good prices on quality fabric. Now I hear they may bring it back? I have also heard the quality is worse than ever. Be careful what you wish for. You might end up with nothing to choose from except the poor quality made in China, wash it once and watch it fall apart fabric. Oh well.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 01.39 AMby Susan Ciskowski Wanzer

    I live in Enid, OK and I was in Walmart today and they are setting up a very nice fabric dept. I didn’t see any pattern books/cabinets but there were some wall racks of easy sew patterns. Most of the fabrics were still in boxes but what was out looked great and the wall of notions, machines and sergers was a welcome site and an end to the long fabric drought in this town!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 03.30 PMby Kristie Holmes

    I live in Jupiter, FL and our Wal-Mart is now carrying fabric and patterns again. The fabric is pre-wrapped and pre-cut to either 1 yrd, 1 1/2 yrds or 2 yrds. They also have a few patterns (i think they are still set it up because there was alot of empty slots) that will indicate if you need to buy one 2yard kit or more. Its kinda nice for someone who is just starting out like me. I can’t wait to see what else they will add to make this department good again.

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    Aug 3, 2011, 10.49 PMby Dyan Bruneau

    I aslso heard today that Walmart was Bring back the fabric section, IM GLAD. We only have two fabric stores and they are also varity stores, Hobby Lobby and Hancock. They are HIG priced and Walmart was reasonable enough where people like me, who sometimes make a living on sewing , could afford to actually sew for people. Walmart didn’t run those stores out of business , they have al;ways been here and I doubt it will change. Since both stores carry more of a selection of materials and supplies, people will not stop shopping at them.

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    Jul 12, 2011, 12.53 PMby Carol Capps

    A friend of mine just returned from the Woodhaven, Michigan Walmart and she says that they are setting up the fabric department right now. Yay.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 04.51 AMby rachelredlips

    oh no! so many small, independent fabric shops will go out of business if walmart brings back the fabric department.

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    Oct 23, 2010, 09.20 AMby Debbie Dean

    I saw tales of Walmart resuming fabric sales on another sewing line. They mentioned the Wall Street Journal and competition in electronic sales (by getting rid of fabric they could enlarge the elctronic department.) I have spent 30 minutes googling Wall street journal and any other news source to see if I could find any type announcement from Walmart about resuming fabric sales. Nothing. Only this line popped up. I would say that it is only a rumor and to not get your hopes up. I stopped shopping Walmart when they discontinued the fabric and went to the reset super store floor plan.

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    Oct 15, 2010, 07.09 PMby loyl8

    In the the Mesa AZ area I know of 2 walmarts that carry fabric still, but most are all gone. I do find of pretty fab synthetic fabric there. Oh yeah and the late night I need this runs :) Other than that I really am not a fan of Wal-mart but they are becoming for eco friendly if you read their statement…did you know that in brazil or somewhere south they have a composting pile the employees do next to the building.

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    Oct 14, 2010, 02.15 PMby daisiduk1

    I live in NYC so I have many fabric options. My sister lives in York, PA where I usually go to Walmart. Her Walmart stopped carrying fabric. I love the cotton at Walmart. It in my opinion is the same as Joann. I was able to get yards upon yards for a few bucks. I loved their sewing section. My niece and I would go late at night and start new projects….I am so glad they are bringing fabric back to Walmart!

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    Oct 14, 2010, 05.53 AMby kimberleejean

    That’s weird, I shopped at WalMart for fabric today, all in all they have a decent craft dept, too. The selection wasn’t out of this world, but the large discount table (2.50-2.00/yard) was awesome. (They have a LOT of flannels, but only one t-shirt fabric, but again lots of suiting.) I came out of there with 10 years for only 21 dollars, including 2 zippers. If you want a specialty fabric, I would go there first but not expect the world, but it is nice to be able to afford fabric again.

    I live in the Midwest, and almost all the WalMarts have fabric.

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    Oct 13, 2010, 12.01 PMby cluttershop

    When Walmart opened in my mom’s fairly small West Virginia town, all the local fabric stores closed, unable to compete on prices. Two years ago, the Walmart shuttered its craft/sewing department, leaving local sewers with nowhere to go. Now, a couple local fabric stores are starting to open to meet the need, only to find Walmart bringing back its sewing dept?

    I was told that the original closing of the sewing section had to do with a sales per square foot of floor space and labor ratio that each department in the store is measured by. But who knows,.

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    Oct 12, 2010, 03.57 PMby wzrdreams

    I remember when I was in college (studying fashion) I would often hit up the Walmart Supercenter $1 table in the fabric department. I could find the craziest fabric there and it was all only $1 per yard. At the time, Joann’s Fabric had an equally poor selection of fabric but was much more expensive, so I often took advantage of the cheap goods at Walmart for my draping and drafting muslins and toiles.

    I was just at a Walmart this weekend and I was very dissapointed by their yarn/needle/hook selection and I didn’t browse the fabric much at all (I live in NYC, so I have plenty of options at home) but I did snatchup some Simplicity patterns at the Walmart prices.

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    Oct 12, 2010, 02.15 PMby claireokc

    Our local Walmarts made a big announcement that they were doing away with their fabric depts. :( It was really surprising considering all the craft craze, particularly here in the Southern Plains – (you lucky gals in the Northern Plains I guess didn’t loose yours). Hopefully they will bring it back, as it’s a great place to get staples – whether “try outs” or muslin, plastic, all that stuff. And miss the 24 hr stuff too!

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    Oct 12, 2010, 02.06 PMby tanetane

    That’s great news! I’ve just been to a 7 week old “that $1.99 fabric store.” More fabric store, the better!

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    Oct 12, 2010, 02.15 AMby ggexpansive

    i went to a va walmart and they had fabric but i was told they were doing away with it arrrr, so i do not know how true the rumors are.

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    Oct 11, 2010, 10.08 PMby happytomodachi

    Our WalMarts (Hawaii) still have their fabric department. I stay away from WalMart, but if I know a local fabric is coming out that I want, I will make a trip to WalMart. Oh, I also appreciate that they do have things such as clear vinyl (on a bolt), a variety of muslin, & batting. :)

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    Oct 11, 2010, 08.56 PMby ashleyraine

    My parents live in Kentucky and their WalMart never stopped having a fabric department either, although they downsized it quite a bit. I love going there and looking for a good deal. I wouldn’t sew apparel from anything they have, but I can think of a million other things I would make with a good deal.

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    Oct 11, 2010, 05.53 PMby sewenggirl88

    The walmart in my city never stopped having a fabric department, this must not be typical outside of the great plains? There has never been any fabric worth getting except for super cheap test fabric like ravenztarot said, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen much for novelty cotton, the local Hancocks and such have much more.

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    Oct 11, 2010, 05.41 PMby ravenztarot

    I loved walmart it gave me that …test fabric..you know the stuff you test the pattern in before you use the 15.00 yard stuff . It also gave me fabric for my kid to use instead my really expensive fabric. It also gave me lovely novelty cottons for quilting and bags…..

    I stopped shopping at walmart when they stopped carrying fabric also.

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    Oct 11, 2010, 05.19 PMby grosgrain

    It was so weird that they had a sewing department to begin with. Walmart is so corporate and sewing is so ‘crunchy granola goodness’.

    But yes, I’d love that. It was always convenient if I had to get something there AND go to the fabric store for something simple. I could just eliminate the extra stop.

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    Oct 11, 2010, 05.06 PMby bodicegoddess589

    You know, as soon as Wal-Mart stopped having a fabric section, I stopped going to Wal-Mart completely. It was pretty much the only reason I went: late-night “HOLY CRAP! I forgot BUTTONS!” trips to the 24-hour store.

    Bring back fabric, Wal-Mart, and you’ll bring me back as a customer. Doesn’t come with respect, though. You’ve still got to earn that.

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