Saturday, September 29, 2007

A taste of things to come

I took my mother to Yukon today because she needed one more chair cushion for her dining room and the Wal-Mart here only had 5. Who only has 5 dining chairs? I guess I think they either come in fours or sixes. Anyway.

While in Wal-Mart I had a chance to see what the "new and improved" Sewing and Craft Department looks like.

Let me tell you, it's depressing. No all. I saw one entire isle with sewing notions and yarn. That was it. If you want thread you'd better hope it's black or white because that's all they have.

On the other hand, stores like Hobby Lobby, Joanne's, and Hancock Fabrics might have a fighting chance now that Wal-Mart is getting out of the sewing and craft business.

The sweet lady at Hancock Fabrics told me they'd been covered up since Wal-Mart got rid of their sewing and fabric items. Enough that they've hired three new ladies to work during the week. Personally, I find that encouraging.

While I was there the cutting table had three ladies cutting and customers were four deep. I don't think I've ever seen so many people in the store.

I picked up a few things while I was visiting and now I need to get cracking. I bought a couple of yards of fabric (blue with white skeletons) for my mom an apron. She saw the fabric last week and fell in love with it. I picked up some rick-rack and bias tape in white as well.

I found a new bobbin belt for the Pfaff. The other one split yesterday while I was winding a bobbin.

I also got a magnetic seam guide. For the life of me, I can't seem to sew a straight seam. Let's hope this helps.

Patterns were on sale so naturally I had to have a few more. Now I need to figure out something for pattern storage. It never ends.

I'm nearly done with one of the aprons I'm working on. I'm down to the piddly stuff and it's hard to make myself keep going. Where's that cattle prod when I need it.


Sue said...

My walmart is slowing getting rid of the craft dept. and when it does, this town will suffer as that's the only outlet here for such things. At least you have the other great stores, lucky you!

JLynnette (Aunt Jo) said...

Thanks for visiting!

Wal-Mart is our only outlet as well. In order to visit Hancock Fabrics or any of the others, we have to drive 50-60 miles one way.

Our only other choice is a high dollar quilt shop or the thrift store.