Oct 29, 2008


Close to where I live is an outlet store called Len's Mill. They have several locations in southwestern Ontario. My friend said the other day that she picked up some fabric and was shocked that it cost her $17.99 a metre. So was I but I thought that maybe she just picked a new Xmas fabric. Len's Mill does not carry a full line of any one fabric line - they are an outlet and have fabric from all manufacturers and usually it is the older stuff. So the next day I had to go into Cambridge for work and stopped at the Len's Mill they have over there to check out the Christmas fabric.
I was flabbergasted. I do not pay this for new lines of fabrics from any of our quilt stores in the area. The quilt shop has sale fabric cheaper then Len's.
Furthermore, I found Joann Fabric from the United States there for sale. What's with that?

Here is the email I sent to them...I await their response..

I have to tell you..I went to your store in Cambridge today and was APPALLED at the price of your Christmas Fabric.

Your home page specifically says the following:
Len's Mill Store always offers great quality at unbeatable low prices! There's so much more at Len's Mill Store!
Absolutely this is NOT true. The pricing of your fabric at 14.99 and 17.99 is not an unbeatable low price at all. Further your choice of Christmas fabrics are more often then not from the year 2003 - 2005.
The quilt stores in Guelph, Fergus and Elora sell CURRENT lines of fabric for LESS money then that.

Also even with the dollar less then the American Dollar you can still buy CURRENT fabric from on-line stores at a lower cost then you offer..and you all buy your fabric from the same place.
In fact I am willing to bet that you have purchased fabric this year when our dollar was even with the United States and that you will still sell at your inflated prices.

Furthermore, you are selling "Len's Mill Logo" fabric for 25% off...and alot of that fabric is from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in the United States. Are they part of your business partnership? I frequent Jo-Ann Fabric often and the price you are selling is again significantly higher then their price. What is going on? Does Jo-Ann Fabric endorse this?

I know I am only one person but I will wait for your response and then I am going to post this on my quilting blog so I no longer will be only one person

I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person when I am getting ripped off!

Oct 19, 2008


There have been a few posts on blogs about copyright infringement and such when it comes to patterns, fabric and making items from both of them.
I am not understanding how a designer puts out a product- either pattern or fabric and then says that you cannot make something and sell it.
I understand that you can not take credit for a pattern that a designer put their hard work into and totally agree with that, but come on - you are not suppose to buy their fabric and then make something with it and resell it? What the --$@!** .
Many people buy fabric and make items for craft shows, gifts, ebay or etsy shops and sell it.
What is the sense of buying fabric if you cannot make something with it and sell it if you so wish?
I just cannot get my head around that.
Do they not design fabric to sell? and yet they say we cannot make anything to sell with it?
Please someone explain this to me!!!
I was sent a link to this website and it makes for interesting read and confuses the matter even more.
Go see for yourself and let me know what you think: http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/HallOfShame/HallOfShame.shtml