We chatted a bit at the Cutting Counter.
She asked what was I making. (Nice lady, just doing her job.) Hot pads, I proudly state. She confirmed it was one yard she was cutting. I nodded. Under my breath, I said to myself, “that is all I can afford.” She picked up a pair of scissors. (Everything still going fine.) She cut a slit in my pricey fabric. $20.98 a yard. She sat the scissors down.
And then it happened. In a flash. She held up one end of my fabric with her right hand and the other end with her left.
AND SHE RIPPED MY FABRIC!! Right at the one yard mark.
OMG!! Be still my heart. What just happened????
What had just happened was my INITIATION into the Ritzy-Titsy Art of Cutting in a Rodeo Drive-like Fabric Store. I won’t mention the store name. To protect the innocent. 😀 BUT they advertise on every Project Runway show. Starts with an H. They are my 2nd option for a Local Fabric Store. JoAnn’s being my first.
I have shopped at “H” many times. My Janome Distributor has set up shop there. But only went home with notions in my bag. Cutting rulers, grommets, pins, cord, buttons, patterns, Janome items, etc. Never any actual yards of fabric. But on this day, the day I took my sewing machine in for repairs, I was going to finally buy fabric, sticker shock and all. Moving to the Big People’s Table.
You can imagine the look on my face seeing the cutting lady rip my fabric. After I recovered, I asked why. She said that is how they do it. For every fabric. Even silk, I asked, looking over at the beautiful dresses they have displayed in their Bridal Shop. Yes, even silk. She further gave me a run down on which fabrics they can and will rip. I said ok, thanks for the warning BUT could you please NOT RIP my 2nd piece of fabric. She again tells me, that is how they do it. I am saying under my breath, “not this time, lady. Pick up those scissors.”
I didn’t even tell hubby about spending $33.88 for two yards of fabric. He wouldn’t understand. And I didn’t really feel like talking about the ripping either. He for sure wouldn’t understand. It will be our secret. I will still make hot pads. Once my Insul-Bright gets here that I ordered on-line.
Does your fabric store rip or cut? Have you ever had a “Well, I never!!” experience at the fabric (craft) store? Do tell.
BTW… they should buy new signs. RIPPING COUNTER better describes what happens to fabric you buy there. 😀