Hancock's vs. Joann's: Which do you prefer? May 11, 2012 09:28 10 Comments

Today, I needed to get notions: Zippers, thread, bias binding. I went to Hancock Fabrics, which is closer to our home. (And since my gasoline gauge was drifting toward the big E, this was an issue.) What a disappointment. No 4-inch zippers, no 6-inch zippers, which my vintage pattern required. So. Those are unusual sizes, I admit. This I could handle, without benefit of Puffs.

But in a 7-9 inch invisible zipper, which I need to make my Colette Meringue, the color choice was deplorable. And that is an understatement. Truly. The only green was a very dark olive. I bought a beige zipper, which was the least offensive.

The bias binding selection was worth writing home about — but only to complain. Pink or black were the only choices that came in the two widths I needed.

The last time I bought notions, I shopped Joann's. Slightly better selection but not impressive. Not one bit. Further, the zippers were unorganized. Quite.

So, dearly beloved, most appreciated readers, where do you shop for notions? Joann's, Hancock's, online? Are you blessed with a wonderful independent store that has an outstanding — or at least acceptable — selection? Do tell. Please.