I have a bone to pick. I strongly believe that people who work at specialty stores should be experts in their field. That way they can ACTUALLY HELP YOU. The people who work at Joann Fabrics are often annoyed. I believe this may have something to do with the fact that they are always severly under-staffed. Secondly, they rarely know an answer to any of my questions.
Just this afternoon, I went in to get some muslin for a toille I’m making. A toille is a muslin mock up of a formal gown for fitting purposes. I asked where the muslin was. It’s with the quilting fabric I’m told. This seems arbitrary, but oh well. There was a sign on that said “Muslin, 99 cents/yard” so I found what I wanted & took it up to the cutting counter. The lady says, this is $3.99/yard. I told her about the sign & she says “this is not muslin”. Seriously, I think I know what muslin is. It’s unbleached, loose-weave cotton, often with telling little brown specks in it. It was muslin. So she proceeds to roll her eyes (yes, she actually did this) & told me it was quilting cotton. I FLIPPING KNOW WHAT MUSLIN IS. So I went back & found something suitable for $1.99 a yard (the 99 cent stuff was un-usable) & she askes me what I’m making. I think it’s in their employee contract that they have to ask you this. I don’t know why that gets up my craw everytime I’m trying to check out that I have to explain myself, but it does. I told her it was for a fitting. She said “you mean lining?”. I said, “no, a fitting”. She said “you mean a pattern?”. Really, am I not supposed to be alarmed that an attandant at a fabric store has no idea what a muslin fitting is?