I was recently at a Joann Fabric store, picking up a few of the latest Burda patterns on sale.
As I was at the checkout counter, a lady comes up behind me carrying a few bolts of fabric. It was a pretty quiet day, so I figured she was going to ask for help at the cut counter when I was done, as there weren’t a lot of employees floating about. Instead, what I hear is this:
LADY: Hi, ummm, do you have anything smaller than this?
EMPLOYEE: Smaller… You mean like a smaller print? Or width?
LADY: No, I mean smaller, like less fabric.
EMPLOYEE: Less than what? We cut it to whatever size you need…
LADY: WAIT! You can cut it?!?!?!
I left the store at that point sort of giggling and shaking my head. Yeah, I know we all have to do things for the first time sometimes, but somehow I figured that people just sort of knew that fabric was cut to order? I mean, maybe you don’t know that it is sold by the yard (or meter depending on local), or that you can buy fractions of yards, but really? You didn’t know they could cut it? I think it was the way she said it too – almost as though the idea of taking scissors to a fabric had never crossed her mind. Anyway, I try not to be snobby towards the sewing newbies (yes, we were all there once, and yes, it is a steep learning curve), but this exchange was just too amusing not to share.