Joanns coupons

vacuumfreakJune 20, 2013

This is slightly off topic, but still relatively relevant as it may help some of you... I wanted to tell you what I learned about Joanns tonight...

I wanted to get a basic embroidery kit started, so I get a basic color palate of embroidery thread along with extra machine needles (embroidery and regular) and a couple plain white fat quarters just for playing, and a role of Sulky washable stabilizer (20 bucks just for stabilizer, I wonder if it's cheaper off the bolt... I didn't want to wait in the cutting line). Anyway, I got to the register and the total rang up to be 93 dollars. I expected it to be high because each roll of thread was about 6 dollars, but they are big spools and should last a long time. The sweet woman behind the counter asked me if I had a smart phone. I couldn't understand why, but I told her I did... she told me to take it out and go to the app store and download the Joanns app. I did. She rang up 2 coupons that were in the Joanns app and saved me 30 bucks. The new total was 62 and change! I had no clue they did this, and I never remember to bring in paper coupons, so I just wanted to pass this along in case any of you can benefit from it. One coupon was for 40 percent off any one regular priced item (expires on 6/22) and the other was 30 percent off the total (also expires on 6/22)...

Anyway, the app just takes a few seconds to download and it saved me quite a bit tonight so hopefully some of you can use this to your advantage if you didn't already know about it. She said to check for coupons every time I shop there and I certainly will from now on! I had an Android phone, but she said it works for Apple phones too.

Who knew such little stuff could cost so much :o)

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tuppermom

Thanks for the info! FYI all thread is on sale June 30-July6 at 50% off! It has been my experience to get there as soon as you can because it goes fast at those prices.

Maryv

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 10:52PM
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K8Orlando

It definitely works on iPhones too. Th Joann app is one of the best but Bed, Bath, Beyond / Michaels / Starbucks / Publix Grocery Stores / Amazon / IKEA and probably several other retailers have on-line coupons, too. Perfect for those of us too lazy to cut them out of the paper!

Kate

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 11:04PM
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tuppermom

Quick question regarding the stabilizer: Is it the stuff that looks like saran wrap? If it is, it is not really what you want in a stabilizer to "play"/get to know your embroidery machine. You would be much better off with a tearaway or cutaway to start out. The washaway is used for special fabrics/circumstances.
When I first started out I found a huge box of embroidery thread on :E-bay at a great price...the spools look big but machine embroidery takes lots of thread.

Have fun with that fabulous machine!

Maryv

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 11:24PM
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vacuumfreak

Tuppermom, it does look like saran wrap, but I also have some Sulky sticky that is tear away and white/opaque in color... I've already learned I much prefer the sticky stuff to the "saran wrap"... it seems to support better and the sticky stuff means you don't always have to use the inner hoop to secure the fabric... I just tried the saran wrap looking stuff out on a heart design that I got from the internet and I got a pucker... that hasn't happened with the Sulky Sticky tear away. Of course that was the least of my worries, I ran out of bobbin thread and the bobbin minder was turned off so it kept stitching and the top thread frayed, BUT I'm learning and it was SO easy to find a free design online and make sure it was in ART format and put it on the machine with the USB stick. I'm going to love that part!

Thanks for the advice. And about the thread being 50 percent off... goodness why didn't I wait until then! I have to go back and get some more colors, purple, gray, and more shades of green, blue, and yellow for sure so that tip will come in handy.

Good to see you posting Kate :o)

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 11:40PM
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jennifer_in_va

I've used that Joanns app before, but don't always remember to.

Hobby Lobby only has online coupons...they don't print any circulars or coupons. So if you want to save there, you must have a smart phone, or print at home.

I'm sure there're many more that will be going this way, 'forcing' you to have a smart phone in order to save money.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 7:45AM
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toolgranny

What a great tip. I don't get my fabric there but do buy thread, batting and notions. And, it seems like my coupons are always at home somewhere. I'll try that. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:25AM
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littlehelen_gw

Seems like most retailers that I deal with do the online coupons...it's so much easier than the paper! Good tip to share for those getting used to the smart phone capabilities...brave new world and all that stuff :-)
V.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:54AM
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lafonda_ranch

That "saran" type you got is made for fabrics with a nap, like towels. It holds the nap down, so the stitches don't sink into the nap. And it dissolves in water when you get it wet. Most of the time, you just need tear or cut away depending on the fabric. I have 2 embroidery machines (one is a 6 needle) and have started a business, so let me know if you have any questions, and I'll be glad to help. Have fun; it can very addicting :-)

Robbi

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:39AM
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vacuumfreak

Robbi.... let me take you up on that! I tried to embroider last night with some of that new thread and it kept shredding. It is 40 weight trilobal polyester if that matters...I was thinking more about the colors when I was buying it than what it was made out of, so I probably made a bad choice not knowing the difference. It doesn't do it nearly as much when I use regular cotton sewing thread. I was using an embroidery needle and the embroidery bobbin case (and I tried some of the embroidery thread and regular thread in the bobbin)... I was using the Sulky sticky stabilizer, and I've read that that can cause shredding too. It got old after about 9 times (especially with the needle threader not working). I turned off the machine, had a glass of wine and went to bed! In your experience, what are the top causes of top thread shredding?

I plan on taking it to the Bernina place to get it serviced and tuned up next week, (it's AT LEAST an hour drive!), so I won't be able to take it in and show it off at the next sit and sew, I'll have to use old faithful instead :o)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 11:49AM
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marti8a

Thanks for the tip. I have an iphone that I barely know how to use. Do you have to have the data plan on to use the app?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 8:47PM
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K8Orlando

Marti, with the IPhone you can save any screen image as a picture by holding down the on/off button at the top and then clicking the Home button on the front of the phone. That way you can find the picture of the coupon in Photos even if you aren't online to access the app and the coupons.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:14PM
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marti8a

Cool! I didn't know that either k8orlando. I resisted this iphone for a long time, even left this in the box for months after I finally gave in. I like it now, but still kind of afraid of it I think.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:57PM
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K8Orlando

I'm an iPhone addict (aka 'Techno Twinkie') and would be happy to help. Email me if you have questions. There are several quilting and fabric apps; I'll post about those later.

Kate

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 12:27PM
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