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Mary Jo's Cloth Store, Gastonia

(70 reviews on the web)
Gift & Specialty Shop
Founded in 1951 by Margaret Cloninger, in the back of her father’s grocery store, Mary Jo’s Cloth Store is now the largest cloth store in the Southeast. Serving customers from over 250 miles away and even across the globe, Mary Jo’s Cloth Store offers a large selection of drapery, buttons, trims, upholstery, quilting and patterns to bridal, formal and fashion fabrics. At Mary Jo’s Cloth Store everyone from seasoned do-it-yourselfers to novice fabric patrons find what they are looking for in the 40,000 sq. feet building space filled with fabric. Mary Jo’s Cloth Store – a variety of fabrics, at amazing prices.
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  • Always a joy to visit, the folks always helpful and the inventory a dream! It is always fun to poke in the corners and find THE ONE you are looking for. Over the years, have bought many fabrics and, G...  more »
  • I asked an attendant and got what I needed. If they didn't have it, you didn't need it. You can call in advance if necessary.  more »
  • I've been a quilter much of my life & visited Gastonia many times to shop at MaryJo's. I can always find everything on my list there & this trip was no exception. Got many treasures! They seems to hav...  more »
  • I've NEVER had anything besides excellent service. I went today and again had great service. The 'new' store is bright and clean. However, I was VERY disappointed at the fabric selection. No wonder sewing clothing is becoming a lost art! Half the store is now filled with 100% cotton fabric for quilting. The formal/bridal section is fairly well represented and of course the fabric for decorating. However I went with a pattern for a summer tunic in mind and there were very few choices. MJ's is an hour and a half drive from home and I will think hard before I make the trip again.
  • Went for the first time two weeks ago. Beautiful selection, but pricey fabric since there's no sale. Service was nice and I found patterns that were .67 cents. This is a fabric store that I would go to if I wanted something in particular
  • I live in a neighboring state and have shopped here for 15-20 years. I've always enjoyed the experience, and have met groups quilters from as far away as Florida and Virginia on past day trips. It used to be cheap enough that it was worth the drive. Now the old shopping mall has been replaced by all sorts of new stores around it, and I guess they've had to raise the prices. Still an amazing selection of quilting fabrics, but my friend and I just went this weekend, and we would have saved money ordering online. Also disappointed that there were fewer knits/dress fabrics. Customer service is good if you have reasonable expectations and get there early. It's a little like shopping at Aldi, once you know how they do things, it's a good experience. Just disappointed that it's not the bargain it used to be -- no more road trips for us, but worth a stop if you're going by.
  • Since my wife and I were in the area and curious about a couple other reviewers posting remarks about their ripping technique rather than cutting the fabric, we decided to stop by and check it out. And sure enough, they rip the apparel fabric rather than cut it. My wife asked a sales rep why they do it that way and she said that method ensures accurate measurements which cutting apparently may not do. I suppose that may be true, but in my opinion ripping distorts the fabric near the torn ends and the buyer may lose up to an inch on both ends of the tear anyway, including the frayed appearance. So if you go to a store that measures generous yards and cuts the fabric with a scissors, then which would a buyer be better off with: a precisely measured rip with distorted and frayed torn ends, or neatly cut ends with generous allowances to make up for possible slight distortions in the manufacturing, wrapping and packaging process? You decide. As far as reviewing the store, selection is pretty good, customer service seems adequate, and prices seem average to slightly above. Size of the store and selection of material and notions seem to be the biggest reasons for coming here.
  • Bad service all a round. Not going back. I have been a loyal customer of Mary Jo's for over 24 years last Sunday 4-30-16 I stopped into pick up some items I need to finish a project. Everyone there was rude and unwilling to help. From the girl in the pattern department to the lady cutting my fabric. They all seem to be very angry. From the employees making rude comments to rolling their eyes to not helping at all and ignoring the customer. It was a bad visit all around. I have to say I wont be back.