I wanted to add a follow-up to my last post about JoAnn’s.
I recently read an excellent article on the Craft Industry Alliance blog, and I want to provide a link to all of you.
The article very thoroughly goes over the impact of recent tariffs on the craft industry.
Answers are not simple or easily resolved. It is important for all of us to understand that this impacts us all. Thankfully, the article makes it clear that good quality quilt fabric, the kind we purchase at quilt shops, is manufactured in Korea and Japan, and therefore not affected by the tariffs.
I urge you to read the article. Please note the sidebar that covers the list of products that will now be priced higher. This is our industry. These are the products of our hobbies and often our businesses.
The least we can do is be aware and well-educated.
(Thought it might be a good time to re-up this blog post of mine about where sewing machines are currently manufactured. In light of recent tariffs, the country of origin may become pretty important when purchasing a new machine. Clearly, those made in China will be going up in price…unless we see something else happen in the news.) Here’s the post.