123STITCH.COMPosted: May 22, 2015
In light of the recent news about Michael’s, I thought now was as best of time as any to share my recent experience of 123Stitch.com. I did a similar review of DeSerres, when I ordered thread for my first Christmas stocking.
To begin, my need to order a large stash of supplies came from my recent commission. Like I mentioned before, I wasn’t truly aware of how large the aida canvas was going to be, I ordered based on the dimensions that were listed in the pattern. This is 123Stitch.com’s biggest strength, the website is designed for people who craft. You can easily navigate through their selection of fabrics to find the correct thread count and size.
I also ordered over 50 DMC threads, in specific colours as needed for the project. 123Stitch.com was great for this too, as their Thread tab has a convenient DMC Floss Quick Ordering bar which allows you to add individual colours and their quantities without having to browse through the entire catalogue.
While these online conveniences are fantastic for individuals who need a variety of canvas sizes and thread colours. This shopping experience did have some drawbacks. For one, 123Stitch.com is an American site and thus, all the prices are listed in US Dollars. I really have no right to complain about this, because it is very clearly indicated on the checkout form. However, I was still surprised when the charge appeared on my credit card as $10 more than the current CAD to USD conversion rate. I don’t know the value at which 123Stitch.com converts CAD to USD but it is clearly more than Google’s. With this price increase and shipping, the threads cost $0.97 each, which is expensive.
Finally, my biggest complaint about 123Stitch.com was the length of time for the delievery. I was very anxious to begin this project, because it is a commission. When I ordered from DeSerres it took 4 days to arrive, this is understandable because their warehouse is in Montréal. 123Stitch.com was shipping from Utah, and it took over two weeks. Again, I’m not sure if I have a right to complain about this because I knew they were an American company. But, when you’re anxious to get started on a project, waiting a long time for materials is the worst.
In conclusion, I don’t know if I’ll be ordering threads from 123Stitch.com again. I ended up having to wait a long time to pay more. However, unless I can find a Canadian seller of large canvases, I will probably from the site again.
Where do you get your stitchin’ supplies from? How does timing & cost effect your choices as a consumer? Any great 123Stitch.com reviews?
Have a great weekend!