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*Please* post to let me know how you found the quality after washing and drying---did it pill for you (or for your customers)? Were some colours better than others? What has been your experience with it?<br><br>
I recently purchased a shipment of micro (14 yds) from Tonitex in Montreal, in mint green, canary/sungold yellow and lavendar. It pills and loses its softness after several washes---and the yellow is the worst.<br><br>
Now I'm in contact with Tonitex to try to have them take it back (I definitely *can't* afford to absorb the cost, and I won't sell diapers to my customers made with this stuff). I'm already out for the dipe orders I need to replace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I had called Tonitex before ordering to ask specifically whether I could be confident that it wouldn't pill, and was told there have never been any problems. I also took note that a well-known diaper-fabric online shop is now selling it. So I bought in good faith.<br><br>
The customer rep who sold it to me says they have *never* had any bad feedback about it, and they sell to diaper-makers all over the continent. I'm sending some washed-and-dried swatches back to them to try to prove my point. They need to see them before they will consider a refund. If I can also cite others who had a similar experience, that would back me up.<br><br>
Help please!<br><br>
(x-posted to WAHM Well)
 

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We've sold it in our shop for a few years without complaint, and I use it myself. It does lose a bit of softness after washing, but so does Malden Mills fleeces (except for their chamois micro which stays pretty lovely for a long, long time). I've got some dipes that are a couple years old that are pretty pilly on the micro lining. We use it in our VB store too.<br><br>
They're a good company, hope they work with you. Are you familiar with fleece? Have you worked with it much? I'm just wondering if maybe your expectations were too high?
 

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I work almost exclusively with fleece. I think you're probably right that my standards are high, but I don't believe my expectations were high: I asked beforehand whether it pilled and was told it didn't, and it did. Quickly too. One colour more than others.<br><br>
Do check out the responses to my cross-post in WAHM Well. It appears as if there might be quite a few others who have been as disappointed as I have, but no one has complained---they've just stopped buying this brand. Maybe it's time someone spoke up.<br><br>
I'm glad to hear they're a good company, though. That should make this easy to resolve. I *do* know that Tonitex carries other fabrics that are simply wonderful.
 

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Well that's good to know, some who have never worked with fleece before read reviews like "will not pill" and then get upset when it does wear and ball up over time.<br><br>
I read the thread in the wahm well too. A recent poll of my own study of 1500 members of my newsletter who had purchased microfleece from us within the last year showed that 94% were happy with the Tonitex brand and liked it better than the MM brand... though some stated that some of that was due to it's greater availability and consistency.<br><br>
That said, if Tonitex has changed their fabric I don't have any of the new stuff, or maybe you got a faulty batch?<br><br>
Hope you get it all sorted out.
 

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This is what I'm thinking too. I trust your shop's inventory, and your stocking it was the main reason I decided to order from them.
 

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I've used it. I actually ordered a roll of 80 yards of white and 30 yards of seconds in the ivory one time. I was happy with both. I liked the ivory seconds better because it was so much softer. It did pill a bit, but nothing outrageous. It wasn't my favorite, but the price is excellent, especially for hard to find white microfleece. Once I got through those 80 yards though, I didn't go back for more because I found a fleece I liked so much better.<br><br>
I finally switched to all joanns microfleece. Not the cheaper kind, but the kind that is $9.99 a yard (with a coupon, it's about $6 a yard) It ended up costing me about $2 more a yard than the tonitex stuff, but I have some that has been in use for two years and it STILL looks nice. It pilled less than the MM and the tonitex and wicked better than the MM stuff. The prints they have in the micro are the pits because some wick and some don't.. but the solids have always been wonderful. If you do get some from there, be careful that you don't get the cheaper stuff (I think it's like $6.99?? regular price) .. it's beyond awful. Overall, it was worth the extra price and still about the same price I was paying for hard to get MM fleece (which, btw.. I found the quality of to be very hit and miss.. one batch woudl rock and the next would be so bad I'd give it away to get rid of it) and in the end, it evened out. The only REAL problem I found is that the back side gets very bad, so you HAVE to take the time to make sure you are using the correct side.<br><br>
I've used lots and lots of microfleece, and on the pilly scale, tonitex is average. The joanns stuff was the closest thing I've found to no-pill. I hope they do refund your money so you can find something else that will work for ya!<br><br>
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I got some microfleece from another momma online. She said it was Tonitex. I don't care for it all, find it very pilly, but it does do the job. My fave fleece is/was Huntingdon mills. I am so sad they closed down!!! I'll be savouring my last 2 meters!
 
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