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Can someone help me with what to tell customers when they come to Jo-Ann's Fabric for help in covering furniture or making drapes? I have absolutely no experience in this stuff and Jo-Ann offers absolutely no training in, well, anything. People come up to me at the cutting counter and say things like "I have two chairs I want to cover. How much fabric do I need?" Well, obviously I tell them they need to first take some measurements but others come in with measurements. One guy brought in the front of his boat and wanted to know how much fabric to cover it! I am used to making clothes and thinking about grainline. Does Home Dec. have a grain line? Most of it is 54" wide. Any help with what to tell people would really be appreciated. I have told the good folks at Jo-Ann that I am stumped by this and I don't know how to help the customer but they seem to ignore that so I am left to stand there looking like a complete idiot in front of a customer who things that I should know how to help them. One couple came in for drape fabric saying their neighbor was going to make them new drapes and told them the people at Jo-Ann would figure out how much fabric to buy. Guess who didn't know. I started asking things like, well, how long are they going to be, how big will the hems be, will they sit on a rod or wrap around a rod to the wall? They didn't know what the seamstress had in mind yet I was expected to know. How do you figure out how much fabric to cover a lazyboy recliner with a fabric that has a pattern? Please Help!!