5 Things to Remember when buying Fabric
Hi everybody! These days are difficult to navigate through with everyone quarantined, but I do believe if we are united and care for others as much as we care for ourselves, we’ll get through this as well. Sending lots of well wishes everyone’s way!
I have been working in the fabric industry for a year now, and I have come across various questions and inquiries that I thought I’d pen down in a blog post and share what I’ve learned so far! These tips/points might sound simple but are often missed out when customers buy fabrics because of which they’re often dissatisfied with their purchase.
Trust me to try puns and succeed at them! (I hope?) The two main fabric widths we offer are 44″ and 60″, and customers often order 44″ fabrics only to realize they needed to make something wider like a long skirt and are unable to do so. Always make sure you check and double check what the width is, better safe than sorry!
The variety of fabric types and designs on offer online can make it hard to choose the right fabric, especially if you’re looking at a particular project. The best bet is to ask for swatches – these will be about a pound but will save you the hassle of owning larger quantities of fabric that just wont work!
What do you want to make and what suits it best? These are questions you need to ask yourself before you buy a fabric. It seems very basic, but often while scrolling through websites, we forget what we’re looking for. For instance, when looking for velvet, you might find pretty colors but miss out on the fact that they might be polyester and thus stretchy. Its like how in literature, we’re always told to look back at the question. You need to keep on directing yourself to the whats and whys.
Its always a good idea to look through what other people have made, just to get your creative juices running. We’ve put together a few of our Ambassadors’ blogs on The Sewcial Network – feel free to explore and get some ideas on various kinds of makes. If you know what other people have made, and with what, it’ll help you decide what to buy and whether or not that fabric is best for your project.
I think the best part about shopping, especially in the UK, is that you can always find good deals and discount codes which make shopping much more affordable. Fabric shops are the same! For instance, we’ve got a Spring Sale on The Fabric Guys – simply use code SPRING10 at checkout!
That’s all for now, thank you for reading! Feel free to add points you think are important in the comments! Hope you all stay safe and healthy. You’ve got this!