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How to Buy Fabric Online


Do you shy away from buying fabric online?  Maybe you need some unique fabric for something you are sewing, a craft you are making, or some decoration.  You can’t touch it, you don’t know if you are seeing the true color of the fabric on your monitor, you can’t see how the fabric drapes, the weight, and you can’t see the quality.

Here are some reasons and a few tips to make buying fabric online easier and why you should buy online.

  1. The no 1 suggestion is to ask questions or get a swatch. If you aren’t in a big hurry, request a swatch from the store.  I offer free swatches and I am sure that other online fabric stores do too.  Contact the store (either email or chat) and ask questions.  You will find by taking a little extra time to do this you will be happier with your purchase.
  2. Read the description of the fabric you are interested in. They description should tell you the content, width, and what the fabric is suitable.  Sometimes the lb- weight and other important information is included.  This is important when buying wool, denim, or canvas.
  3. You can get hard to find fabric and fabric that is out of print. Also you might be able to find fabric online for special projects such as repairing an old quilt. Feed sacks and vintage fabric can be found on the internet and not in a brick and mortar store.
  4. Convenience – Many of us live in areas where there is just not a local fabric store. Even Walmart (which I don’t recommend but it’s the only thing I have) is reducing the amount of fabric they carry.   The closest Walmart to me is 40 miles!  I can get fabric online faster than I can make time to drive to Walmart.
  5. Look for a store that displays their contact information (customer care and email) predominately. They should be easy to contact should you have any questions.
  6. Look for a store that offers a great guarantee preferably your money back. I offer a money back guarantee in my store.  You can send the fabric back for any reason.  Just contact me.
  7. Find a store that has no hidden charges. You should only pay for shipping and if there are other charges such as packaging, these should be clearly stated.  Sometime fabric stores charge a restocking fee if you return the fabric.  This is understandable as they have cut your fabric from a bolt and now what do they do with the 2 or 3 yards you sent back?  I never charge a restocking fee.
  8. Make sure they have credible payment methods. If they just accept checks or cash, look somewhere else.
  9. Learn your fabrics – there are some great places online to find out about kinds of fabrics and terminology. In future blog posts I will cover some of the kinds of material, how they are made, useful links, and what are suitable uses for different types of fabrics.
  10. Prices – you can often find the fabric for better prices online. Even with shipping added, you can find some great bargains.

So there you have it!  Don’t be afraid to jump in and try buying fabrics online.  It can be very rewarding.

I am disappointed that there haven’t been any good auctions lately. It is my source for finding good vintage fabric and feedsacks. I guess it’s just that time of year, although, the auctions last year were sort of disappointing too.

I will be starting a new project shortly. I am not sure what it will be yet. Something patchwork? Or applique? Now that I have the web kind of running the way I want it, I should have a little more time.

Still working on the new website. I want to get it up and running and leave ebay forever. There are too many problems to deal with there. But I am going one step at a time. I have run into a problem installing something so I am waiting for the f5 theme administrator to see what is going on. Nothing is ever plug and play like you are told. It should look beautiful when I get it all together.

I have found new and beautiful fabric – I find new stuff all of the time from the fabric shop that I bought. It was a shop in the next little town over (McDonald,KS) that had been there for years. When the guys moved all of it to it’s current location, it was all jumbled and no organization at all. I can’t say that I have gotten in organized better – I haven’t even seen some of the stuff. I need to go through the boxes of notions and buttons and thread and lace and fat quarters, and on an on. There was a lot more stuff in that little shop than I knew.

I write these posts in the hope that my potential customers will get to know me better. I really love what I do and I want to do more. Right now the posts may be a little silly but I will take you along on the journey that I have planned.

I have learned there’s always lots more.  It gets overwhelming.

Well, my blog doesn’t have a theme yet because I am still deciding.  Do I want to blog for a while and then move to an ecommerce site or do I just want to dive right in and create an ecommerce site from the beginning?  I have spent the last couple of days on research, tutorials, shopping (for themes and carts).  I did find a good resource for learning to design a wordpress site called Instant WordPress.  You download the program to your pc and then you can work on design from there and don’t have to be online to learn how to use WP.  I have just started messing around with it.  It’s a big learning curve for me.  More as I learn more.

I had some trouble installing Word Press on my new website – it’s supposed to be so simple!!!  Maybe not for novices like me.  I have had a website for a number of years but I have used a very simple website editor.  Now I would like to do some new things with this website so I will be learning how as I go along.

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