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Thread: How do YOU search for fabric online?

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    How do YOU search for fabric online?

    Do you search by the name of the manufacturer?

    Or the designer?

    Or the name of the collection?

    Or maybe you search by a description of the fabric?

    Have you ever been so specific, that you have searched by the pattern number of a fabric?

    Or do you just go to the online stores you like?

    Or do you just surf the web checking out what's new?

    I was just kind of curious...

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    Super Member SouthPStitches's Avatar
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    All of the above!

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    Same here all of the above!

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I typically search for a specfic project(s) by type first . But if I know a specific designer is coming out with something .. like Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman , I will search by designer name for results then the manufacture , as sometimes they may not be listed by the designer, just the manufacture.
    I have been so specific in searching that I use the manufacture number.. that always seems to yield the least results, but on occasion have lucked out .
    Many times .....more frequently than I should , I use the "Stumble Upon", "impulse method". In other words I just happened to be looking for one thing and found another. This "method" is most commonly used when a sale or another specific reason has bought me to a site... but almost always to sites I am familiar ,or have made purchases in the past.

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    I have to agree. All of the above. I had trouble finding Magical Yule fabric last year & in desperation went to the manufacturer where I was given a list of places who sold it & still worked down to #6 on the list find the piece I wanted. It depends on how I learned of the fabric & how much info I have on it. A lot of my shopping is from what I see on the internet in the Fab Shop Hops. I get myself in a lot of trouble with all that gorgeous fabric I see out there! LOL!
    Last edited by Becky Crafts; 07-12-2012 at 08:15 AM.
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    Super Member Crafty1's Avatar
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    I generally search by designer and name on selvage or collection. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't

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    Quilt Shops.com type in fabric name or designer and it will pop up shops that carry it. Then you can check to see who has the best price too.

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    Super Member beatys9's Avatar
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    If I am looking for a specific fabric I start with the most exact info I have, such a pattern number or collection name, etc. If I get no hits, I broaden the result by using less specific info, such as just the designer, or manufacturer. If I still don't find it, then I can get very braod, like ' Asian or Floral'. Sometimes this gives me too many results, but the side benifit is I find other lovely fabrics I like & end up buying them. In turn, I then search for coordinates of the 'new' fabrics I have just found... As such is the genesis of a fabric lover - collecter - hoarder I've been know to check 50+ pages of Google resuts.... thereby skipping sleeping some nights.

    Sometimes, I just surf through a category such as holiday or floral or border, depending on what I'm in the mood for. Just love fabric!

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    If I only have a picture of the fabric and no info I type in Google Image Search: Green fabric with purple leaves and white dots. I have great luck searching for the image and that takes me to a link.
    Got fabric?

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    i often have an idea of what i'm looking for- a color family- or perhaps a 'theme' - then i visit my favorite on-line shops & browse to see what they have that catches my eye- if nothing is what i am invisioning i visit other shops to see what they may have- once in a while i need something particular (like a certain blue fairy frost) then i visit the shops i know have the best selection and price on fairy frosts-
    but most of the time i just browse till i find that one (right) fabric
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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