Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 3 4
Results 76 to 89 of 89

Thread: Buying quality fabric

  1. #76
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,573
    Blog Entries
    1
    I cant buy any, but if I could I would get what I could afford. God bless. Penny

  2. #77
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,168
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by madamheather
    The information from my local quilt shop is that there are 3 qualities that the manufacturers sell. The highest quality goes to the quilt shops...
    this "information" gets passed around a lot. i have no idea whether or not it's true. but i am fascinated by one consistent opening statement every time it's shared. it always starts with "my LQS told me ..." (or words to that effect).

    food for thought, ladies and gents. that's all i'm sayin'. :lol:

  3. #78
    Senior Member Quiltzilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Texas (Transplanted from Ohio 2006)
    Posts
    769
    Watch for sales at quilt shops and you will find some bargains. If you buy fabric that was part of "last years" patterns; you'll spend less but it will still be high quality. You're making something that will last for years and years.

    Think about it, years from now, it won't make a speck of difference if THAT fabric was made 15 or 16 years ago.

  4. #79
    Senior Member Gilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    314
    Quilt in a Day has some really good sales on now. Some at $3.75 a yard.

  5. #80

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    744
    Boy do I want to read this, maybe I can make some sence out of it.

  6. #81

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Evans, Georgia
    Posts
    4
    I have always been told you get better quality fabric at a quilting store but I have ordered some "designer" fabric, VERY EXPENSVE!!! and am afraid to use it because it is so soft that I really don't think it will hold up. There's nothing worse than spending a lot of tme on a quilt just to have the fabric disintegrate on you!!!

  7. #82
    Member velvor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Alberta, Canada and Arizona USA
    Posts
    98
    I am always touching and feeling fabric... may get arrested one day! I got a wonderful bargain at an LQS just yesterday - 40% off so I bought the rest of the bolt, all 7 yards of it. It was exactly what I have been looking for as a backing for my Lone Star quilt. That makes me feel good - great quality, exactly what I was looking for and a very decent price.

  8. #83
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    1,067
    wow, what does "surge the edges" before you wash the fabric mean? thnx

  9. #84
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,658
    "serging the edges" - if you have a serger - a type of machine that trims the edge and sews over it in one step

    "overcasting the edges" - if you have a zig=zag machine - just do a narrow, long zig=zag stitch along the very edge - minimizes fraying during washing and drying

    even doing a straight machine stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge helps minimize fraying

  10. #85
    Super Member SuziC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    3,711
    I believe it depends on the fabric. I have found great quality
    materials at both JoA and Walmart.

  11. #86
    Member velvor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Alberta, Canada and Arizona USA
    Posts
    98
    Quote Originally Posted by eightylady
    wow, what does "surge the edges" before you wash the fabric mean? thnx
    Serging means to go around the edge with a serger, if you have one, to reduce the amount of fraying. You can also oversew with a zig zag stitch, or just cut a small triangle off each corner.. say about one inch long before loading into the washer. I personally only prewash if I am concerned about color transfer, and then only with pieces that are bigger than a fat quarter. :)

  12. #87
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,658
    Quote Originally Posted by velvor
    Quote Originally Posted by eightylady
    wow, what does "surge the edges" before you wash the fabric mean? thnx
    Serging means to go around the edge with a serger, if you have one, to reduce the amount of fraying. You can also oversew with a zig zag stitch, or just cut a small triangle off each corner.. say about one inch long before loading into the washer. I personally only prewash if I am concerned about color transfer, and then only with pieces that are bigger than a fat quarter. :)
    So - if the piece is a FQ or less and you are concerned about color transfer, what do you do with it?

  13. #88
    Senior Member QuiltMania's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    826
    The short answer is no.

    You are not guaranteed better quality fabric just because you bought it at a LQS. I've bought fabric from LQS, Walmart, Joannes, Hancocks, you name it. One of the quilts I just finished was LQS fabric and it frayed like crazy and bled horribly. You have to inspect your fabric and feel it regardless of where you purchase.

  14. #89

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    523
    Just because it came from the LQS doesn't mean it's better than fabric from other stores. You can tell by the hand of the fabric whether it's good or not. Look for a tighter thread count, too.

Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 3 4

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.