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Thread: fabric or material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy25
    Why is it when we quilt, we call it fabric and when we sew, we call it material?
    I always say fabric (well try to anyway) because material can mean a lot of things. Like in instructions it will say gather your material: glue, paper, wood, etc. Get what I'm saying?

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    fabric is fabric, no matter the use. material is the things
    you use for a project, including fabric. At least that is the
    way it was explained to me by a fabric salesman.

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    Aren't we humans Weird?????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by caliquocat
    I think the answer lies in how old one is & the local custom where we live.
    For sure..it was material all my growing up days in Iowa..moved to Chicago and it became fabric...unless you listened to one of my church friends...then it was cloth! Whatever you call it, you can never have too much....

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    it always FABRIC,, cuz I aint a "material girl"...ehhehehahaha

    right....with my stash....I am very much a material girl..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathidahl
    Quote Originally Posted by caliquocat
    I think the answer lies in how old one is & the local custom where we live.
    For sure..it was material all my growing up days in Iowa..moved to Chicago and it became fabric...unless you listened to one of my church friends...then it was cloth! Whatever you call it, you can never have too much....
    Yes, my grandmother always called it cloth but she also worked in a factory in her young years making it. My mother and everyone else in Pa called it material. When I moved to Fl and would say material, people would look at me like I lost my mind. They call it fabric here in Fl.

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    Oh boy, am I showing my age??? I remember as a little girl, my mother used to call the fabric stores, Dry Goods store. A few of our old time fabric stores here still call themselves Dry Goods store and I remember them being in business from my young days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Fabric is only one kind of material. There is also wood, brick, insulation. Those are all material (for building-- can you tell I am married to a former contractor?) There is also landscaping material, roofing material, get it? Material is what you use to do a job, but it's not always fabric. Fabric, however, always means fabric. I never ask for material, as it's too general a term. If I mean fabric, I say fabric.
    Exactly!! Well said. Bravo!

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    Because it is material in the planning process but by the time we get to sewing it we have a relationship with it. Fabric is a more intimate term and much more personal.

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    You say fabric we,o/here say material.

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    'Material' is a generic term which covers all kind of substances, including fabric!

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