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Thread: Have you ever gotten poor fabric from a name brand fabric?

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    Have you ever gotten poor fabric from a name brand fabric?

    I recently bought a half yard of Windham fabric for a project. I handwashed before using just as I always do and it distorted. Once I lined it up matching the repeats the selvages were straight again but each side was off by 1-1/2 inch. I notified Windham but never heard back.

    I expect this kind of distortion from discount fabrics, but when I pay over $11 per yard, I want the full yard.

    Now I'm afraid to buy Windham fabrics again, and not sure about the other name brands either although I've never had it happen with Moda.

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    I have found all cotton fabric will shrink and distort some once washed. Some more then others but they all do. It's the nature of cotton.
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    It happens. I think you should contact the place from which you purchased the fabric, as they may make it up to you (and contact Windham themselves about the issue).

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    Yes, you should bring it to the attention of the LQS so that they don't sell it to any other customer. Usually errors are caught when the fabric is being loaded onto the cardboard bolts and pulled off the line to be sold to jobbers for resale as 2nd quality fabric.
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    Thanks. I'll call the quilt shop tomorrow and let them know.

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    I found it does pay to complain. Definitely show it to the LQS but if you can spare a piece, send it along with a letter to the mfgr. Hope at least someone gives you some sort of satisfaction.

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    It sounds like the printing is skewed. I just made a quilt top using two panels, on one the printing was off by over an inch on a 1/2 yard panel. I was able to make it work.

    Have you pulled a thread to straighten the grain?

    If it is a printing error (printed off grain), there is nothing you can do, but depending on how big you need to cut the pieces it may not make too much difference.
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    Sometimes you can improve things by pulling opposite corners to align better. (It works with blocks, too, lol.)

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    Selvage will shrink much more then the fabric making the fabric ends shorter. If the repeats line up then the fabric didn't shrink as much as the selvage ends.
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    I've experienced it with every 'name brand' manufacturer at one time or another, even Moda... and had many a bargin fabric with no issues at all. Stuff happens. By all means take it to the place of purchase. Squeeky wheels and all that.

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    Yes, I recently bought a fabric (don't know the brand as it has been cut up) from my LQS. It had a flaw running through the fabric that I did not realize until I had cut most of it up.

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    I made Christmas placemats for last Christmas that had metallic swirls in them. (Well known brand) It was from a LQS at $12.99 a yard. Some of the metallic swirls have tarnished and look green. They were stored in my linen closet since last year, so I am blaming the fabric.

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    Moda seems to fray a lot more than it used to. Is it just me?
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    Moda changed their thread count for a time and then changed it back after so many complained. Some of the older Moda is different then the oldest and newest. 65 threads per inch is the standard quilt fabric count.
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    yes Moda frays....grrrr.... but bought some anyway because the medium gray with a crackle pattern (named 'steel') was the perfect gray........it not only frays it fuzzes and cutting it is miserable....not the cutter blade, which I changed even though it worked fine on the other fabrics...while (even single layer) skips on the "Steel"......so when I needed to cut two fabrics together I had the "steel" on top...and this is where it gets just plain weird.....the bottom fabric (a Northcott) cut cleanly and the top had to have several places snipped apart with scissors......I did not think this could happen.....the underneath fabric cut cleanly and the top not cut ............ in the future I will resist the temptation to buy a Moda, no matter how perfect.
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    Recently mail-ordered a large wide-backing dark blue fabric for double-bed size quilt. There was a quarter-sized spot smack dab in the middle of it that had no dye, just white fabric. Called the customer service and was immediately given a return authorization. (They said if the piece had been smaller, they probably would have just sent a new piece, but this one was quite large and they could cut around it and resell in smaller pieces.)

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    My local little "everything" shop has fabric - a lot of it is name brand. Used to be bargain priced, now about the same.
    I have learned to look over the piece I want before they cut it. There have been fade lines, dye fault and various other things. Still a good "run to" place.
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    I buy my fabrics from jelly roll fabric. They tell me never to prewash because it's already been done. I don't know about there 1/2 yds or whole yards. All I know is I love them and they are a good company.

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    Windham is not perfect. There are the occasional bad fabric with ALL manufacturers , so does that mean you are going to stop buying fabric. I think not. I don't ever remember returning fabric to any store but if I see something wrong before they cut it I show it to them. The place where I usually buy fabric is always generous with their cutting ( small shop in Boston called Sewfisticated, very very generous and they always have customers). So if I get the occasional bad piece no sweat. I guess I'm easy to please. Don't sweat the small stuff.

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    Yes, I've paid good money for bad fabric. It surprises me that Windham did not respond.
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    Panels are the worst, because most of the time they aren't printed straight on grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oistin View Post
    ...( small shop in Boston called Sewfisticated, very very generous and they always have customers)....
    Oistin...is this shop still in Dorchester on Morrisey Blvd.? I used to live in Quincy and Sewfisticated and Saftler's (Whitman - no longer open) were my two go to stores for quilt fabric. Haven't been fabric shopping in years down in the Boston area.
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    I have had a bad experience with Michael Miller Fabric as well. It was the only time that I was disappointed in fabric from a well known manufacturer. When I emailed them they did respond that it is hard to be sure of the quality of
    the fabrics as they are manufactured in many foreign countries. The fabric was designed by Patty Young. I figure once isn't too bad considering the HUGE amount of fabric that I have purchased over the past 20 years.

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