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Thread: How to find fabric online?

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    Question How to find fabric online?

    I sometimes find fabric at a manufactor's site that doesn't sell retail. How do I find it online to order? I live in a very rural area and have to drive 2 hours to get to a quilt store. While I love going to buy there, it is not always an option when I'm in a quilting mood. Therefore the 'online' question.

    Any suggestions on how to find a fabric I've found on a site so I can order?

    Thanks in advance

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    I just google the name of the fabric, with the reference number if I have it, and the designer name. The places that sell it will come up in the search results.
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    I too live in a rural area so I understand how you feel. I do online shopping at fabric.com and Joan's .com I just have not been able to buy fabric at wholesale. Hope this helps.
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    I do the same as joe's mom, then I will try pintrest or Etsy and try to follow up there. What happens a lot is that the name will come up but the site will have sold out of the particular fabric that I want. But if I absolutely have to have it, it usually is for sale somewhere.

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    Yep. I found a fabric that had been discontinued 5 years. Needed just a little to finish, but had to buy a yard to get it.
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    Hi Dray. Can I suggest joining the Fab Shop Hop? They send you around to all kinds of different online stores that sell fabric and other quilty type necessities (yes...we Need them!). You can then not only shop, but register to win great prizes. I have just started and haven't won anything, but found some super online stores that have quickly become book marked as favorites.

    Just a thought, and it's free

    Good luck!

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    You could also try www.quiltshops.com. You can search 225 quilt shops at one time. I have found certain fabrics many times using this site.

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    I've found I need to be creative and flexible with search terms when looking for something online. If you're looking at the manufacturer's site, usually they have the fabric sku listed, and you put that in the search engine. If you get multiple hits for things other than fabric, add the word "fabric" to the sku. If you don't know the sku, use the manufacturer's name, the designer's name, and the fabric line name. Or remove the designer's name and use just the manufacturer and fabric line. Try different combinations of the information you have. If you don't know the names or you're not getting any results, you can oftentimes find the fabric you're looking for by describing the fabric (i.e. "pink floral on white background fabric") and then click "images", and the search engine will pull up images with that description.

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    Quite often the manufacturers websites have a list of retailers who carry their fabrics. Also, join the ( FabShophop) it is free, a monthly ( game) where you visit between 89-120+ quiltshops on line, find a bunny & register for free prizes. It's a great place to find many different shops carrying many different fabrics at a wide range of prices and shipping policies. Free patterns, all kinds of benefits. They also have a fabric search feature.
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    Check out Keepsake Quilting and Connecting Threads - great sites and they have super fabric and it arrives very quickly. Good prices, also. They take credit cards and help if there is ever an issue.
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    Or you can post all the information on the fabric here, and there are some amazingly talented people who will help you search!
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    I've found fabrics that I needed by a general search like Peggi suggests. I had info from the selvages on the fabrics and was able to find the extra that I needed from a couple online shops. Worked out great.
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    Manufacturer's websites are to show the fabrics, not sell them directly. If they did, they would be competing with their wholesale customers.

    As was suggested, find what you like on their site and Google it for places that sell it. If it's older, Ebay and Etsy are good places to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Manufacturer's websites are to show the fabrics, not sell them directly.
    However, they DO have valuable information about the fabric, such as skus, and when I go online looking for a particular fabric I can't find locally, the manufacturer's website is usually the first place I go so I have this info.

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    If you can't get to a fabric store easily, but don't have a particular fabric in mind, google search the color or print you want as "_____ quilting fabric" and go from there.

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    As suggested by others, my first step would be a sku number, manufacturer, line and/or designer search. However, you can also save the image thumbnail from the manufactures site and "google" the actual image. I have found out of date fabric that way several times.

    The other option is to call a huge online store (like Keepsake or Hancocks) and ask if they carry it. Good luck!!
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    check out quiltshops.com

    They are linked to hundreds of shops around the country. If you do the advance search with name of manufacturer, any additional info like collection name you will get many links to shops. Great source when you run out of something and can't find the additional yardage needed at your local shop as well.

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    My friend and I bought some Hoffman batik fabric about 2 years ago and we waited until now to make the quilts. She decided to make hers bigger than the pattern called for and could not find any more of the fabric. I asked at my LQS and the clerk told us to search batiks etcertera and bingo there it was and plenty for her to order...

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    Through Etsy I found some fabric and was hooked up with a shop in TX. PM me if u want the address. I was so impressed. The package came quickly and was beautifully packaged. Even gave me a small refund since the shipping wasn't as much as estimated. The fabric is great with price averaging $8 a yard.

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    Marshall's dry goods is one I use a lot, good fabric and good prices.

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    It depends on how old the fabric is -- If I know it is old I check ETSY and EBAY first, then I do a search. For newer fabric I do an online search (first Bing, then Google since they don't prioritize results the same) and I look for online shops I know that carry the fabric.
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    Online try Hancock's of Paducah, Missouri Star or Nancy's Notions, depending on what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Anders View Post
    I too live in a rural area so I understand how you feel. I do online shopping at fabric.com and Joan's .com I just have not been able to buy fabric at wholesale. Hope this helps.
    You cannot buy fabric, etc "wholesale" without the proper credentials as a bonafide retailer or manufacturer . You must have a retail license issued by the Stae your business is located. And you have to collect sales tax on your sales.

    to the OP.....make sure that the fabric you are looking for is currently in the marketplace vs "future" release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    However, they DO have valuable information about the fabric, such as skus, and when I go online looking for a particular fabric I can't find locally, the manufacturer's website is usually the first place I go so I have this info.

    And they will indicate if the fabric has released/shipped to shops or if it is a future release.

    It does not tell which shops actually bought the particular fabric....just lists names of shops that have ordered from them in the past.

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    Equilter.com
    fabric.com
    many fabric sellers on etsy that are great.
    I purchase a lot of fabric on line with great results.

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