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I will never buy cheap fabric again!

Old 04-09-2013, 10:16 AM
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I'm making quilts for my daughter using (in part) a fat quarter bundle that my eldest begged me to buy at Wal-Mart because of its fairy-princess design. It's is so frustrating! It slides, it bunches, it's so thinly woven as to be practically see-through, I can't tell the right side from the wrong side, and it wrinkles just sitting on a flat surface. It's making this quilt far less fun to make.

I know I sound like a total snob, but I'm sticking with the good stuff from now on. Even if I need to buy on sale and maybe can't have the exact designs I love all the time, it's worth it to have a less-frustrating sewing experience.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:21 AM
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Spray starching the fabric may help.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:25 AM
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yes spray starch or use some light weight fusible to make it more sturdy to sew with. good luck!
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I feel your pain - sometimes we love (or in this case, your daughter loved) a fabric that is difficult to work with. I had one that just ravelled something awful and I had to fray-check all of the seams in each block. But it was really a nice color
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Starch would be very helpful in this situation. I would also steam iron the FQs to see if that will tighten up the weave.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:57 AM
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I found the same problems with the fat quarters my daughter picked out from JoAnn Fabrics. The fabric was very thin, frayed easily, and incredibly poor quality. I determined then that I would stick with Moda for pre-cuts. JoAnn's regular bolted fabric is a much better quality.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for all of your suggestions! I need to get some starch...
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:17 PM
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Once bitten, twice shy! Interfacing is my answer but then you are doubling the price.
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I'd make it thicker and more stable with fusible light wt interfacing.
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Spray starching may help in cutting and sewing, but when you then wash it to use it's still the thin ucky material.
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