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Thread: A Lesson Learned - Check your fabric

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    Senior Member miholmes's Avatar
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    Good Morning,

    So I sent out a quilt to be quilted by our talented Charismah. Now I haven't sent a lot of things out to be quilted. This is actually my 2nd.

    But here's the lesson i learned....CHECK YOUR BACKING FABRIC. Charismah was loading my quilt and there were imperfections in the fabric and she's not able to use it on the quilt. So different backing will be used.

    So not only could I have fixed this entire issue by checking all of my fabric at the shop. But I also could have saved Charismah a lot of time.

    So just something to keep in the back of your mind. Thankfully Charismah was really accommodating (bless her heart)

    But my flakes are a little frosted that I didn't find it before she did and saved us all some time.

    Anyway, there's my lesson of the day.

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    Your flakes were a little frosted?? Love it!!
    Charisma is a real sweetheart, I can't wait to make a quilt worth of her quilting.

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    How do you check your fabric for flaws at the shop?

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    What type of *flaws* miholmes??
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    Wow, that's too bad. Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep that in mind in the future.

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    "flaws" as in some tears in the fabric. Basically she couldn't use it because there were 2-4 tears in the fabric.

    Basically I should have checked all of the fabric before I put it in the "to -do" bin. That way the issue would have been resolved right away.

    And I understand things like this can happen with the best of fabric companies, but when you spend 9-12 dollars a yard for the "good" fabric you assume it will be good.

    Anyway we're getting it taken care of. But for anyone else who may get things and put them in your "to-do" bin. You might start checking them. :)

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    Thank you... good advice!

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    I never even thought of that being an issue! Thanks for the heads up, will have to "check" aka. play in my fabric to see ;)

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    I always wash,dry and fold all fabrics as soon as I get them. I look them over very well while smoothing them out before folding. Of course, I'm much older than you and have been at this for about 44 years.
    Good tip.

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    Good advice, Michael! I had the same thing happen with a cut piece of a few yards, but luckily, I was cutting it myself when I noticed a few areas that were flawed-a couple had dye imperfections (like the fabric might have been creased when the dye went over it) and also a couple places that had (hard to describe)a lump of threads in one space. I bought that fabric overseas, and it wasn't the best quality (I was learning then), and luckily had enough to cut around it. From now on, I will check it!!

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    I used a fabric in a quilt that had little holes in it. I take that quilt top out every once in a while and hold it up to a good light and look it over again. When I eventually am pretty sure I have all the little holes found and fixed I'll quilt it. Most of the holes are about the size of a pencil eraser so they weren't obvious and some are even smaller so they're harder to find.

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    That would certainly "frost my flakes" as you say ! ( I now have a new expression thanks to you!) Thanks for the reminder that price does not always guarentee a flawless piece of fabric.

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    I got some fabric at the LQS that had a "weakness" in the fold. It was on the sale table. I got it home, washed and dried it. As I was ironing it, it split right down the fold. I took it back and the owner was appalled. She had some left on the bolt, gave it a pull and the whole thing split. Got my money back, she sent it back and they credited her as well. Seems they sent her the "wrong quality" fabric. Ever since, I check the fabric carefully.

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    Not for quilting but I was buying fabric to make purses at PA Fabric Outlet. Thank God my friend Bev was with me that day. She told me to tell the woman cutting fabric that I wanted my 1 yd. cut BEYOND the big "empty" square where someone must have asked for a sample. I never saw it but her being an experience/professional seamstress spoted it right away. She warned me...from now on when you pull the bolt to have it cut...open it and check it in the shop/store. She said she learned the hard way and wanted me to know to do this every time.

    Of course when I order online I can't see the yardage I am getting but so far fabric.com has been great and very generous with their cuts. And when I buy at Joann's I always look at the fabric while the lady is cutting someone elses fabric. I also watch it when she unrolls it. I WILL say one of the ladies that works there will flip the piece over before she folds it and she does check it out.

    But thanks for the reminder...sorry you have had to deal with this. It's great that the quilter will take care of it for you...she must be a pretty special person.

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    that would get my knickers in a twist too!!!

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    Thank you for sharing this experience with us! I will definitely inspect the fabric closer when I purchase in the future.

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    The fabric that I used for the backing on my very first quilt(my avitar) had a small hole in it, about the size of a pencil eraser, every 88 inches. I had bought this material specifically for this quilt. I went ahead and used it and appliqued left over blocks over the holes. 8-)

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    Wow! I would be ticked off, too. Luckily I haven't had something like that happen to me. I have had a slub or two that had a broken thread coming off it and that would cause a big hole at some point, but it was always while piecing, so no problem to just cut around the bad spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    that would get my knickers in a twist too!!!
    Funny. I used this saying this morning and I was laughed at.

    Charisma is wonderful and I am sure your quilt will be beautiful. You can always cut around those flaws and use the rest of the fabric.

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    when I was dealing with fabric wholesalers they told me fabric can have a certain number of flaws per yard (forget the number) and still be considered "first quality". I would hate to see what their seconds look like.
    I agree, check in the shop if you can.

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    Cool Woo hoo

    Thanks for the warning- what an irritating happenstance!

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    Thanks for the advice.

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    "My flakes are frosted" (must be modern) ---- "My knickers were in a twist" (this is English - I used to live there). Gosh, I'm learning new ways to express myself. Love it! Glad you didn't use acronyms. I'd really be lost.

    But the point is, you made an excellent point. I'm accustomed to looking over the cheap, on sale fabric. Hadn't occurred to me I need to be doing the same thing for the not-on-sale expensive stuff too. But anything is fallible. And the last thing I want is to get in the middle of a project and discover a flaw, or several flaws. It makes me lose my sense of humor. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Thanks for the reminder...glad it is all working out for you..

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    I usually just look at the side that's up when they cut. Now I'll be more vigilant in checking the entire piece out. Thanks!

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