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Material or Fabric?!! Whats your preference?

Old 04-29-2012, 12:01 PM
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Question Material or Fabric?!! Whats your preference?

I have a question, whenever I'm writing my friends or posting here and talking about my sewing issues and such, I often get stuck on which words to discribe my "quilty stuffs". Which is more appropriate?!! Material or Fabric!!?? Is there even a difference?!
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:06 PM
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Fabric is a more specific name, since material can refer to all kinds of things. When quilters talk "material" we know we mean fabric, but other people might not know what kind of material we're talking about. Imagine telling a friend you went to the store to buy some material - would they think building material?
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i believe fabric is the better term if you are indeed referring to fabric. Material can have many different meanings about type, quality, etc. For instance you might say "the materials used in quilting are - needles, thread, rotary cutters etc. I am not a gramarian but believe this would be clearer to me.
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I agree with Holice. Fabric is the term I always use. Material could mean many things.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:18 PM
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Like DUH!! (Head bobbling side to side!) NOW I see! Don't know why I never thought of that!! Thanks Ladies!
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:29 PM
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Grow up we always called it material.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:30 PM
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Sorry that is growing up we always called it material.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:44 PM
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Many years ago before I ever started quilting but did a little sewing of clothes I called it material. Since I've been quilting I always call it fabric.
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I thought that people who sewed clothing, etc, called it material, and quilters called it fabric.
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Well just to toss term another on the pile , Sometimes I use the term "textiles".
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