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Thread: Question about the Quality of Connecting Threads fabric

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    I ordered some books from Connecting Threads(my first purchase with them) and they sent a free charm square sample of fabric. It felt lovely to me- softer than anything I can find in the stores here. (I live in a small town.) How does their quality compare to some of the better known fabric makers-such as moda? Any super nice fabric I want will have to be bought over the internet, so I have no way of knowing what I am getting prior to it showing up on my doorstep. Is Connecting Thread's fabric quilt shop quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I have found that their fabrics were very nice- I have ordered from them several times. Their thread is good also. And they have excellent service.



    same here i agree totally

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    ditto! ditto!

    Love the fell of the fabric.

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    Same here. Love their fabric and can't find a better cone type thread and the price is great. Have never been disapointed. :D

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    Hi, I was just going to post this same question. :-)

    I have found their service to be excellent and the fabric feels wonderful, almost like silk.

    But, I have one problem with it, and it may simply be my inaccurate newbie cutting. :oops: The fabric seems to shred along the cut line. I lost over 1/8" on some blocks from the loose threads pulled away from the seam. Is it something I am doing? When I called them, they had never heard of this problem, but assured me that the fabric was quilt shop quality (which I do agree with) and also stated that the fabric should NOT be washed prior to use. I had suggested that to maybe tighten the weave, but they said no. Is this possible? I haven't had this problem with VIP or Moda fabrics.

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    I ordered a quilters tote kit from them late last year.... It's still in kit form, if you get my drift. That's my fault, however, nothing against the fabrics. They feel quite nice. I've looked at their catalog a few times since (evidently you get it via mail once you place an order) and several of their fabrics have caught my eye. I'm really, really trying to stop buying for a while, though.

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    I love Connecting threads! I have never noticed fraying, but I starch the crap out of my fabric so that could be why.


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    I have been very happy with their fabrics :D

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    Why would they say to not wash the fabric prior to use?

    Personally I have thought that their fabric seemed thinner than others I have bought. It IS very smooth, almost silky, to the touch so maybe that's why it feels thinner or maybe just softer.

    I use heavy starch too so it doesn't make much difference in the construction part of it.

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    Thanks for the advice, and starch I will. I bought a lot of clearance kits late last year, so I have a lot of their fabric and other than the shredding it seems like good fabric.

    Pam, I don't know, the woman on the phone just said not to pre-wash when I suggested it to tighten up the weave, but she didn't explain why and I didn't think to ask.



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    I have made numerous purchases from them and have always been satisfied with the fabric, however I too have had a couple of pieces that did ravel but not enough to keep me from ordering from them again. I have found when they have their kits on sale you can get a good amount of fabric for stash at a verrrry reasonable rate and occassionally you get a code for free shipping. Am on hold with ordering right now, waaaaay overspent this month already. :(

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    I have also ordered from them and love the fabric that I recieved. :)

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    I also like connecting threads fabric and threads. Great prices and I also starch. I just finished a table runner kit from them. I'll post in pics.

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    I've never used their fabric but I buy all my thread from them. The quality is great and the price is right.

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    I love their threads! My machine loves them too. I've tired a few fabrics and no complaints! Maybe they should offer our guild a discount! Should I check into it?

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    I've purchased some of their fabrics and thought they reminded me of Northcott cuz of the nice 'hand' to them. The only reason I don't buy more of their fabrics is cuz I am into brights and batiks etc. Their fabrics are more 'traditional'.

    Now I have purchased lots and lots of their thread and I recommend it all the time. Can't beat the price. They have new colors out now and I got 2 of the color sets, the black and white set and several cones in neutrals...it should last me quite a long time.

    Go ahead and order, I think you will be quite happy.

    warm quilt hugs, sue

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    I order almost all my backing fabric from Connecting Threads. Every Wednesday a weekly special is posted on the website. When there are fabrics marked down under $3 that's what I buy for backing. I buy the 1/2 yard sampler packs, I love those. I haven't noticed any raveling that I can remember. My machine likes the thread too. I've never ordered anything from them that I wasn't pleased about.

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    Bellaboo, thanks for the info. I never noticed the weekly specials, well maybe I have and just don't remember. Getting their fabric for under $3 is a great idea for backing.

    warm quilt hugs, sue from CA

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    I've ordered a couple times from CT - and loved it both times.

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    I love their fabric also...use the thread also. Makes you wonder if they can sell it for $5.96 why can't other people

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    I ordered from them recently and they sent me the wrong fabric. I called and they quickly sent me more fabric and I got to keep the other piece that they sent. I have noticed that sometimes it unravels in the wash. A lot of fabrics do that. To prevent it sew the edge before washing or serge it if you have a serger. I always buy a little extra so that if fabric does fray at the ends I will still have enough.

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    Connecting Threads is my all time favorite place when ordering fabrics and threads. Now that they use only grown in the US cotton and North American manufacturing of it, I love it even more!! Awesome fabrics, fantastic threads and all grown in the US, who could ask for more!!! Any company that helps our nation's economy and provide excellent quality goods is aces in my book!

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    I think they could, if they wanted to. There are several Mennonite stores locally that do (but their philosphy is to make a living, not a huge profit).

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    I've had no problem with their fabrics either. Some times fabrics feel 'thinner' but that doesn't mean they are poor quality, it depends upon the thread count. Also, their threads have been highly recommended by quilting pals. With so many quilt and fabric shops disappearing and quilt shows being discontinued, like Quilter's Hertiage in PA, we all may be depending upon online purchasing.

    One time I would suggest not prewashing is if you ordered a kit and the pieces were precut. May in Jersey

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    I agree with everyone

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