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Thread: Is this a sign the fabric I bought is poor quality?

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    I have bought fabric from Joann's before, and NEVER had fabric like this. It is a Debbie Mumm fabric, very cute- called "Poochie Parlor". It is pinks,browns, and DOGS- I HAD to have it. I bought all seven different prints, and so far, every single piece of fabric is fraying horribly, shredding on the edges, tons of strings along the edges. I KNOW it isn't my machine, scissors, or rotary cutters, because tonight I worked on another project and everything is just fine. Is this a sign of low quality fabric? Is it ok? Is the quilt going to bust apart at the seams in no time once it is used??? I have never encountered this- not even with the occasional fabric from Walmart.

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    bummer

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    Seems like there is an issue with the fabric. You should see if you can return it, I bet there's polyester in there.

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    The only time I ever have problem with excess fraying is if I tear the fabric instead of rotary cut.

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    I didn't tear it- it is rotary cut with a sharp blade. Sometimes I will tear muslin, and I know the strings that makes, this is far worse than even torn muslin. Unfortunately, I bought it in December- put it in the stash until I found a pattern I liked. I doubt they would take it back. So I guess this is some low quality fabric isn't it?

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    Sounds like poorly woven (loose) fabric that they filled in with sizing before printing. I'd most definately take it back and I'd e-mail the company also.

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    Did you prewash? If not, I would wash it in the hottest water possible and dry on hot also to see if it will tighten up. Another option is to use it with interfacing. Sorry you got such a bad batch.

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    I have bought very expensive fabric seems like it all frays the worse....if it really bothers you spray sizing or starch before cutting or maybe you could get a pinking blade for the cutter...should help with the problem....try handleling aslittle as possible to help prevent the fraying....I've just come to live with it.....I finally haven gotten use to it.....:-)......

    Good luck with the fabric....:-)

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    Quilting Bee 12 wrote: Seems like there is an issue with the fabric. You should see if you can return it, I bet there's polyester in there.

    If you want to check for polyester, set fire to a snippet. If it's only cotton, you will get a little bit of ash. If it has polyester in it, then there will be some melted content.

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    if all the Bolt like that it have to be the qaulity of that fabric but if it is just one it have to be a default bolt

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    Regardless of where you purchased it, the manufacturer needs to know that this is happening and you are not happy. Most of the time, if you take time to talk to them about these things, they will treat you well by replacing it. There are too many quilters out there for them to have unhappy customers.

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    i'm only familiar with the joann's in my area and i've found the fabric to cost the same price as the LQS yet it is such an inferior quality - i refuse to purchase fabric from them.

    i only purchase notions from joann's with a coupon.

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    Fabric is too expensive and we spend too much time on projects to use inferior stuff that is going to "dissolve" the first time its washed.

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    Maybe you can make a sample block stitch around the edges and put it through the wash and see how it does?

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    I get a little fray, after I have cut my fabric, but, I assume that to be normal and go about doing my projects. I have never expeirience what you speak of and hope I never do.
    I agree with the others to maybe use some spray starch or sizing and see if that helps. I would also contact Joanne's as well as the fabric manufacuter.

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    There could be a few problems here. If the fabric was from the end of the mill run, it had been stretched to the inth degree and now that it has had a time to relax of course it will ravel a bit.

    If the fabric had been in the store for a while could be another problem. Handling, moving, humidity, lighting and the like will cause problems over time.

    Whenever I've had this happen I find that if I starch the fabric heavily and then iron with a dry iron helps this problem. I use the old fashioned liquid starch and mix my own so that I can control the strength. For something like this I would use a 50/50 mix. You can find it in the laundry section and it's in a blue bottle.

    I would seriously doubt that if you put it in a quilt that the quilt will fall apart. You have to remember that your seams will be covered by batting and backing and the quilting will also help relieve the stress on the seams.

    I am not affiliated with JoAnn's. Yes you can find inferior fabric as well as quality fabric. No matter WHERE you shop you will find different qualities of fabrics.

    Hope this helps.

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    If the fabric has really bad manners, don't use it.

    No point in "contaminating" the other fabrics with something that won't hold up.

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    I bet it's the finishing agents they use to make the fabrics feel smoother, heavier, and kind of "slithery". SSI does a lot of that.

    It's sort of like putting conditioner in your hair. It's smoother and softer, but it won't stay up.

    It will improve if you prewash it thoroughly.

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    The thing is- it isn't one of the 7 prints I bought..it is every single print. ALL SEVEN. I bought it online, pretty much when it came out. I know that was a big no-no, but I like to look at fabric online when I get bored and it looked so pretty. The starch is a good idea, so is a good shrinking. I live in a small town, so I don't have a lot of options for fabric.

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    So sad when something like that happens. It sounds like this run of fabric has issues and I would be hesitant to use it in a quilt.

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    you can contact the place you purchased it from.

    worst case, they do nothing and you've wasted a phone call.

    best case, they might do something about it.

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    if you do decide to prewash be sure to finish off the edges beforehand, or the edges will fray so badly you'll have o fabric left at all. but i would call the 800 # of the website you bought it from, and then the 800 # of the mill
    first, in case they're willing to take it back. only after getting no results would i try all the good suggestions here.

    P.S. Debbie Mumm fabrics come in different qualities, unfortunately. stores like joann carry the lower quality, for an example. online you can't know which you're getting unless you shop a reliable website. then they should take it back within a reasonable time.

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    didn't know that Debbie Mumm came in different qaulities.

    I've had a couple with the Jinny Beyer name on it that were not color-fast.
    But those fabrics were maybe purchased 10? years ago.

    I've been seriously acquiring cotton quilting-type fabrics for about 20 years now and time does fly. Faster and faster as I'm getting older and older.

    All the suggestions for making the fabric more "hefty" - are probably good ones, but I still would not want to use a "puffed up" fabric with ones that are naturally "good". I don't think the item would wear evenly.



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    I've noticed that the Debbie Mumm fabrics sold at Joann's seem to be of poorer quality than when she designed for South Sea Imports. I used to buy a lot of her fabrics but since I saw these and handled them I've stayed away. It's like she's lowered her standards. Bottom line, maybe you just got cheaply made goods. If enough people stop buying them maybe she'll see that the quality improves.

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    i think designers and manufactures produce as per the price the store that will carry the finished product is willing to pay. so if joann, for example, is only willing to pay a certain price, but is able to offer nation-wide availability, the designer is wiling to lower it's standards and make up in quantity what it gives up in quality. many people will not notice. that way, the designer keeps his/her name out front, and the chain carries the famous name. win, win. except for the knowledgeable customer.

    sadly, there is no telling when this will happen. the store begins with good quality and then switches over when you're accustomed to finding the name brand there. as i said, most people don't notice.

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