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Thread: What is flat fold fabric?

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    A lqs near me is having an inventory sale. In the notice they mention Flat fold fabric $4.00 a yard 1 yard minimum

    What is flat fold? Is that stuff already off the bolt or something?

    I feel stupid for asking lol

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    Well don't feel stupid. I don't know if this is right or not it just makes sense. At the Ben Franklin I go to has a table of just folded fabrics. They fold them like they were on a bolt but they aren't. Those are the sale fabrics. My favorite table.
    We'll see what others say. I"m curious too. :-D

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    Don't feel stupid - you have to ask to learn! And yes, you are correct. It could be off the bolt for any number of reasons, but I think usually it is the remnant after most of the bolt has been sold.

    Darren

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    Don't feel stupid, I don't know what that means either!

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    I have seen flat folds in 1/2yd up to almost a full bolt. The one thing they all have in common is they are off the actual bolt and folded on a table or shelf :D:D:D

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    And see I learned something new again today :lol: I had no clue :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have seen flat folds in 1/2yd up to almost a full bolt. The one thing they all have in common is they are off the actual bolt and folded on a table or shelf :D:D:D
    I would only add one thing to what amma said - if you buy random flat folds from other than LQS you may not know the fabric content as it is off the cardboard core.

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    Picture of flat folds I bought at Marshall Dry Goods.
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    I buy a lot of flat folds from my supplier. They are usually 5 yards or less. They are from the end of the manufacturers bolts that are just not enough to make a full (store) bolt. Quilt shop bolts hold 15-18 yds. The fabrics are the same. My supplier calls when they get in a new line and I just buy the flat folds.

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    Thanks for the replies I dont know if I am going to make it to their sale but I was curious as to what flat fold was you thanks! Learn something new everyday!

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    My LQS has carried flat folds for awhile now. So, don't feel bad, as I didn't know what they were a year ago, until I asked!! Then it made sense!! I am glad you asked.
    :D :D :D :D

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    Good to know!

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    Funny this should come up today. I went into a quilt shop today, and we were discussing that very thing. When you buy from a quilt show, they sell you on the bolt, and ship on the bolt, and it is MORE expensive then if they take the full bolt and remove the cardboard. Guess it must cost a lot because this shop owner buys all of her fabrics as flat folds, and sells at a much lower rate. She is making a name for herself because of that. Your right, fabric content is not listed, and that can be very important. The selvage gives the name of the company, and that is good enough for me. I buy from the Ben Franklin in Sandpoint Idaho, and the flat folds are some of the best and cheapest fabric I have found. Timless Tresaure, Benetrex to name two.

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    Hi,

    That is very interesting? Did you ask at your local quilt shop what they meant by that?

    Karen

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    If you're stupid then so am I! :mrgreen:

    I learn something new here every day so thanks for asking. :D

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