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    Senior Member carolynbb's Avatar
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    Why is it always referred to as "fabric"? My mother always said "material". Is it old fashioned to call it material now-a-days?

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    my mother always called it cloth - figure it's ok however it is refered to - can still never have too much.

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    I think it depends on where you live. I always called it material until I started quilting then lots of people called it fabric so that's what I call it now.

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    Material can refer to just about anything from sheetrock to concrete. Fabric is specific.

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    When I was in highschool home ec. My teacher said, material was anything you used to construct with, ie. building material
    lumber, nail, etc. Fabric was what you used to construct clothing, quilts, etc. My mother always said "material". I can't see that it matters. I interchange the words....just my thoughts.

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    A few years ago I asked my friend if she would like to go with me to a near by town for material...she being a die hard quilter thought I was going for lumber for my dh....
    Imagine her surprise when she found out that we were going to a fabric sale and I had just called it material instead. I know better now....lol

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    we know what you mean whatever you say...and thats what counts lol

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    Thanks for the replies. I kinda thought it was b/c material can be anything...and I also thinks things change over time, I think more women called it material "back in the day". I'm training myself to say fabric now.

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    Regional differences

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    When I was growing up many years ago, it was material - I grew up on a farm, now it's fabric. Doesn't matter

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    I think of material for clothes, and fabric for projects, like quilts.

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    A million years ago when I was in high school, my Home Ec. teacher told us it was fabric. The other things we used were materials. So I have always said fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    I think of material for clothes, and fabric for projects, like quilts.


    :thumbup:

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    I like the sound of the word fabric better then material when spoken. It's like someone who pronounces de on the week names instead of day, day sounds so much prettier.

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    A lot of stores started popping up a few years back..Joann's Fabric, Fabric Depot, etc. When do you ever Material in a store name?

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    I don't remember my mom every saying Fabric. It was alway material. I think it may also be a regional thing, like coke or soda and my cousin's pop.

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    fabric,cloth,material....I love it all.

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    Material here in my part of the world. Fabric now because I quilt.

    Oh by the way, speaking of regional differences, how many of you drink water from a bubbler?

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    when i went to sewing school- we were taught that fabric is just one of the materials you use to sew something- other materials are---thread- needles, scissors, ect...
    cloth and fabric are the same thing- materials could be refering to just about anything-
    when the contractors built our deck they used materials---no fabrics though :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynn_z
    A lot of stores started popping up a few years back..Joann's Fabric, Fabric Depot, etc. When do you ever Material in a store name?
    Shelby Materials here indiana, they sell gravel and stone. So I guess fabric is soft an material is hard!

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    My mother and my 93 year old Great Aunt both called it material. I used too also. I don't know when I changed over to fabric....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Regional differences
    Maybe. But in TX and in VA it's fabric to everybody I know who quilts.

    My ex used to call it cloth, and that sounded like nails on a blackboard to me!

    Jan in VA

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    I still slip and call it "material" now and then. As long as I've got a big stash of it, I don't think it really matters.

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    My Mom always called it material....she sewed clothes for years. I called it material when I was sewing my children's clothes, but now that I'm quilting I call it fabric. Could the use be the differnce?

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    I made a scrappy quilt for a friend a few years back who replied, "did you sew all those little pieces of cloth together?". I about fell over laughing. Goes to show you that most people don't really know the difference between something printed and something pieced. Much less the difference between "cloth" and "fabric".

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