"Good" v. "Bad" fabric

"Good" v. "Bad" fabric

Post by Dawnise Dope » Fri, 16 Feb 1996 04:00:00



Greetings and Salutations to all!

Just got the courage to finally post a message and I hope that you will
forgive me if I sound a bit awkward.  I am a self-educated quilter of a
few years (I pieced and quilted my first quilt while watching the
Olympic Ice Skating games!) and so I am not very familliar with a lot of
different fabrics.

My question is, how do you know whether a piece of fabric is of "good"
quality v. one that is of "poor" quality?  I am sill a struggling
college student and I cannot afford $9.00/yd. fabric just yet, but I do
not want to buy something that is just going to fall apart or not have a
print remaining on it in the next few years either.  Would someone be so
kind as to help me?

Thank you

...Dawnise

 
 
 

"Good" v. "Bad" fabric

Post by PatSall » Sun, 18 Feb 1996 04:00:00


I judge the value of a fabric by feel and whether I can see through it.
Some purportedly very good cottons seem stiff and thin; while some
bargain-ba***t-priced cottons seem softer yet still substantial.

 
 
 

"Good" v. "Bad" fabric

Post by afult » Mon, 19 Feb 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Greetings and Salutations to all!

>Just got the courage to finally post a message and I hope that you will
>forgive me if I sound a bit awkward.  I am a self-educated quilter of a
>few years (I pieced and quilted my first quilt while watching the
>Olympic Ice Skating games!) and so I am not very familliar with a lot of
>different fabrics.

>My question is, how do you know whether a piece of fabric is of "good"
>quality v. one that is of "poor" quality?  I am sill a struggling
>college student and I cannot afford $9.00/yd. fabric just yet, but I do
>not want to buy something that is just going to fall apart or not have a
>print remaining on it in the next few years either.  Would someone be so
>kind as to help me?

>Thank you

>...Dawnise

Hi Dawnise,
        Just be glad you live in the USA and not Canada, where quality
quilt fabrics often run up to $18 a metre(40").  You could always buy just
a few inches, wash and dry the fabric and see how it stands up.  Keep track
of both good and poorer manufacturers, and watch for sales.  Never buy from
a company whose fabrics have not stood up before.  If you're careful and shop
around, there are bargains to be found!
Ann
 
 
 

"Good" v. "Bad" fabric

Post by Lisa » Wed, 21 Feb 1996 04:00:00


You can learn by going into fabric stores and touching fabric;
good quality fabric feels good.  Make sure it's 100% cotton (you
know that, right?).  Also, watch out for fabrics that are stiff,
since that might mean they are sized - this will wash out over
time.  Look closely at the threads; the gaps between them should
be as small as possible (the technical term for those are
interstices, though I may be spelling that wrong).  Also, look at
the quality of the printing, as poor quality fabric often does
not have the impressions of the different colors aligned well.

Lisa