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I need help finding on-line 100% cotton
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Date: 12/24/03 6:12 PM

HI,

I have found in the on-line stores that 100% cotten is hard to find.  I have been using 100% organic cotton fabric, but it is so expensive that I have thinking about sewing with regular and washing many many times to rid it most of those nasty chemicals that they add. I am serevely allergic.  I have plowed through  about 43 of the sites mentioned on the fabric websites romended, but only 1 had a very good selection at all of 100% cotton.  I still need to plow through the rest or them.  

Maybe some one out there can help me find some.

Needs to be on-line as I can not go inside buildings due to chemical allergies.

Thanks

Mary

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Date: 12/24/03 6:18 PM

Have you been buying from cottonplus.com?

Wazoodle have a couple of all cotton knits - but I think they might be in baby colours. I can't think of anywhere else online (I shop in person mostly)

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Date: 12/25/03 4:30 PM

Unfortunately, nowadays,  most cotton materials are blends - especially polyester. I've only seen a tiny offering of 100% cotton in the quilting department.  Maybe you want to do a search on-line for fabric shops that specialize in quilting. Quilting forums & message boards or quilting clubs also may have suggestions.

Good luck  :winkgrin:

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Date: 12/25/03 4:41 PM

I have a few quilt fabirc stores bookmarked but isn't the fabric almost too dense to drape correctly?  CAn you make a shirt out of quilt fabiric? is it the right wieght?  I called a place and  asked what they would call quilt fabirc.  THey said just quilt or craft fabric.  But the pattern envelope says stuff like bastice, or chambry, now what do I do?

 And the quilt fabiric are so dark usually.  When I used to go to store, I shopped in the quilt sotre and it was mary heaven every thing 100% cotton, no need to look at tags.  Although they seem to be carrying the 100% polester fleece there now.  I found some cotton and fabric,com and  there is some here too http://www.sews.com/fabrics.html

But the wieght is all the same it seems.  I guess I  can't be too picky with my situation.  

thanks

Mary

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Date: 12/25/03 11:08 PM

You could try Dharma Trading, they have ready-to-dye fabrics in cotton, hemp, and linen, and they are all non-synthetic (synthetics won't take dye). I thought I'd seen some organic cotton at Dharma, but now I'm not finding it on their website. I've seen tons of pure cotton shirtings (like men's dress shirt type stuff) and cotton knits at G-Street, but they've stopped doing mail order, so that doesn't help much  :confused:  Quilting cottons are a bit coarse and stiff, they can work for some things, like a casual shirt, but might be weird for shirts that want a lighter, drapier fabric. fabrics-store.com has a few cottons and more linens, I've never bought from them, but have heard that their stock is decent quality but nothing spectacular. HTH!

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Date: 12/26/03 0:49 AM

Farmhousefabrics.com has a large selection of cottons.  They have cotton batiste, pima cottons, cotton voile, chambray etc. They have a large selection of cotton gingham.   I have been impressed with the quality of their fabrics.  
 I've also purchased 100% cotton knits from sewbaby.com.  They specialize in fabric for children's clothes, but I have purchased 100% cotton knits in plain colors, suitable for adults.  I'm not sure what kind of a selection they have  right now.

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Date: 12/26/03 4:56 AM

Mikkim has suggested the two best stores that came to my mind, www.sewbaby.com and www.farmhousefabrics.com.

I've ordered from Sewbaby and got great quality stuff and fast service.  However, right now there is a note on their site that apparently two of the three employees will be having surgery soon, and only one person will be left to handle shop for awhile.  This might slow down the service, but unless you're in a real hurry I wouldn't let it stop me.  They have great quality fabrics.

Farmhouse is a site that I keep admiring but have not yet ordered anything from.  They specialize in heirloom sewing, so they have those lovely batistes, chambrays, etc. that your patterns call for.  They do carry some expensive stuff, but much of it is reasonable.  You might check out their clearance or sale section and find some good buys there, too.

Good luck in your fabric search.

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Date: 12/26/03 9:43 AM

Try PM Organics PM organics  They have a good selection of organic fabrics, knits and wovens.  I have ordered from them and have been pleased with the fabrics.

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Date: 12/26/03 9:47 AM

Wow Rhonda, I browed the Farmhouse Fabrics site and it was like a candy store!  Thanks for the tip.

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Date: 12/26/03 10:13 AM

mary,

Dharma trading is a great idea.  Their stuff is specifically UN treated so it will take dyes.  Of course, it is all white or off-white, but they do have cotton in all weights right up to canvas.  Also silk.

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