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Date: 3/4/13 8:25 PM

Can anyone shed any light as to why 100% linen ranges in price from 7.99 yard at Dharma Trading and places like Fabrics-store.com all the way up to $35/yard at Ulster Linen and a whopping $152/yard from Libeco?

I suspect it may be the source of the flax/weaving/country of origin but I'm not really sure how there can be such a wide difference in pricing.

Specifically does paying a lot more for the fabric result in corresponding difference in actual or perceived quality?

Thanks for your help.

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Date: 3/5/13 2:07 AM

Isn't everything like that, though? Unless you can get hold of a bit of each, you probably aren't going to be able to tell what the differences are.

Factors which might make a difference to the final price - country of origin, length of fibres, fineness of yarns, density of weave, other finishing (printing, type of dye, etc). Just like with cotton, or wool, or...

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Date: 3/5/13 8:13 AM

I can tell you there is a huge difference in fine Swiss batiste and regular 100% cotton batiste from say JoAnn's.

It's a difference you can see and feel not just when you cut and sew but in the finished garment. Swiss batiste has a subtle sheen and the garments take on what we call in the south "expensive wrinkles". You really can't appreciate it until you see it.

I'd love to get my hands on a linen swatch from all the sources you described.

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Date: 3/5/13 3:41 PM

Quality can be very different in linen as well as weight and how many threads per inch. More tightly woven linen wears better with less stretching out, particularly if you are making pants with it. Send for samples and see what you like best. The $152 sounds like a lot. Try Mood fabrics, Marcy Tilton's website and emmaonesock, all have good quality linen.
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Date: 3/5/13 5:46 PM

Michael's also has a new linen and silk mailer.

ETA- Dharma is cheap because they sell undyed fabric.
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Date: 3/5/13 9:14 PM

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I can tell you there is a huge difference in fine Swiss batiste and regular 100% cotton batiste from say JoAnn's.

Not to get off topic but.....I've been looking for some good quality batiste. Where can I get my hands on the Swiss kind?

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Date: 3/5/13 9:33 PM

I have some I'm willing to sell at a good discount compared to retail. You may email me at maryacavanaugh@gmail.com if you'd like to talk.

You can also try the heirloom sites. I'm not up on them but Farmhouse Fabrics still has a website and you can also google Martha Pullen. I'm sure there are more. I loved dealing with Farmhouse Fabrics but it's been a long time. I assume it's the same people (good people and good quality fabric).

I also have some silk batiste!

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Date: 3/5/13 11:25 PM

NY Fashion Center Fabrics has wonderful linen. They also have batiste but I have not ordered any yet.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:50 AM

Farmhouse fabrics is still good to order from. I've gotten about 6 different fabrics from them (not batiste, although some of the cheaper stuff is on order) and it's all been very nice.

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Date: 3/6/13 1:06 PM

Thanks everyone for your input - and for all the great new sources for linen - took a quick look at NY Fashion Center and wow - just looking at some of those colours/weaves does it for me!

I agree that ordering swatches is the only way to really know if there's a difference so that's what I'm going to do (except for the Libeco linen - that's a bit out of my reach :).

As the feel is so important to my application it will definitely be worth the extra lead time - although I know I won't enjoy the wait!

Shipping to Canada seems to take so much longer...no doubt because it all has to go through customs - on the bright side I just discovered that thanks to NAFTA there isn't any duty payable on fabrics imported from the US - Yay!



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