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Date: 1/15/14 4:01 PM

I have been looking at fabric at on line stores. I see a lot of fabric I love, but it seems so expensive.

How much do you spend per yard at these fabric stores? Do you ever buy the $25-$50 per yard fabrics? If you do, how to build your confidence to even cut the fabric for your garment?

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Date: 1/15/14 4:10 PM

Everyone has a different budget. If the fabric seems too expensive to you, it probably is expensive. It's important to spend what you are comfortable spending. Some people will say you get what you pay for and while that is true to some extent, if you shop carefully you can find some great deals on quality fabric. The more experience you gain, the easier it will be for you to recognize quality fabric. Just so you know, sometimes you can find the same fabric at so-called discount vendors that might be selling for high prices elsewhere.

You build confidence by doing. The more you sew, the more you will be comfortable cutting into the fabric. Many people make a practice garment out of inexpensive ($1 - $2 per yard) fabric to check fit and practice technique before cutting into their expensive fabric.


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Date: 1/15/14 4:20 PM

As a newer sewer (hey, I'm a fellow Minnesotan too!!); I live by FabricMart sales. Seriously. Sometimes you get something that isn't great but it has been really nice to use such a wide range of fabrics (wool, wool blends, ponte knits, jersey knits, cottons, etc) and I think the most expensive fabric I've ever purchased was around $8/yard. Some (few!) of my garments became unwearable due to fabric choice but I really do wear LOTS of stuff that I've made in the last year (wearing a top and jacket right now).

If you're near the twin cities, SR Harris in Brooklyn Park is FABULOUS.

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Date: 1/15/14 5:45 PM

I live in New Hope, about 8 miles or so from SR Harris. SR Harris is a terrible place . . . for me to go to! I spend so much money there. LOL. I don't mind paying $8-$15 a yard for fabric I can feel and touch. I bought some knits I fell in love with only to go home and find the pattern I was going to use said, "not suitable knits."

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Date: 1/15/14 6:01 PM

I have bought the $25 fabric only once, a linen cotton brocade. I bought 1.5 yards and got a fabulous skirt. I don't think $38 is horribly expensive for what I got. It was a designer fabric:the designer charged $400 for her skirts in the same fabric.

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Date: 1/15/14 6:18 PM

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You build confidence by doing. The more you sew, the more you will be comfortable cutting into the fabric. Many people make a practice garment out of inexpensive ($1 - $2 per yard) fabric to check fit and practice technique before cutting into their expensive fabric.






I do sew muslins or toiles as they say. In fact, I just sewed my 6th muslin for the "Pants Fitting Techniques" Craftsy Class. I finally found someone who would help me fit the muslin for the 7th try. Fabric costs for my muslins is low right now if I don't mind using fabric from my stash which greatly increased with a $10 purchase.
I went to an estate sale made an offer and bought nearly 90 yards of fabric for $10 -- and that included the plastic storage box. The gal obviously didn't know what she was selling. The fabrics on top of the box were not at all impressive. I didn't even know what I bought until I got it home. Part of the collection includes yards of quilting fabrics (I don't quilt), 7 yards of what I think is some kind of linen, 7 yards of a beautiful flowery designer fabric (the print is gorgeous but it may be too big for someone as short as I am), 7 yards of some kind of outdoor fabric that I don't have a clue what it is used for, and more and more.
Wow, I got my $10 worth. I haven't gotten over the guilt feelings yet. I should have paid much more.

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Date: 1/15/14 6:41 PM

That quilting fabric will be perfect for muslins/toiles. :)

Don't feel guilty. I'm sure the estate was happy to find a buyer for the fabric.

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Date: 1/15/14 7:06 PM

At least they didn't throw it away!

Years ago, on a quilting chat group, a member told a story about visiting a couple she knew who were settling Mom's estate. Mom had a huge stash of quilting and other fabric: boxes and boxes and boxes in the garage and elsewhere, which the wife (who obviously did not quilt or sew and also had no clue) interpreted as dirty "junk" that her silly mother-in-law had collected and she threw it away. She was so happy to get that filthy stuff out of the house.

The writer of the story said that she couldn't bring herself to explain to the woman the value of the fabric, and wished she had gotten there before everything was tossed. (Even at $10 a box, it was worth something).

To this day, I think about that story and it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck - it's a sewing horror story to me.

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Date: 1/15/14 7:08 PM

Most of my range is $3-6 a yard, and like Mrs Charisma, I do FM sales.

I go upper end to 8-15 a yard... but not often. Most of the time I can find what I want on sale even at those prices, and then the former is the price I pay, so it's a win win for me.

As to $25 a yard fabric..um no. I have a 2 year old and I can buy out of season to get it cheaper.

Garments price averages between $10-$50 depending. Kid's clothes is the same range, but she gets $150+ boutique dresses. DH's are $30-70, but his are $100-300 retail.

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Date: 1/15/14 7:32 PM

Yes, I do buy the more expensive fabric but not all the time. YOu'll notice that I am an advanced sewer and I've been sewing for a long time and I sew well enough to sew good fabric and not be intimidated. That doesn't mean that I buy cheap fabric, but I am picky and would rather buy less than buy poor quality. But I also look for sales from sites that I trust to have high quality. I am on email lists for my favorite sites so I can take advantage of sales. I bought during the end of year sales and bought some beautiful pieces that I wouldn't have bought otherwise. Fabric Mart is a good one to have on email as their sales can be very good. I have bought silks that I've used for linings when I found them deeply discounted. Emmaonesock and Marcy Tilton have special deals every week that are worth checking out. I bought about 10 yards of Marc Jacobs denim from Mood at 50%. Good prices at reputable sites are available. Eliot Berman has very good deals on expensive fabric as well. Gorgeous fabrics has frequent sales too. So look around and get on mailing lists.
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