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Buying Fabric without a purpose??
Does anyone else do this? How big is your "stash"?
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Date: 10/13/06 9:47 AM

Okay, so I am still somewhat *new* at sewing, but I've already built quite a LARGE stash! Most of it is fabric I have NO idea what to do with, because I'll end up going to buy new fabric for such and such pattern, and also pick up MORE fabric that I don't know what to use it for! LOL

How big is everyone's "stash"?

I have 5 large storage containers full of fabric? Tell me this is normal! LOL

And the online store "bundles" need to get their own bin.....sheesh, I think I may have a problem here!LOL
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Date: 10/13/06 10:01 AM

related threads: Stash confessions
To stash or not to stash

I wish my stash were only 5 storage bins--maybe by next year it will be (provided I stick to my fabric diet). Those online bundles account for a good portion of my stash. Except for those bundles, when I buy fabric, I have some sort of idea what to make with it (ei skirt, top, whatever) --but not a specific pattern.

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Date: 10/13/06 10:02 AM

I think it's pretty normal to do this. Healthy? Weeeelll... there's some debate about that. It helps to put yourself on a diet once in a while. You can quit buying cold turkey, use two stash pieces for every one that you buy, or plan a SWAP using strictly stash fabric. In any case, five bins isn't particularly bad in my opinion as long as your finances are holding up. Five rooms full of fabric, having fabric delivered to the office so your significant other won't catch you, using your credit card too much, or just feeling stressed or guilty over stashing are all good reasons to slow down and sew your stash up.

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Date: 10/13/06 10:07 AM

If I had only 5 bins of fabric, I wouldn't even think I had a stash.

Yes, buying without a specific purpose in mind is something a lot of us do. I personally don't consider it a problem as long as you're not dipping in the rent money to pay for it, and you still have room in your house. I'm kidding a little bit.

I often have a general purpose in mind though. And I avoid buying just because it's a bargain.

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Date: 10/13/06 10:19 AM

I just started sewing clothes in June and my stash already includes 50 yards of fashion fabric, 22 yards of Bemberg lining, 10 yards of fusible interfacing, and 25 yards of hair canvas. Note that the last two items were an incredible deal.

When I buy fabric I generally know what kind of garment I might use it for -- whether it's a tee shirt, pants, a jacket or handbag. Of course some fabrics might be used for more than one type of garment. I might not know exactly what pattern I'm going to use but I'll probably have a general idea.

But my stash isn't just limited to fabrics. It also includes sewing equipment and notions, and this is where I've really gone wild. I collect zippers, buttons and decorative snaps and handbag hardware. I have every type of Schmetz sewing needle made and a complete supply of tailoring items (large dry press, tailor board, etc.). I also have over two dozen patterns, almost all of which I've never used. And I've been sewing clothes for less than six months.

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Date: 10/13/06 10:32 AM

My MIL and I share a stash! We probably have 5-6 totes, which isn't too bad considering we both sew alot.

I do however buy fabric, just because I like it and have no earthly idea what I will do with it. In my mind I justify the purchase by saying to myself, when I need this fabric I will have it!

I was at a quilting show recently and they had a few vendors there selling fabric. The woman in front of me bought 5 yards of fabric and when the merchant asked her what she was going to make she said "Probably nothing, just adding to my stash"! I could so relate!

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Date: 10/13/06 10:53 AM

LOL! Ahh....I'm glad I'm not the only one. The five bins probably wouldn't be so bad, but I am sewing alot and they just keep getting more and more stuffed with fabric!! LOL AND I've only been sewing a few months....I can't wait to see my stash a year from now, I'll probably need a room to dedicate to fabric.

I'll have a general idea of what to use X fabric for, but then I'll end up with extra fabric or whatever so it is sort of wasteful. It isn't breaking the bank as of yet, but I could see how buying fabric can become quite an addiction! OH and the notions, I'm just as bad buying those. I must have 50 zippers, and lord knows what else that was bought without a specific purpose! WHO knows when I'll need that aqua green 14 inch zipper, right? LOL

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Date: 10/13/06 10:57 AM

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WHO knows when I'll need that aqua green 14 inch zipper, right?


You need to learn Sandra Betzina's fly front zipper application!! It won't matter what color zipper you use!!!

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Date: 10/13/06 11:27 AM

Yes indeed! I am working on zipper application this weekend! With so many great tips, how can I go wrong??

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Date: 10/13/06 12:04 PM

it kills me to pay nearly $2 for a zipper when I need one .... so I order zipper assortments from Fabric Mart (when offered) and make a point of buying zippers every time I order from fabric sites that offer bulk zippers (cheap, without the Coats and Clark packaging).......I can justify my collection of 100 zippers because everytime I use one from the stash I figure I just saved $2 to defray the cost of the zippers I bought. The logic may be twisted but I'm making money on my zippers!

BTW - my last Fabric Mart assortment included a couple of dozen brass fly zippers....clearly I'll get $6 of value out of this group and since I use the Sanda Betzina fly front and can ignore the color of the zipper.

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