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Sew*Confused*Jo

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Date: 7/26/07 9:00 AM

The local offerings seem to be made of recycled soda bottles. Taking a trip is not an option. I have to buy on line, but what I'm doing is not working. Following, are examples of what I'm going through: I order a jacket fabric from one site, but they don't have the pants fabric I want. I order pants fabric from another site. A week l later, I have the pants fabric and an email from the first site saying they are out of the jacket fabric. This is followed by an email from a thrid site saying they are out of the interling I want, although their site says they still have 30 yards. Meanwhile, I've found the lining but it's on a site that won't send swatches and I don't know if it will work or not. This has happened to me 3 times in 4 months. I need one stop shopping. This is no way to do a SWAP. Any ideas?

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Date: 7/26/07 9:17 AM

I feel your pain. I have the same problem buying fabric in stores. I live in Houston, and it seems like I have to go all over town to buy all the fabric and notions to make an outfit. It is very frustrating.

Sorry, I don't have a solution for you.

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Date: 7/26/07 9:54 AM

Perhaps you can find a company you like that offers a seasonal swatch set service. Here's one example, tho I've not used the swatching sets, but I do shop Vogue Fabric at their store: vogue swatch sets I note they also have a lesser expensive swatch sets too: 3-2-1 swatches I know this company also carries a full line of ambiance rayon and metrosene thread that would match. They also have an individual fabric swatch service.

This isn't the only service, so what I would do is review many of the PR fabric source reviews to see those that a) have such swatching services and/or b) are service oriented so that if you phone them they will find some samples that serve your purpose and send swatches off.

But in general, finding fabric etc. is much like pre-industrial woman's gathering activities (firewood, berries,mushrooms) But at least we have PR where women/men share where the good 'finds' are. Good luck! (It gets easier.)

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Date: 7/26/07 10:05 AM

I have online shopping depression too. The closest to one stop shopping online might be Fashion Fabrics Club since they have such a huge inventory. They have linings and notions and do a thread match too. But they don't send swatches, their shipping is painfully slow, and while the prices are great what you get is sometimes not what you thought you would get. So I haven't shopped there for a while, I just can't stand the strain.

For basics like linings you can get a color chart with the actual fabrics on them. One day I had a tizzie and purchased the sample chart thing for petersham ribbons for twelve bucks or something. I'm glad I had that tizzie because it is wonderful to have the real life colors there to match up. Until they change colors anyway!

Another thing you can do for specific linings and basics is ask a local shop to see their color card. Anyone who orders from a supplier will should have the cards there. I did this for some Ambiance lining that I was trying to match.

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Date: 7/26/07 10:22 AM

I've been getting swatches from Fashion Fabric Club, I haven't been too impressed, but I finally placed an order on the 17th. I'll take a look at Vogue. Has anyone used Banksville's service? I read that the lucky people who've been there were thrilled.

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Date: 7/26/07 10:39 AM

Jo - I sympathize! And I'm so glad to see others verbalize this...I find I don't remember what an item is for when it finally comes to finish something...and then there's something else needed...

It's called spinning your wheels, major frustration, wish I could buy a whole kit, already cut out, made a great anorak that way one time.

Sigh. But I am keeping a master list of what I'm doing, what's been ordered, what needs to be searched for, etc., and so far, that's taking up actual sewing time.

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Date: 7/26/07 11:21 AM

Jo,
If you get crumby service, move on. I am lucky to have good fabric stores where I live so I've ordered only a little on line, but I have had excellent service. Sewzanne's Fabrics (NAYY) is mostly kid oriented, but I do see things there I'd sew adult clothes with. They are a small company, give personal service if you want it, and they are so prompt. Stuff usually arrives before I think it's physically possible. I'm sure that there are others that are as good.

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Date: 7/26/07 11:23 AM

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...But I am keeping a master list of what I'm doing, what's been ordered, what needs to be searched for, etc., and so far, that's taking up actual sewing time.

That is a great idea! I'm so disorganized. I'll have fabric, but I always seem to be missing something to complete the garment and I don't want to start when I can never know when or if I'll find what I need. Half the time I don't even remember what I need.
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Date: 7/26/07 11:32 AM

Where are you shopping in Houston? I've given up at Joanne's except for sale patterns and notions. High Fashion (downtown) is usually the best bet for me but like the name says - they are "high" but they have a lot of really excellent quality stuff. I do find stuff on sale there pretty often. Another place I like is Nancy Erickson's Fashion Sewing Group - beautiful fabrics but they are usually sold out by the time I make up my mind.

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Date: 7/26/07 11:48 AM

Peggy,

I am extremely frustrated trying to find fabric in Houston. Like you, I go to High Fashion Fabrics, but their prices are kind of crazy, even for basic items like cotton interlock for t-shirts. I have found some very nice pieces on the 50% off tables.

JoAnn's is a mess, but I've lucked out the last two visits there and found some gorgeous embroidered linen and cotton fabrics for summer skirts. Still, I didn't find a big enough selection of good fabric to make a coordinated outfit.

I spoke to one of the clerks about how JoAnn's should add more fashion fabrics, especially since the Hancocks just a couple of blocks away recently closed. She said they are expecting lots of fashion fabric within the next couple of weeks.

Probably 90% (or more) of my fabric purchases are done online.

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