Common Mistakes Made When Buying Fabrics

Searching for the right fabric takes a certain degree of patience and know-how. It’s all too common that a newcomer will get excited about a project and have it tragically not work out because of a rookie mistake. Fortunately, the experts at Search for Fabric are here to help you search for materials and get your money's worth during your next adventure at an online fabric store. With these tips, you will be one step closer to a successful project. 

Not Considering the Weather

One of the most important factors to consider when planning a new project and buying from an online fabric store is the elements that your garment is going to face. Is it going to be a winter garb with flannel or a lighter piece for spring that will be made out of a breathable pointelle? It’s also good to remember that these fabrics often come in colors and patterns that work for the season, and going against that convention may make your piece seem out of place. Who wants to see a pastel in the autumn? 

Disregarding How Difficult It Will Be to Work With

Some fabrics, such as leathers, denim, and knits are notoriously difficult to work with in any capacity. You have to take into consideration what type of fabric will be hard to cut, shape, and sew. In fact, some of these fabrics require special tools that take practice to learn (such as leather). If you don’t have the experience, tools, or patience to work with these materials, it may be best to reevaluate your project. Before you buy fabric online, be sure to research it ahead of time so you know if it will work for you.

Buying Too Little

Underestimating how many yards of fabric you’ll need when ordering online fabric is one surefire way to kill a project. The last thing anyone wants is to be in the middle of making an extravagant piece, only to realize they don’t have that last yard of fabric to finish, or they don’t have enough to correct a mistake. Remember, you can always use leftover fabric for other things. 

Not Checking Quality

Online fabric stores will typically be happy to send you samples of any fabric you want from their catalog. This is because you simply can’t get a feel for the quality and structure of a fabric from a photo. To really gain an understanding of a fabric’s quality, check the weave and any inconsistencies in the dye job or pattern.

Not Having a Plan

It happens to everyone. We get excited seeing a gorgeous piece of fabric at a great price, buy a bunch of it, and promptly let it rot in a bin. Or we eagerly get started on a project only to realize we don’t have enough fabric and are left scampering to find a fix before a deadline. Many mistakes that happen during a project could be avoided if we take the time to plan everything out beforehand, from what material to use to what order in which to make the elements of the garment. Thankfully, a little bit of planning and vision will help you turn that online fabric into a piece of art. 


Expect More From Your Online Fabric Store

Online fabric stores are an excellent way to procure quality fabrics for your next project. At Search For Fabric, we pride ourselves on being a quality wholesale distributor of a variety of materials and patterns.

If you want a quote, fabric sample, or simply would like to ask one of our experts a question, feel free to contact us at any time.