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Vanessab
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Mar 30, 2018
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Does fabric make a difference? Yes. Let me answer my own question. When I first started quilting 15 years, I bought fabric at big box stores. I've sewn for over 40 years, so I know quality of fabric. I didn't buy any cotton that was stiff. If it's stiff in the store, it will be stiff in your quilt. Some of it never washes out soft. I would look for the better quality, tighter woven fabric, 15 years ago, the fabric at the big box stores was ok quality.... especially for beginning quilters. I had 2 projects I never finished purchased from a big box store. I started buying at my local quilt store, (I love to shop clearance there) always wondering if there really was that much of a difference. I recently finished those 2 projects from 15 years ago. Let me tell you what the difference is... the amount of lint that the cheaper fabric sheds is unbelievable! The cheaper fabric sheds lint like my border collie in spring! Also, it doesn't press as nicely as the more expensive fabric. I know it's not going to wear as well either, but if it's an everyday quilt made to be used, use it! The cheaper fabric also ravels more. Buy what you can afford. For your beginning quilts, start out with the nicer fabric at the big box store if that's what you can afford. Make your mistakes on the less expensive fabric. If you have to shop the clearance at your quilt store, who knows or cares? Be sure to clean out your machine, change your needle after 8 hours of sewing, but most of all, have fun!
Mar 30, 2018
chick2
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Jun 12, 2018
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I steer clear of big box stores. I recently, in a rush, bought a piece of fabric at the big box and I am throwing it out. It is useless and stiff as a board. What was I thinking? I buy really good material and I am novice quilter, but it makes all the difference in the world. The feel and the colors are so much better. I am stuck on Kaffe Fassett. 🤗.
Jun 12, 2018
QualityQuilterz
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Jun 19, 2018
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If it feels stiff and unravels while you are seeing it, it is not something you are going to want to use on an “everyday” quilt. It will break dawn faster and then you are left with rags. There is a difference between “quilt-quality” and “craft-quality” fabrics. I have been a quilter for 25 years, and used to try and save money back when I first started and those quilts are worn out and “stressed” and faded where the craft fabric are. And the quilt quality fabrics have held up over time. It’s hard to shell out the extra money sometimes, but if you want something to last, it’s worth it.
Jun 19, 2018
CWill
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Jun 28, 2018
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That’s what I started out with as well. Made me sick as I couldn’t get it to press right & look like it should . It didn’t even make nice charity quilts. I ended up giving some away to a new quilter for practice. That stuff really is discouringing because you don’t improve your projects w/poor fabric. Quilt shop quality fabric is worth every penny because it is worthy of our time, skill and labor and makes a true heirloom quilt to be proud of!
Jun 28, 2018
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