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« on: August 29, 2009 04:10:22 AM »

As someone just getting into sewing I'm really not sure how much I should expect to pay for fabric....there seems to be so much difference! For example I was in a nearby rag market the othr day someone offered me a 1 and a half metres of fabric for 5. However many of the other fabrics were about 1.20 per metre, so I thought he was over pricing a bit. However looking on web sites for fabric people are often charging about 2 for a 1/4 of a metre. I'm a bit confused and feel a little out of my depth. What exactly should I expect to be paying for fabric?


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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009 06:04:19 AM »

It's natural that you find large differences.  The most important thing is the type of fabric.  A simple cotton will be far cheaper than a rich silk or a leatherette.  Then depending on where you shop prices fluctuate as well.  Investigate the shops of your area and also the internet before buying, and find the places that give a better value for money.  Just remember that the cheapest doesn't always mean best - some fabrics are that cheap because of their properties, for instance they may be a bugger to work with, ravel incredibly easily or simply have a snag in the very middle.
Fat quarters are often more expensive, so stay away from them unless you really love the fabric and have something in mind to do with it.  There are lots of nice fabrics on sale for 3/metre, then an average price for more expensive ones seems to be 5-6.  And then keep an eye for findings.  I found very nice special width organzas and satins for $3/metre, which is a very good price (the satin is not the best quality, but still very nice!) -that was at The Range, where you wouldn't expect anything to be too cheap.  Just take the time to look.  And don't miss the clearance bins.  They're worth the time to look into them.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2009 07:11:40 AM »

I think that you really have to remember you get what you pay for.  Sometimes you can luck out and find a bargain.  The other thing you have to be aware of is how they cut the fabric.  Here in the US sometimes the fabric is printed so crooked you have to buy extra just to get enough.  The cost of fabric can vary widely, just go with what you love.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2009 07:27:58 AM »

It pays big if you wait for sales or use coupons also. 

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