I love browsing the internet and often you see lots of suppliers with lovely fabrics but I just cannot bring myself to buy anything online. I need to feel what im buying.I know most places send you a specific sample if you request and some sites do Fabric clubs - they send you samples 4 times a year.
My question is : Have you bought any fabric over the internet? How was your experience? Tips for first time buyers??
Sites you recomend??
I so understand your thoughts on buying fabric on line..I too, love to feel the fabric, to see the colors in person..But I do buy some online..because, there is so much more available to you.
I buy some from Fabric.com, [and I think it is available to you also, I am in the USA]. I have not had anycomplaints with them.. Very quick shipping, nice quality fabrics.. There sight is kinda hard to find stuff...it seems kinda scattered about,ha.
I also buy some on ebay and Etsy..
I dont think, I have ever gotten anything that I regretted. I did buy from a lady on ebay, and the yardage was not what she advertised it to be..but other wise the fabric was beautiful..
All in all. nice to get the wide variety available on line...but still not "quite" as fun as shopping in person...[But hey... what can be nicer than sitting in your pj's and shopping??? ha
Thanks for the insight Judy. I have only purchased cotton fabric on the internet and it's been fine but I'm curious about different fabric types, is there a good source? I don't know. I have also purchased discontinued fabric that I really wanted but could not fine locally via the internet.
Sylvia, I guess I'm in your camp, the unknown fabric texture and drape makes me hesitate too.
I buy loads of fabric on the internet, I live in the middle of nowhere with no fabric shop. I get mine from www.croftmill.co.uk their descriptions are very good and you can ring them for help, they are really helpful. Good prices too.
I buy almost 90% of my fabric online. I primarily sew with cotton, linen, and corduroy and I have always had fantastic luck. My favourite online store is Hawthorne Threads. It's run by a husband and wife team - Charlie and Lindsay - and their selection and service is outstanding.
I've also bought from Fabric.com and a couple of excellent Etsy sellers: ZeetZeet (I bought from them on eBay, too), Treasure Bay Fabrics, and Fabrics from the Heart. For other types of fabrics, I've heard Mood is outstanding.
thanks girls, i will do some research on friends that also sew and see if they recomend anything else.
I have used J & O fabrics a few times, they are in the Usa and I'm in Aus.
Took 12 days from the day I ordered to the day it arrived. I had a problem using my credit card and had to go via pay pal but other than that it was great. The fabric was so much more vibrant than on the web site.
The postage was fine as long as I stayed under 7 yards. Over 7 and the postage jumped from $13 to $45!!
Wanted to try Fabric.com for my next order, thanks for the info!
In the UK I have used croftmill, stone fabrics I can't sing their praises high enough, Gorgeous Fabrics and I buy a hell of a lot on ebay. But you do have to know your sellers. I wouldn't recommend Minerva Fabrics. Some of the stuff I got was ok but it was generally not somewhere I would buy from again for quality reasons.
DCFabrics however are fantastic and I tend to get good deals when people are clearing out their fabric. I made a cardi yesterday from 2 m of hot pink jersey that cost me 99p! so the cardi cost around 40p to make!
As a student you can't say fairer than that!