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MNnancy Posted: Sat, Jul 28 2012 8:26 AM

I think it's interesting that you can find reviews on the Internet for just about anything you can purchase except fabrics.

The best way to judge a fabric will always be in person at a store looking at and feeling the fabric.  The sales announcements from online vendors can be very enticing, but how do you know if the fabric will be of good quality when all you have to go by is a picture? For instance, I was at Eleanor Burns website today looking at her sales, and there is a lot of "Anthology" fabric being offered at a discount.  I haven't heard of that brand, so I don't know if it is soft with a tight weave and good drape.

This chart is an effort to help us in deciding which fabrics can be safely ordered online.

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If you post comments about fabric brands in this thread, I will update the chart every couple of days. Don't hesitate to post your opinion of a fabric already listed.  The more ratings, the more reliable the info is.  (The time stamp is for my reference in collecting comments)

Update:  08.14.12 / 10 a.m.

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Andover

3

 

Excellent weave, very little fraying, soft good colors and sews up well.

Anthology

1

 

Slightly stiff, due to sizing. Doesn't get flimsy when washed.

Benartex

9

 

A lot of varieties of prints, good basic fabric. One sample seems softer than another.  Affected by the dying process?  Love Fossil Fern blendables.

Blank

3

 

Usually can find more reasonably priced online than in LQS but quality is a plus in their fabric line.

Camelot Cottons

1

 

 

Clothworks

2

 

 

Connecting Thrds - cotton

4.5

1

Good quality for the price. Quirky color combinations? (Opposing - I don't like for hand appliqué.  It is fine for piecing.) Halfhearted thumbs up.

Connecting Thrds - batiks

2

 

 

Fabric Editions

1

 

Weave is good, the colors and patterns/variety are excellent, no problem with colors running, starchiness or shrinkage, even the ones I got at the Walmart.

Fabri-Quilt

 

1

They make a good line but they also have a very cheap quality in one of their lines of fabric.  It is a brand that I have to see and feel.

Free Spirit

1

 

A division of Westminster Fabrics.

Henry Glass

4

 

Includes Peter Pan Fabrics, Inc.

Hoffman -cotton

6

 

They are a leader in the quality of fabrics that they put on the market. Have never seen a lesser quality of fabrics under their umbrella.

Hoffman - batiks

1

 

 

In the Beginning

4

 

Great silky feel

Joann Fabrics

3

1

David Textiles, Legacy Studios, and Colorbok seem to be good quality. Debbie Mumm (MMFab) is good. JoAnn’s own holiday fabric has strong weave yet soft to touch. (Opposing – watch out for cheaper qualities of fabrics here.) Several comments that Joann’s is improving overall.

Kaufman – cotton (inc. Kona & Fusions)

10

1

Fusions: Rainbow of colors, washes up, weave is not too tight, nice feel to the fabric, prefer these for blending over Moda Marbles. (Kona solids difficult for hand quilting)

Kaufman - batiks

3

 

A big thumbs up to the Robert Kaufman's 'Artisans Batiks'.   I've bought both jelly rolls and yardage of both of these lines, and love them.

Lakehouse

1

 

Very good quality.

Makower UK

2

1

(Neutral “Essential Dots” is thin and frays)

Marcus Fabrics

1

 

Very nice fabric, good tight weave, soft and great color.

Michael Miller

1

 

 

Moda

11

2

Beautiful look and feel!  (Opposing – had some that frayed / Moda Marbles by Patrick Lose are too thin) Another person likes Moda Marbles, so some disagreement there.

Northcott

6

 

Very smooth – almost a sheen.  Like their flannels, too.

P & B

2

 

Soft and smooth with lovely prints.

Red Rooster

2

 

 

Riley Blake

0.5

 

Have a looser weave to them - nice prints though so maybe a half-hearted thumbs up.

RJR

9

 

Jinny Beyer! among other lines.

South Sea Imports

2

 

A division of MMFab.  Includes Debbie Mumm.

Studio E

2

 

Nice "hand" and good tight weave - some nice contemporary prints.

Timeless Treasures - cotton

2

1

Good basic brand. (If from Walmart -  tends to be starched, which washes out and causes warping)

Timeless Trsures - batik

1

 

Tonga Treats

Unbranded backing

 

1

Ordered from Fabric.com. This had a real silky feel, but the design looks and feels stamped not woven and I could plainly see my fingers through it. 

VIP

1.5

1

It is a little stiff, but workable. This is a wildly variable brand. Some are good, others barely acceptable. (If from Walmart - tends to be starched, which washes out and causes warping)

Westminster Fabrics

2

 

Includes Kaffe Fassett, Free Spirit, Ty Pennington, and Rowan.

Wilmington Prints

1

 

A division of MMFab.

Windham

2

 

Wonderful, feels fabulous and a good tight weave


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safrmaz replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 8:59 AM

I'm all for a review thread.  I would like to order more fabrics online, too, but hesitate for the same reason.

 

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I'd read reviews on fabric, too. I don't see why QCA would object too much. It'd be the same way as with our individual posts, be respectful, keep it clean and be as fair as possible. Isn't that pretty much what we all keep in mind before posting something? I think we're all responsible adults, so why not?

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Barbara replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 9:33 AM

Nancy ,maybe you could set up a group for this ,and have several people as your main reviewers an also anyone else who wants to add to the reviews , I think doing this is a great idea.

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I think this is a great idea. I've always had great luck with buying fabric on line, however, I would love to see reviews on fabric first. There is always that one time that I might not get what I paid for and that would be upsetting. Love the idea.

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Ramona replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 11:21 AM

Sounds like a great idea! Money is too hard to come by these days (or any day) for us to waste it on a fabric that isn't of expected quality.

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gini replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 11:50 AM

i think it is a great idea.

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MNnancy replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 12:28 PM

Barbara:
maybe you could set up a group for this

I'm always concerned that groups don't get enough traffic.  We see the question about whether it's safe to order fabric online all the time as new people join the club.  If this topic was a regular in the forums, the new members would probably find it more easily.  We can probably just keep the conversation going here.  Tell me if you disagree.  Is there a benefit to the groups area that I'm missing?

Is anyone up for this?  Who has recently purchased fabric, whether at the LQS or online?  Which brands did you purchase?  Which ones felt especially supple?  Which seemed coarse and/or frayed easily?

I wouldn't mind consolidating the reviews into a chart with brand, number of reviewers, thumbs up or thumbs down, and comments.


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Susan replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 12:34 PM

Nancy, this is a good idea. When I purchase some online I will let you know. Also, stay in the forums as it seems to get more attention.      Susan

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gini replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 1:15 PM

this would work fine, nancy,  you could bump it once a month or so.   have you gone back and read the first page of jeanine's thread, longarmers.   her first post, she wondered how long the thread would stay alive.   she's still wondering.   timely threads  stay alive pretty easily.

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safrmaz replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 1:20 PM

MNnancy:
I'm always concerned that groups don't get enough traffic.  We see the question about whether it's safe to order fabric online all the time as new people join the club.  If this topic was a regular in the forums, the new members would probably find it more easily.  We can probably just keep the conversation going here.  Tell me if you disagree.  Is there a benefit to the groups area that I'm missing?

I think it more people would see it in the forums.  If it were limited to groups, the question would probably still come up in the forums anyway.  

 

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MNnancy:
I'm always concerned that groups don't get enough traffic.

 

I have also thought about this. The groups are great as it consolidates topics for easier reference. But, since they don't post on the main page of QCA many people that may be interested never see them. I'm not sure what the solution is. Once in a while someone will post something in the general chat area about a particular group and it will catch my eye. Like the scrappy group. I joined that one earlier this year because of a posting in the general area.

It might be nice if whoever is starting a new project in a group would put a simple blurb in the general chat area inviting people to come check out, for example, the paper piecing group.


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MNnancy replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 4:36 PM

How does something like this look?  Do we need any other descriptors/columns?  I can put something like this in the first post so that people see it at the very start of the thread.  The first two reviews are mine based on my recent purchase for the applique layer cake swap.  I'll keep the fabric manufacturers in alphabetical order.


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Barbara replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 4:55 PM

I like it . barbara

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safrmaz replied on Sat, Jul 28 2012 5:45 PM

That looks good.

 

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