Interesting fabric observation

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MNnancy Posted: Wed, Oct 23 2013 4:38 PM

At the guild's sewing day yesterday, one quilter held up some RJR Thimbleberries fabric and asked all of us to feel it.  "Doesn't it feel different?" she asked.  She noticed, too, that the back was not white, but was dyed the deepest color of the fabric.  I felt it, and noticed that the selvages looked familiar.  It had the appearance and that thicker feel of a Connecting Threads fabric!  It was actually much nicer than other Thimbleberries fabric that I've used in the past.

Does anyone know if RJR bought Connecting Threads (or vice versa), or if they have moved their production back to the USA using the same mills as Connecting Threads?

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gini replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 5:22 PM

it looks like linnette JensenJensen has been with rjr a long time.   Connecting threads sells rjr fabric.  Maybe linnette just chose a different greige goods to print or dye her designs on.


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Kris replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 6:15 PM

Connecting Threads' fabrics are not made in the US. Only the cotton is grown here. 

Most fabrics are made overseas then printed in the US. I'm not sure there are any fabric manufacturing plants left in the US. As Gini mentioned the difference is probably printing vs dyeing.

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