There are many different kinds of fabrics. There is plain cotton, silk, taffeta, satin, fur, flannel, and much more. Most of what you see in stores is going to be plain cotton, especially if you are in a store that has a fabric section, but is not primarily a craft store (like most large retail shops). The type you use will depend on the project you’re doing, and it’s not always possible to substitute one type for another. Always check the back of the pattern you’re using or an experienced seamstress/craft person if you are unsure of a particular substitution.
If you are sewing clothing or curtains, or something for which you will need a specific amount of fabric, select the pattern you’ll use first. The back of the pattern will tell you what kind of fabric to use and how much to buy.
Something else you should be conscious of is if the fabric has a ‘nap’ or not. A ‘nap’ is a one-way design, like stripes. The pattern will require you to buy more fabric if there’s a nap, so the pattern can be laid out perfectly. If you’re not sure if there’s a nap or not, buy the extra fabric and lay it out exactly according to directions.
A few notes on fabric: very ‘furry’ fabrics will tend to shed, and are often ripped instead of cut. You may need a little extra of these so that you can sew the seams far enough in (so they don’t unravel). All fabric to be used for clothing should be washed before you sew with it, to shrink it. Satin and other dress materials are very delicate, so you should get appropriate needles to use with it. Denims are very heavy, and you should get appropriate needles to use with that. Stretchy fabrics (for bathing suits or even soft pullovers) will tend to stretch out a lot, so don’t get too much of them, and measure them carefully. Most stores will have a ‘notions’ section which will have needles, pins, thread, and more. Visit this section to get the appropriate tools. Ask if you’re not sure.
If you are interested in how to buy fabric at Joann fabric, this page will outline the steps you will need to take to do this successfully. While purchasing fabric is a simple process, there are tips you can use to make purchasing fabric easier.
For every kind of sewing project, you will need to buy fabric. But it’s very easy to select the wrong kind of material or to select material that you don’t know what to do with. This is particularly easy to do when you attend Joann fabric sales. The reduced prices may move you to buy fabric just because it’s inexpensive. But if you don’t have an idea what you’d like to make with it, it may end up sitting next to your sewing machine for months.
Buying fabric itself is a simple process. However, if you’re not a careful shopper, you may purchase more fabric than you’ll ever use! This can especially happen when you go to Joann fabric stores, because Jo-Ann is the largest retailer of specialty fabrics in the United States.http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=74290&p=irol-homeProfile To avoid overbuying, you need to plan carefully before you go on your shopping trip.
To buy Joann fabrics wisely, you will want to begin by deciding on the sewing project you want to make. Then you will browse the most recent Joann fabrics weekly ad. Finally, it’ll be time to go fabric shopping!
Making Fabric Wall Art
When you’re ready to shop for fabric, you may be overwhelmed at the thought of selecting a project. In this video, a simple project for using fabric as home decor is demonstrated. Once you decide on a project, you can make a trip to Joann to select the color and style that will suit your project best.