Your guide to buying fabric online.

Buying Fabric Online

Your guide to buying fabric online

For most sewing fans, nothing beats the experience of browsing in an Aladdin’s Cave packed with fine fabrics and enticing haberdashery. However, there are plenty of occasions when an online fabric store provides an essential service. For example:

– When you’re too busy to visit a fabric store in person (or live too far away)
– When you want to browse out of hours
– When you’re looking to find the best price on a specific item

Dressmakers, sewing fans, craftspeople and hobbyists everywhere have also been inspired by shows such as the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC to try out new projects – and many are perfectly ready to pick up their supplies online.

buying fabric online

How to buy fabrics online?

But how can you buy what you need online with confidence? Here are some tips to help you get the most from your online fabric shopping experience:

1. Know your fabrics

It’s undoubtedly lovely to touch and feel your chosen fabrics in person. But with good online fabric stores, you will find the product descriptions and images that you need to make the right fabric choice.

Look for details on the fabric’s fibre, drape and weight and build up a collection of labelled fabric scraps at home for reference.
It’s also worth investing in a reference book for your home collection or try an iPhone app such as Fabric U which details over 120 common fabrics for guidance.

2. Be flexible on colours

If you need a specific colour, then order a swatch or look for a PMS colour. Otherwise, be a little flexible where possible because your phone and monitor are both likely to show slightly different colour resolutions on screen which may still look slightly different to the fabric itself. The more you can ‘flex’ the easier you will find it to buy online. You can also build up a great fabric bank by signing up for the latest offers, deals and sales at Fabric Direct, so you’ll always have something suitable to hand!

3. Choose your merchant carefully

A good fabric merchant will offer features such as:

– A clear returns policy
– Clear descriptions and good photographs
– An available customer services team
– A mailing list so that you can get the latest deals as they go live

At Fabric Direct we are delighted to satisfy every requirement! We are also one of the few retailers to sell fabric by the metre, and we stock all of the biggest brands and new season lines for every fabric project.

From curtain-making and cushion embellishment through to bridal and costume wear, you’ll feel inspired and delighted with the fantastic range of products that we sell. You’ll also be amazed at the prices, as we work hard to ensure we are always highly competitive.

So have fun topping up your supplies at Fabric Direct, sit back and look forward to your beautiful package of fabric and haberdashery orders landing on your doorstep!

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