Tips For Working With Slippery Fabrics

As you may have noticed, we have a new stock of polyester fabrics in this month, so we figured what better time than now to take a look at some tips for working with it and other slippery fabrics?

Such materials can often be a challenge simply due to the fact that it is often difficult to keep it completely still, whether its on the cutting table or sewing machine. By following these tips you should encounter fewer problems. Continue reading “Tips For Working With Slippery Fabrics”


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Tips For Working With Fleece

While fleece is generally quite easy to care for, it can be fairly difficult to work with. This is particularly the case if you are used to working with softer fabrics that are easier to manage, such as silk or cotton.

However, with the right knowledge you should find that you can create garments using fleece without too much trouble. Here are a couple of tips to get you started. Continue reading “Tips For Working With Fleece”


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Caring For Cotton Clothing

Whenever you work with any fabric it is important to understand that every type of fabric is different and thus requires different methods when it comes to preparation and maintenance. In most cases, this should not be a problem as long as you understand what you need to do to ensure your fabrics remain in good condition.

In this guide we will be delving into the world of cotton, with the aim of providing you with information that will allow you to take care of your fabric for longer. Continue reading “Caring For Cotton Clothing”


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Using Fabrics For Backdrops, Banners and Exhibitions

Choosing the right fabrics for your exhibition or any other staged event is vitally important. Select the wrong ones and you run the risk of your event coming off as cheap, which in turn can lead to potential visitors deciding to give your exhibition stands a miss. A lot goes into the design of a great stand and it is means the merging of everything from the company’s marketing message through to the branding and the materials used to create the stand in the first place.

All of this combines to form the first impression on the visitor, so we thought we would provide a little bit of help with at least one of these factors. Backdrops, photography screens and much more can be incorporated into an exhibition stand. Continue reading “Using Fabrics For Backdrops, Banners and Exhibitions”


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Keeping you cool: Top Ten Fabrics for Summer Clothing

Summer is on its way and we are already feeling the heat thanks to what appears to be one of the warmest Aprils in recent memory if early indications are anything to go by. With the warmer weather comes a complete change in wardrobe, which the ardent fabric lover will relish as an opportunity to try out a few new designs to add to their summer clothes collection. With the heat most definitely on, it is crucial that you choose the right fabrics for your project, so here we aim to look at the top ten materials that are perfect for summer clothing. Continue reading “Keeping you cool: Top Ten Fabrics for Summer Clothing”


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How to Wash Your Curtains

The curtains are an oft-neglected aspect of the house when cleaning is undertaken. While some may beat them to get rid of dust, it is comparatively rare that people will go to the effort of washing them properly. After all, it’s not like they get covered in dirt on a regular basis.

This means that Curtainsif they do end up getting dirty for whatever reason, many people don’t know where to start when it comes to giving them a good wash. With this article we aim to provide a few tips that can be used should you find yourself in this situation.

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The Benefits of Buying Fabric Wholesale

The choice between whether or not to buy your fabrics wholesale really just boils down to simply whether or not you need a particular fabric in bulk. If you only require one or two lengths of a fabric then it is likely the best idea so simply purchase what you need in the traditional fashion.

However, if you do require fabric in bulk, whether it be for a large project or because you wish to sell it on in your own store, then buying wholesale works out a lot better for you. Here are a couple of the advantages of buying your fabrics wholesale.

Cheaper prices

The main advantage of buying anything wholesale is the ability to get individual units for a cheaper price than you would by buying them as normal. Buying in bulk is advantageous for the seller because it allows them to move a large amount of product in a single delivery in addition to providing them with a guaranteed large sale.

In most cases the wholesaler will pass on some of the savings made directly to you. If they are saving on delivery costs then this money can be taken off the bulk order, to an extent, leaving you with a cheaper per unit cost even if the main purchase is quite large.

Establishing a business relationship

Most wholesalers are especially keen to establish business relationships with bulk buyers as it will mean that they have a regular source of income from a customer who is guaranteed to order in generally large quantities.

Because of this they will often provide special privileges to those who buy fabrics wholesale, meaning that the prospect of a business relationship can appear. If you have a good relationship with your wholesaler, wherein both parties trusts the other, you may be able to negotiate prices for certain kinds of fabrics and be given more leeway in regards to payment times and deliveries.

Industry knowledge

For a company to be able to offer fabrics wholesale they will need to have knowledge of the industry. This means establishing connections with suppliers and people with the information needed to get the best possible deals.

This expertise is also of benefit to the person who buys in bulk from the wholesaler. Not only do they get the other benefits that come along with the package, they also often get years, perhaps even decades, of knowledge direct from a source that knows the business inside and out.

Furthermore, remember that your wholesaler is looking to make a profit just as any business who buys from them is. As such they will always be making the effort to source cost-effective solutions that can benefit customers in the long run.

Because of all this buying wholesale can certainly prove advantageous, assuming you need to buy in bulk. As with any purchase, always beware of the possibility of over-ordering to ensure you get the most out of the business arrangement.


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Handling Vintage Fabrics

With vintage clothing becoming ever-more popular amongst fashion, it is a good idea to understand exactly how best to handle the various fabrics that can go into making vintage clothing, especially if you have picked up a legitimately old item rather than purchasing something that has been created in a vintage style.

vintage retro shirts

With that in mind here are a couple of tips that should help your new find last longer and ensure that you get plenty of use out of it. Continue reading “Handling Vintage Fabrics”


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Caring for fabrics – Velvet

Velvet has a reputation as being one of the most luxurious fabrics out there and with good reason. It is beautifully soft to the touch and can be used to craft some absolutely beautiful creations.

velvet shell chair

Unfortunately this quality comes at something of a price, as the fabric is also rather difficult to care form, which can lead to some problems when it comes time to clean it or if you need to store it properly.

With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to consider when you are cleaning velvet to make sure you get the absolute most out of the fabric.

Read instructions

It may seem like something of a moot point, but before you do anything with your velvet be sure to read any manufacturer instructions that you have available to you. If it is an item of clothing, most good manufacturers will include a label telling you how best to wash it.

Bear in mind that, whether you are talking about fabrics or full items of clothing, different types of velvet require different cleaning methods. Crushed velvet can be put in the washing machine, but fine velvet needs to be dry cleaned. If you are unsure don’t take the risk and simply ask a professional dry cleaner.

Steam rather than iron

Never, ever iron velvet. The weight of your iron will cause a multitude of problems with the fabric and will generally wind up leaving a mark no matter how lightly you press. Furthermore, as velvet is quite a fine fabric, if you do iron it there is a high probability that you will scorch it and make it completely unusable.

Instead, try to pick up a handheld steamer. It doesn’t take much to get creases out of velvet and a steamer will ensure you are putting no weight on the fabric and there is no risk of burning it. Just be sure to avoid getting it wet wherever possible.

Value your local dry cleaner

If you scorch your velvet then there may be no hope left, but if there are stubborn stains or creases that you simply can’t get out your local dry cleaner may well be able to help. They will have tools at their disposal that aren’t necessarily available to you and will be able to advise if a piece is lost or if something can be done to salvage it.

Shaken, not blotted

Accidents happen so when they do be sure that you handle them correctly. If you happen to spill something on your velvet DO NOT blot the stain. This will simply spread it and potentially cause damage to the fabric. Instead, give it a good shake to get rid of any excess moisture and then take it to a professional to get the stain out.

Storing

Finally, storing velvet properly is important. Don’t fold the fabric, as it will crease easily and, if the crease is especially stubborn, you will run into problems getting those creases out. Wherever possible hang the fabric up and give it plenty of room so that it is in perfect condition when you come to use it.


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Caring for fabrics – Linen

 Linen has been popular for hundreds of years thanks to being an extremely strong and versatile fabric. In fact, it can have as much as two times the strength of other popular fabrics, such as cotton, which is why it has been used for tablecloths and suit wear for many years.

This versatility has also helped it to become one of the most popular fabrics for enthusiasts to work with as well. Of course, like any fabric, it is important to take care of your linen items properly.

Washing

Wherever possible linen should be washed by hand, especially if you have worked with it yourself and included dyes or unique patterns. Alternatively you can opt to dry clean it, but this is not as reliably safe as the hand washing method.

Use water with a cool temperature to ensure the material doesn’t get damaged. While some linens are today being developed to be machine washable, we find it’s best not to take the risk. At least with items that hold personal value. Be as gentle as you can while washing and avoid chlorine bleaches when washing white linens, as this may end up dying them.

Like cotton, linen wrinkles and creases quite easily, however it is very easy to iron these creases out of the fabric. It goes without saying that you should be careful with the iron to ensure you don’t end up burning it.

Colours

Happily linen is one of the easier fabrics to add colour to, as it will readily accept most dyes and, assuming you wash it correctly, will maintain the colour for many years afterwards with only minimal fading after repeat washes.

There are a number of guides floating around online, including this handy one from ehow.co.uk, that demonstrate how best to dye your linen. Just be patient and don’t try to rush things and you will have a gorgeously coloured fabric in no time.

Storage

Linen should always be stored away after cleaning and it is inadvisable to store dirty linen. This means that it is always recommended that you clean your linens after use if they are intended to be placed back into storage.

Wherever possible you should avoid folding the fabric. While this isn’t so much of an issue with tablecloths, where the odd fold or crease is expected, it can lead to your fabric developing creases that are very difficult to eradicate. This is especially the case for garments so be sure to hang them up and give them plenty of space. We mentioned before that it is easy to iron linen, however if you put the fabric in a position where a crease or fold becomes ingrained it gets more difficult.


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