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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Where To Purchase Fabrics Online

Fabrics are obviously a very important part of my business. When we were first starting out I had no idea where to get fabrics from or where to source them from. After a lot of trial and error I have a few reliable sources that I tend to use over and over again. I will share a few of my favourite places to get fabrics online, and also what I think is important when looking for somewhere to purchase fabrics from.

Some important things when sourcing and purchasing fabric:

A main factor is quality. You cannot make a quality product without quality supplies.

Another important factor is consistency in the quality. You do not want to use, say a seller on Ebay, who has no consistency in the quality of the fabrics that they are supplying. You want to use a reputable seller who always has a high standard of fabrics.

Price is also a factor. Fabrics need to be reasonably priced in order to make a profit, otherwise the prices of my products would have to be so high that I would alienate a huge percentage of potential customers. I want them to be accessible to people like myself, and know that if I price products too high, it would make them un-affordable for people just like myself, which is not what I want to do!

Reliability. You need to be able to rely on whoever you are sourcing your fabrics from. This goes for their customer service, promptness in shipping, and also honesty. There is no point ordering a fabric that you need for 3 days time, and the seller not shipping out on time, or not having enough in stock for your order, and not being quick enough in replying to your querying emails. Being honest and transparent from the go is a huge plus.

Here are some of my favourite places to get fabrics online:

There are a few specific sellers on Ebay that I use over and over again. They always provide up-to-date fabrics, with a brilliant price point, and are always prompt with their shipping and in replying to any queries. They also offer to send out free samples of fabrics, which makes an excellent seller in my books. This can take a bit of trial and error with ordering a few different fabrics from different sellers, but it is worth it in the end. Just remember, that it's not always about who has a wider selection of fabrics. Would you prefer the seller who has 500 different varieties of fabrics in all sorts of styles and prices, or the seller who has 50 different types, but you know that they have specifically chosen those 50 fabrics for their quality and style which makes it far easier for you to pick from? I know which one I would go for...

Remnant House
Remnant House is the online shop of a real fabric shop in Yorkshire. I like the way they have their website in easy to navigate categories which makes it far easier to look for something specific. I also find their prices to be very reasonable. I used some fabric from here to make my dress for the Fling Festival last year, which you can find in a previous post, and it was amazing quality, and so cheap. It was also very on trend, which is what you want really, isn't it.

Fabric Land
Fabric Land have various shops around the country, but their website is great. More of a wholesale site, but they do have a very wide variety. Can take a while to find what you want, and can be a bit of a faff to order over the phone, but don't let that put you off. I've managed to get a few absolute gems from here over the years.

Croft Mill
Croft Mill is an online fabric shop. What I love about Croft Mill is you can really tell that they hand-pick the fabrics that they stock. The descriptions that they write of their fabrics always make me chuckle. They have a brilliant selection and it's always seasonal and well thought out. You will always find something you want on Croft Mill, even if it's not what you are looking for!

Truro Fabrics
Truro Fabrics is an online shop, but they also have a store in Truro. They offer a wide range, and also have a lot of speciality wedding, lace and satin fabrics. This is one of my favourite places to source stretch satins as they are amazing quality. Due to offering some special fabrics, prices can vary here, but overall I found them reasonably priced for the high quality that they offer. They also have an Ebay store where they sell offcuts and remnants of their fabrics, which can be a great place to grab a bargain.

I'll be doing a post soon about my favourite places to buy fabric from locally to me. Although buying fabric online is quick and convenient, sometimes you just need to touch and see the fabric in person to really get a feel for it!

If you have found any great places online to buy fabrics, let me know. I'd love to have a look at your suggestions!


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