So, I fell down the internet rabbit hole last night and ended up on this Flickr page (made private since post) discussing how we rip our fabric at the shop. I’ve always meant to put a sign on our door about it, but today is the day!
I’m starting to wonder if this is a quilt / non-quilt division? I’m not a quilter, so I’d love for you guys to weigh in.
In my sewing career the grain has always mattered so a ‘cut’ fabric has always meant lopping off the raw edges first thing. I can see why this would be the opposite of what a quilter would do.
I’ve been ripping fabric for as long as I can remember, but when I really couldn’t have lived with out it was while I made interiors for a living. Window treatments for example require some long straight grains. When fabric hangs, it hangs in the direction of the threads. If the threads are going at an angle so will your fabric. It became crucial that I find some way to get to one exact thread and ripping is by far the fastest/easiest.
Ever made a ruffled bed skirt? You’ll need a mile of evenly cut long panels. For me, time saved meant rent paid.
Mood (Project Runway) rips their fabric, but most quilt stores don’t. When searching for stores to sell our new fabric line to, I found that quilt stores dominate the country, so that’s likely what most fabric buyers have gotten used to.
The ladies on the flickr page point out that they lose something to fraying threads. While I agree it’s a shame to waste even a sliver of an Echino fabric, when you ask for a yard, we always cut 1 yard + 2-3″ to account for anything weird that might happen at the edge. That way, even when you get rid of the edges you still have the amount you bought or more. I really believe it is the most generous option.
Bottom line is, I love fabric (hence the whole owning a fabric store thing :)) and want the same thing you guys want – tons of beautiful fabric! I hope this post helps in understanding my intentions. I know I can’t make everyone happy, but dang, I wish I could.
Posted: April 11th, 2011 under About.