Hiya guys! How are you? I hope all is well;)
Yesterday, I wrote some tips for you on how to find a good sewing machine. I am in the mood this morning and thought why not continue giving you some cool tips on getting started to your sewing hobby. So today we are talking about printed fabrics.
Who doesn’t love beautiful fabrics? Especially, as spring approaches the desire to wear bright colors and prints increases. However, some people have concerns when it comes to custom fabrics. This may include issues of wear, color fading, and color bleeding.
But, there’s no need to worry. Today’s custom fabrics are made with durable and long-lasting materials. Also, modern dyes are both colorful and fade resistant.
There’s not real reason not to add a unique touch to your sewing creations by using these interesting fabric choices.
So if you want to learn how to find custom printed fabrics, read on!
Try Searching Online
The world wide web offers a great opportunity to buy products from all over the world. Just type “custom printed fabrics” into your favorite search engine. Chances are that you will find tons of results! You can even order fabrics made-to-order if you desire.
Many of these custom shops are located in foreign countries, so keep in mind that international shipping charges may apply. You can avoid that by shopping with U.S. based fabric makers. While the initial cost may seem more expensive, your shipping will be much cheaper.
Another option is to take a trip to your local fabric shop. Tell them that you are interested in custom fabrics. While they may not be able to print up a design on demand, it’s likely that they have some unique fabrics in stock.
Modern fabric makers have options open to them that were unthinkable even a decade ago. Most of this is due the advancement of electronic looms and fabric machines. These computer operated gadgets allow the manufacturer to make create just about anything.. in a matter of minutes.
Keep in mind that custom fabrics do cost a little more than lower-priced mass produced fabrics do.
Why not take a visit to your local flea-market. These days you can find a variety of one-of-a-kind items in these outdoor shopping malls. Lots of craft-makers and small business prefer to set up shop in these venues.
It can also be a great opportunity meet other people who share your hobby. Also, some people import unique fabrics from outside of the country to expressly sell. These are usually fabrics from places like India or Asia. You can definitely find some great deals at flea-markets as well. While the quality isn’t always consistent, your chances of finding something really interesting are high.
Look For Local Fabric Artists
You might also consider looking for local fabric artists. You can try online venues like Etsy or reading your local crafts newsletter. Craft and hobby fairs are also good places to find fabric makers. These fabrics are usually hand crafted in small quantities.
If you do buy a hand-crafted product, remember that you’ll want to wash it carefully. Gentle dry cleaning or hand-washing is usually recommended. Hand-crafted fabrics are great for heirloom projects like drapery. Shopping and caring for custom printed fabrics, is a lot easier than you think.