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Always order a fabric sample!

Posted by bethohio3 (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 15, 12 at 21:55

I'd thought I'd found the perfect fabric for my office windows and almost ordered it when I ordered the guest room fabric, but talked sense into myself and ordered samples of the fabric I wanted and one other.

Well, the fabric I wanted was *totally* different than I expected. I had misread the size of the repeat. It's almost 'burlap' in weight. It's "rustier" in color than on-line. I am so glad I ordered the sample since I don't like it at all now that I've seen it.

Moral of the story: patience is a virtue :-) and ordering a sample pays off!

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RE: Always order a fabric sample!

oh I just can't bring myself to order fabric online, it's just something I have to see and touch in person so I always end up going to a fabric store instead. I still prefer to see the whole width of fabric myself so I can really judge how it looks over a larger area but I'm just not one of those people who can visualize things that well unless it's in front of me. I think at the very least you need to see a sample, and it's good you waited it out to get one because what a disappointment if it arrived and wasn't what you wanted.

RE: Always order a fabric sample!

So, so true. I am still living with two plaid chairs that I order only seeing a swatch. Live and learn.

RE: Always order a fabric sample!

Or, see the fabric in person, and then do online searches to see if you can get it MUCH cheaper. Example is the recent buy on eBay of 5.25 yards of a fabric that I had seen at Joann's and loved, but wouldn't pay $40 a yard. I paid $36 on eBay for the 5+ yards.

RE: Always order a fabric sample!

I've fallen in love with fabric in magazine ads. Then, when I see it in person, I hate it. I agree that I have to see a sample before buying.

RE: Always order a fabric sample!

And this is why we should have a standard warning response for any thread that involves a person asking for opinions that involve fabrics and upholstery. We are NOT seeing what these things look like in person. I think we can accurately judge whether two patterns work together, but the color and feel of fabric does not photograph accurately. I hate to think of the people that were deterred from using a fabric they loved because on our monitors it didn't look right.

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