To choose the best wholesale fabric, consumers should check the fiber content of the material or ask for a picture of it when shopping online before completing their purchases. The type and appearance of the fabric can also be determined by requesting small samples from the wholesale discounter. This will help avoid situations in which crafters purchase inferior materials that are unsuitable for the project at hand simply because the pricing is low. This type of bargain pricing is available at local crafting stores, big box supply stores, and through Internet ordering.
The term wholesale fabric can be used to refer to any type of discounting applied to various weights of material. This can include cottons, silks, brocades, fleece, and many more. This type of fabric is often sold by the yard instead of by the quarter yard as is available in most fabric and crafting stores as a form of compensating the distributor for the bargain pricing. A larger percentage of the price may be reduced for individuals willing to purchase full bolts of material as well.
Shoppers will benefit from examining the fiber content of the wholesale fabric prior to purchase. Low quality materials are frequently placed in bargain sales areas. These materials unravel easily, shrink or pucker during a wash cycle, and are prone to thread pulls during sewing. Most material manufacturers print the fiber content of their products on the ends of the bolts of fabric. Unlabeled materials and unknown fiber contents should be avoided.
When shopping online for wholesale fabric, crafters should always locate a picture of the item being sold before agreeing to purchase it. The online seller's description of the fabric may vary greatly from how the purchaser would describe it. Most sewing projects, such as clothing design, quilting, and upholstering, among other hobbies, depend upon exact color and material matches for completion. Purchasing the wrong fabric in the wrong shade, rendering it unusable for the project in question, can quickly eliminate the financial savings that purchasing discounted fabric initially offers.
Some retailers are willing to send consumers small fabric swatches prior to purchase. This can be a valuable tool to use for individuals who are interested in purchasing large quantities of fabric that total one or more bolts. Bridal parties and party planners who require exact material and color matching information prior to an event, can also benefit from receiving these types of fabric swatches.