Tip #1 – Know What You’re Buying
It may sound simple but it is important. Regardless of what project you may have in mind, the material you are buying must be fit for the task. Make sure to check all of the available information about your purchase, paying special attention to the composition of the fabric itself. Many fabrics are blended, which means that some may not be suitable for the project you have in mind even though they seem as though they should be. Pay close attention and look out for anything that may cause an issue.
Tip #2 – Cleaning Water Stains
Water stains can affect practically any type of fabric, with a few exceptions, but it is always important to know what you’re dealing with before cleaning. Remember that water itself doesn’t stain. It’s whatever minerals or sediment that was contained in the water that actually leads to the staining. Research the best ways to clean your fabric and try to discern what may have been in the water before you clean the fabric.
Tip #3 – Expensive Is Not Always Better
The temptation when buying a piece of fabric is to go for the higher-priced options to ensure you get quality. While this will often be the case, it is important to remember that many factors can determine the price of a piece of fabric. Issues such as availability and manufacturing costs must be considered. As such it is often the case that you will be able to purchase a cheaper alternative that can provide the same level of function for your project. Don’t simply assume that expensive is better and if you run into issues don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Tip #4 – Be Wary of Colour
Another simple tip but also an effective one. Always be wary of the colour patterns you choose for your fabric and be aware that colours may appear slightly differently across different types of fabric. There is no uniform version of blue, for example, and many different shades can be used to create a fabric. Ensuring that the colours you purchase match the intended design of your project is important, as is caring for the fabric properly when you have it to ensure colours don’t run or fade.