photo courtesy of piedmontfabrics.com
Honestly as much as I love fabric - I've spent some time destashing quite a bit so while I look I don't buy much these days. However, when I do look at a piece of fabric to buy it has to pass these points to make it into the cart ~
1. Do I presently own something like or similar to it?
You would be amazed at how many pieces that disqualifies - or maybe not. *LOL*
2. Do I have an idea of what to make with it?
No idea...can't come home with me. I own loads of pretty fabrics already I don't need more of them.
3. Do I really need it?
This is a tricky question because do I really need fabric...but every now and then I do need to quench the fabric thirst. So the question probably should be does this fabric satisfy my creative & fabric urges.
4. Is this fabric at it's best price?
Peeps if you visit a lot of online fabric stores, you will see alot of the same fabrics over and over again at various price points. So while you may like a particular piece of fabric is that the best price for it? That stops me from purchasing some pieces too cause I hate overpaying for fabric.
If it can pass those four questions, then I really think about buying it. There is one final test it must pass though. If I'm really hot for it, I leave it in the cart for 24 hours unless it's a buy of the day. If I can't stop thinking about it 24 hours later, I buy it. Oh and that 24 hours can't fall during work hours. I'm no longer allowing myself to buy fabric at work because most times it's emotional buying and I'm trying to curb that!
This new order of business has really reduced the amount of fabric making it's way into the sewing cave. Cause let's be real, I'm never going to stop buying fabric but I do need to be smarter about what comes to live here now.
Finally, do you have favorite online fabric stores that never disappoint? They always have something new? Or they have the fabric that works just right for the season we're in? And, they ship fast with good tracking information? If so, please frequent them. Honestly, the days of the brick and mortar fabric stores in almost every town (in the US) are pretty much over. These new online fabric stores provide a much needed resource to us as sewists, so let's support them as best we can!
Tomorrow is September 1st and September is National Sewing Month. Come back to the blog to see what I am planning to celebrate National Sewing Month because believe me, you don't want to miss out!
...as always more later!