Posted 2015-08-06 5:41 PM (#90150 - in reply to #90144) Subject: RE: Weight?
Unfortunately, except for denim, online retailers don't often specify weight--at least, not the ones I've ordered from. Any chance we could get a campaign going to get this information included in the online descriptions?
Posted 2015-08-07 12:55 PM (#90153 - in reply to #90150) Subject: RE: Weight?
Location: Auburn, AL
Typically - for home sewing applications - knowing the weight in ounces is not used or necessary. Manufacturers often use the weight as a guide when cutting multiple layers of fabric and for calculating shipping costs of goods.
Posted 2015-08-07 10:25 PM (#90154 - in reply to #90133) Subject: Re: Weight?
Location: Evansville, Indiana
I like to know the weight especially when buying on line when you cannot feel the fabric. Swatch services take too long and add to the costs. I have ordered fabric for shirts or dresses thinking it was lighter weight than it turned out to be. I now call the companies to get the weight before ordering.
Posted 2015-08-13 12:43 AM (#90173 - in reply to #90154) Subject: Re: Weight?
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Good point - good solution. I have noticed though that if the retailer is refering to the fabric as 'quilter fabric' it usually means that it is mid weight ... or am i kidding myself on that? I did buy some 8oz denim and in that case it was advertised as such. As well, there are some terms that some fabric makers used to suggest thickness/feel but there isn't a consistency in use of such terms. I wish there were.
Posted 2015-08-13 6:48 PM (#90176 - in reply to #90154) Subject: Re: Weight?
Too right about swatch services: more than once I've gone that route and had the fabric sell out while the swatch was in the mail to me.
Unfortunately as my knowledge now stands calling and asking the weight wouldn't do me much good. I think what I need to do is compile a notebook with samples of the few fabrics whose weights I do know, and in future add to it systematically. I have some commercially produced "fabric type" notebooks, but they don't give weights. Yet another area to learn by doing. By the time I figure out how to sew, I'll be at least ninety-nine.