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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-11 12:30 PM (#80170)
Subject: good tee shirt fabric



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Does anyone have a source of quality poly/cotton interloc with good stretch recovery? I've been using Diana (Sophia) poly/rayon/lycra for mid-weight t-shirts, but can't find it this year in very many colors. Any other suggestions for mid-weight knit fabric with good recovery? I NEED some new basic t-shirts.
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Susan Palmer
Posted 2012-02-12 2:56 AM (#80174 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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JoAnn, have you tried Fabric.com? Many of their fabrics have swatches you can order first. I've not had any problems with their fabric or service.
Maybe others can share their experience with the company.
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Glendad
Posted 2012-02-13 5:13 PM (#80185 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I just picked some up at Fabric Mart in sinking Spring, PA
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-13 5:57 PM (#80186 - in reply to #80174)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I've had poor luck with Fabric.com. The fabric is always poor quality or not what I expected. I ordered several swatches from Vogue Fabrics in a variety of types and colors. Just waiting for their arrival. One of these days I'll get back to Chicago to shop. Vogue was one of my favorite places when I was in HS and college.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-13 5:59 PM (#80187 - in reply to #80185)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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What type of knits did you buy? Do they have good stretch recovery? That's been one of my problems in the last few years.
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sewsally
Posted 2012-02-13 6:20 PM (#80188 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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Also you might get lucky at denverfabrics.com

Edited by sewsally 2012-02-13 6:27 PM
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sewsally
Posted 2012-02-13 6:24 PM (#80189 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I don't usually buy cotton/poly interlock. Try some other types of knits. I like jersey knits -- they come in different weights. I have ordered some from fabric.com and was very pleased except for one piece.

Other sources
www.emmaonesock.com
marcy tilton's webs site - she has lots of the good sophia knits.
You can subscribe to a swatching service from Vogue Fabrics.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-13 8:07 PM (#80190 - in reply to #80189)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I've sewn many poly/lycra and rayon/lycra jersey's that are great for summer, but not so much for winter. I just want basic t-shirts and mock turtlenecks to wear with jeans. Heavier jersey's with good recovery would work - just have a hard time ordering unfamiliar fabric online. Fabric like LL Bean Carefree Unshrinkable T-Shirt would be great. I'm thinking of ordering the largest size and cutting my own pattern, but when I've cut down men's t-shirts, I can't get a long enough sleeve because of the low cap.
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Paula J
Posted 2012-02-14 8:45 PM (#80197 - in reply to #80190)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric


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Have you tried "ponte" knit or "sophia" knit? Those are both a little heavier, more body. There are different qualities of these - I generally use one with some rayon in it. Some are just poly/spandex. I have not used those. I have found it at Fabricmartfabrics.com; at Joann and Hancocks and I think Vogue fabrics has some sophia. Generally these come in pretty basic colors, but you could do some color blocking or bindings in different colors to add interest.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-14 10:33 PM (#80198 - in reply to #80197)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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Yes, I mentioned in the first post that I like to use Sophia knits for t-shirts, but can't find it in many colors this year, even online. I did order some swatches of this and other fabrics from Vogue. Still waiting for them to arrive. Jo-Anns in San Diego is 99% crafts and the fabric is mostly cheap quilting cottons and fleece. It has gone down hill so much locally, that I don't bother to go there. Just not worth the drive to any of the 3 stores I have available. The one local store that sold these knits closed just over a year ago. I'm still looking for nice quality jersey's that are not light weight rayon/lycra or poly/lycra. I use them for summer tops. Denver Fabrics and Fabric.com have many listed, but not with the option of swatches. I've used cotton/lycra, but don't really like it for t-shirt. Not sure what other choices there are. I'm hoping that the Sophia (Diana) knit will be available in more colors later in the year.
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dianas
Posted 2012-02-17 12:10 AM (#80216 - in reply to #80170)
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Sewingstudio.com usually has good quality knits. I've also thought the colors available this winter in knits to be rather bland.
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SueC56
Posted 2012-02-17 9:38 AM (#80219 - in reply to #80198)
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I only checked a couple of knits but Fabric.com does have swatches available.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-17 10:10 AM (#80221 - in reply to #80216)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I've used Sewing Studio for many years but let my membership lapse unknowingly. I looked at the webpage, but they have very few colors of the Diana knit. Their interloc doesn't have good recovery, especially the 100% cotton. Maybe I just got spoiled by the Diana (Sophia) kits. I guess, more that a location to buy, I'm looking for a new type of fabric to use for basic t-shirts. Have you tried their Laguna knits? I hate to pay for a membership again until they have more fabrics I'm interested in. Sorry I'm being so negative. I do appreciate all the help and suggestions everyone has provided. I'm just SO frustrated by the lack of local fabric.
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dianas
Posted 2012-02-18 2:05 AM (#80223 - in reply to #80170)
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I let my membership lapse at Sewing Studio too. I was always satisfied with my purchases from them but basically didn't buy enough knits for a membership to pay for itself. If I needed anything it was cheaper to pay retail price for the fabric. Now it looks like they're just an online fabric store for now so if you want the Laguna you can just order it and try it. I've never tried Laguna. Living in western Washington I'll shop at Pacific fabrics for knits usually.



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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-02-18 4:02 PM (#80226 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I was in Hancocks today and they had Pointeroma in several beautiful colors. Fabric had a nice feel to it. Also, some nice print knits.
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SueC56
Posted 2012-02-18 5:04 PM (#80227 - in reply to #80226)
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Even though I haven't branched off into sewing knits yet, I'm glad to hear an opinion on the Hancock fabric, as that is my closest store.
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JoAnndjob
Posted 2012-02-18 10:50 PM (#80231 - in reply to #80226)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I looked up the ponteroma on the Hancocks sight. It has a similar fiber blend to the sophia knits. Is it about the same weight? They only showed 3 solid colors and some prints. Only the purple looked like something I could wear. I guess autumn colors are just not in this year. I'd love to see more prints in the sophia knit weight fabric. Didn't see a way to order swatches. All the Hancocks in California closed a few years ago.
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sewsally
Posted 2012-02-19 11:25 AM (#80234 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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Our local fabric chain has an online store with some knits.

www.pacificfabrics.com

 



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Glendad
Posted 2012-02-20 10:39 PM (#80258 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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Joanne, Fabric Mart in Sinking Spring, PA http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com is different from Fabrics.com. They have a large selection of Bambo knits and ITY knits and others. They do send swatches. I go to there brick and mortar store quite often because they have really great prices on their end of the bolt fabrics.
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Patti
Posted 2012-02-21 7:44 PM (#80270 - in reply to #80170)
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Moodfabrics.com has some nice cotton/spandex knit jerseys that they say are "medium weight". I've never bought online from them; but have visited their NYC shop and nice stuff and good customer service.
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PCMomwad
Posted 2012-02-26 12:30 AM (#80320 - in reply to #80258)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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The ponte I bought from Hancock was similar to the Sophia from fabric.com or Double Knit Stretch from Nancy's Notions, but the gauge is not as fine. It made up nicely. Does anyone else think the quality of fabrics at Hancock's has gone down? When I feel their fabrics, they are stiff and unpleasant. I looked at some holiday prints there and the fabric was more like lawn than broadcloth--semi sheer! Don't they want people to keep sewing?
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barbara
Posted 2012-02-26 10:44 AM (#80322 - in reply to #80320)
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phyllis, I think the sad truth is they are not really concerned about us people sewing. they make more money with crafts, home dec, and quilting.
they just remodeled our hancocks and added lots of crafts and home dec.

the fabric for sewing is way to the back of the store now and condensed.
I am just feeling lucky that we still have a hancocks store in our area.
I know so many have closed.

I just had a conversation with some ASG members and they mentioned how hard it is to find wool. One of the ladies granddaughters needed wool fabric for the make it with wool contest. she was lucky that the fabric she got had enough wool in it to pass the test. the fabric has to be tested to qualify for the contest.
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pldesigns
Posted 2012-02-27 6:04 AM (#80344 - in reply to #80170)
Subject: Re: good tee shirt fabric



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I think the quality of cotton in general is going down. It's getting expensive and manufacuturs are using less. I used to get my "go to" 3/4 sleeve Ts in JCP in several colors evey year. Good med. weight. Now they're making them with much less cotton and they're just a thin jersey. The only one with any heft is "heathered" and it's the poly that adds to it, but even it's a little flimsy. Get your pocket T shirts while they still have pockets.
Sue
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pldesigns
Posted 2012-02-27 6:08 AM (#80345 - in reply to #80170)
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I meant "manufacturers" . The "check your message" screen flew by too fast. "Manufactcoutures" could be a useful word tho.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-03-04 12:28 PM (#80447 - in reply to #80170)
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Talked with the owners of Vogue fabrics today. They have Sophia knits on the web in many colors. They also showed me some other fab knits thqt will be up soon. I'll post when they are up.
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