Plan of Action
Upon entering the Inweave fabric store, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the many beautiful bolts of fabric and endless project possibilities! Next time you visit Inweave, don't get lost among the bolts and rugs! I recommend five main tips for navigating the infamous Inweave fabric store:
1. Come with a plan of action.
Much like shopping at a grocery store, when you make a list it's easier to stick to it! Next time you visit, come prepared with a list of project "ingredients" as well as the project pattern and measurements.
2. Contemplate before you create.
If you are following a pattern, take time to read through the sewing instructions and recommended fabrics on the back of your pattern envelope. The Inweave fabric store is organized by fabric type (e.g., cottons, wools, linens, etc. etc!) and how the fabric will be used (e.g., wedding, quilting, apparel, home decor, and much more). Before making your purchases make sure you know the width of the fabric (45 or 60 inches) and amount of fabric on the bolt. There is nothing more disappointing than getting up to the counter to cut your chosen fabric only to realize that you don't have enough to create your project!
3. Cut a rug.
Once you've found that perfect fabric, go ahead and cut a rug! (Please stick to just the dance moves and not the beautiful ones for sale in the store. :-) When you're ready to check out, head to the cutting table and let the clerk know the amount of fabric you need. But before any scissors start snipping, make sure to check the nap or pile (raised surface) of your fabric. You will want to make sure that your nap/pile and fabric print runs in the same direction throughout your sewing project, which may require purchasing more fabric. Check your pattern instructions to ensure you purchase the proper amount. Important note: checking your nap may result in needing a nap!
4. Notions. 'Nuff said.
I've got a notion that you will probably need some notions before you head out the door. You will find a list of required notions in the pattern instructions. Inweave carries a wide variety of buttons, zippers, thread, pins, hook and eyes and much more! When selecting notions, be sure they are the proper size/thickness and color for your project. I recommend choosing thread color that blends into the fabric or tastefully contrasts the fabric for edge-stitching and topstitching, depending on your project and taste. The same goes for zippers. Be sure to purchase the proper length and type (e.g. invisible, regular, trouser, jean, and separating) of zipper with metal or plastic teeth that is best suited for your project.
5. Ask the experts!
Don't be afraid to ask questions and to ask for help! The Inweave staff are knowledgeable, helpful and most of all, familiar with the fabric store and its vast amount of product. Sometimes just sharing your project ideas and fabric needs with the staff is the easiest way to find what you are looking for. The staff are on hand to help you find the fabric the best suits, drapes, and upholsters your fabric needs!