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How to Buy Fabric (Terminology & Shopping Tips!) | WITHWENDY

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This is how to buy fabric! An overview of common terminology and my shopping tips. I tried my best to cover the surface of fashion fabrics well, but there is a TON of information so I apologize if you feel something was left out! Hope this helps with all your future DIY's! CLICK TO NEVER MISS AN UPLOAD: http://bit.ly/subscribewithwendy MORE FOR BEGINNERS SHOP MY SEWING SUPPLIES http://withwendy.com/shop/#supplies WATCH SEWING FOR BEGINNERS https://youtu.be/a09Ex3a4sEM Hi!! I'm Wendy and I make DIY videos that teach you how to sew your own clothes (and lots of other tutorials). Subscribe if you'd like to learn, get inspiration, and stock up on helpful tips. Thanks for watching! Add me!! @withwendy My Patreon support page! http://bit.ly/patreonww MUSIC unfinished-ideas by saoe | saoe | http://bit.ly/1QKArhm Prince w/(dc) by LAKEY INSPIRED | http://bit.ly/1WFCJ5D BNSN BRNR by Alacajam | http://bit.ly/1TxNjHO life magic by cherishh | http://bit.ly/2673dja Cloud Candy (w/ Defkon) by cherishh | http://bit.ly/1YeS7Fl
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George Brown 3 (2 days ago)
19 years ago and you still on youtube?Huh?She has pretty good ideas.I would love to go to a school that'll teach how to make jeans.But who'll invest invest in me?
Ilaria Easom (3 days ago)
That music over the fabric store images was perfect
Jennifer Hydock (4 days ago)
Great class!
Shahad Alkhaldi (8 days ago)
Love this ♥️
Jerry Gundecker (10 days ago)
What do you use for a suit of armor?
Rodrigo Mendes (28 days ago)
nice video
Wendy Aguilera (29 days ago)
Subscribing because A- my name is also Wendy 🙂 and B I also love sewing but I’m a newbie to it! :)
Bassy1ne Basi (1 month ago)
love your hair colour .... 😢😢😢😢
Bassy1ne Basi (1 month ago)
you really helped me if only I bought just any material without guide I would be known that I could have wasted or even regret later thanks thanks thanks as big thanks dear. keep growing and developing. stunning.
Nova A (1 month ago)
Ok lol I'm new at sewing my issue is lets say a fat quarter is 18x21. The 18 is the height or the width. 😂😂
Ale R (1 month ago)
Love the video!! I learned sooooo much! Thank you!
Kshni (1 month ago)
However, these days, there are many fabrics vendored as 'linen' when it definitely is NOT linen, it's viscose or rayon, which is not linen. Unless they say it's spun flax, it is _NOT_ linen, it's one of the "semi-synthetics" (ie rayon/viscose) and that changes the look, feel, and hang.
nononanano (1 month ago)
Can someone recommend fabric stores in Melb Au?
Cristina Lopez (1 month ago)
I want to learn how to make shirts pants and dresses but I don’t know were to get the fabric can you make a video on were we can get the fabrece thank you
chickenofthesea (1 month ago)
Thank you Wendy for this excellent guide to buying fabric!
Chaad Mason Pierre (1 month ago)
Are you from Toronto? Is that king textiles in the beginning???
Golden Wolfie (1 month ago)
Great vid 👌🏼
Rabbit (1 month ago)
Does opacity vary based on type of fabric or the quality/manufacturing of the fabric? I bought a striped jersy knit rayon/spandex/polyester fabric that was not opaque enough to wear.
melissaisonair (1 month ago)
Your information video has got to be among my absolute FAVORITES. You are to the point, very knowledgeable, precise...Just AWESOME!!! Thank you soooo much.
Ms88keys1 (1 month ago)
Hi, I want very much to buy woven silk fabric to make  ties for my friends
Silk Click India (1 month ago)
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Sarah Hernandez (1 month ago)
Wow, my Textile Science class in an understandable nutshell!!
Mike Collins (1 month ago)
Awesome! As a guy, "new" to sewing ( well, I learned as a kid in grade school, a LONG time ago..) I am always looking for more info.. and you have provided a TON of useful information, in a short, precise, easy to understand manner :) Subscribed and now on to watching your other videos... I love working with wood/on mechanical stuff, but sewing allows me to make stuff INSIDE, while winter rages outside :) And I am REALLY enjoying bringing old sewing machines back to life... I spend more time doing that then sewing! LOL
Vo Kaloiyd (1 month ago)
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Extremely helpful!!!
Daisha Getter (2 months ago)
this was soooooo helpful😍😍😍😍
Camilla Knighton Fitt (2 months ago)
Omg thank you
B Paulsen (2 months ago)
Fabric can be un-shrunk with a good soak in water with hair conditioner...rinse, hand stretch it a bit, and line dry...voila! I've only tried it on nylon and cotton-based fabric {flannel, jeans, velvet, etc.}, but it may work for others.
B Paulsen (2 months ago)
Just buy two yards...add in what your family and in-laws discard...then when you're my age you can lay claim to tub after tub of every type and pattern imaginable...it's too pretty to cut..someday, there will be a really special use for that one...I'll only use 1/2 of it for this project, best not to cut it...please, DON'T get me started on notions, although I just discovered the little plastic baggies are really useful for sorting them. In all fairness, it's like Christmas every time I look through it all. Seriously, though, thanks so much for the great tutorial. After 30 years of on/off sewing, fabric types are still a bit confusing, especially the new ones. ;)
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Bibi (2 months ago)
3:21 - 3:44,,, i didn’t really get what she meant there?? My English is not the best,,, can someone help out?
Mika Beki (2 months ago)
Really helpful but those short scenes are not really showing the fabric. We need close look and most typical one to see. Also, i want know how to recognize the quality of fabric. Once i bought a fabric to sew pants and did it. But after wash it ages fast and it gets whitened when i iron it. And the one knitted fabric that i made sweatshirt started getting hole everywhere like knits are cut and on sewed holes/ lines it keeps getting ruined like hole that made by needle of sewingmachine keeps getting bigger and it looks awkward. What kind of mixed facrics are anti odor? I wanna know. and what mix lasts longer? Can u make video about this kind of stuffs? Pls
Pam Millie (2 months ago)
This was really helpful.
michele arends (2 months ago)
Talks WAY too fast for this beginner...lol
Rosalie DeGregory (2 months ago)
Learning from Wikipedia? Oh, please.
Bam Carter (2 months ago)
What are you gonna do with the fabric: making the 1814 flag Size: own size AND budjet: 1000
Shane Canlas (2 months ago)
This is so helpful😍I'm planing to start doing my passion which is making clothes for My family thank you for the tips new subie here muahhhh😘😘😘
de todo un poco (2 months ago)
Y mis subtítulos en español ;-;
taytay swift (2 months ago)
what are some begginner sewing projects?
factory silk (2 months ago)
There's a lot of learning to do, even if I'm a fabric salesman myself
Francisco D'anconia (2 months ago)
I'm a truck driver and I just got into sewing lingerie for my wife. My shop orders these big boxes of t-shirt scraps that are absolutely perfect for making things like that. So I get my fabric for free 🤣 also our Goodwill does this thing where every Monday certain tags are only a dollar. We pick up some really awesome clothing for only a dollar that I can break down and save a ton of money instead of buying it expensively by the yard.
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Ingrid Moraes (2 months ago)
this was really helpful!! Thank you so much >.<
Shivani Krishali97 (3 months ago)
Thanku so much mam it help me a lot...becoz i m beignner
Sarah Lim (3 months ago)
Your video is really informative and helpful. A quick question: what fabric do you think Mizzen and Main is using that is iron-free, dry easy and absorb perspiration? Grateful if you could answer. Thanks in advance! =)
Gabriela M.H (3 months ago)
Bad Informeiyon (3 months ago)
It is just unbelievable the bad quality of this video editing !!! Difficult to follow, difficult to understand, too fast, too hysteric, no time delay between breaks. Have you ever heard about the meaning of a comma ( , ) by a chance?
Miranda Garcia (3 months ago)
can you show us how to make a silk top?
Miss Cloud (3 months ago)
Isam Isam (3 months ago)
Hi wwendy what the best fabric for a skirt
Zena Ali (3 months ago)
you are brilliant , thank you <3
Maximilian P. (3 months ago)
This isn't the botanical garden in Berlin, in your outro, is it? :)
Deana Wade (3 months ago)
thank you.
swati bakshi (3 months ago)
you should visit India once to explore its vast variety of textiles ..
Jennifer Dally (3 months ago)
I'm half indian and when I first learned to sew my grandmother sent money to some of our relatives who still live there so that they could buy me some proper indian fabrics. I honestly think that they are the nicest (and prettiest) pieces of fabric that I own. In fact the reason that I'm getting back into sewing is because I want to get good enough to make clothing that is worthy of the fabric that she bought me.
Ivana Pavlović (3 months ago)
I want to buy fabric!!!
Josephine (3 months ago)
How do I know how much fabric I will need to for a whole body?
Alicja Krajnik (3 months ago)
Most helpful video in this topic! I took me notes. Easily and clearly sad. Thank you so much!
tamia11 falanna (3 months ago)
Great video!
Jami Swan Beauty (3 months ago)
I just love your channel!!!
Quods Nour (3 months ago)
i do like sewing and i do know most of them in my mother tongue but not in english . banch of thx keep it up
munni akter (4 months ago)
what is alex fabric??
Larry Moore (4 months ago)
Thanks for all the helpful information!! You're super great to learn from and offer wide range of perspectives/considerations (ethics, categories, process) very great content for a beginner viewer like me!!! Keep it up and thank you!
BISHAL'S CREATION (4 months ago)
Thanks Wendy muuuuuwah 😘
Yuri Ha (4 months ago)
what type of fabric would be good for box shaped bottom gown? Thank you!
Lizzy Hughes (4 months ago)
You are so pretty Wendy! I find it hard to watch this with the choppy editing, but lots of good info, thanks!
4sho With Snake (4 months ago)
Really good info. Thanks 😀
Stevanda Zogara (4 months ago)
I learned more in this video than I do in my fashion college Thanks Wendy!🙌✨
Sunil Bindlish (4 months ago)
Atul fabric india is a best quality knitting fabric manufacturer for t shirt , sweat shirts , hoodies, contact no,01191 9216168680 , contact person Amit Gupta,
Meghan (4 months ago)
SO helpful ! Wow, thank you for this video it is much appreciated !
r.p garments r patole (4 months ago)
hi .Saloun. apron fabric how is .name?..
Wombat Girl (4 months ago)
cali avo (4 months ago)
I’ve been watching you for a couple of weeks and you inspired me to fix my sewing machine! I’ve always wanted to make clothes and be able to fix clothes I already have! This video has helped so so much! Thanks!!
Michelle Redd (4 months ago)
This was a very informative video, but I thought Wendy would talk about "directional" fabric. Stripes, and fabric grain.
Cesar Dela Gente (5 months ago)
hi wendy... what's that fabric used to make t-shirts?
Natalie Quinton (5 months ago)
You have made a very common mistake. You mixed up fabric content “cotton” with the fabric structure“satin”. You can get the fabric content in a variety of weaves and vice versa. I will pay more for silk satin than polyester satin. Both fabrics are satin but the fibre content is completely different.
Don DiFonso (5 months ago)
I disagree with your take on real fur versus fake fur. Fake fur lasts far longer than real fur. Real fur dries out over time and fake fur does not. Plus you are not skinning beautiful animals alive to get it.
Jennifer Dally (3 months ago)
Yes you do need to add a conditioning agent to real fur, but other than that real fur last just as long or longer than fake fur, plus fake fur is VERY bad for the environment since every part of the production and consuming process of fake fur creates microplastic that then gets into the water systems of the surrounding environment, which kills large amount of wildlife. tl;dr fur is a bit of a loose-loose situation so it's best to avoid it unless your buying real vintage fur as the damage has already been done.
Mara A (5 months ago)
Italian fabrics are the best but they don’t sell them here. So when I go there I get a bunch, if not I buy it at Indian stores. PURE NATURAL silk, cotton, wool and that is it! Synthetic won’t allow the skin to breath. My skin sure complains with it
MacWill Ph (5 months ago)
do a video about heavy fabrics
emma (5 months ago)
i worked at joann fabrics for a little while, no one will judge you if you don't know the "proper" name for whatever fabric youre looking for. most people don't. I've heard so many different ways people describe what theyre looking for because they don't know the real name of it. the store youre in will (hopefully) answer any question you have or at least help you for the fabric youre looking for.
Zuriel Renovamen (5 months ago)
Life saver thanks
Victoria Smith (5 months ago)
If you hit dislike on this video you just a hater end of discussion. No if ands or buts...
Adam (5 months ago)
"Why is everything everywhere" this sentence made me laugh so hard hhhhhh
AyeYo Nia (5 months ago)
Your tips were amazing. I am new to sewing. I finally bought me a sewing machine last month, starter kits and a mannequin. I went into a fabric store a few days ago and was completely lost lol. You're tips are helping me figure out exactly what I need to look for when making decisions on fabric.
kaylashalaylaaaaa (5 months ago)
*I HATE RAYON.* it is sooooo sensitive and delicate and wrinkles & shrinks like 3x its size.
Joseph Hoh (5 months ago)
PHEW I'm exhausted. That was faster than the Shinkansen.
Kylie L'Heureux (5 months ago)
You’re amazing!
Mariah Bowen (6 months ago)
This was super informative! I'm getting into sewing for myself again, and this is giving me all kinds of ideas for projects!
Transportia (6 months ago)
I don't even sew but my interest in textiles and fashion brought me here--so glad! Thanks for such a clear introduction and a video technique that's current but not annoying (not too many trendy cut and mix of size/distance/speed).
cuties by marce Marce (6 months ago)
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FunnyGaming (6 months ago)
This video could have been helpful if you actually show the fabric...
T. Lucalake (6 months ago)
Ms. Wendy, New subscriber here. EXCELLENT video. I am new to sewing, and I thank you very much. I am looking forward to learning from the rest of your videos. 👍👍
Pat Andersen (6 months ago)
LOVE LOVE LOVE this video Wendy!!, you gave a lot of detail and information and I really appreciate you explaining the difference of fabrics and what "material" means.
Aridescent Art (6 months ago)
Amazing video!! Thank you!
Seven (6 months ago)
Very nice summary. Another suggestion to add with yours about feeling every fabric, you also need to check out the care instructions on the end of the bolts. Sadly, all the fabrics I chose yesterday were hand wash with cold water, line dry, which is something I know just isn't going to happen with me for very long. And check how quickly your chosen fabric will wrinkle by bunching a section of fabric in a tight fist for a few seconds. If it comes back wrinkled, that probably means hours with an iron (probably also cool), which is also something I know just ins't going to happen with me at all. I'm not sure if stores still give them out, but you used to be able to ask for a washable care label that you could sew into your project if you needed the washing reminder. I always forget to ask.
Toni (6 months ago)
Great Video! Thank you verry much - be blessed 👕👗❤
Ms. Riley (6 months ago)
Thank you, this was very informative.
Ziggie Zag (6 months ago)
Great info, but the hands! Find something to hold on to that would embarrass you for us to see. That way you'll be able to keep them down and still.
ada's aura (6 months ago)
I had to subscribe because I can understand you and I feel like I can trust you on all things informative. This was a really great video. Thank you so much!
Azure Kate (7 months ago)
GOD the fashion students that come to my Joanns need to see this. They come in and hand us their supply list at the counter and ask us to to find everything for them!! ALSO ONE FASHION STUDENT CAME IN AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT DENIM WAS? FFS
tricia1234gm (7 months ago)
Very interesting!!! Thank you
gloria samte (7 months ago)
Very helpful

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