It has become a trend to shop everything online nowadays. Truly, it is a convenient way of shopping. Today, many retailers and fabric shoppers have turned to the online fabric stores for their rich collections at cheaper prices. Also, it takes less time to search different type of fabrics online while at the brick and mortal retail stores you may spend a lot of time.
Most of the online fabric stores deliver your ordered items to your address and the shipping charge may also be a little less than the amount the brick and mortar retail stores charge. But sometimes online fabric shopping can be a little difficult and confusing. Here are some tips that you need to keep in your mind while shopping fabrics online:
Choose your fabric wisely
Unlike the physical fabric stores, online stores will not allow you to touch and feel the drapes and textures of the fabrics before placing your order. There is a certain probability that you may not get the same high quality novelty quilting fabric you see in the images of the online store. So, to avoid such problems you need to know about the fabrics you want. If you have a good knowledge regarding the textures, drapes, fibre contents, stitching of different type of fabrics, it will be easy for you to choose the exact fabric you want. Also, online fabric stores provide description of fabrics. Suppose, you want patchwork fabric, you should go through the description and then select the item.
Ask any fabric designer or merchandiser for their advices on different types of fabric. Before ordering, you can ask for the swatches at a nominal charge. Sometimes by the time you get the samples, the stock may be over. After ensuring the fabrics you want, for example, you want novelty fabric prints, you can order them in bulk before it’s all gone.
Purchasing fabrics online is beneficial as you will get great discounts. Some physical retail stores may also offer good deals if you are in a good business relationship with them. But the shipping charge costs high, especially if you order heavy weight garments. Some online fabric stores charge the same rate for shipping heavy and light fabrics. But it is always better to go to the nearby retail stores or search other online fabric stores and check the prices there. This way you can compare prices on your own, and have a basic idea of it. You also need to keep in your mind that you will have to pay an extra amount or customs if you order fabrics online from outside the country.