Sexists. How much a metre do you pay for your sewing fabric? What’s too cheap/too expensive?

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WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 12:53:23

Hellooooo, just the above, really. I’ve been paying around £10 a meter, give or take a quid or 2, for cotton fabric. Is that expensive, or ok?
What are your thoughts?
How much do you pay?
Thanks in advance, any advice appreciated.

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WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 12:54:25

Sewists!!! Not sexists! [shocked]

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WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 12:55:27


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shaggedthruahedgebackwards Sat 28-Oct-17 12:57:30

I'm not a sexist thlgrin but for basic cottons I would aim to pay less than £10 per metre

Are you dressmaking or crafting?

MiddleClassProblem Sat 28-Oct-17 12:58:14


DameFanny Sat 28-Oct-17 13:00:05

I'm a complete cheapskate, and aim to pay around £6 a metre for cottons and jerseys, more for speciality stuff. I dream of having the confidence to cut into £30 wool tweed...

steppingout Sat 28-Oct-17 13:01:00

Haha! That was what caught my attention. It depends on the quality really. It's at the higher end but for a good quality cotton from a bricks and mortar store it's probably about standard. You can find nice stuff for less though - I've had some good stuff from market stalls for £3-5 per metre. Or if you don't mind buying online, somewhere like Fabricland is good for cheaper novelty prints (not always the best quality though) or you could have a look at Fabworks.

RJnomore1 Sat 28-Oct-17 13:01:05

Brilliant typo 😂

WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 13:01:11

Crafting, basically for make up bags, handbags purses/wallets iPad /phone covers, that sort of thing.

Dressmaking will hopefully come along when I can gain more confidence with my sewing. I’m not a sexist either grin

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steppingout Sat 28-Oct-17 13:02:41

Fabric Guild do some good offers on quilting type cottons.

Hellywelly10 Sat 28-Oct-17 13:02:52

You can pay what you like for fabric. £10 a meter sound OK to me. It's important that you use something you really like.

SophoclesTheFox Sat 28-Oct-17 13:06:35

sorry, no idea about fabric, but am howling at your typo grin

FlaviaAlbia Sat 28-Oct-17 13:06:43

Depends what it's for, I got poly cotton from eBay for about £3 a meter that wasn't bad for covering DS's headboard.

It's more like £6-10 for dressmaking usually though.

FlaviaAlbia Sat 28-Oct-17 13:07:52

Sorry, I should clarify, that's more usual for me, not generally. I know it can go up to £££ for designer fabrics.

DameFanny Sat 28-Oct-17 13:09:51

If it's crafting cottons, Doughty's online have a huge selection at different price points, and I've had excellent service from them

WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 13:10:45

Thanks, think I might try the market stalls stepping
I haven’t got the money to keep buying at that price, though I have bought things when on offer, extra width etc.
I normally buy online.
Most of the time I’ve got what I’ve paid for, only once or twice I’ve received thin cheap cotton.
Thanks for the advice 🙂

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WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 13:14:32

I bought some lovely Riley Blake material that was £10 for the meter, but that’s designer, so didn’t think that was too bad?
Will also look at the polycotton from Ebay Flavia

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Piratesandpants Sat 28-Oct-17 13:15:26

I love the idea of sexist sewing grin

WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 13:16:47

Or, even worse, a sexist sewer 😂

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SoupDragon Sat 28-Oct-17 13:20:02

Autocorrect, how I love thee! 😂

For crafting I often buy things from charity shops to recycle. Or upcycle/re-purpose I guess.

WanderingJules Sat 28-Oct-17 13:21:59

Charity shops a good idea too, thanks soup.

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GiveMeTheTeaAndNobodyGetsHurt Sat 28-Oct-17 13:22:28

That's one of the best typos I've ever seen! If you want to, you can report your own post to mnhq to ask them to change it. Inly if you want to though...

I would say between £8-10 pm for cotton fabric, but I can get fairly decent polycotton for £3 - £4 pm, both at my local fabric shop. Markets and Indian fabric shops often have some bargains.

BarchesterFlowers Sat 28-Oct-17 13:23:17

This is my local fabric shop. Much cheaper than £10 a metre for basic cottons.

DadOnIce Sat 28-Oct-17 13:26:20

I thought this was going to be some new revelation about men's fabric costing less per metre, and how unjust that was...

DoormatBob Sat 28-Oct-17 13:26:26

Sewing is very sexist. Hardly any good 'man' fabrics and all the sewing magazines are mainly women's items.

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