Whether you’re looking to take up a new hobby or have been practicing the art of sewing and embroidery for years, choosing your next project is half the fun of creating something. The first step in any new sewing project is choosing the perfect fabric. Wondering how to narrow down your search? A-1 Vacuum & Janitorial Supply & Sewing Center of Kalispell, MT, has been providing cleaning and sewing services for years and offers customers a helpful guide to finding the perfect fabric.

Top 3 Tips for Choosing Fabric for Sewing Projects 

Check the Pattern

FabricMost sewers, especially novices, will be working off a pattern. Start by looking at the back of the pattern you’ve purchased. Many patterns, especially those designed for beginners, will offer suggestions for which fabrics work best for the project you’re embarking on. If the pattern doesn’t provide any hints, visit the local fabric store to speak with their staff. These experts can often fill in any gaps in pattern directions and can provide you with a good starting point.

Know the Skill Level Required for Different Fabrics

Some fabrics are better for sewers with various levels of expertise. There are materials with a significant amount of structure that work best for those just starting out. Complicated fabrics, like double gauze, are best left to those who have been sewing for years. The key to fabric choice and skill level lies in the amount of structure the material provides. The newer you are to sewing, the more structure and sturdiness you’ll require out of your fabric.

Consider What it Will Be Used for & if It Can Be Washed

Lastly, consider what you’re making, what it will be used for, and how often it will be worn. If you’re making a skirt or shirt designed for everyday use, you’ll want to review the various fabric’s cleaning and care directions to find something that can withstand regular washes without deterioration. If, however, you’re making a piece that will be used infrequently, the care instructions don’t play such a vital role in the decision-making process, and you have more freedom in choosing which most pleases you or will best fit the pattern.

New and experienced sewers are equally impressed by the knowledge, kindness, and eagerness to help of the at A-1 Vacuum & Janitorial Supply & Sewing Center. Call (406) 755-1871 or visit the company’s website for a full listing of fabrics and to learn about the company’s floor and window cleaning services.