Monday, January 30, 2012

My First Bolt

Guess what? I ordered my very first bolt of something. It felt so official and made me so proud to have a reason to buy a BOLT of sewing related whatever! I ordered a bolt of Sulky Tear Easy stabilizer. This is my favorite stabilizer for doing embroidery, putting in buttonholes, or working with plush fabrics, because it literally just tears right away from where you have sewn. Easy peasy....1. 2. 3!

I believe I actually found the cheapest price on Amazon.com for $38 for 25 yards, compared to $55 - $60 at most other locations. I really enjoyed saving a good $20ish on something I would most definitely be using a lot!

Why would you ever need a bolt of fabric?  
1)You may be wondering when you should buy a bolt of something and honestly, it really depends on your needs. For me, I always seemed to run out of stabilizer for embroidering or monogramming and I got really tired of having to run to the store all the time to get it, usually buying it when it wasn't on sale. Having a bolt of it will make my life so much easier AND save me money. 

2)You may need to consider also ordering a bolt of something when you, obviously, need a whole bunch of fabric. I am currently in the process of sewing some curtains for a client and due to the size of her windows, I needed a lot of fabric. Ordering a bolt in her case is worthwhile so that I can not only cut the fabric at the length I want to use, but also to save some money.

And just to let you in on a little secret.... I have REALLY played around with the idea of eventually having an online fabric store one day on DBS. I have been doing my research and am trying to find out if this is a market I want to venture into.

There are some definite advantages and those would be that I would be able to have another source of income, find and sell fabric that I think is cute, and be able to have a more practical and larger avenue for actually helping families who are adopting. Can you imagine how neat it would be to have a portion of EVERY fabric sale be donated to saving orphans!? I get the butterflies just thinking about it. However, there are some drawbacks that I can see, too... 

LIKE...
  • Storing the bolts in my small house
  • Getting stuck with fabric that for some reason didn't end up selling well
  • Taking over my limited time, if I were always having to single handedly cut, package, and mail out fabric order after fabric order. 
I've been praying through this endeavor and really am just waiting to see if it is the right move for me. What do you think? Would you buy cute designer fabric through me to help save orphans? I know... I totally am playing the guilt trip card... but c'mon... you would, wouldn't you!?