Tips for How to Buy Fabric, Needles, and Thread

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Going to a fabric store for the first time can be intimidating. Or, even if you’ve been many times, trying to find something new and different can be frustrating. Learn how to buy fabric, needles and thread, and discover the different varieties available.


Learning how to buy fabric can help save you time and money. To begin with, fabric is generally sorted in a store depending on the type of fabric. Tara Rex shows several different kinds of fabric that can all be found in various areas of a store. If you have an idea of the type of fabric you are looking for before going to a store, you can save time looking around and go straight to that section. Another tip Tara shares for learning how to buy fabric is knowing how the fabric is priced. Most fabric, unless it is a remnant or sale item, will be sold by the yard. Depending on the price, there are sometimes some good reasons to buy more fabric.


Tara also shares that there are many different types of thread available at a fabric store as well. She shares several varieties including cotton, rayon, polyester and metallic. She explains that some of these threads are common choices for either general sewing, quilting or embellishing. You will also find several different brands of threads in a fabric store, though most brands will all carry most of the different types of threads.


After you have selected a fabric and thread to use on a project, you need to choose a needle. Tara shares several of the different kinds of needle available including universal, jersey, embroidery, metallic and microtex. She explains what some of the differences between the needles are and what type of thread to use them with. Using the correct needle with different fabric and thread can help prolong the life of your sewing machine and help it run more smoothly. If you are going to purchase a new machine or even upgrade your machine, check out some great sewing machine buying tips.

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4 Responses to “Tips for How to Buy Fabric, Needles, and Thread”

  1. Beth

    Raises more questions and confusion than help.

  2. Laurie

    Enjoyed the story of her first fabric purchase, oops. I was lucky, my mom took me to the fabric store quite often, we would be picking out fabric for something for me usually. So I learned early, got my first. machine at around 7 or 8. I would tell anybody to ask before they even got started shopping. I have had other customers ask me for help, which I help when asked. You can meet a lot of new friends too. I would change one thing. When you are buying needles, make sure you are buying the needles your sewing machine dealer recommends. Or it might say in your sewing machine manual. You can damage your machine if you use the wrong needles. The brand of needles shown, schmetz, is a good all around needle I have used for years. There are types for every type of fabric. I thought she gave a lot of good basic information in 30 seconds.

  3. norma

    It would have been more helpful if she actually described what the uses are for the different fabrics, threads and needles. This video basically just informs the persons watching that there are different fabrics, threads and needles, with no other helpful information.

  4. Candyritchey

    Seems like a very sweet person, but I don't think this is very helpful to new sewers other than reinforcing the fact that there are, indeed, different fabrics, threads and needles.

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