Does the Fabric have a Strong Odor?
Have you ever walked by a row of quilting fabrics and noticed a strong odor? Beware. You’re smelling chemicals. Some manufacturers try to disguise inferior fabrics with heavy layers of starch or sizing. This makes the fabric look thick and stable. But it’s only temporary. Once you wash out the chemicals, you’re left with thin, limp fabric. Grab a corner of fabric between both hands. With generous pressure, rub back and forth with a rapid, scrubbing motion. Now, smooth out the fabric and feel it again. Has the fabric lost its stiffness (body)? Does it feel thin and limp? If it does, you know you’re dealing with junk. Does the Color Rub Off? When you “scrubbed” the fabric in the previous test, did the color rub off on your hands? “Crocking” happens when the dyes in the quilting fabric aren’t sealed (a sure sign of inferior fabric). If color transfers to your hands, it’s not colorfast. If you don’t see the word “colorfast” on the label, test the fabric yourself. Here’s how: Cut out a smal