Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fabric of the Day

Today's "Fabric of the Day" Focuses on Interlock Knit Fabric Prints for Boys.

Fabric in general, appears to be geared towards Girl's fashions.
With knit fabric being hard to find, it makes finding knit fabric prints for boys even harder.
I am not being gender biased, these prints can be used for either boys or girls, but they are geared towards boys.

These are just the Interlock knits I currently have available in my shop. Click on the pictures for more information.


VW Bugs

Retro Classic Cars

Beep Beep

Brown Ooga Booga

Golden Retrievers - FQ

Orange Ooga Booga

Happy Tools


Firehouse Pup

Football Pals

Frogs in Cars

Safari Buddies

Sleepy Time Bears

Zoo Animals

Monkey Dots

Purple Lime Ooga Booga


Friday, December 9, 2011

Fabric of the Day

100% Cotton Thermal Waffle Knit Fabric

These 100% cotton thermal knits are different weights and widths, so read the descriptions carefully before ordering.
I have 9 different prints available in pre-cut FQ's (fat quarters), by the Yard or any other length by request.
Click on the pictures for more information. They will open in a new window.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What is this fabric made from?

How to Use "The Burn Test" to Identify Textile Fibers

The burn test is a simple, somewhat subjective test based on the knowledge of how particular fibers burn. Be prepared to note the following when testing your fibers: 
• Do the fibers melt and/or burn?
• Do the fibers shrink from the flame?
• What type of odor do the fumes have?
• What is the characteristic(s) of any smoke?
• What does the residue of the burned fibers look like? 

Test Procedures
The burn test is normally made on a small sample of yarns or thread which are twisted together. Since the fiber content of yarns used in one direction of a fabric are not always made up of the same fibers used in the other direction, warp and filling yarns should be burned separately to determine the entire fiber content of the fabric.

This test is very helpful in determining whether a fabric is made from synthetic or natural fibers, but it is not foolproof and the characteristics observed during the burning test can be affected by several things. If the fabric /yarn contain blends of fibers, identification of individual fibers can be difficult. Two or three different kinds of fibers burned together in one yarn may also be difficult to distinguish. The odor and burning characteristics exhibited may be that of several fibers, thus making your results difficult to analyze. Finishes used on the fabric can also change the observed characteristics.

• Pull a small sample of at least six to eight yarns from your fabric about 4 inches long, and twist them together into a bundle about 1/8 inch in diameter. You can also use a small snippet of the fabric if you only need to determine whether it is a synthetic or natural fiber fabric and you are not seeking to determine the specific fiber(s) that make up the fabric. 

• Hold one end of the bundle with tweezers over a sink or a sheet of aluminum foil (about 10 to 12 inches square) to protect your working area. If the sample ignites it can be dropped into the sink or on the foil without damage.
Use either a candle or a match (automatic lighters work well) as your flame.

Some fibers are slow in igniting, but then burn quickly. Others can burn hot and produce a painful burn if caution is not maintained. 
Be extremely careful to keep your hair out of the flame. 
Be very certain that you are not wearing flammable materials when testing.
Do not stand anywhere near any flammable materials.

Potential Test Results
Natural, Organic & Manmade Fibers
In general, if the ash is soft and the odor is of burning hair or paper, the fabric is a natural fiber. Cellulosic fibers (cotton, linen and rayon) burn rapidly with a yellow flame. When the flame is removed, there is an afterglow, then soft gray ash.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Zibbet Shop

My Zibbet Shop

I was doing a comparison of the costs of doing business between my store front(s).

I quit having an eBay store front years ago when they changed what I was allowed to sell there. My digital sewing patterns were my main sellers and they no longer would allow digital products. The cost of selling there was high. I let my customers know that eBay was no longer an option and a sweet lady told me about Etsy.

I opened an Etsy Shop and it has been a great fit. But, the cost of doing business on Etsy is high, not as bad as eBay was, but still high.

I opened an ArtFire Studio down the line to expand my customer base and because the cost of doing business there is really low. I have a Pro account, it has been good for me, but the sales are few. I am not complaining, sales are sales and it more than pays for itself. 

(I have tried other venues too and they have not paid for themselves. There are more popping up all over, but I will stick with these for now.)

Enter Zibbet.
It is still new to the market. It has a Free Basic sellers package as well as Paid. I am a Premium member.
Like ArtFire, it has a really low cost of doing business price.
I really like the look of my store front and its ease of use. The support staff are awesome and are available to personally answer questions, and fix any problems right away. 
The Zibbet Shop owners are also friendly and helpful. 
I would really like to drive all my Etsy business to my Zibbet shop. It would save me between $100 and $200 per month in fees alone, that I could put back into my shop inventory.

The prices in my Zibbet shop are lower than my Etsy shop because the cost of doing business is less. 
I also know other Zibbet shop owners are in the same boat and sell for less in their Zibbet shops.

Shop Zibbet and save us both some hard earned money :) Zibbet promotes Handmade, Vintage, Fine Art and Supplies.

My shop carries Sewing Supples for preemies, babies and children.

Oh, and please leave feedback in my shop after you get your order. I ship fast and I ship worldwide.

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Shipment of Cotton Knit Fabric

Here are the new selections of Baby Rib Knits, in Baby and Children's (Juvenile) Prints. All are 100% Cotton.
Click on the pictures for more information. They are available by the FQ, Yard or you may make a special request for any other length you desire.
Butterfly Rainbows Baby Rib Knit

HEARTS n DOTS on White Baby Rib Knit

HEARTS n DOTS on Pink Baby Rib Knit

Monkey n Bananas on Pale Peach Baby Rib Knit

TURTLES, Baby Rib Knit

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ooga Booga Prints, 100% Cotton Interlock Knit Fabric

The popularity of the cute Ooga Booga monster print fabric seems to be spreading internationally, but the availability of the fabric locally is declining.
(I am trying to procure as much as I can, as I find it and can afford it, so I can have it available for you.)

The biggest contributor to the declining availability of this print is that it is not mass produced. It is printed in the US, in 1000 yard lots per color scheme. This makes it hard for the small on-line specialty fabric stores, such as myself, to come up with the printing costs to have just one color scheme printed. The best way to do this was through co-op buying groups, where each of us would purchase a roll of 60 - 90 yards. It also kept the cost down. Now most of the co-ops have quit buying Ooga Booga prints, leaving those of us who want it out of luck. They want to spend their money on different prints for a larger variety of inventory. I can't blame them, as I would like a large variety of prints too. But, I don't want to quit carrying the Ooga Booga's.

I have the Ooga Booga prints available in 11 oz. 100% Cotton Interlock Knit and some in 13 oz. 80/20 Cotton/Polyester Velour.

Here are the Ooga Booga prints that I have in stock. (Adding links and captions to the pictures isn't working, so click the links above for the type of fabric you are looking for).


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Breaking the FDA code about food coloring safety

Breaking the FDA code about food coloring safety
For decades, health officials have insisted that these artificial food colorings pose no danger. Their basic message has been: "Don't worry about a thing! Eat up!" But it turns out there's a code in that message. And it's an admission that food coloring has a clear downside -- especially for kids. Read the article

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fabric of the Day - Woven Cotton Quilting Fabric Prints

Today I thought I'd share something different.
I usually post my knit fabric finds, but today I'd like to share a few 100% Cotton Prints.

Little Pilots has Little Teddy Bear Pilots, Airplanes, Helicopters and Clouds in shades of blue with brown and red, on a slightly off-white background. This really cute, light weight woven fabric is sold by the Yard and Fat Quarter, but is available in any length by special order.  

Bright Plaids in Yellow and Pink.
These really cute Plaids are a nice weight woven fabric with a smooth finish and are sold by the Yard and Fat Quarter, or any length by special order.

These fabrics can be used to make any Nursery items, baby and children's clothing and quilts.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fabric of the Day - Baby Fawns (Deer) and Friends, 100% Cotton Interlock Knit Fabric

Baby Fawns, Cotton Interlock Knit Fabric
This is a soft, high quality, 100% combed cotton interlock knit. 12.5 oz. weight per yard, 60 inches wide.

It has a Sweet Little Fawns, puppies, bunnies and flowers. These cute little Bambi's and friends are on a white background. It is listed by the Yard and Fat Quarter, but is available in any length by special order. Made in the US.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Finding More High Quality Cotton Knits for your Sewing Pleasure

Purple Lime Ooga Booga Interlock Knit Fabric
 We have two new Ooga Booga Monster prints in stock and they are wonderful. They are both on High Quality 100% Cotton Interlock, 64 inches wide, 12 oz. weight, Made here in the USA.

Pink Ooga Booga on Pink Interlock Knit Fabric

Asian Girls Cotton Interlock Knit Fabric

Also on a High Quality 100% Cotton Interlock is Asian Girls. It is 57 inches wide and 10.4 oz. weight, Made in the USA.

Little Monsters Baby Rib Knit Fabric
And then, we have Little Monsters.. It is on a High Quality 100% Cotton Baby Rib Knit, 60 inches wide, 9.9 oz weight, Made here in the USA.

And since you read this far... If you Enter coupon code PROMO1 during checkout, you will get 20% off your order. Hurry, this code won't work for long.

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