Quality vs. Quantity

buying fabric quality vs. quantity retail vs. big box

Lots of you are still looking for fabric to make masks. But are you buying the best fabric for your efforts? Making masks, like making anything, takes time and money. Most people want the biggest bang for their bucks. You want to purchase materials for the best prices but also at the best value. But you should also want to buy fabrics that are going to last beyond the first washing. Is buying quantity better than buying quality?

Buying inexpensive fabric is not the best value for your money. What happens the first time you wash it? It usually breaks down, frays, and becomes weak. After the complete breakdown, you are at the store purchasing more material and spending more time making the item again—and again—and again. After all these times, you have spent far more money than if you would have purchased higher quality fabric for a bit more money in the first place.

Here is a simple test to see if your fabric is of a higher quality that will withstand washings and the test of time. Unfold your fabric to a single layer. Then hold it up to sunlight or a bright light. Can you see through the fabric? If so, your fabric will not hold up and is not the quality you need to make effective masks, garments, quilts, or other projects.

Our fabric is of the highest quality. Do the sunlight test with our fabric and less expensive fabric side by side to see the difference. Less light shines through because we offer fabric that is of a tighter weave and higher thread count. There is a reason why our fabric is more expensive; it is of higher quality. The old adage, “You get what you pay for” plays a key role here. You truly get what you pay for.

Did you know that Owl’s Nest Quilters always has a fabric sale section? We always offer a selection of our high-quality fabrics at a discount that makes it just pennies above the fabric offered at big box stores.

Moreover, you can just feel the difference. Our fabric is softer and more supple. It is less abrasive on the skin and just feels and drapes better.

The perception that retailer prices are higher than big box prices is true (to some degree), but have you ever stopped to think why? Because you get the quality you need for the price you pay. And our prices are, in many cases, not substantially higher than the big box stores. That is a perception—a myth—perpetuated by the big box stores to draw customers to them and to a more inferior product.

Come in and see and feel the difference. Save time and money in the long run by choosing to use higher quality materials at the outset.

We are here to help. We are here because you love to create.

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