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    How To Choose Vintage Fabric For Sewing

    How To Choose Vintage Fabric For Sewing

    The best thing about the vintage fabric is that it comes up with the timeless quality in your home. No matter if you are presenting it someone as a gift or preparing something in your home. This vintage look is always going to give you a strong nostalgic feeling as well as the strong vibe of happiness. I am a big fond of vintage fabric and as a sewer, it makes me a little relaxing to sew something in vintage.

    If you have a good basic sewing machine for beginners in your sewing space then what are you waiting for? Start sewing something and bring back the nostalgic feeling in your home. Believe me, people will love coming to your home when they will see vintage fabric as a decoration. If you want to collect more info about the best basic sewing machine for beginners then check this out.

    An apron made from vintage fabric

    Today I am going to tell you about how you should select the right kind of vintage fabric for the sewing and what you should consider at the time of buying such an amazing piece of garment.

    Fabric Hunting

    One of the hardest things any sewer can go through is to find the new and right kind of vintage fabric from the store. In most of the cases, the vintage fabric is not in a good condition and has stains which require a lot of efforts to eliminate. Fabric hunting is not that easy task especially when you are looking for the vintage and for the preparation of something special.

    The first step everyone should follow at the time of buying vintage fabric is to make sure that you are checking it properly. Open the folds of the fabric and check for any stain or tearing. If the fabric is in excellent condition then buy it but don’t compromise on the condition as it can mess with your whole hard work and you are going to feel frustrated in the end.


    After having a vintage fabric in your sewing space, now you have to put a little effort into cleaning it and removing the odor from it. Vacuum the fabric to remove the dust from the fibers or you can wash it simply. After buying you can also put the fabric into the sunlight as it will eliminate the smell from the fabric and you can sew it then in peace.

    At the time of washing the vintage fabric, don’t use chemicals or anything which can ruin the color of the vintage fabric. Due to the old age of the fabric, anything can fade the color and can damage it. So many cleaners with strong chemical agents can eliminate the color of the fabric and it will look worse. If you have invested a great amount in fabric then go for the professional cleaning as they know how to clean the vintage fabric without damaging it.

    Post-Sewing Care

    Once you are done with the whole cleaning process of the vintage fabric and done with the pre-washing, now it’s time to move to the sewing machine. If you are something big which includes metal zippers and other things for the home décor then you should have the best heavy duty sewing machine for home use. For the relevant information about the heavy duty sewing machine, visit to find more useful tips on these machines.

    A good heavy duty sewing machine will help you sew vintage fabrics with ease

    Another thing which should be in your mind after the sewing and at the time of cleaning or washing it is to wash it by hand or get a help of dry cleaners. Never use a too hot iron on the vintage fabric as it can damage the color as well as the fiber of the fabric. To save your vintage fabric from the damage, you should care about detergent when washing.


    Many people out there have a limited budget when it comes to shopping because of course everyone has duties to fulfill and we can’t just spend the whole salary at the vintage fabric shopping. The best way to be in the budget and to shop the desired vintage fabric to know about the auctions. So many homes and stores who are about to close the work invite people for the auction.

    In an auction, you can witness the number of vintage fabrics and can bid on them. Who know that you can have a few pieces of fabric in a budget instead of having just one from the store. You can also try the old stock but check it by stretching it to find any hole or stain. You can repair it anytime but then what’s the use of spending money on such things?

    Hide The Weakness

    If you have to make the project from the vintage fabric at any cost and you are ready to even hide the stains or weakness of the fabric then buy it. Now the next step sewer has to do to change it into the new one is to get some laces and buttons. You can apply applique or something to the place where you can see the stain or something is wrong.

    If the vintage fabric is damage from some corner then you can also repair it with the help of needle and thread. Keep blending the base of the fabric with the thread in a way that it seems like one thing. You can also sew some buttons and can do little embroidery to save the place from further damage and now your project must be ready to exhibit.

    If you want a new sewing machine or you are looking for tips to buy the right sewing machine then read Tips To Choose The Best Inexpensive Sewing Machine For Beginners You Should Know. I have shared many helpful sewing experience here to help you find the right sewing machines.

    Final Words

    Vintage fabric is something very dear and precious to the sewer who like to collect things from the past and who like to prepare things from the unique piece of fabric. All the people out there who belong to the sewing community or about to join, you all must know about your sewing machines and fabric to move forward in a professional way and to keep going strong.
    Last edited by avismeyer; Jun. 24, 2020, 01:23 AM.

    Welcome to driving, Avismeyer. If I were you, I'd go to the ADS website ( and contact your regional director, Pam Miller-Mitchell. She should be able to help you find driving clubs (a great resource!) and trainers in your area.


      Here's a link to the driving club in Southern California:

      Here's another useful link: This one mostly is a list of carriage rental vendors, but there might be some trainers mixed in.

      Good luck!


        Where in So Cal are you? I am in Riverside area, there is also a Norco Saddle and Harness association which conveniently is located in Norco and has a show almost every month. Also the California Draft Horse and Mule Association. I am getting ready to go to the s tock show next week but message me and I can share all I know about driving in Southern California.


          Original Poster

          Originally posted by ZELLA View Post
          Here's a link to the driving club in Southern California:

          Here's another useful link: This one mostly is a list of carriage rental vendors, but there might be some trainers mixed in.

          Good luck!
          I'm deeply thankful for your input. Really helpful