Originally Posted by d-p
Let me share ... I've been searching for quality fabrics for a couple years and my finding is ... Most fabric dealers act like they wish you hadn't contacted them. And I'm asking for a one yard sample with at least a 100 yard 1st order if we like it.[/url]
I know that frustration first hand. But to put something in perspective, with 20-25 yards on a normal retail bolt that's only 4-5 bolts. For manufacturer that is hardly worth setting up the looms. For the wholesaler, they probably don't have it in stock. When flamingo and I were doing children's clothes cottage industry we dealt with the fabric wholesalers in person. A wide variety of fabrics but only a few bolts of each one. The retail stores can not order fabric by pattern or number. They get what they get. Simple as that.
The fabric industry is a really strange bird. That's the way it was 25 years ago. My guess is it has only gotten worse.