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Before the introduction of mechanized production, fabrics were handwoven on looms. They were usually made from linen, wool, silk, or cotton, or a combination thereof. It was a labor-intensive task to warp the loom and fill in the weft with a shuttle. As a result, each family member had relatively few articles of clothing. In some locales, handwoven cloth is still a cottage industry. However, with the automatic weaving and knitting equipment available today, fabric is widely available in both natural fibers and synthetics. Newer fabrics, such as synthetics, often have built-in wrinkle resistance and stain resistance. These synthetic fabrics are generally easier to care for and may never need the touch of an iron; they accommodate our busy lives beautifully.
A more extensive range of fabrics is available online than the limited selection of fabrics stocked at most local fabric stores. You can find all types of apparel, decorator and upholstery fabric in a wide variety of fibers, weaves, colors and prints. Some online fabric stores also offer leather hides, trims, tassels, and pillow inserts. Much of this fabric is available at discount prices. Mill overruns are usually discounted, seasonal discounts often apply to apparel fabric, and decorator fabrics are frequently available at substantial discounts.
Fabric can be ordered in swatches, by the yard, or in larger wholesale quantities. When ordering fabric online, it is important to order fabric swatches first to ensure that the fabric is suited to your needs.
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