Lisa at SewRandom blogged today about a possible shortage of fabrics available for sewists. She is concerned because Walmart is taking fabric out of its stores. Her words borrowed from Michael of Micheal’s Fabrics have always been a guidance to me: “there will always be more fabrics.” And her stats on fabric “in” and fabric “out” have helped me regulate my fabric buying tendancies. So now, my dear thoughtful friend is reconsidering whether or not there will always be more fabric for US sewing fanatics.
Should we take out our credit cards to buy more fabrics from our favorite online fabric vendors? Online fabric purchases once occupied my time but for the past year or so I have cut back, preferring to buy top quality from vendors at sewing expos or traveling 100 plus miles to stores.
Cash outlay for more fabric? Is stashing a good idea? I say, “no, it’s not, if you are using a credit card that you won’t pay off within the month”.
I then ran across this US Today article that states that developing nations are now funding the US habit of living beyond it’s means:
In summation: don’t buy more than you can afford to pay back before the cards charge interest on that fabulous purchase. We need to be realistic about our fabric needs at the same time that we support our favorite fabric vendors, God Bless Them All!
By the way: a great online source for fabrics can be found at the new blogsite BeSewStylish.