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FAQS

HOW DOES YOUR PRICING WORK?

We sell our fabric in 50cm units, and our ribbing in 25cm units.

You will need to enter the correct number of units in the quantity box to make up the length that you require. eg for a metre of fabric you will enter 2 in the quantity box. For a metre of ribbing you would enter 4 in the quantity box. 

Your fabric will be cut in one continuous piece.

Check out the table below for help.

If you are still confused about how much to order, drop us a line at hello@fablefabrics.co.nz and we’ll get you sorted.

  

WHAT CURRENCY IS YOUR PRICING? 

All pricing on our website is in NZD (New Zealand Dollars)

 

CAN I GET A SAMPLE?

Yes! 

It is important to us that you love the fabric that you purchase, so if you are unsure about your choices we will send you a free sample. 

To order a sample select "Order a Sample" from the "Shop by Fabric Type" dropdown box on main menu of the home page. Click Add to Cart, then in the comments box in the check out section, tell us which samples you would like.

If you need further help with choosing your fabric or matching and co-ordinating fabric drop us a line at hello@fablefabrics.co.nz

If you want samples sent to a country other than NZ, email us at hello@fablefabrics.co.nz and we'll sort you out. 


DO I NEED TO PREWASH MY FABRIC? HOW DO I CARE FOR MY GARMENTS ONCE THEY ARE MADE?

Pre-washing fabric before you sew it is always a good idea. Knit fabric can shrink up to 5%, and there is also a small chance colours may run the first time you wash them.

Most manufacturers suggest machine washing at max 40 deg, and tumble dry on low only.

 

DO I NEED AN OVERLOCKER TO SEW JERSEY?

Nope, not at all. I sewed knit fabric for years using my trusty Bernina that is almost as old as me! If you plan on sewing a lot of knit, or you are a keen sewer you may want to look at getting an overlocker, but they are a “nice to have”, not an essential sewing tool.

Here are some tips and tricks for sewing knit on a regular sewing machine

  • Most modern sewing machines will have a knit stitch or faux overlock stitch programmed into them. Check out your manual for the settings. If you can’t find one on your machine, a zig zag stitch works really well. On light to medium weight knits, try using a long narrow zigzag. This setting closely mimics the look and function of an overlock stitch
  • Use ballpoint needles - A regular needle isn’t shaped correctly for the loops of a knit. It can cause skipped stitches, wavy seams, and even holes in your fabric.
  • Let the feed dogs do their thing…..When sewing a knit fabric, it's important to let the fabric feed itself under the presser foot without pulling or stretching the fabric through. If a knit is stretched while sewing, it will generally stay stretched after it is sewn as well.
  • Use a walking foot if you have one. It helps the fabric feed evenly under the foot, which results in a flat hem instead of a wavy one.
  • As knit doesn’t fray, you only need to make a single turn/fold when hemming. If you are struggling with wavy hems on your knit projects, you can use a fabric stabiliser of some kind. You can also use a twin needle to get a more professional looking finish.

If you are still stuck, check out Google. There are loads of tips and great tutorials on sewing knits on domestic sewing machines.

 

GOTS/OEKO-TEX - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifications are different, but useful ways for consumers to understand more about how the products they buy are produced.

The simplest way to explain this is that organic certification (GOTS), is all about how the raw materials for your fabric is grown. Oeko-Tex certification is about how the fabric is processed, including things like dyes and finishes.

They are both standards that are managed by individual organisations and recognised worldwide in the textile industry.

GOTS is certification that covers organic materials, while OEKO-TEX covers organic and non organic materials. Both have strict testing standards in place.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. It covers how the materials of the fabric are grown and also includes ecological and social criteria. This is backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification

To obtain a OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, the textile needs to be free from more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health. The goal of Oeko-Tex fabric safety standard is to ensure that fabrics pose no risk to human health, and prohibits the same long list of chemicals that GOTS prohibits.

If a product holds a GOTS or OEKO-TEX certification you can be confident that the product has gone through testing and is as safe as it can be for humans, and will feel lovely and soft against your skin. 

 

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS - SEND US A MESSAGE AT HELLO@FABLEFABRICS.CO.NZ, AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO ANSWER YOU.