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How do I start purchasing wholesale fabric?

I have been thinking of starting my own sewing business but retail fabric is getting expensive, even when it's on sale.  Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to start?   I found a post a few months ago on this issue but can seem to find it.



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Comment by gorwin on June 27, 2012 at 3:27am

Hi, If you have a sales tax# or are otherwise a legal business in your state, you should be able to buy fabric wholesale from many suppliers.  In decorative sewing for instance, the supplier is often called a "jobber".  they buy the fabric from the mills, and sell it in smaller quantities to the interior designer, and upholsterers.  they being the middleman do add a markup, of course, but those rolls of fabric are commonly 50 yards +.

If you're looking for apparel fabrics, the idea is the same.  you need to look for the jobber, maybe called a distributor.  for instance kaufman fabrics.  they represent many fabric lines.  you can buy from them directly but there is a minimum order. 

when i'm searching for something in particular, i'll call the mill or the brand name, and ask if they have a sales rep you can talk to. or ask for a list of distributors.   everyone wants their product to move, and you'll be surprised at the info you can get on the phone.

good luck with your products,


Comment by Bet Brinkerhoff on June 14, 2012 at 11:07am

I have also been looking for wholesale fabric.  I found out that the best bet is to find a fabric mill.  I found a lady who knows about one mill but she wouldn't tell me where it is.  The best I could find out is that it is in Oregon. I am doing the same thing that you are doing.  I'm starting a small business of sewing aprons.  My aprons could be less expensive if I could find a fabric mill. So far no luck.  I want to know too. 

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