Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk

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Hi everyone, I have been wanting to make some bathing suits for myself and
the fabric stores around here really have nothing in that category. I was
looking at the new Land's End catalog  and they have such beautiful fabrics.
Any online suggestions?

I have also been looking for bias tape by the roll and my favorite supplier,
www.cheeptrims.com doesn't carry bias tape at the moment!
Any reliable suppliers would be appreciated. Thanks!

Kirsten



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Try these links...

http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-stretch-fabric-lycra-fabric.aspx?Source=LeftNav
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http://www.laceland.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/store3/frames.htm?L+mystore3+gjkg5414+1171324223

I have ordered from fabric.com before and been pleased with their products
and customer service.

Have fun with the swimsuit projects,  I have made at least a dozen suits
hrough the years and find them remarkably easy to make.
Martha>



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http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-stretch-fabric-lycra-fabric.aspx?Source=LeftNav
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http://www.laceland.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/store3/frames.htm?L+mystore3+gjkg5414+1171324223
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Hi Martha,
I ordered today from Laceland, a mystery package with Lycra and some other
notions I have been looking for. Now I just have to find the bias tape...
Thanks

Kirsten



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Kirsten Sollie wrote:

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I second www.fabric.com  Love them!!!   Also, you might try www.sewsassy.com
I've ordered from them several times.  Always been very pleased.  And if
you have a question about anything, the entire staff seems to know what
they are talking about (and all about what they are selling.)  They carry
lingerie, swimwear, and dance type fabrics.  

Bias tape.....   You might try www.homesew.com and www.atlantathread.com and
www.nancysnotions.com  I've never looked for it by the roll, so I don't
know for sure if they will have what you want.  

HTH

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

Re: Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk
On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:13:10 -0600, "Kirsten Sollie"

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     I'd also recommend fabric.com. Sometimes Hancocks has flat fold
swim suit fabric that is quite nice - you just have to keep looking
though since they don't necessarily have it year round. One time
several years ago, I was at the Hancocks in LaCrosse, WI and I swore I
saw some of the same swimsuit fabric that was also featured in the
Lands End catalog.

Nancy

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Thanks Nancy,

I looked at Fabrics.com but they didn't have many prints.  I am hoping to
find the nice prints like what Lands End uses. Or maybe I just didn't find
them there.

Kirsten



Re: Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk
I also like Fay's Fashion & Fabrics

www.faysfabrics.com

They are like Sew Sassy, specializing in swimwear and lingerie
sewing.  Furthermore, they have designer overrun fabrics that they
sell at bargains.  The sample sack is dizzying and you get the cost
subtracted when you order.  Their customer service is much better than
Sew Sassy in my opinion.  No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

Pora



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wurstergirl wrote:
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The downside is that their web site looks like they are trying to put as
many paid ads on their site as they think they can get away with.
*shudder*   Maybe that doesn't bother some people, but after dealing
with one lady whose site was that way ("Quoth the raven...") it gives me
the heebie-jeebies.

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On Feb 12, 9:10 pm, Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply
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Unfortunately very true.  They're definitely not focussed on their
production values.  To order the sample package you have to run around
to find the instructions.  The web site is more of a way to connect
you with their old way of doing things, by paper catalogue, etc.  But
the good side of "old fashioned" is that they bend over backwards to
provide help and information, even via email.  And the sample set had
lycras I've never seen anywhere else.

Pora



Re: Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk
Oh.  Maybe they are just not internet-oriented, then.

wurstergirl wrote:

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I agree with the others that their site is not the best to attract new
business. I may order their catalog anyway. Hard to find what I am looking
for.

Kirsten
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Re: Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk
replying to Kirsten Sollie, Dinah wrote:
 
I believe this is what you are looking for..
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Re: Looking for sources for bathing suit fabric and/or bias tape in bulk
On Saturday, November 8, 2014 12:44:03 PM UTC-6, Dinah wrote:
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So tell us Dinah, do you think Kirsten has found a source of bulk bath suit
 and bias tape since she first asked SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS AGO????????????
???  So glad you were able to provide this information as I bet Kirsten has
 not been in a swimsuit since she posted her request.  <eye roll>


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The fabrics are easy to come by.  Try http://www.spandexworld.com , http://spandexhouse.com and the sources here: http://specialtyoutdoors.com/tips-for-sewing-your-own-gear/sources-or-where-to-get-outdoors-fabrics-patterns-and-notions/

Be very cautious of trying to make a medical compression garment, particularly  
for someone with diabetes or neuropathy.  It's all too easy not to get the right  
compression or gradient of compression, and you wind up with an ineffective garmentor one that is too tight and can cause some real damage, including venous
insufficiency, infections and even gangrene.

Kay

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Thank you for the information.  Garment will not be too tight.  Patient has
already faced that with purchased medical tights.  Patient just wants some
pretty with a bit of support to reduce swelling.  I am considering making the
first pair to fit the unswollen leg with maybe half an inch decrease.  That
should keep the legging in place and we will see what it does to decrease the
swelling problem.

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Belinda Alene wrote:
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Do you have the proper equipment to make the sort of flat seams  
necessary to prevent spot-pressure?  If not, do you have a ton of  
liability insurance?


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