Fabrics have greatly improved over the years in their durability. On the other hand, there are discounts and closeout specials that are discounted for a reason, Be careful if you need outdoor fabric. Know what you are buying. Some closeout specials include colors that are no longer popular. Others may have a flaw that is marked and can be cut around if there is an allowance made for it. Know why you are getting a good deal on the fabric, or purchasing fabric yourself may not save you money.
All Upholstery Fabric is 54 inches wide. Occasionally wider, But if it is 48 inches wide, it’s Drapery fabric and will not wear the same.
Is the Double Rub count a good way to know if fabric is durable? It’s one test, but, I use it as a starting place. I will test the sample and see what happens when I spill on it, or try to snag it with a ring or a sharp object. Some fabrics say heavy duty on them, while others are commercial duty for places such as medical offices.
Outdoor fabric is always labeled as such, but I found that outdoor fabric will still fade to some degree if it’s left in the direct sunlight.
Boat material is also well marked when you purchase it from a reputable dealer. It is made to take the U.V. rays of the sun and protect against water. Automotive materials will take the sun threw glass and hold up very well.
Allsport, the new 4-way stretch fabric is great for cycle and tractor seats, allowing you to do seats that were form fitted. They can now be done with minimal seams, giving you a longer lasting, better fit.
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