So, apparently with little warning, the once ubiquitous Fabric.com is no more. Visitors to the homepage are now greeted with the following:
It’s a bit crazy because I just placed an order on a bit of a whim at the start of the month to get a few things to pair with the fabrics I bought in New York. Apparently that was, unbeknownst to me at the time, my last order from the website.
I will say, I’m not the first to break this news. I’m sure that there are countless other blogs posts going up about it, but I heard this first on The Sewing Report’s YouTube Channel:
I am… not entirely sure what to think about this. I am for sure going to miss the website’s organization, filter options, design wall feature, multiple pay options, range of fabric selections, and fairly consistent levels of name-brand or decent quality basic fabrics. And I’m definitely going to miss the delightful “JACKPOT” stickers that came when you ordered fabric close to a bolt and and they just threw in the rest of the bolt for free. I also think that any loss of a resource for the sewing/crafting community hurts everyone a bit. On the other hand, Amazon has been managing this business for a while, so I was finding myself trying to support smaller business wherever possible before buying from Fabric.com. Plus, my stash is so sizable and my sewing time so minimal that I really haven’t been needing or buying a ton of fabric lately anyway. (Vacation fabric shopping being a notable exception, obviously.)
Amazon is apparently still going to offer fabric items on their Amazon Fabric Shop. I suppose it’s worth a try to see what comes out of ordering from there, but I have to say, I find the filters and options much less helpful than the old Fabric.com website. I also find looking at fabric on Amazon’s website unenjoyable for some reason? Somehow the presentation of fabric on Amazon doesn’t make me want to buy it; I think because it feels super commoditized. It just isn’t giving me the inspirational feelings I get when I do buy fabrics. I think it’s hard to imagine creating something unique when you only getting one tiny image of the fabric as a shopping guide, and as much as I have gotten a lot of amazing fabric from online purchases over the years, I’ve also gotten a lot of duds. You always know it’s something of a gamble, but I’m not sure how much I want to gamble on Amazon fabric, especially after what I presume to be leftover Fabric.com stock is depleted. Also, while there is currently a lot of fabric offered by the yard, one of the speculations on the Sewing Report video is that Amazon might move to pre-cut yardage bundles, because cutting fabric to length is definitely the slow part of the process. That’s also a bit of a deterrent, especially with inflation raising the prices of everything including fabric. If fabric is sold as pre-cut 1, 3, 5, or 10 yard packs, for example, but you need 6 yards, that is a lot of unnecessary fabric that could have gone elsewhere.
I feel like this is a good time to have a discussion in the comments. Did you use Fabric.com? Will you miss having it as a resource? Is this a sign of a possible greater contraction for resources of sewing and crafting supplies, or just Bezos being greedy? Do you think that Amazon’s Fabric Shop is going to fulfill a similar function? Do you trust Amazon to cut your fabrics? Would you buy pre-cut bundles if that becomes the new trend? With Fabric.com being gone, what other online fabric shops are your favorites and why? Or, what online fabric shops might you be thinking about buying from now that Fabric.com is no longer an option? Let’s discuss!