From reading various online sewing forum posts and sewing blogs, I'm come to the conclusion that all of the following are considered the generic store brand of the sewing world:
- Singer sewing machines
- Dritz sewing notions
- Pellon interfacing
- Big 4 patterns (Vogue, McCall's, Butterick, Simplicity)
- Denver Fabrics/Fashion Fabric Club
- Polyester anything
- Coats & Clark thread
- Any zipper not YKK
Now this is just a theory but I think some people (notice I said "some", not all) are unsure of how to spot a good bargain on a quality product. To verify that they are buying a quality product, they look for something expensive instead. If it costs more, it must be better, right? Depends.
The first time I got my hands on some silk double georgette fabric, I swore off JoAnn's and Hancock's challis solids and prints FOREVER. (I bought the silk at Denver Fabrics, by the way.) Many times you can feel quality. You know it the second you pick it up. Ah, yes! This is good stuff. If it's good fabric, you want to wrap it around yourself and wear it like a toga everywhere you go...or until your DH threatens to drop you off at the looney bin. The yummy silk double georgette I bought was $6.00/yard (sale price). Sure, I could have shopped NY Fashion Fabric Center for $17.99/yard but I like a bargain. I don't buy something just because it's on sale. I buy it if the quality is good, the price is cheaper than the usual cost, and I need it. (My definition of "need" changes based on my checking account balance.) The point is there are many who would have turned their nose up at the idea of buying silk at Denver Fabrics. They'd prefer to pay more at another store because it is considered by others to be THE place to buy quality fabric. That's fine by me. If they aren't shopping where I shop, then there is more for me!!
I love many of the Jalie, Hot Patterns, and BWOF designs but I don't buy them. I can always find something similar in the Big 4, buy it on sale, and never come close to paying what you did for the Jalie pattern. I'm not calling anyone silly for buying the more expensive fabric, or the more expensive pattern. I am asking you to stop judging me and others like me. If we both end up in the same place but got there by different routes, what right do you have to say your way is better? Our creative processes work differently. That is one of the reasons I enjoy reading blogs. It's a great opportunity to learn about different ways of doing things.
Think about that next time you want to post a nasty or underhanded comment about someone else's choice in materials, fashion sense or sewing ability. Creativity does not have a minimum standard and knows no brand names. You may catch me shopping at the hip fabric stores but I'll be holding a coupon in my hot, little hand.
Happy sewing to ALL!