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We don't have a JoAnn's or Hancock Fabric here. The only national store we have here that carries fabric is Ben Franklin and it was pitiful. But there are some local stores/chains here that carry more (like FabricMart) but they carry only 10 knits. So that leaves me with flannel and wovens for the most part. How can I tell a good flannel from the rest? Some seem brushed on both sides, some on only one.. some are thinner and others are slightly thicker but often it's hard to tell which one is thicker, etc.<br><br>
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i don't know how you can tell by look or feel, but quilting flannel is supposed to be of very good quality and the qf i have used has held up great -- no pilling or fading -- and feels really nice. the ones i've used are double napped (brushed on both sides) and feel very thick compared other flannels i've felt. plus, it doesn't hurt that it comes in gorgeous prints.<br><br>
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Jayne - My idol sewer! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Thank you so much - that's perfect! I often see tied up squares of "Quilters Flannel".<br><br>
Thank again and good tip on the character flannel! I wonder why that is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Check the fiber content on the end of the bolt as well. You really want 100% cotton IMO, I have found flannels that I thought were cotton and were 50/50 cotton/poly.<br><br>
Ditto quilters anything as generally better quality. Do you have any quilt shops nearby?
 

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Oh aren't you smart! I'm sure I have Quilters shops around - thank you! Oh and I've noticed some flannels aren't all cotton, luckily I noticed before purchase but it suprised me too. Thanks again!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Apart from quilters flannel, you can also look for Killington and Nantucket flannels - those are both good, too.<br>
I think the difference is in the yarn diameter - the quilters flannels have a beefier thread that they're woven with, so there's more cotton per yard, and therefore it takes longer for them to wear out. And since quilters insist on colorfastness, I think they pay more attention to dye quality. You pay for the better quality, as quilters flannel is usually a bit more expensive.
 

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Very good to know, thank you Stell! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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