Anyone who enjoys sewing garments and other projects with sewing machines is likely on a first name basis with the employees at their local fabric store. While this is a great source for various types of fabric, there are many other places you can source fabrics from as well.
Depending on what you are making with your Janome Magnolia 7318 or other quality Janome sewing machine, there are many unorthodox sources of unique and interesting fabric to repurpose into a new and useful item.
Before you toss or donate clothing that does not fit or just is not getting any use, think about whether you can turn it into something new. Popular fabric options for all sorts of projects made on sewing machines include old jeans and other items made from denim, sweatshirts, sweaters, button down shirts, long skirts, and even neckties which are a great source of silk.
If you are making smaller, functional items and accessories, these garments are great to repurpose into all sorts of things. Denim is especially great to turn into garments pieced together from multiple fabric sources, handbags, and other items. Even if you do not use the fabric itself, do not forget to harvest all the zippers, buttons, and other fittings as you never know when they may come in handy.
Unused Household Items
Another great source of great, uncommon fabrics for repurposing is unwanted household items such as tablecloths, placemats, dinner napkins, drapes, and curtains. These items commonly have decorative trims that can make a nice addition to whatever project you are sewing on your Janome Magnolia 7318.
Make sure to check first for food stains and sun fading that can occur with curtains and drapes before you invest a lot of time and effort in your project.
Unused sheets, blankets, comforters, and other bedding are great to repurpose into new items or to use as linings and backings for quilts and other projects. Sheets, being seamless, can be pieced for quilting or turned into garments depending on the fiber content. Quilted and patterned blankets are a great option for making jackets and coats using Janome sewing machines. Check for bleach spots, tears, and other damage before you begin to sew.
Yard Sales and Thrift Stores
Last of all, do not forget that there is a wealth of all these items to be found, from clothing to drapes to bedding, at local thrift stores and neighborhood yard sales. You can find items made from all types of fabrics if you look, some of which might be perfect for a project idea you have had in the back of your head. Best of all, anything you find from these sources can be bought very inexpensively, usually a few dollars at the most.
The next time you need fabric for projects you want to make on a Janome sewing machine like the great Janome Magnolia 7318, get creative before you head to the fabric store. Chances are, you have some nice fabric around the house you can repurpose into something beautiful or maybe find some at your local thrift store.
Repurposing fabric from different sources is not only environmentally friendly, it also allows you to make unique items with your sewing machine using fabric not found elsewhere!