Where has all the Fabric gone? : Howards Custom Upholstery

Where has all the Fabric gone?

by Tavy at Howard's on 03/24/11


So recently it has become harder and harder to find certain fabrics.  So many are now made in China; which, would be fine, if the lower price accompanied the same or better quality. Unfortunately that is not the case.  Fabrics from China are inferior in every way.  The quality is so much lower that I only recommend going with a lower quality import if cost is of the upmost importance, but the life of your upholstery will be significantly affected.  Also, I recommend buying American. Currently the Textile industry jobs have been significantly diminished.  Textile jobs will continue to vanish, the government says. Check out these stats:

Occupations that will decline the most from 2008 to 2018 (measured by percentage change in jobs)


Bureau of Labor Statistics projections:  Occupation                                                                                   Pct. drop/Jobs lost

Textile bleaching and dying machine operators and tenders 45%/7,200

Textile winding, twisting and drawing out machine setters, operators and tenders 41%/14,200

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators and tenders 39% /11,500

Shoe machine operators and tenders 35%/ 1,700

Extruding and forming machine setters, operators and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 34%/4,800

Sewing machine operators 34%/71,500

Semiconductor processers 32%/10,000

Textile cutting machine setters, operators and tenders 31%/6,000

Postal Service mail sorters, processors and processing machine operators 30%/54,500

Fabric menders (excluding garment)   30%/ 300

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Except for Postal positions being on the list, as you can see the American Textile industry is being destroyed by inferior qualilty foreign competition, we can still find you a great fabric, it's just a little harder.


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