Sometimes I am asked to review services that would benefit my audience. And while I have never participate before because I am only willing to share products I would use myself. I did decided to share this site with you. Although the following is my opinion of Find My Fabric, I do need to disclose that I am being compensated for this review.
Have you heard about findmyfabric.com? It's a pretty cool search engine just for fabric lovers. I had the chance to spend some time on the site and wanted to share with you all the pros and cons I found. I hope you will take the chance to look around on the site and that you will bookmark it for help in finding products you may be looking for in the future.
I really like the easiness of the search feature. If you know the name of the fabric you are trying to find you can just type it right in the search box and it will search 100's of stores and return a list for you. One of the best parts is that it displays the prices so no more clicking on links to compare who has the best price.
The one drawback to the search I found that it wouldn't be fair if I didn't tell you about is that the site only searches for the product in stores that are registered with the site. These means some of those more obscure fabric sites may still be missed. If you have friends or family that have online stores be sure to tell them about the site so they can check into registering. The more stores that participate the better this site will serve all of us in the sewing community.
Another cool feature the site offers is the ability to search using something similar to facial recognition technology. Say you have a piece of fabric and you don't have the selvage and you can't remember the name of it but you are having one of those OMG I am short of this fabric and I have to get more pronto moments. Come on I know I'm not the only person that happens to. You can snap a picture and upload it to the site. The computer then runs that photo through the system and returns similar images.
I tried it and while it did find the fabric I was looking for it also gave me some other interesting products as well. I searched for a gray polka dot and was a little surprised when rulers popped up on my screen. So the technology may not be perfect but over all it was a success. And ultimately I think I would rather it give me more options than be so specific it might risk not returning my desired fabric. The rulers it showed me did after all have gray dots on them.
The site is still in a bit of a test phase right now but I know I will be bookmarking it and using it to find what I am looking for in the future. Having all of the pricing alone in one spot is sure to save me some time and energy. So go have a look around on the site and be sure to let me know what you think.