About

Old meets new. That’s OFS. The shiny and modern industrial feel inside of 333 Park St. today, stands on the foundation of a generations-old family presence in the fabric industry.

In some ways, we’re a miscellaneous bunch—a fusion of warehouse, customer service and web. Yet we’re aligned in getting something as timeless and tactile as fabric into your hands in ways it has never been done before.

Some of us fresh on the scene, some seasoned as can be. Harley riders and Brooks Brothers aficionados. Talented techies with artists and craftsmen.

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Customer Service Team

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Web Team

This blog is our way of revealing the offline OFS. What’s behind our products. What goes on here in our West Springfield, Massachusetts headquarters, just off of the Connecticut River. Sometimes perhaps we’ll even go beyond the expanse of these walls.

And while each post and photo we offer up will give you a peek inside of our “culture,” it’s simultaneously giving us a chance to identify and define just what that OFS culture is and means. So please, dig in. And more importantly, take part! Whether in the comments right here on the blog, or on our Facebook Wall, Twitter or Google+ page! We want to hear what you have to say. What you’re inspired by. What you’re making.

8 Responses

  1. Martha
    Martha November 21, 2012 at 8:20 am · Reply

    Hi,
    I have a question relating to Spandex!
    I’m new to sewing with spandex, and I have to make a sports wear for some one. The question I have is how much extra to give (if any at all) when cutting the pattern?
    For example; Her bust measurement is 34 inches, Usually you cut extra for sewing allowance, but Im not sure if I still do that or cut it exactly for 34 since I’m working with Spandex?
    Can anyone help with this?
    thanks for the help!

    1. Abbey
      Abbey February 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Reply

      Apologies for missing this comment Martha. Is there anything we can still help with?

  2. Sarah Goldberg
    Sarah Goldberg September 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm · Reply

    Hi Abbey. We met at Haven and I have a few fabric questions for you but I don’t have your email address. Could you email me if you have a sec? sarahzisa@gmail.com

    Thanks!
    Sarah
    http://www.whiletheysnooze.com

    1. Abbey
      Abbey September 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm · Reply

      Sure Sarah :)

  3. Bonnie Hawk
    Bonnie Hawk November 20, 2013 at 9:38 am · Reply

    Hi Abbey,

    I’m new to your site but I’m so impressed with the variety! I have a question. What is “crocking”? I’ve seen a warning on some fabric bolts (particularly ones for upholstering) that say “May crock”, but no one, including the fabric store employees, can tell me what that means. Any help?

    Thanks!

    1. Abbey
      Abbey November 20, 2013 at 9:47 am · Reply

      That’s a great question Bonnie (and welcome to OFS!) Crocking is essentially when any extra dye on a fabric rubs off onto something else. You can help reduce this by washing the fabric with a color catcher http://www.shoutitout.com/en-US/Products/Pages/shout-color-catcher.aspx Hope this helps!

  4. Nikey Bergi
    Nikey Bergi December 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Reply

    Hi Abbey,

    Just so you know, I have subscribed to your emails – I mean to this website. But in today’s email with subject “[New post] Craft Room Before & After” there are two links which has wrong url. The url contains and extra “http” at the end of the link. So incorrect link has been send to all subscribers. I just though to inform you.

    1. Abbey
      Abbey December 19, 2013 at 9:27 am · Reply

      So sorry about that Nikey and I appreciate you letting me know!! :) Will look into it and fix!

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