When selecting faux tooled leather fabrics, you must be very careful and if you happen to buy from the internet, you must understand that most fabrics you are going to see on your computer screen are not going to look exactly the same when you have them between your hands!
This has happened to me over and over and I know what I’m talking about!
That’s why I’m writing this post today, to warn you about some things you need to avoid as much as possible, and to also tell you about the things you need to look for all the time when buying faux tooled leather fabrics.
The first thing to always look for is the embossing.
In other words, if the fabric has only decorative drawings on top, you need to avoid it as much as possible.
In fact, you have to avoid decorative drawings if they are not embossed because they are going to lose their texture, become very ugly and even disappear after just some few months of use!
So, always look for embossing, it’s your guarantee that the fabric you are dealing with is of high quality.
The second thing you need to look for is cotton backing.
What do we mean by cotton backing?
It means that the faux leather fabric is backed with cotton fibers, which are very important because faux leather alone is just flexible plastic, and with time, it’s going to lose its strength and durability, that’s why it needs to be backed by an organic or industrially made fiber, preferably cotton.
This way, it will always keep its flexibility and resistance to the elements, especially UV rays.
The third thing to look for when shopping for faux tooled leather fabric is the smell.
Most people who are not accustomed to working with faux leather are going to find it very difficult to believe that smelly faux leather is a synonym of low quality products and fabric!
I have a rule when shopping for faux leather fabric, especially tooled ones, if they are smelly, I avoid them!
And you should do the same as well, because a chemical and a metallic smell simply means that the fabric hasn’t been cured properly and it’s may present some danger for your health and that of your loved ones.
What about the thickness?
Thickness used to be an important criteria for selecting good quality faux leather tooled fabric in the past, but nowadays, you can find some very thin faux leather fabrics which are also very resistant and very durable as well, nevertheless, if you choose extremely thin fabrics, you have only yourself to blame, especially if they are not cotton backed as they are not going to be extremely resistant and they will give you so many headaches when working with upholstery for example.