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Search Tips for Navigating at TFF – Search Box

Do you ever get frustrated using the “search” box on The Fabric Fairy or any website for that matter?  Here are some tips that I have found to make using the “search” box at TFF easier and more efficient to finding what you want.

1.  Less is More:  The more words you use, the more results you will get on TFF.  Sometimes that is a good thing, but  if you only want to see stripes for example, don’t type in “stripe fabric” or “stripe knit fabric”  That is too much info!!  Type only “stripe” or “stripes” or “striped”.  You may get slightly different results from all three variations.  For example, I wanted to find pirate fabrics so I typed in “pirate” and got 4 really good results.  Then I typed in “pirate knit” and I got 13 pages with 30 results PER PAGE!!!  Granted,  my 3 pirate fabric choices did pop up first in that listing but I would never use the word “KNIT” fabric in the search box!  It absolutely saturates your search!

2.  No Partial Words:  Our search box does not search by partial words.  Let say you wanted to see all corduroy fabrics and you type in “cord”…you will get no results.  No shortcuts in our search box! :)  Take your time and type carefully!

3.  What does the search box draw from?:  TFF’s search box draws from keywords in the title of the fabric, and anything I type in the DESCRIPTION in the fabric listings.  That is huge!  So let’s go back to that stripe example…if I have “stripe” in the title, I try and make sure I mention “stripes” and “striped” in the description so when you search for any variation, it shows up!  Same concept with holiday fabrics.  I always try to mention “valentine’s” or “4th of july” or “holiday” when making a listings that pertains to a specific holiday.

4.  Can you search by Sku or Item Number?:  YES!!!  When you need to find a specific fabric quickly, the fastest way is to search by the sku number.  You can find the sku number for each fabric in its individual listing right underneath the title.


Hopefully this was helpful and makes using the search box at TFF easier!!  Take care….Meg

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