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Date: 2/10/12 4:35 PM

I plan a trip to NYC in March. I know quite a few fabric
stores have closed in the last couple of years.
Recommendations from anyone who knows of several
great ones still open? What about Berman Textiles?
Thanks in advance for any advice members can
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Date: 2/10/12 8:07 PM

What types of fabrics are you looking for?

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Date: 2/10/12 8:27 PM

See here.

Have fun!

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Date: 2/10/12 9:07 PM

Take a look at Meg's blog Shop the Garment District
She's got some great reviews on stores in the Garment district.
Paron's is in the process of moving to 39th Street, Meg should have the address.
I don't think it's worth going all the way up to Tender Buttons when you can hit Botanni or M & J Trimming. Pacific Trimmings is not to be missed for their selection of Riri zippers and Petersham ribbon. That and they have decorative elastic in an amazing selection of color and widths. They also have an amazing selection of twill tape in a huge assortment of colors. That and if you are into trims, a very nice selection. Bottani also has a large selection of handbag findings, buckles and snaps of all kinds.
I always stock up on regular and invisible zippers at SIL. They have YKK brand zippers for half the price at Joann's, all because they aren't packaged. They also have invisible separating zippers. Notions are hard to come by in the garment district, but you'll find glass head pins and an assortment of Clover items. Steinloff and Stoller will cover buttons for you in short order if you bring your fabric with you.
Now for fabric. I have little patience for weeding through crap to get to the good stuff, but if you don't mind it Chic has a good reputation for bargains. Good place for silk organza. I like Mood for high quality knits. They also have a selection of just about everything and they keep getting bigger. B & J is not to be missed even if you don't buy anything because they have the gorgeous and unique as well as everyday fabrics. If you want leather there are several places I've bought from. Kenneth King likes Leather Impact, the only one at street level. I bought gorgeous lambskin there.
It really depends on your taste and budget. I don't like cheap, but a good bargain is always welcome. I've found some gorgeous wool blend knits and designer ends at Elliot Berman.
I like to take inventory of my stash and notions and make a list of what I want to make before I go in. Even in it's shrunken state the district can be overwhelming and sensory overload is easy.
Have a great time.

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Subject: currquaent fabric shops in NYC Date: 3/5/12 9:40 PM

Thank you, Nancy, for taking the time to give me valuable
information about garment district. I will be looking for
good quality dress or top fabrics--perhaps silk or brocades
for dressy dress and lace yardage. Plan to go to Mood for
sure. I, too, would like a bargain but do not like cheap fabrics
and am willing to pay a fair price for something I could not
get here in Orlando. Thanks again! Carolyn

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Date: 3/9/12 1:02 PM

Thanks for all that info! I'm reading Meg's blog now. I will be in NYC for Mothers Day weekend on a weekend sewing workshop! I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. We have a few of the good old fashioned fabric stores still left here in Philly, but nothing like the garment district. It's going to be dangerous.

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