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MacMorrighan
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Date: 12/27/12 0:29 AM

Hey guys, I am a very tactile shopper....to have a REAL feel for fabric and what it'll look like I have to be able to touch it. I just don't trust photos on-line because so many can be misleading, I fear. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone might have any advise for folks such as me who simply cannot find attractive fabrics to choose from in your local fabric stores? (Mine is a Joann's Fabrics and a Hancock, period) Now, you'd imagine that one's capital city would certainly have some. However, Iowa offers VERY poor selections from which to choose, and that makes me sorely wish that every state had a Garment District like NYC! Because I have many friends from across the country I have observed that states with a large metropolitan city, or states on the west and east coasts (especially the New England area) tend to have an amazing and drool-worthy selection of almost anything one might be interested in. Iowan stores--even our thrift stores (because I like brass, vintage glassware, etc.)--are exceptionally poorly stocked. One just cannot find those items, such as vintage mercury glass or quality fabrics in this state, it would seem. And, as an iowa, that has been a bone of contention with me for nearly a decade, now. :(

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Date: 12/27/12 0:49 AM

What kind of fabric are you looking for? Are you a quilter, garment sewer, or crafter? Many online sites will provide samples before you purchase for free or a nominal fee. If you look at the sewing websites of PatternReview.com you will see reviews of many online sources of fabrics reviewed by our members.
In my area we have Hancock's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby and some independent quilt shops and one independent garment fabric store. Since I make garments I shop online from a few favorite sources such as Emma One Sock, Gorgeous Fabrics, Fabric.com and Farmhouse Fabrics.
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Date: 12/27/12 0:57 AM

I only buy fabric I can can touch too actually. I do just need to touch it, and in particular drape it, and then hang it someplace like on top of another bolt, walk away, maybe 10 feet and then look at, to even know if I want it or not. Or if I want it for a partciular purpose or not. So far, I'm doing that always. I do shop Joann's and Hancocks in person. I do think some of the more interesting fabric at Joann's end up going direct to the "red tag table" and never really part of any so named "collection" out on the floor sometimes, so look there too. Ditto at Hancocks sometimes, as I believe they get it just as on purpose to start out as more "mark down" more "random bolts" sometimes.

I used to find some nice interesting not regular fabric (as in not woven cotton) on the flat fold tables at Walmart even, a few yers ago, as in mill ends and such, but not so much anymore, as Walmarts near me not even having those tables anymore. Other possibilities if you must touch and drape first, are thrift stores with pre-made up clothes with lots of yardage in them, sheets or throws in department stores that can be cut up,

I guess failing all that, you can order sample swatches from afar, before mail ordering real fabric, but those kind of little bitty swatches are really too small for me, to get a feel for them most times, also then that involves waiting for samples, then waiting for real fabric afterwards, so I don't really do that.

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Date: 12/27/12 4:34 PM

I only buy fabric online since there are no good stores here. I can pretty much tell what something is going to feel like but if I'm in doubt I order a swatch first.

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Date: 12/27/12 6:38 PM

I agree with you, absolutely, BEAUTURBO. Th swatches I have received ARE too small...I received a swatch of linen, once, that was so small the swatch appeared to nothing but tattered/ LOW thread-count scrap! And, for another who asked, I desire to sew clothing as well as decor for my hole such as tablecloths,curtains, and comforters, etc. But, primarily garments. By contrast, however, the fabric offered by my local Joanne's and Hancocks in Des Moines seem geared for quilting and crafts, not clothing; and, the other fabric there that could have been used for clothing seems most appropriate for use by senior ladies who are sewing for themselves (such as my Great Aunt, to whom I was very close) rather than younger sewers. Not that I am discriminating, mind you (I adore and have always been very close to the Elders in my family, and others that I meet on the street)! I can see modern uses for such fabric by a VERY creative and adventurist sewist...just not by me or males in general. The selection by Hancocks is just extremely dated, is how I would best describe it.

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Date: 12/27/12 9:13 PM

Drive or fly to Chicago?

Or buy from an online place that does great descriptions. I'd recommend Gorgeous Fabrics, Emma One Sock and Fabric Mart for the best descriptions. Fabric Mart for the lowest prices of the three.

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Date: 12/28/12 5:21 AM

Will add Natures Fabrics for kids cotton knits, Sarah Veblens site for silks and linings. And Spoonflower for cotton novelties. I got samples from Spoonflower as they have a few different cotton blends/counts.
MT was like Iowa- nothing. I had to drive to the Capitol to get to JoAnns, but no competition and rather tiny compared to where I live in FL- plus Hancocks, Hobby Lobby and other quilt shops.

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Date: 12/28/12 9:59 AM

I live between Cedar Rapids and Davenport, and the only store I know of that has nice garment fabrics is West Side Fabrics in Cedar Rapids. They have nice stuff, but not a lot of it. Wools, silks, high thread count shirtings, etc. And yes, quilting cottons. But then, they are a Viking dealer, so I can understand that. It makes sense to carry those if you are selling machines to quilters.

Like you, I haven't moved past the "gotta feel the fabric" stage yet. But I'm getting more tempted based on the reports about places like Gorgeous fabrics, Fabric Mart, Ema One Sock, etc. But NOT until I make some space in the stash, whether by sewing or weeding out.

I really hope the rail service from the Davenport and Iowa City to Chicago gets going and works out. The thought of driving to and in Chicago just isn't appealing to me.

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Date: 12/28/12 11:09 AM

Most of the times I do simply not have the possibility to buy in the shop. Next best is a webshop that has good descriptions. How do I buy there? Well, the mark, the description of the fibrecontent, and their idea of what to use it for. Sometimes I email to ask them if I have decied on a good colourmatch and sometimes they give me a call that I'd better choose another. And well ..... There are the true bargains that you fall in love with. And in most of the cases I am not disappointed , but I must admit that this is the beginning of stash. I am stubborn. I think that a certain amount of stash is needed. Just for having a choice. In that way I have my little shop for myself. And believe it or not I find there the most unexpected combinations

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Date: 12/28/12 11:20 AM

I live in Iowa too- we don't have good garment fabric shopping at all.

Have you thought about joining the Fabric Mart Julie's picks club? I think their swatches are decent, and it would give you a better idea of what a large variety of fabrics are like.

(Pine Needles in Cedar Rapids has apparently started stocking a bit more garment suitable fabric, but very limited and more towards kids clothing.)

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