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Lori Githens
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Date: 7/4/13 10:41 AM

I'm sorry, because I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, but I can't find it and I'm in a bit of a rush.

We decided to go to NYC tomorrow for the weekend. I want to do a little fabric shopping on Sat. I browsed through Mood quickly last year when we were there, but I wasn't really sewing at the time so didn't buy anything. I plan to go there again, but am wondering what else there is. We'll be staying pretty close to the garment district.

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Lori

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Date: 7/4/13 10:59 AM

Shop the Garment District store listing

I think some favorites of PR members include Metro Textiles, Parons, and Elliott Berman Textiles. If you're looking for magazines like La Mia Boutique and Burda, you should definitely make a stop at Around the World Books (Address: 148 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 Phone:(212) 695-2534)

I don't live in New York so hopefully more locals will help but this should be a good start. Have lots of fun!

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Date: 7/4/13 12:09 PM

Thanks for the start! Anyone know of a good Bernina dealer in that area that has lots of "stuff" (feet, accessories, etc) ?

My dealer only carries a handful of accessories, you have to order everything. Sometimes I just like to browse.

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Date: 7/4/13 2:16 PM

Sorry I have no suggestions but can't wait to see what fabulous fabric you find...please post!

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Date: 7/4/13 2:24 PM

All we have here is Hancock's and Joann's. I want to go see a store that has something a little more exciting! I'm sure I will be in sensory overload!

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Date: 7/4/13 2:31 PM

Hi Lori, I started a thread for my NYC trip of 2 1/2 days. I've been many times, my parents grew up there and I lived on Long Island. As a child my bubby sewed as a sample maker in NYC and dragged me around her favorite places. I went to design school and haunted the garment district in the mid 70s. I visit now and then but, it's always fun to find new places. So, check my recent thread here for more pointers. I'm sure you'll have loads of fun. I suggest having your fabric shipped home. You'll save sales tax. I get sizable swatches so I can continue shopping for trim. Yup, continue shopping . . .

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Date: 7/4/13 4:09 PM

I haven't been to all of the stores in the garment district yet, but imo the two stores with the most beautiful fabrics are Elliott Berman and B&J. I'm sure most PR members know of Elliott Berman's website, their brick and mortar store has TONS more fabric just as fabulous as the selection on their site! They're at 225 West 35th Street, on the 7th floor (there's an elevator in the small lobby). Easiest way to get there is to take A/C/E to the 34th(Penn Station) stop and come out the 8th Ave & 35th St. exit and head east, the building will be on that block on your left-hand side. B&J is pricier and some of their fabrics are shamelessly marked up but they have some of the dreamiest stuff in the district. Probably the widest selection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn, at pretty good prices considering that you don't pay sales tax in the district. B&J is on the second floor at 525 7th Ave, on the east side between 38th and 39th, look for the Starbucks sign and you'll be at the right building.

People also recommend Fabrics and Fabrics a lot, but I haven't been there personally, though judging by their online store they carry pretty high-quality stuff as well. Paron's is a perennial favorite but their stock trends more towards good basics so if you want to be bedazzled by fabulousity you might not see much here, but it's a great place for tasteful wardrobe staples (I love all their woolens).

Since you'll be here on a holiday weekend, I would strongly advise you to go early in the day. Not only will it likely be crowded, the air conditioning at some stores can't keep up with the number of bodies in the room so it can get sticky later in the day. If you are at all capable of staying till Monday, Mokuba and Shindo are NOT to be missed! Those two companies sell the most luxurious ribbons and trim, and unlike M&J, they don't have online retail so the only way to get their stuff as a home sewer is through their showrooms, which are only open M-F 8-5.

Edit: I wrote a post recently on my blog about my latest fabric purchases and there are a couple pictures with stuff I got from the district, perhaps it might help: Clicky.
-- Edited on 7/4/13 4:17 PM --

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Date: 7/5/13 8:58 AM

I just got back from NY last week, and I bought at Grey Linen, a linen only store and at Metro Textiles. It is on the 9th floor, and don't be intimidated. The place is chock full of fabric, and the Mr Kashi is so nice. (I blew my yardage restriction I had). It is at 265 W. 37th ST. suite 908 (between 7th and 8th ave.) I also found a zipper store, which I lost my card for, and also went to M and J trims. Every trim and button you would ever need. I mentioned I had heard of him from Pattern Review, and he knew the site. Have fun.

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Date: 7/5/13 5:40 PM

Some of the stores mentioned are not open on Saturdays, but there are plenty that are so you can still do a lot of damage to your wallet.
Mood is open and has lots to choose from. It's also well organized.They also have leather if that is on your list. None of the leather stores are open on Saturday. Paron is another good store, though I haven't been to it since they moved. I don't think that B & J is open on Saturday which is too bad since they have some really gorgeous fabrics.
Don't miss Pacific Trimming for Riri zippers, an amazing assortment of decorative elastic and rayon Petersham which they call rayon grosgrain. They have lots of trims. Daytona also has lots of trims and notions. I like SIL for YKK zippers at great prices. I stock up on pants zippers in basic colors.

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Date: 7/8/13 4:39 PM

I had a great time on my first NYC fabric buying trip! I hit Parons, Mood, ans Spandex House for fabric. ( Spandex House was fun because I've sewn figure skating dresses for my daughter when she was younger and that's where I ordered most of my fabric). I also was able to see most of the trimming shops recommended.

I stayed in budget and got some nice pieces I can't get here. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I soon got in the zone! Can't wait to do it again!

Oh, wanted to add that we stayed at the Courtyard on W 37th street, a block away from Mood. It was very convienent to buy stuff and run it back to the room, then head out for more!
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