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Date: 7/16/13 8:21 PM

Hello all,

I have no good fabric stores in my area to get quality fabric for sewing clothes. Was hoping to get suggestions from you where too look online.

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Date: 7/16/13 8:46 PM

So many....depends on what type of clothes you wish to sew! A good start would be EmmaOneSock.com, Sawyer Brook and Elliott Berman in NYC.

Also, michaelsfabrics.com

Fabric Mart has wide variety but I am not loving their website these days.

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Date: 7/16/13 9:52 PM

Gorgeous Fabrics. Ann travels to NYC to choose the fabrics, and suggests appropriate patterns to use for each one. The suggested patterns help you decided whether a fabric has enough drape or heft or sheerness or whatever for the garment you are planning.

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Date: 7/16/13 11:23 PM

I'll second Gorgeous Fabrics. It's my #1 go to place for garment fabrics. Everything is top notch, all the time, and Ann is very helpful, as Karla stated. I just received the PERFECT fabric after asking her what would be good for a particular pattern. I'm so excited to sew it up!

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Date: 7/16/13 11:23 PM

Since EOS has already been mentioned, Marcy Tilton is another great online source for high quality garment fabrics - from basics to fashion forward. Check out the left hand column of her website for sections on New Fabrics, Buy of the Week, Knit Fabrics, Pant Fabrics, End Cuts, etc. You can order swatches first if you like.

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Date: 7/17/13 7:30 AM

Waechters in NC. fabricsandbuttons.com is the URL

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Date: 7/17/13 7:53 AM

I regularly shop at all the vendors listed below:

If you want high end, designer fabrics for work or special occasions and are willing to pay $15 a yard and up, Emma One Sock and Elliot Berman are the best choices. And both provide free swatches beforehand. Keep in mind that after you factor in postage, it can get quite expensive to place an order, especially if your fabric sells for $40 or $50 a yard.

But if you simply want reasonably good quality, casual fabrics at reasonable prices, then I'd recommend other websites such as Nancy's Notions, and Mood.

For low priced fabrics for practice garments and free shipping, fabric.com can be a good choice, especially if you use a discount coupon from retailmenot.

My advice would be to always, always, always order swatches or 1/8 yard samples before you place your order. Some online vendors do not allow you to order swatches or purchase 1/8 yard cuts beforehand or even allow you to return fabric you don't like. That's a deal breaker for me, and it should be for you, too.

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Date: 7/17/13 8:51 AM

For those of you who shop Gorgeous Fabrics, here is my experience. I do not buy there any more because, even though I see some nice things, each time I have ordered from them, the fabric arrives all bunched up! I mean, it is like the person packing it just wadded it up and stuffed it in the bag! The first time it happened, I called and she told me she had packed it herself. Well, I'm not sure how that meant anything, except that I didn't want to insult anyone so I shut up. But I still don't like it, and I do not shop there any longer.

When I order fabric from EOS or Sawyer Brook, it arrives nicely folded and packaged. JMO.

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Date: 7/17/13 9:07 AM

I buy most of my fabric from EOS. Linda gives outstanding customer service! The fabrics are always very good quality and are very nicely packaged. I also like the way the fabrics are pictured and described on the website, you get a good idea of what you are purchasing. I have ordered from a couple of the other sources mentioned and the fabrics were not high quality and they were cut and packaged poorly. Sawyer Brook seems good and also B. Black and Sons.

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Date: 7/17/13 9:48 AM

Oh no! I personally haven't had that experience. My last order came neatly folded. I'm wondering if someone opened your package and sealed it back. It could happen!
As for getting an 1/8 yard, there are so few that will do that. But, yes, I agree it's most helpful with garment fabrics. At some of the more popular sites like EOS, waiting on a swatch probably means the fabric will be gone before you get the swatch.
I'm glad Nancy's Notions was mentioned. I've been meaning to try that new knit she has. I forget the name, but the samples they've sewn up using it in the catalog look as though they drape very nicely!
I'm looking for plain cotton jersy or interlock T shirt fabric- not see through but thin. I don't want lots of lycra in it. Anyone know of any good sources?
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