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AndieOH
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Date: 10/17/13 4:30 PM

Hello..I don't know if there is anyone here from the Cleveland area, but since a few really great fabric stores have closed we don't have a great selection of garment fabric stores. We have Jo-Ann Fabrics which is great when I'm working on home decorating projects, blankets, sleepwear etc. However, the majority of my sewing is garment construction. I had a family member who used to travel out of state to shop for fabric for us both, and now that she can no longer do that (I can't afford it), the best options seem to be online. I have a few suggestions of online stores, but it seems so scary to buy fabric online without being able to feel it or see the colors in person. Does anyone have an online fabric place whose products you would recommend or if you happen to be from the Cleveland area I would like to know if you have this problem with finding great fashion fabric, and how you have addressed it.

Thanks!

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Date: 10/17/13 6:37 PM

Since Cutting Room Fabrics closed, the only one I know of is Janie's Sewing Corner. I don't go very often, not in a convenient place for me, but they do have some nice things.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 10/18/13 7:53 AM

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Date: 10/18/13 9:25 AM

Personally I have found THE best fabrics online, and most sites will provide swatches.

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Date: 10/18/13 10:37 AM

Cutting room fabrics in Solon was my favorite place! There also used to be a really nice fabric store in Mayfield called Eve's. Since both of those places have closed I have such a hard time getting nice fashion fabric. Virginia Marty used to have a fabric store on the West side near the school, but most of it was expensive imported fabric.

I looked up Janie's and it's pretty far from home as well.

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Date: 10/18/13 10:38 AM

Thanks for the post...any particular online places you would recommend? I didn't realize they provided swatches.

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Date: 10/18/13 6:28 PM

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Thanks for the post...any particular online places you would recommend? I didn't realize they provided swatches.

AndieOH, many of the sites will send swatches on request, either free or for a nominal cost. The choice of which site often depends on what you are interested in and in what price range. So look around at the various sites; their swatching policy should be posted. For example, Dollar Fabrics state that they will send 3 free swatches. (That is just one, basically random example. I could have easily selected another site.)

Another option to consider are the subscription swatching service, where you get swatches in the mail on a regular basis. You have to pay for these, but generally get at least some of the cost off when you make purchases. Examples are Vogue Fabrics, Sawyer Brook, Fabric Mart, Christine Jonson. (see fabric website listing for links.)

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Date: 10/19/13 6:36 AM

Eve's was in Lyndhurst. My mom bought the fabric for my wedding dress there. They were awesome, especially for buttons.

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Date: 10/19/13 12:18 PM

I absolutely can recommend a few places:

EmmaOneSock - has fabulous quality fabrics; her prices might be a little higher but I have never been disappointed with anything I've gotten there. In fact, I am usually in awe when I get my hands on the fabric I've ordered. I buy a lot of roll ends from her too, which are always discounted and are always ample length. She will provide swatches but be forewarned, some of the new arrivals and the popular roll ends will go fast. She ships really quickly and your order arrives well cared for.

FabricMart - I think their prices are good and and again I have never been disappointed with the quality. They have good sales. They do not do individual swatches but they have a swatch club you can join. There are details about it on their website.

Palmer Pletsch and Fashion Fabrics Supply - have fabulous interfacings...don't skimp on your interfacings. I think this is an area where you get what you pay for.

Marcy Tilton - she has really nice fabrics and great sale pricing. I have only bought rayon/lycra knits from her but they have all been top quality. She will send swatches and her shipping prices are fair. Don't overlook her sales and end cuts.

Mood - has tons of fabrics but I wish they showed their fabrics differently...they show it flat. You can get swatches.

NY Fashion Center - they have higher priced fabrics good for special projects. I have gotten their 4-ply silk crepe and it's dreamy. I've gotten tons of swatches from them. They have great closeup pics of fabrics.

There are tons of other good sites out there that I'm sure others will give you recommendations on. These are the ones I have ordered from the most.
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Date: 10/20/13 5:47 PM

Start with online stores that will take back their fabric. Emmaonesock will, and Fabric.com. Mood will for quite a few of their fabrics now; it says if it's returnable in the description, not all of it is.
Emmaonesock is a good choice because she has the best pictures and descriptions of any of the online sellers. Marcy Tilton has some really nice fabrics, but it is not returnable and the service is slow; they don't cut and ship every day. You can also request samples from some of them.
I live about 90 minutes by train from NYC, but I buy more fabric online than I do in the city. I don't always hit a home run, but that's true of fabric I have bought in person too. I have learned to carefully read the descriptions and I understand fabric types which is something you need to learn if you are buying online.

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