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First trip- any tips?
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Date: 2/26/14 11:48 AM

We're heading up to Minneapolis this weekend, and are making a swoop over to Rochester so I can stop at Ginny's, my first time there. Any tips on what I should look for?

The way all the nice fabric stores are disappearing, I figure I NEED to get up there. I missed going to Kaplan 's and Treadle Yard Goods. Not going to miss going here. I remember about 10 years ago, I used to love to go to this great Stretch & Sew store in Bloomington. I really miss that store, it was so much my style of sewing ( at the time anyway) I might try to get to SR Harris, but it looks a little north of where we're going.

Because of a conflict this weekend that we have to go to in Minneapolis, I can't go to Puyallup. So I have to sneak some sewing fun in on this little getaway. Bummed. But I plan to hit Ikea and get myself a new sewing table!

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Date: 2/26/14 3:26 PM

You can still hit Treadle Yard Goods while you are in Minneapolis/St. Paul. They're still open and operating on Grand Avenue.

Ginny's -- the biggest tip I can offer is to leave yourself lots of time to look around and take the time to talk to the staff. There is a ton of amazing fabrics and you will definitely be able to find something you like. Ginny's is not a "bargain price" store -- it is a quality garment fabric store. Be sure to check out the button wall -- if you have a project you've been looking for buttons for, you will likely find what you need there. I know that the last time I was there (last summer) she was still located all within the one store front. I did receive an e-mail sometime over the last 6 months or so that she was splitting up her store front and that the stock would be divided by type. If I can find the e-mail I'll post back here on how it is being split up.

SR Harris is another great place to shop but requires time and patience -- you cut your own fabric if it is under 5 yards. There is lots to choose from -- some great, some good and some not so good. And you have to be prepared to dig, and pull and yank and maybe climb up to get some things. If I remember I take my own scissors because most of the ones they provide are not the greatest.

I remember that Stretch & Sew store -- I used to go there when I would visit my DD and SIL and newborn DGS when they lived in the area for a couple of years for work.

Enjoy your Ginny's experience. I try to get down once a year. There's a great restaurant across the street. Quite often I will go in and look around and pick out my fabrics I have an eye on and then go across the street for lunch and thinking before I make final decisions.

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Date: 2/26/14 5:16 PM

Thanks for the info, glad to know Treadle Yard Goods is still open, I'll try for that instead of SR Harris. My husband is a die hard twins fan, so I 'll definitely finagle another trip thus summer with plenty of time for SR Harris ( when I'm not rushed)

It's not the weekend in Puyallup, that I was hoping for, but it'll have to do. I 'll have to wait another year to hopefully meet Nancy Zieman, Pati Palmer and the Tilton Sisters!

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Date: 2/26/14 5:27 PM

After 25 years of living in the Twin Cities, I have yet to make it to Rochester & Ginny's. Have a great time!

Another resource I highly recommend is The Sewing Lounge in St. Paul. I've taken several classes there (Bra Making with Ann St. Claire & Fine Shirtmaking). The owner is great, and she's moving beyond sewing classes and stocking fine fabric now. I got an email from her this week announcing online sales now, and that she is getting 90 bolts of fabric in next week. HTH!

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Date: 2/26/14 9:13 PM

Hi Tamara

Took the same bra making class at The Sewing Lounge -- Maggy (the owner) is great. Haven't been since she started stocking her fabrics -- when I was there in July she had some of Ginny's fabrics in the store (and of course I picked up one). Will definitely check out her new supply when I'm down the next time.

I keep an eye on her class schedule and hope I can fit something into my schedule sometime soon. I had so much fun that weekend.

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Date: 2/27/14 9:57 AM

You will just love it there. Ginny is most helpful in helping you pick out fabrics if you have something in mind. I don't think she has moved as yet. The restaurant SheBear is referring to is Michaels. Their food is awesome. Ginny has things that you won't find at big box stores. She has a nice selection of patterns you can order. Including the Marfy patterns. It is a store one can just sit and relax and talk about fabric and sewing.
SR Harris is definately a store that you need plenty of time to browse in. They do have guys around that can pull out the rolls of fabric you are interested in if you are unable. He also has lots of appliques and trims.

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Date: 2/27/14 11:33 AM

I love Ginny's. A few ladies from my sewing guild (Cedar Rapids) went there last fall.
I try and have an idea of what kind of fabric I am looking for. When I don't have a plan it can be overwhelming and I end up buying nothing then regretting that I didn't buy a particular fabric and of course the next time I went it was gone.

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Date: 2/27/14 7:58 PM

That's it!!!!!! Michaels -- I had salmon and it was amazing.

I can't find the e-mail I got from Ginny's -- I must have deleted it as I knew I wasn't going any time soon. If I remember correctly, she was going to have her inventory split over 2 store fronts that were not that far apart location-wise. Am I remembering that correctly?

I need to stop in at SR Harris in June when I am in Minneapolis and check out the appliques -- I have some design ideas and am having trouble finding what I envision.

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2014 Stash Busting Sew-Along:
106.625 yards sewn (as of 12/19/14)
145.125 yards purchased (as of 12/19/14)

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