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charm2468
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Date: 6/15/08 9:41 PM

Hi there - I will be travelleing to Minneapolis this weekend and would like any recommendations for some good fabric stores. I am most interested in apparel fabric - specifically knits. We generally spend most of our time on the south and west side of the city, but may venture to the east side and into St. Paul as the men will be attending the car show this weekend. I would appreciate and suggestions you can offer.

thanks!! - Brenda

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Date: 6/15/08 10:08 PM

I highly recommend SR Harris in Brooklyn Park (northwest edge of Minneapolis) off the 694. The street is Zealand. Give yourself lots and lots of time. It is a warehouse type store -- for cuts up to 5 yards you cut yourself ... it's done on the honour system. They have lots of knits and quite a few silks (all silks must be cut by staff), lots of cottons, denim, linens, wools, etc. They also carry a lot of different trims.

The prices are excellent -- a minimum of 50% off the price on the bolt. Check their website for coupons that you can print off. I don't think I've ever left the store without dropping $150 US and that's after the 50% discount.

Also Mill End Textiles -- there are a couple of locations in the area. The one I've been to is on the southwest part of the city (Eagen maybe). If I remember correctly it is off highway 212 -- I always access it through the Eden Prairie exit.

Those are the two I make sure to visit when I'm down there -- there are a couple of others that I'll try to remember.

There's also Sew Amazing but I'm not sure where it's located (Bloomington I think) -- I looked at their fabric (and bought some) at the Sewing Expo last November.

There's also a Hancock's in Fargo by the Hobby Lobby -- I've never made it into that store but keep meaning to. People tell me the deals are good but that it more like the Fabriclands we have in Canada.

Have fun in the Twin Cities.



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Date: 6/15/08 11:55 PM

I concur with Sheila. SR Harris is great. I found wonderful knits at great prices. Dress comfortably because you will be moving and cutting from bolts of fabric. My DH is sure that there are bodies buried amongst the fabric!

Also recommend Treadle in St Paul. It's at Grand and Hamline. Prices are higher, but I have never been sorry about any of the fabric that I have purchased there. The staff is great.

Have fun!

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Date: 6/16/08 0:25 AM

The suggestion of going to SR Harris is a very good one - the prices are great, the selection huge. It can be overwhelming...

If the guys are going to be going to Back to the 50's, then you will be close to Treadle Yard Goods - about 4.5 miles south of the fair grounds where the car event takes place.

Another good one for knits is Sew Amazing - out in Bloomington at 98th and Normandale Blvd. Not a huge selection, but heavy on the knits.

I haven't been to a Mill End store in a while - the closest one to the fair grounds is over on the east side of St Paul. If you go to SR Harris, there is a Mill End in Fridley (north of Minneapolis) , others are in Burnsville - south of Minneapolis, Crystal - just west of Mpls and Eden Prairie further to the west of Mpls.

Depending on where you are from, you might be interested in Hancock Fabrics (there is one a mile or so from the fair grounds) or Joann Fabrics - two near fair grounds - one to the north in Roseville off Cty road B and Snelling (about 1.2 way between Snelling and Fairview), and one to the south in Midway Shopping Center at University and Snelling. There are other locations all over the cities.

We also have many quilt stores in the area, and bead stores too.

Don't miss Porky's on University Ave - they have some of the best onion rings in town (and pretty good hamburgers, too), and is a hangout for old cars and their owners. University Ave is where the car collectors cruise as they would have back in the day... I live just off University, in a neighborhood that gets trapped/blocked due to the cruising - so I'll be out of town next weekendas I am every year for Back to the 50's.

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Date: 6/16/08 8:44 AM

thanks for all of the great information so far ... looks like my Mom and I will have a busy weekend, in addition to hitting the outlet malls :)

I've been to SJ Harris before, and have found a few things, but I just find that it is so mixed up with fabrics of all types scattered all over ... but that being said, I don't want to miss out on what could be there waiting for me ;)

I like the Mill End stores too, so I may hit one or two. I have never been to Sew Amazing or Treadle so we'll have to see.

Thanks also for the info on back to the 50s. My husband and I have never been, so we'll be looking for all of the cool crusing places to go to in the evenings. Luckily we'll be staying in Bloomington, away from the festivities, but more central for us ladies to go shopping while the guys head to the fairgrounds.

take care,
Brenda

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Date: 6/16/08 9:52 AM

I will have to add Treadle to my list of places to go for my next Twin Cities trip (probably early fall).

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Date: 6/16/08 2:51 PM

I'm glad to see this topic. I'm traveling to Minneapolis this Friday. Is it true that you bring your scissors with you to SR Fabrics or do they have scissors for you to use while you're there?

Can someone explain the Mill End Textile store to me? Do they pretty much carry everything, ie, knits, flannels, cotton?

What will I be looking for? Maybe some children's flannel, possibly homecoming dress fabric for my daughter and lace. I am out of my schiffli flounce lace that I've used for so many bridal garters. It seems impossible to find now, even on the internet. As my girls get older, I'm nervous that I won't have some wonderful bridal lace in my stash. Do you think I might get lucky on this trip?

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Date: 6/16/08 3:58 PM

Be sure and check the SR Harris and Mill End Textiles websites for coupons! Last time we went we got coupons for 50% off their already 50% off stuff!

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Date: 6/16/08 4:00 PM

SR Harris provides scissors -- they're kinda junky, but they work. They provide rulers, too!

Mill End carries cottons, wools, knits, etc. It's organized a little better than SR Harris. I've been to the one in Eden Prairie -- be forewarned -- it can be very frustrating to get to! You can see it from the highway, but it's hard to figure out which exit to take. Once you get on the right service road, you can easily pass it by since it's not visible from the service road! Check Mapquest first!

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