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MelissaB in WA
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Date: 2/15/07 7:32 PM

We're going to Disneyland and San Diego next month and would love to know some great fabric stores to visit (hopefully DH will stop for me a few times! LOL). I'd particularly love to find lots of great knit fabrics (both kids and adults).

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Date: 2/15/07 7:36 PM

Of course, Disneyland for Sewists is the Garment District. There are many reviews in the store review section--if you are driving down then just search for 'California'.

How long will you be here? When are you coming? It may, and i really do mean *may*, be possible to arrange an outing for you.

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Date: 2/15/07 11:26 PM

Hi - I live in the Disney area. Several PR members met Vonnevo when she was here from Australia and took her fabric shopping. If you go to the Message Boards in Regional Communities to the Topic: Sewing Down Under and to page 548 you'll see Vonnevo's blurb about the trip and the fabric stores she visited. At the bottom of her message is the link you click on to to her photo album. where you'll see her shopping. One place was Fabric Land on Lincoln Ave in Orange and another was M&L Fabrics on Ball Ave in Anaheim. Those are the closest fabric stores with apparal fabric. If you quilt I can point you in the direction of several stores. Or knit or bead??? There are many opportunities in the area.

In San Diego....I've been to 1 quilt shop called Rosies - just wonderful cotton and a very large store. Beyond that I don't know of any apparel fabric stores in the area. There are several bead shops. An upscale fashion fabric store is in LaJolla but I've never been there.

Let me know if you have any other questions about the area; I'll be glad to help....

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Date: 2/15/07 11:29 PM

I forgot to mention...MaryLynn has given me great shopping tips for the LA Fabric District. Michael's is one of my favorites in that area as well as Silks Silks which was one of MaryLynn's recommendations. The Fabric District is amazing!!

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Date: 2/16/07 11:00 AM

Oh Marylynn, you have no idea how much I'd love to go shopping with you!!! Unfortunately DH is already a little annoyed I want to do fabric shopping while we're on "vacation". Silly him, doesn't he realize fabric shopping is vacation! LOL

I seriously need to just take a few days and fly down alone and come shop with my fellow PR ladies, wouldn't that be fun! Maybe we should have an LA PR weekend retreat????? Hmm, is that already in the works? I'd come!

I'll have to check out the California reviews. We were driving, but now we're flying (probably much better with four kiddos).

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Date: 2/16/07 11:02 AM

Karmeng, thanks for the info! I have been chatting with Vonne too and she mentioned the M&L fabric store, so I will definitely be going there. I was showing her pictures to DH and he just couldn't understand why I was so excited! LOL Hopefully I'll have time for Fabric Land too. I'll let you know if I have questions - yippee this will be so fun!

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Date: 2/17/07 10:10 AM

You've got some great resources if you can't make the garment district... Fabricland has beautiful stuff, a bit pricey but a nice "real" fabric store where they know their fabric and sewing! There's another in Fountain Valley, Jenny's Discount Fabrics, it's owned by the daughter of the M&L store. If you do make it to M&L, down the street is a very unglamourus taco place called Tom's (think that's it... used to be Tito's) that, along with its Tito's counterpart in L.A. is one of my favorite places to eat anywhere - it's up there with a couple 4 star places in New York! Great tacos.
A little further away in Riverside is a store that recently reopened under new ownership. Not quite as much stuff (there may be more now, I went when it first opened) called the Crystal Pink House. If you use knits or lycras at all it used to be a real treasure trove! Have a good trip.

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Date: 2/17/07 11:38 AM

I live in the Disney area too. M&L is one of my favorite places, but a bit far for me to go their regularly... I can't seem to make it there and back before Kindergarten is out. Probably a good thing. One thing about M&L (or any fabric store) is that you will want to spend hours fondling all the fabrics... I think there are a few small parks near there so send DH and the kiddos to one of those while you shop.

There are plenty of flat fold knits for $2/yard at M&L in the back, but it would be a treasure hunt that may take some time. Also, FYI... the last time I was there they had flat fold cotton woven (not knit) character fabric (incredibles, spiderman, princess, Bob the builder etc) for about $2/yard as well. This was probably about Joann's fabric quality on those. That may help at least reward the kids! M&L is also one of the few stores around here that I know of that sells Kwik sew patterns (at 20% off too!). Tax rate here is 7.75% if that needs to factor into your purchases.

In the same shopping center as M&L is the Singer Sewing Center. That is where I get my Elna sergers serviced. It's a little shop that has the nicest owners that quilt. They have quilting fabrics there, but I've not bought any (yet). It's a small store, but they sure picked their location well!

There is only one review of Fabricland here...maybe some of you who have been there can add some more reviews. I haven't ever been there yet, but it looks like I should!

Jen

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Date: 2/18/07 2:38 AM

I was down in the Garment District today, poking around, and it looks as though Niki Fabrics at 305 E. 9th may have changed hands. I was hot-footing it down the other side of the street and noticed what looked like a "new owner" type of banner taped over the entry. Something like "Family Fabrics," maybe?

Let me put in a plug for one of my longtime favorites: Carmel Gallery of Fabrics at 432 E. 9th St, #1. It's a tiny place, but clean and well organized. They have no costumey or trendoid fabrics, just lots and lots of linens and silks, and some high-quality home dec fabrics, plus a small amount of fine wool. The owner on deck today (I think a rather striking wife or sister may be co-owner) is a sweet, gentle, middle eastern person of maybe 65. He is willing to bargain a little, and I walked out with some gorgeous linen at a very nice price.

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Date: 2/18/07 9:25 AM

I agree about Carmel. I always hit that place when I'm downtown. He has lovely linens and silks. My friend got some trendy pleated silk there last year. He keeps catalogs from Nordstroms or Bloomingdales to show some of his fabrics were used in clothing sold there. Pretty cool.
Directly across the street is Silks Silks which is fabulous. MaryLynn pointed in their direction. They have a wide selection of all types of silks.

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