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JillN
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Date: 5/18/07 9:23 AM

Ladies

I may be moving to the Raleigh/Durham NC area for work (lots of jobs being moved down there).

I'm very into sewing, and am wondering if there are any good fabric stores in the area, and what the sewing culture is like in that area?

I know that there are several Janome dealers in that area (3 of my 4 machines are Janome's), but do any of the local sewing places offer classes? I also see that there are 3 Joanns in the area, and 3 Hancock Fabrics. Are those good places to buy fabric, patterns, notions, etc? Any website links would be appreciated, especially for smaller (non-Joann or Hancock) stores.

While the sewing culture and store availability would not make or break a decision to move, I wanted to get a better understanding of what to expect for sewing if we do move down there.

Thanks for your help!

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Date: 5/18/07 12:01 PM

i have lived here almost all my life. very nice area to live in, unless you want an exciting night life. although that has been improving.

one of the hancock stores is closing. the one that is closest to me.

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two hours away, but well worth the drive, is the nationally known Mary Jo's

the first time i went there, i wandered around for an hour just looking at everything, then i had to go outside for a break. sensory overload, i think. then i went back inside and spent entirely too much money. LOL

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Date: 5/22/07 12:27 PM

I moved to Raleigh two years ago from South Florida. There are many more places to shop here -- Bernina World of Sewing on Glenwood, SewUnique on Strickland, two Carolina Sew n Vacs (Capitol Blvd and in Cary), in addition to Elegant Stitches (beautiful, yes!)

The only thing I have been somewhat disappointed with is the class offerings. Most of them are crafty and quilts, so if you are a garment sewer, you may be disappointed. I have two Berninas and a BabyLock, and there are quite a few dealers (including some of those above). I know there are Janome dealers but do not know about their fabric offerings.

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Date: 5/25/07 10:58 PM

Jill, I have family in Chapel Hill and lived there for quite a while before moving about 35 miles west. There's a JoAnns in Durham, close to Chapel Hill, that is pretty nice. I can't speak for the classes there. In Carrboro (which is functionally a part of Chapel Hill) there is a BEAUTIFUL fabric store called Mulberry Silks. you can find it reviewed on this site. Fabrics can run from $10 a yard to $100 a yard, so it's not an 'everyday' fabric store, but it is a great place to go and dream!

If you're in Greensboro, there are two great independent stores: Sew Heavenly (H-V and Janome dealer, specializing in Heirloom and Baby sewing) and Randy's Quilt shop, which has every single cotton fabric you have ever seen. Randy's sells Babylock.

This is a great area-- Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Date: 9/28/08 1:40 PM

Hi - you might find my post here useful..
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=34336

Mulberry Silks might offer more interesting sewing classes though I have not been there in years (not for lack of desire!) I think our area is excellent for bargains on home dec if you know where to look. Fine fashion fabrics are hit and miss depending on the price you are willing to pay, but there are always online resources and it's a good enough reason to justify road trips to Philly and New York. The quilting scene is definitely not as intense as say in California but there are definitely women dedicated to their art that live here. I'm probably not the best spokesperson for our sewing scene as I tend to stay on the fringes but from what I've seen, one can easily find a community here. A few of our stores in the area hosted a Stash Dash this past weekend and as I had to go to one of those stores to pick up my Pfaff, I could see that we have plenty of avid sewers of all sorts. Some just sew for their own individual needs, some sew for businesses or craft show offerings, and some sew for humantarian causes such as providing dresses for young girls of Haiti, quilts for orphanages in Africa, and baby blankets for preemies. You meet them all here, whether shopping at Joann or Walmart or one of the mom n pops here.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that demographically, most of us have at least a few gray hairs on our head (me included!). But we do have a growing alternative craft scene which has been infusing new blood into the sewing market.

Hope that helps!

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Date: 9/28/08 8:03 PM

Hi,

Here are the fall classes for Sew Unique http://www.sewuniquefabrics.com/eventsclasses.html

Though I haven't taken a class, I would trust those teachers. They have also recently started carrying Janome, so I don't have to drive to Cary any more to get service.

Overall, I have to say the triangle is a good place to live. There's a wide variety of people, and lots of different things to do no matter what your interest: college sports, lots of outdoor activities, great cultural scene.

-Marcia

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Date: 9/28/08 8:04 PM

Welcome to the Triangle! I live in Cary and always happy to greet another sewer to the area.
I would agree with all of the above. Mulberry Silks is an awesome store with great classes. And Sew Unique in North Raleigh also has very good classes with less pricey fabrics generally. We used to have the best Hancock's in the area and they went and closed it when they got in financial trouble because the rent was too high in that building...
Anyway, welcome to the area and let me know if I can help in any way....maybe we can meet for coffee or tea sometime.

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Date: 9/30/08 4:25 PM

I'm from Raleigh myself, and I think the ladies before me have already listed the stores you should check out. Sew Unique offers lots of classes, and I would look into Hancocks as well. The Wal-Mart on Glenwood Ave (US 70) has some nice finds fabric wise. You have to pick through, but there are some gems. Hope this helps.

And I have to ditto what one poster said about the Jo-Ann's on 15-501 in Durham. It's kind of a dingy store, but they have the best fabrics, and that's where I bought the fabric for my dress in my last pattern review.
-- Edited on 9/30/08 4:27 PM --

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