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Subject: Fabric Place closing, Framingham and Woburn, MA Date: 9/4/08 7:55 PM

According to this Boston Herald article, the Fabric Place store in Framingham, MA is currently having a liquidation sale and will be closing soon:

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Framingham’s Fabric Place on brink of shutting down
Boston Herald, September 4, 2008, by Greg Turner

...The downtown Framingham destination for decorative fabric, custom upholstery and sewing supplies started a liquidation sale this week and expects to shut down sometime this fall.

“We will probably no longer be in business by the end of the year,” Alexander Vezina, Fabric Place’s chief executive, said yesterday...

Fabric Place’s design center in Newton closed last week, as the company informed employees of its liquidation plans...


[Edit: Added Woburn to the title. I didn't realize that both (all) locations were closing.]
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Date: 9/5/08 6:38 AM



Unfortunately they aren't that close to me so I didn't stop in very often, but they had a reasonable selection.  If you go to their website, you just get this page: inventory sale, which mentions Framingham and Woburn.  I managed to find a back-door link to their locations page and found out that those are the only two remaining store locations! 


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Date: 9/5/08 9:45 AM

Oh my Gosh! How sad. I used to live in Woburn and shopped there frequently although not as much as years ago. But it was still the most complete sewing resource. And when I travel home for a visit I always made a stop there.

In it's "Hay-Days" I saw Roberta Carr there, and Sandy Betzina, and Marta Alto from Palmer Pletsch.

I hate to see another large fabric source going out of business.

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Date: 9/5/08 10:09 AM

Wow, I grew up in Framingham, just walking distance from that store (although as I kid, I think it was a 'sportswear' shop - any other local Framinghamians?).

Sad to see another fabric store go - coupled with the shrinking NYC garment district, I wonder where future generations of sewers will possibly buy their fabric?

Nancy

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Date: 9/5/08 12:42 PM

Nancy, it *was* called the Sportswear store, many years ago. I grew up in Framingham too (in the Nobscot area), and bought ALL of my fabric at Sportswear for at least 15 years, until I moved out after college. I clearly remember the rickety stairs to the upper floor where they kept the good wedding and prom fabrics, and the creaky wooden floors. I still have cards of buttons and unopened zippers from that store, still stored in their original paper bags.

Boy, that marks the end of an era for me! And it stinks! I was just in there last summer, and bought a ton of fabric for my stash....

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Date: 9/5/08 1:39 PM

Oh no! I live in CT and we had a Fabric Place here up until a few years ago. I loved that place - it was sensory heaven for me and it was the last big, decent quality fabric store left in CT. Although I've never been to the Framingham store it was always in the back of my mind that I could go there if I needed to. Not anymore I guess. Sad...

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Date: 9/5/08 2:32 PM

When I lived in Wellesley I did all my fabric shopping at Fabric Place. After moving to Pittsburgh I quilted almost exclusively because there aren't any stores (only Joann) to buy garment fabrics. I haven't been out to Framingham since moving back and am sad to hear that they are closing. Just this morning I came across a bundle of lace that I bought that still has the Fabric Place paper stapled around it.

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Date: 9/5/08 9:14 PM

This is just so sad. I received a notice in the mail on Wednesday that everything was on sale. I figured they must be closing since it was the same type of notice they sent last year when they closed the Randolph store. I was just there last month.

I have many happy memories at that store and spent hundreds (no, probably thousands) of dollars there. I attended seminars with Sandra Betzina, Claire Shaeffer, Fred Bloebaum, Bobbie Carr, and others I can recall right now.

Many of my wardrobes were created through their great remnant bins. It has not been as good as several years ago, but is still much better than the national chains.

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Date: 9/6/08 10:47 PM

The news was sad, but not entirely unexpected. The quality and variety of the garment fabrics has been, um, uninspiring to me for 10 years or longer. I started going there in the early 80's when it was the Sportswear Store (jeans etc on the first floor, fabrics upstairs).

I went there this morning (Framingham store) to use a $50 gift certificate a neighbor gave me as a retirement gift in June. I planned ahead last night, gathering fabric swatches of future projects, pattern plans, needed notions, and a couple of general tools/stash items I could use. The cutting line was about 20 minutes (the quilting room cutting table had a much longer line) but I only had a length of ribbon measured out. I didn't see anything in fabric that I was even remotely interested in. The cash out line was about 30 minutes. Everyone was friendly and just chatty enough to pass the time pleasantly. I mentioned to a few who wondered aloud about where would people buy fabric now that I had been getting mine via the internet for a couple of years, and they were uniformly shocked. Most of the people there this morning appeared to be home dec sewers (one does it professionally), a lot of quilters in the quilt room, and several doll makers buying very short yardage of the fake fur (which is really really really WIDE). Very few were slowly browsing the fashion fabric. There were a couple of people trying out sewing machines.

Anyway, I got buttons, thread, etc for bunch of future projects but I still need 5 yards of flexible trim and a yard of contrasting fabric for my Chanel-style jacket project, which is in the muslin stage and rapidly approaching the real starting point. I hope I have better luck at Sawyer Brook on the 20th. FP didn't even have chain; the woman at the cutting table said they hadn't had it for a couple of years. I know Windsor Button has it, so a short trip downtown is in my near future.

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Date: 9/9/08 7:34 AM

I stopped in the Woburn store on 9/6, and the percentage off is 20%, sewing machines in the Framingham store are 50% off. I asked a clerk when the store would close and she said November.

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