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Date: 8/30/09 3:26 AM

Hi all, the Aussie/ Kiwi board is great but has many many pages and lots of stuff applies only in Australia. If you are in NZ, say hello. Let's compare experiences with sewing sources, suppliers of sewing magazines, sewing classes and NZ-suitable season wear!
What's everyone making right now for spring?
Lynley

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Date: 8/30/09 3:32 AM

Hi all
thought I'd talk magazines.
I like the Australian Stitches magazine - it has the right seasons, and is down-to-earth rather than high fashion. There's usually an interesting makeover, too. It has pattern recommendations and some sewing info. It seems a little hard to get hold of, though.
I buy from Wellington Sewing Services in Kilbirnie. http://www.sewingdirect.co.nz/kwikindex.html
I asked the Lambton Quay magshop if they could get it, but apparently they can't.

I like Burda, too, but it's so hard to decide to buy something full of pretty summer dresses in the middle of winter, and vice versa. Wellington public library stocks both Burda and Burda Plus. I haven't found anyone who can sell me a Burda Plus fewer than 3 months after it comes out - anyone know of an NZ source for this?
Lynley

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Date: 8/30/09 3:37 AM

Just checked out Australian stitches and it has changed name to Sewing with Stitches Australia.
http://www.ericas.com/sewing/au_mags/austitches.htm

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Date: 8/30/09 4:06 AM

I am in New Plymouth. Only place to buy fabric here is Spotlight which is the pits. However we do have a good magazine shop here and I just got the latest Ottobre in the mail. I have been looking at sewing machines this weekend and I am keen on one from Janome - will probably buy it from Wellington sewing centre as the shop here is doesn't have a good selection and don't seem very knowledgeable

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Date: 8/30/09 4:15 AM

Hi Artcat
nice to meet you. Yeah I don't like Spotlight either and I don't know of any official NZ online dress fabric stores. What a surprise there is nothing better in New Plymouth. If you come to Wellington for the sewing machine make sure you check out Global Fabrics in Garrett St and Fabric Warehouse in Sar St (off Thorndon Quay).
Cheers Lynley

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Date: 8/30/09 4:39 AM

I'm a Kiwi in Japan...hoping this isn't a contravention of PR policy, because I don't actually have a commercial service to offer anybody.

Last time I was in NZ, I also wandered into Spotlight. They had even less fabric than the previous time I was there. Since then, I've been thinking and thinking that it would be quite possible for me to buy up discount fabrics here in Japan, since I live close to the wholesale district, and post them to NZ. Although the yen is so expensive relative to the NZ dollar, when fabric here is discounted, it's REALLY discounted, and since seasons are opposite, the current sales on summer fabrics would be very timely.

2-3 metres of fabric is often less than 500g weight, and for that weight, SAL is under $9, while standard airmail is just under $15. So I'd be looking at fabrics that work out at $7-20 dollars per meter, concentrating on the $7-12 p.m. area.

If anybody would like to tell me what types and prices/amounts of fabrics they would consider buying on a piece basis, I'll do some more thinking...

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Date: 8/30/09 5:07 AM

Hi Dotmoll,
Do you have access to all fabric types? I would be interested in 100% cotton patterned sweatshirting, like what Roxy hoodies are made of.
I'd also be interested in embroidered or patterned denims and canvases.
Trims and accessories would also be great, especially things like coloured domes/snaps, embroidered ribbon, braids. And patterned/textured rivets would be fantastic!
Lucky you, having all that on your doorstep

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Date: 8/30/09 5:17 AM

I live in a small rural town, an hour away from the nearest Spotlight. I buy most of my fabric/patterns either from Dunedin, usually Spotlight, or off Trade Me.
I am a recent convert to Jalie and other Euro patterns like Studio Tantrum, Ottobre and StudioKat. They might cost the same as a small house, but they are so worth it.

At the moment I am super excited about going to LA in two weeks. I get to spend a whole day alone (no kids!!) in the LA Fashion District!!! OMG!!!!

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Date: 8/30/09 5:25 AM

Hi to you all.
Dotmoll: Where you live sounds
pretty exciting! I might be interested in patterned silks (satin backed crepe or similar weight), or good quality knits of any kind, esp cotton-lycra. No idea what's good in Japan though so open to ideas!
Lynley

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Date: 8/30/09 7:26 AM

Cool! Another sewist down south! (I'm in Dunedin) And into Ottobre too... Just received my latest Ottobre magazine on Saturday and there's a few things I like. Have picked up some Jalies too.
Lucky you going to LA. I hope you're taking a big suitcase, or two, for your purchases.

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Keely
Dunedin, New Zealand

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