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Date: 6/22/10 3:39 PM

hi !

I hope I post on the right board ! If not, please tell me, I'll bring my topic where it should be !

Anyway.

I'm spending a few days in Berlin in July (yay !) and I'll like to know where I could shop for fabric (or anything sewing related, in fact) ? I'm not looking for cheap and run-of-the-mill fabric, my hometown has what's needed in that area. I'm looking for some choice, quality or "special" items (quirky prints, unusual weave etc ...) .

I read a review about the Turkish Market, and I'll make sure to go there, but surely there are other fabric shops in such a big city ?

Thanks !

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Date: 6/27/10 6:57 AM

Dear Rose,

I am not from Berlin and know only one shop there by own experience (HÜCO) but on the German sewing website www.hobbyschneiderin.net, somebody was kind enough to collect all other fabric stores in Berlin mentioned in this German forum.
It is not clear though which stores carry the stuff you'd have at home and which ones would carry the more extraordinary fabric.

Fabric stores in Berlin

If you follow this thread further, some additional addresses are mentioned (e.g. Tessuti Stoffe) which may be also worthwhile exploring.

Enjoy Berlin -- it's a great & exciting city!

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Date: 7/1/10 1:45 PM

Thank you !

I printed the list !
I may have a look at Tessuti, too, it sounds promising (as well as the vintage fabric shop !)

If I understand correctly, "grosshandel" means that you can only buy in bulk, doesn't it ?

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Date: 7/2/10 6:55 PM

Yes, Rose, that's correct. But it is not uncommon in Germany that wholesalers sell to both types of customers: private ones and professional ones so I'd give it a try.

Please let us know which shops you liked -- your recommendations will come handy for the next visitors to Berlin
(a great city -- hope you'll enjoy it! Highly recommended are (1) Hacke'sche Höfe (2) walk along the former wall with about 200 m material being left (3) Reichstag and chancellor's office (4) boat tour on the Spree (5) museum's island (6) Tiergarten (7) ...)

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Date: 7/2/10 11:52 PM

You are very fortunate! And, if you don't speak German, just remember that the word fabric (as pronounced) actually means "factory" in German. don't ask how I know, just be assured that my family had a good laugh at my expense.

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Date: 7/4/10 8:56 AM

Thank you all !
I'lll probably have time only for a couple of stores, but I'll try to make the most of it :)

I spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. Ich hoffe, dass es genug wird(Dazu lese ich gern Burda)

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Date: 7/4/10 9:05 AM



Oh yes, 'fabric' and 'Fabrik' are false friends ...

If your travel dictionary does not include the vocabulary you need for fabric hunts in Berlin (or elsewhere in Germany), you could compile a list with the help of the fantastic online dictionary
Leo where you can even listen to (and practice) the pronounciation.

Chose the language from which you want to translate into German (available: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese) and simply type the word of interest.
Next to the German word is the icon of a loudspeaker, click on that, click further on the PLAY symbol in the blue linguatec box down on the left, and listen.

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Date: 7/22/10 7:54 AM

So, I had a wonderful time in Berlin :)

Unfortunately, my fabric budget got significantly smaller just before the trip (car tune up turned out more expensive than planned).
I had a look at Tessuti, drooled a bit (not on the bolts) and left. Fabrics are wonderful but way to expensive for me and my limited skills !
I then went to Babie Lato and bought several yards of gorgeous coton and biais there.
Fichu is very nice, a bit quirky, but it was more for entertainment than for sewing.
I also had a trip along the turkish market, wow ! Didn't bought anything but it was incredible !

Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to go to Hueco or Frau Tulpe, the other two shops on my list. But then, I didn't have to time to go to the "Alte Museum" as well, so I'll have to plan another visit !

The city is wonderful, I'm really in love with it !

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