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Date: 10/20/12 9:37 PM

Having seen some places recently where people have said they purchase things like rotary blades and embroidery designs, I thought I'd start a new topic...

Do you have a fave place where you always get great priced, quality thread? Where do you shop for your cheap muslin? Where have you found those super cheap needles? You get the idea...

Please share with everyone a favorite store or website or ebay shop, etc that you visit to purchase bargain sewing supplies!

Being fairly new to the craft, I don't have any incredible sites to contribute (YET), but I would love to find out some of yours!

Thanks for contributing

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Date: 10/21/12 12:13 PM

I too am curious and hope there will be answers.

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Date: 10/21/12 7:36 PM

Getting the best value for my sewing dollar is a topic that's near and dear to me. Here are my favorite ways to stretch my sewing dollar without sacrificing quality.

Cleaner's Supply and Wawak websites: These websites (the companies are related) offer rock bottom prices on Gutermann thread, Organ sewing machine needles (just as good as Schmetz), Bemberg rayon lining, YKK zippers, Dritz 1/8" Basting Tape (like Wonder Tape), 1/4" leather tape and many other items. Note that not every item they carry is a bargain, but many are. Flat rate shipping is $3.83 at Cleaner's and $4.89 at Wawak.

Harbor Freight discount hardware stores with 400+ stores throughout the US: 45mm rotary cutter blades (sold in 2-packs as "Carpet Cutters" for $1.99 per 2-pack). Here is the website, but it's best to buy the rotary cutters at their store to avoid the $7.99 flat rate shipping fee.

Joann & Hancocks: These two sewing store chains sometimes have the lowest prices on some items. But you must always, always, always use a coupon on everything you buy because their regular prices are highly inflated. Get yourself on both mailing lists because they send out sales flyers with coupons every few weeks.

Also Joann's sells a magazine called Fashion Fusion that comes out twice a year. Don't buy it for its fashions, buy it for the six coupons (two are 50% off, and four are 40% off) -- better yet buy two copies. The price is $3.99, but you may be able to bring the price down to $2.39 if you use a 40% off coupon from the Joann's mailer. There is no reason to pay the full retail price for anything from Hancock's or Joann's. And note that Hancock's will always accept Joann's coupons.

Walmart has good prices on Pellon Decor Bond and Craft interfacing and a few other items. However, some items at Walmart are actually more expensive than they would be at Hancock's or Joann's if you used coupons.

Nancy's Notions sometimes has good prices on tools, notions and fabrics. Sign up for their mailing list because during the past few months they've been offering coupon codes for free shipping on every order with no minimum purchase required. With free shipping, their clearance and sale prices are even more attractive. Retailmenot.com posts a few of Nancy's Notions current free shipping codes.

Ebay can sometimes be a source of excellent bargains. It really depends on what you're looking for and when you're looking for it. Some items may be more expensive on ebay than in traditional stores, especially after postage is factored in.

In short it pays to shop around.

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Date: 10/21/12 8:51 PM

Thank you for sharing Nancy! That's exactly the type of thing I'm looking for... ways to stretch my sewing dollar! Especially now that I've bought my first home, I'm having to really curtail my spending and so finding bargains is a top priority!

Anyone else?????

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Date: 10/25/12 12:08 PM

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Date: 10/25/12 12:51 PM

I'll second everything Nancy said. I recently found Cleaner's Supply & highly recommend them! I also like Newark Dressmaker Supply, mostly for bag making supplies.

I find baskets & storage containers at Dollar Tree & Dollar Store.

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Date: 10/25/12 1:19 PM

Another big fan of Cleaner's Supply/Wawak here! I also like Dharma Trading for white (undyed) cotton voile, canvas, silk crepe de chine, charmeuse, etc. They have some of the best prices around, especially if you're buying whole bolts (lengths vary but usually 15 yards or per bolt)

I have purchased lots of sewing machine feet for my high shank sewing machine and coverstitch from Sharp Sewing on Ebay. They have great customer service and a large selection.

A few years ago I purchased replacement blades for my Olfa cutters on Ebay. I haven't kept up with prices but back then it was a great bargain. I usually watch auctions for a week or two to get an idea of what a good bargain price is and then bid accordingly.

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Date: 10/25/12 2:14 PM

As far as good quality knit interfacing goes, Hancock's stores sell 60 wide French Fuse, which is the same as Fusi Knit. The price is $6.99 a yard but drops to $4.20 if you use a 40% off coupon, and $3.50 if you use a 50% coupon from Joann's (Hancock's accepts Joann's coupons). That, I believe represents the best deal.

Joann's website sells 60" wide Fusi Knit, but only in 25 yard bolts on their website. The price works out to $6.99 per yard, but Fusi Knit is often on sale on the website for about $4.20 per yard. Joann's website is down right now, so I can't post a link.

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Date: 10/25/12 2:16 PM

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Heather.. I saw the as soon as I read your post.. You just have to know that some of us.. me included .. are going to want to buy just about anything and everything that may be posted here.. So for that reason I simply cannot afford to read this thread ..
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Date: 10/25/12 2:22 PM

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My local thrift shop! I buy cheap sheets and use them for muslins and sew in interfacing (depending upon color and condition)..For about $3-5 for a double sheet, it way less expensive than using muslin fabric purchased for that purpose.

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