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Date: 8/5/13 6:00 PM

A new to me fabric/sewing machine store is planning their fall trip to the garment district in NYC. They charter a bus and do a one day trip. Wondering how much can I see in a day and what are your recommendations of places to go and things to look for. I've never been there but it sounds like a neat trip to sign up for.

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Date: 8/5/13 7:19 PM

Can't offer any advice but I really would love to go with you. If only I didn't live in the middle of the country.

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Date: 8/5/13 9:09 PM

Basically what is there to shop for there??

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Date: 8/5/13 10:39 PM

If you want European magazines (fashion and pattern), don't miss Around the World Books/Magazine.

Is your group going to some specific shops or are you on your own?

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Date: 8/5/13 10:57 PM

You can do a lot of damage to your wallet in one day! There are several threads here on PR with lists of stores. There's also shop the garment district blog with lots of reviews of garment district stores.
There is of course Mood with one of the largest selections of fabric at good prices. They've got the largest selection of knits anywhere in the district. They've expanded with lots of buttons and trims.
B & J fabrics has an amazing selection from affordable every day fabrics to over the top fabrics for special occasions.
Eliot Berman is a good source for Missoni knits as well as other goodies.
Make sure you've got addresses as all of the above are on the second or third floor.
Leather Impact is on West 38th Street, the only leather store on the ground floor and it's very good. This is Kenneth Kings choice for leather.
Chic is a good source for silk prints at reasonable prices; great for linings. If I remember correctly, Kenneth King buys silk organza from them for $6yd.
I love Pacific Trimmings for the biggest selection of Riri zippers you'll see anywhere, well anywhere I've been. They will cut them to size for you while you wait. They've got the largest selection of decorative elastics; some very interesting things. This is the only garment district source that I've found for petersham ribbon, only they call it 100% rayon ribbon. It's in the east room of the store. Steinloff and Stoller has everything tools and notions and they will make covered buttons while you wait; just bring your fabric with you.
Paron is a store I've shopped at for years, it's moved though and you'll have to look up it's address. They have an annex with great bargains.
There's M & J Trimming on 6th with trims and buttons.
Wear your best walking shoes and have fun.


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Date: 8/6/13 0:31 AM

I second the shop the garment center. I went on one of their speakeasy tours and it was great fun. Use her blog to map out stores.

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Date: 8/6/13 7:44 AM

Nancy K said it all! I'd add Spandex House, Spandex World, and Metro Textiles as must-visit places too. Omg, the damage you can do to your wallet! Yes indeed.

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Date: 8/6/13 7:55 AM

Go. You can see and spend plenty in one day; I have the receipts to prove it. The only downside is that you will want to go back. Soon.

Make a list of things you need (need - ha!) and focus on stores that will give you the best shot at finding those items. I always always go to Paron, where Lucy and Caldwell will be happy to help you find what you want. Pacific Trims is a must for zippers, interesting buckles, snaps and other hardware, much of which you didn't know was available to us. I buy elastic and other utilitarian stuff at Daytona Trims. Mood can be flat-out overwhelming, even though it's divided into logical categories, so make a list before you go, and bring pattern envelopes for upcoming projects. And give yourself the gift of a rolling tote bag. It makes shopping a lot more fun and easier on your arms.
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Date: 8/6/13 9:20 AM

There is a map you can pick up at this site: http://www.fashioncenter.com/

There are sample sales, stores with just zippers, or buttons, or beads, or trims, besides all the fabric stores. Some are just wholesale, so check the window before you go in. Figure out what kind of fabric you would like to buy before you go or you will be lost. Check the reviews on this site for suggestions. Metro Textile is amazing, and I found Weavers Fabrics, Inc had silk for $10 yd, and M&J Trimming, wow. There is also a lovely linen store, but I can't remember the name with amazing prices.

If you like fashion sewing, you will have a good time.

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