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More New York Garment District Fabric Shops

Photo: Claudia Hehr Photography

New York City's Garment District is home to so many great fabric shops, we couldn't include all of author Annie O'Connor's top choices in her "Sewing Destination: New York City" article, Threads #174. Here are some more shops to explore during your next trip to NYC's Garment District:

 

Guide Fabrics
262 West 38th Street
(between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
212-575-8855
GuideFabrics.com

This wholesale/retail interfacing and lining company resembles a busy warehouse, but if you need a lot of interfacing, this shop is a good choice. Predominantly stocked with polyester, Guide Fabrics carries a variety of interfacing styles--fusible and sew-in, woven and knit. It also carries a few other fiber types, as well as lining. Be prepared to buy in quantities of 5, 10, or 25 yards. You may also place an order online, however you first need to register on the website as a member. Orders go out the same day, so you can get your purchase in a hurry.

 

C & J Textiles
230 West 38th Street, 7th Floor
(between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
212-354-0040
Open Monday to Friday

When you're greeted by a receptionist as you enter, you may feel out of place--but don't! You too can shop in this showroom-style fabric store. Though C & J caters to wholesale and the "New York professional," all shoppers are welcome. Carrying only silk and silk-blend fabrics, C & J's prices are fair to the product, and the quality is good.

 

Steinlauf & Stoller
239 West 39th Street
(between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
212-869-0321
SteinlaufAndStoller.com
Open Monday to Friday

When it comes to notions, this long-standing store carries a bit of everything. It looks small, but you'll be surprised by how much the shop really offers. I asked a seasoned employee why sewers keep coming back to Steinlauf & Stoller and he replied, "Because we know how to put, where to put, and what to put." Staff pride themselves on being knowledgeable about their products, and are happy to help you find exactly what you need.

 

Fabrics & Fabrics
270 West 38th Street, 3rd floor
(between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
Fabrics-Fabrics.com
Open Monday to Friday

This shop was originally named Lace Star, and you have to look for both names on the storefont when visiting. The previous name is still on the doorbell and a large "Lace Star" sign greets you as you exit the elevator. This tranquil store is larger than you may expect, and every turn reveals another aisle of fabric. Neat and organized, with rows of lovely fabrics spanning the entire color wheel, Fabrics & Fabrics carries a variety of materials, but specializes lace, beaded materials, chiffon, and similar beautiful things. You will often see brides shopping here as well as designers and students. The staff says the store focuses on well-made materials in various widths and fabric types, including novelty fabrics.

 

Paron Fabrics
257 West 39th Street
(between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
212-768-3266
Open every day

Looking for a good buy? Check out Paron. Open since 1940, Paron sells nice fabrics at a good price. I've seen some fabrics as inexpensive as $1.99, and it holds sales, sometimes discounting by as much as 50 percent. Paron stocks an assortment of materials, including closeout designer fabrics, some imported from Italy. You'll also find patterns--a rare sight in many New York fabric stores.

 

For more information on shopping New York City's Garment District and to help narrow down your itinerary to include your top picks, do your research before time. Here are a few websites that can help plan your trip.


Have you shopped at any of the fabric shops listed? If so, which have you visited and what was your experience? Are there any others not listed you would suggest?

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