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Fabric/notions in San Fran or Santa Barb

FitnessNut | Posted in General Discussion on

Can anyone recommend good fabric/notions stores in the San Francisco or Santa Barbara areas? I am looking for a separating zipper in a difficult to match shade of pink. The client in question is flying into SF next Sunday for a vacation in Santa Barbara and is willing to drive around a bit to try to find her zipper.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


  1. kayl | | #1

    Might want to let your mouse do the walking over to someplace like

    http://www.zipperstop.com -- YKK zippers in about 500 colors.


    1. kjp | | #7

      OOh!  What a great site!  I've saved it to favorites & I'm going to have to call them to send in my Debbie Bliss yarn for a matching jacket zipper for the jacket I knit my son!

  2. eauinaz | | #2

    Try Britex fabrics close to Union Square. Four floors. One floor just for notions. Just plan for enough time to see all the dreamy fabrics.

  3. ElonaM | | #3

    This year, Santa Barbara lost its only large fabric store. We now have one quilting shop, and several months ago, a crafts and notions store opened a small fabric "area," with a few basic notions. Just last week, a tiny fabric shop opened downtown, but it is truly miniscule.

    To get anything approaching a reasonable selection of zipper colors, I'd have to drive about 45 miles south, to Baron's in Camarillo, or an hour north, to Betty's in Santa Maria.

    For brick-and-mortar stores, your client's very best bet is indeed Britex in SF. Myself, I'd probably hit the internet for something like the aforementioned zipperstop.com

    Edited 9/2/2004 3:06 am ET by Elona

    1. FitnessNut | | #4

      Thank you all for your responses to my query.

      The fabric in question was purchased on a recent vacation to SF, at Britex, so my client is aware of that option. Unfortunately, with the upcoming long weekend, she won't be in SF when Britex is open, but has considered mailing them a sliver of fabric to see if they can match it. The zipperstop.com site was certainly interesting, but I have reservations about trying to match colours online, not to mention the hassle in getting any merchandise shipped to Canada. (You have no idea....a zipper could end up costing $20 by the time it gets here!) Obviously, we're going to have to do more investigating....

      Thanks again for all your help.

      1. kayl | | #5

        Try talking to YKK Canada (http://www.ykk.ca) and see if there's somethign similar to zipperstop in Canada... or who's got a good stock of their strangely pink zippers.

        In the past, when I've internet-ordered supplies, I've often checked a fabric color against thread colors... then I could tell the source that

        it was a dead-on match for Coats and Clarks Soldier Blue, or just a shade darker than Gutermann 166, or such. That's actually worked quite

        well for me.

        Just don't try telling the paint store you'd like a gallon of DMC503.



        1. FitnessNut | | #6

          Thanks for the suggestion. I also like the idea of using thread colours as a reference.....although I agree, it might be difficult to order paint that way ;-)

  4. Adrienne | | #8

    Hello everyone- 

    I'm new to this site, and I absolutly love it!! Sandy, I saw your question regarding fabric stores in the SF area, and have a list of shops for you, or anyone else that may be interested. I think I found it on the SF Bay Area Costumers Guild site (gbacg.org) I hope it helps you out!

    Satin Moon Fabrics

    32 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 668-1623


    Mendel's Far Out Fabrics & Art Supplies

    1556 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 621-1287


    Discount Fabrics

    2315 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122  (415) 564-7333

    4458 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 586-8045

    4460 Mission, San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 586-1040

    1432 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 621-5584

    525 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 495-4201

    3006 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 548-2981


    Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

    75 Colma Boulevard Colma, CA 94014 (650) 755-1711

    245 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925  (415) 924-8700

    1948 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403  (650) 345-4442


    Fabric Outlet

    2109 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 552-4525


    Darlene's Fabric I & II

    2831 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 826-1855

    2877 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 550-0149


    Sal Beressi Fabrics 

    1504 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 861-5004


    Britex Fabrics-already mentioned

    San Francisco (415) 392-2910


    Stone Mountain & Daughter Fine Fabrics

    2518 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 845-6106


    Poppy Fabric

    5151 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611 (510) 655-5151

    1. FitnessNut | | #9

      OMG! I'm really going to have to get there one day!!!!!

  5. louise | | #10


    I had the same problem when making a bustier for my god-daughter, strangely enough, I found a matching fine, separating zipper in a leather supply shop in the garment district.  If you are looking in Canada, near Spadina and Queen there is a funny little leather supply shop on the south side - in Toronto!

    JUst a suggestion


    Edited 10/24/2004 11:55 am ET by Louise

    1. FitnessNut | | #11

      I was fortunate enough to find an almost matching zipper in a little shop - it is a bit heavier than I wanted, but it works for my purposes. Unfortunately, there is no garment district in Edmonton :-(

      The store you mention....would it be Perfect Leather on King Street? Kathryn Brenne mentioned it as a resource in her article on making a shearling coat (issue 104). As luck would have it, not long after that article was published, DH had to go to Toronto and I sent him to check it out. Apparently it is a good thing for my visa card that he went, not I. Leather heaven!

      As I only get to Toronto infrequently, I'm constantly making a list of places to visit when I do go. If the store you mention isn't Perfect Leather, would you mind posting a name and address for me? Thanks in advance.

      1. louise | | #12


        It's not Perfect Leathers, though I have called them and have decided to take a second mortgage before I actually look at their luscious inventory!

        I cannot give you the name of the store, sorry, I was desperately looking for zippers that day and tripped on it.  Since I know the area and where I found the zipper (and others since) I just logged it in my memory bank!

        When next time I get down there I'll write down the address and post it.  The best I can do is much like the original description.  South side of Queen (I think I mistakenly said north last time)  ahem a...........yes............ south side of queen within a block or two west of Spadina.  It's a funny little shop with an alley near by, they often have boxes of zippers out on the street if the weather is fair.  But it is a leather/saddlery type shop, they just have a bajillion zippers compared to most notions/sewing stores.  As I said above it's a jammed little shop with leather and funny embellishing things

        1. FitnessNut | | #13

          Thanks for the info. I love that area, but don't know it well because years usually pass between visits. I only wish I'd explored more when I lived in Toronto! These days, out of necessity, I shop to stash for future needs ;-)

          1. louise | | #14


            Don't we all?  It seems that if you don't grab fabric when you see it, it won't be there when you want it!

          2. FitnessNut | | #15

            So true, LOL!

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