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fabric place closed

clairezbo | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

It has been a long winter, longer now that Fabric Place is closed. There is a Joann’s near me, but I dont think the quality of material is the same as I am use too.  Does anyone have any information on any other stores in the area, I live in Wakefield Ma, that would be like Fabric Place???? I have seen a store called Freddie Farkels, but Watertown is a long ride for me if the store is not what I am looking for. I am looking for more nice wools, designer material, linens and such. I don’t mind driving to Water town if it is worth it. We have been very spoiled having a store like Fabric Place so close.


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    Sewista | | #1

    Not too far from you, up 293, is Martins House of Cloth. They have just downsized to one floor and pretty much home dec and quilting. The only places I would suggest to you would be Safflers in Whitman, MA and Fabric Fix in Manchester NH. The Fix is my favorite and you never know what great bargains you will be able to pick up. It is a right off the Second St exit off 293, then a right at Speedy Lube. If you like the kind of store where the owner shops the garment district every two weeks in NYC and the ladies wear glasses on the ends of their noses, you will love it. It is small, loaded with goodies, and the staff is very knowledgeable. Hope this helps.


  2. Palady | | #2

    If it helps, you have company lamenting the closing of Fabric Place.  My daughter lives in Westwood, MA and a stop in the Randolph, MA FP was always a delight.  After North End Fabrics closed in Boston, MA daughter & I relished FP even more.

    Daughter's current resource is -


    Ann is in Burlington, MA. 

    I have shopped Fabric Fix and can attest to the post as to it's being an interesting place.  My way there in over Rte 3 N.  I find it a bit more convenient.  If time permits, and your a Thrift Store shopper, there is (or was) one just as you go toward FF. 

    My son lives in Merrimack, NH which is why I use Rte 3.  Last visit to the shops was spring of 2008.  If you're near I-95, taking that will get you to Rte 3 N up through Nashua, NH, into Manchester, NH.  Caveat is the toll at Bedford.  I'll have to get out my MA maps to locate Wakefield, MA. 

    I appreciate the post about Martin's House of Fabric in Bedford, NH.  Disappointing again to know the need to downsize to one floor.  >> Sigh  << Guess it's a sign of the times.  For us like-to-touch fabric shoppers, on-line resources leave a bit to be desired.

    My next visit in that area will have me checking on George's.  There was a shop off I-495 in Haverhill, MA.  Exit 52??  The main store was in Lowell, MA.  Since I found what I needed, and then some, in the Haverhill spot, going to Lowell was unncessary.  But with the all, this one might be closed as well.

    Perhaps a Gatherings member from the Haverhill, MA area can post as to George's.



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      Sewista | | #5

      The highway that goes THRU Manchester and has the Second St. exit to the Fix is 293, NOT 93. This highway used to be 93 but 93 is now the beltway that totally circumvents the city and will have you nowhere near the Fix. So if you do the Route 3 way just keep going straight thru Manchester on 293. DO NOT DO 93.

      1. Palady | | #6

        Astute of you to notice my error on I-93 & 293 and posting the corrections.  It's a big help  and will be appreciated to be sure.


  3. funkyjazzdesigns | | #3

    I'll add another positive vote for Fabric Fix in Manchester, NH.  I get LOTS of my fabrics there.  Fun and friendly staff, owners involved in daily business, great and changing selection of fabrics and great prices.


  4. Palady | | #4

    After going over my MA map, your closer to I-93 than I-95, so the fomrer would likely be the better to get you to Fabric Fix.  A hint if my memory serves.  When my daughter & I went to FF (circa early 2008) over I-93, once in Manchester, NH, daughter took a left to drive over a bridge.  As we crossed, FF could be seen down on the right.  Coming off the bridge a right turn and a bit of maneuvering for a lane got us to FF.

    Some days later, when daughter called me in Merrimack, NH to ask that I go back to FF to get more of a 60" brown knit she purchased, I took Rte 3 N and found it better for me.  At first I was unable to locate the bolt.  The sales person immediatley knew the fabric.  In the interim there was some rearranging for new stock and the roll was other than where it was when bought by daughter. 

    Being just a bit north of Burlington, MA you should find Georgeous Fabrics a possible source for your fabric ISO.  Surf through the sites pages.  The Strut Your Stuff pages will give you some idea of what sewists have accomplished.  There's a phone # at the end of the About Us page.

    Please consider posting your experience should decide to give Gorgeous Fabrics a try.

    The URL again is -



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    ShineOn | | #7


    I don't know if it is too far for you but Apple Annie's in Swansea, MA has absolutely gorgeous fabric. It is a small store so there is not huge quantity but everything is quality, lots of imported wool and linen. Also about 10-12 minutes away from there is Bedford Fabrics in Fall River, MA, which has a much larger selection and has been in business forever so they have everything, old and new, including the largest selection of slinky knit I have found. Happy shopping.

    Shine On

  6. peggyv | | #8

    I am so sorry to hear that the Fabric Place closed! This brings back such memories -- I would take the T from work in Boston and my husband would pick me up and go to the store with me. I moved away 18 years ago but I still remember the store so well...
    There also was a nice fabric and yarn store in Franklin called Franklin Mill. They had good quality silks, cottons and wools . I don't know about today but I saw they have a website so they are still in business.

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