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Fabric shopping in Manhattan

suze | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi, I’m Sue from the UK and I’m a bit of a ‘lurker’!. Hope some of you ladies can help. I’m coming to New York (Manhattan) mid January, never been to the US before. For most of the week I’m attending a jazz festival and conference at the Manhattan Hiltonand I will only have a few hours to spare to go shopping – how frustrating is that going to be??!! Can someone advise a good place to go for fabrics? I’m fond of classic wools and natural fibres – we don’t seem to have many fabric stores in the UK anymore, I visited my nearest one last week and the whole store was full of novelty fabrics – great stuff, but you’d have to buy it on total impulse then decide what to do with it later – probably stash it for 10 years knowing me! Also, are there any other ‘mustn’t miss’ places you would recommend?


  1. myca99 | | #1

    I'm not from NY or even the Northeast, but I know that "Mood Fabrics" got a lot of attention from a popular TV show here called Project Runway.  From what I understand, Mood is where the Parsons School fashion students shop. 


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      suze | | #4

      Thanks very much for your help Myca, I will certainly look out for Mood fabrics.



  2. SewNancy | | #2

    If you only have a few hours, then Mood is a good bet. With 2 floors of garment fabrics and a room of leathers you can't go wrong. They get a lot of designer ends and have just about anything you could want. The other 2 places are B & J fabrics and Rosen and Chadick. Very beautiful woolens in all of them. Mood has the best prices probably. If you want trims and buttons head over to 6th ave. and go to M and J Trimmings.
    If you have more time, then head uptown to Tender Buttons for an exquisite selection of buttons.

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      suze | | #5

      Thanks very much to the members who recommended fabric shops in Manhattan area. I will certainly look out for all of them, especially Mood fabrics which sounds perfect.Thank you all


      1. SewNancy | | #6

        If you go to Mood's website, I can't remember if it is Mood.com or Moodfabrics.com, but anyway, they have a useful site map that would help you organize your sortie around the store in an organized and maybe time saving way. There are 2 spouse chairs (my husband calls them husband chairs) in the front if you are dragging along a cmpanion. My husband usually finds a place to park a few blocks over and I call him when I am done. It is quite a store. Enjoy.

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          suze | | #7

          Thanks Nancy, I can't wait to get there!. I'm one of those (arguably!) lucky women who don't have a spouse to drag around fabric shops, so I won't be needing the chair!

  3. ctirish | | #3

    If you look through all of the postings here; a couple of weeks ago there was a woman who had  a list of places to shop in New York. Did you check the past issues to see if they have ever done a list? I know there were some listed in the issue about the woman who won the shopping spree a couple of years ago.  Good luck

  4. emme | | #8

    Get ready for a real treat.  Shopping for fabric in NYC is one of my favorite pastimes.  While brousing in the stores you might be shopping next to a student from the Fashion Institute or a designer from a Broadway shows.  Just off Times Square brouse the shops from 39th to 42nd streets to start.  These shops specialize a vast variety of fabric and notions.  Welcome to the Fabric Didtrict of NYC.

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      suze | | #9

      Thank you Emme, I'm really looking forward to browsing, particularly bearing in mind the favourable exchange rate!. I will be sure to take notice of who is next to me!


      1. wlric | | #10

        Hi Suze, I just got back from a fabric buying trip to NYC. Mood Fabrics, 225 W 37th St., 3rd floor. You have to look for the street door and take the elevator up. I think I remember that wools are up the stairs. Huge selection! Every weight and color imaginable. Pricing seemed to be fair. They have a big selection of wool jersey, too.
        I had a lot of fun in Pacific Trimmings, 218 W 38th St. M & J trimmings is 1008 6th Ave.
        Remember to leave room in your luggage to take home your purchases! Carry a bottle of water, wear your walking shoes, don't hesitate to ask questions. Have fun.

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