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Fabric shopping over the internet?

Kathi_Sadler | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

What has been your experience on shopping for fabric over the internet? Do companies send sample swatches? What is your favorite site to shop for fabric over the internet?
Thank You,


  1. Elona_Masson | | #1

    Kathi, there is a HUGE discussion of this subject at http://www.sewingworld.com, under "Fabric."

    1. judi_dean | | #2

      *Kathi, I buy just about all of my fabric on the internet. Only two small stores available locally, and they cater more to quilting and poor variety. I've never had a bad experience. There are many, many sites. Sewing world has a one-line web sites discussion, or do a search for "fabric". Dollar fabric, fabric club, phoenix have all provided good service. phoenix tends to be lower line,and they cut a 40" yard, but they charge the most for shipping and handling. dollar fabric are very careful about packaging, which can be important if your parcel gets out in the rain in transit. Wy'east fabrics are great for fleeces. Secret Workshop (Canadian) is the best place for good quality children's fabric. I like to print out the pictures from my order, write what I had in mind when I ordered it, then staple a piece of the actual fabric after it arrives. That way I can get a better overall picture of how the quality compares to the write up. I also buy most of my notions on line, and it's easy to compare prices that way. Shoppers Rule is a good place for bargains.

      1. lori_tyler | | #3

        *kathi, I like to shop gstreetfabrics.com, I have had good luck with them, they will not send swatches but will accept returns, the package arrives in a timely manner and the fabric always measures over what I ordered. Leandrofabrics.com is also a good source, they will send samples and will also fill special requests.

        1. Kelley_Welty | | #4

          *Have you ever tried Sewing Studio. I love them, they have the best people and SUPER fabrics. I found them on the web about a year ago and I have never been sorry. http://www.sewingstudio.comThanks, Kelly

          1. Bernadette_Stone | | #5

            *My fabric sources are very limited here in town, so I purchase fabric online. I also use phoenixtextiles.com (fabric.com) and their customer service is good. I also use fabricsunlimited.com and they have nice fabric and no s & h over a certain $ amount.I don't remember if they have swatch samples to mail, you will have to check the sites.

          2. Cori_Lockridge | | #6

            *I've used equilter.com, and love their site! They have fabulous customer service and the "design board" feature on their site is a great tool to play with fabric colors. prints, etc. For really good prices, you can't beat Phoenix textiles...There is less of a selection and the shipping is slower, but the service is really good and the prices are great. I can't get out much anymore, and these internet sites have been a real help. I don't know of any sites that send swatches, but I've always been pleased with my fabric.

          3. janine | | #7

            *I've used almost all of the sites listed, but htt://www.fashionfabricsclub.com is my favorite. I've ordered with them before the website and they are more of a favorite with the site clearence and bargains. The prices are great and the quality good to great.Janine

          4. Jackie_Switzer | | #8

            *Does anyone have info or a link to the garment district in Paris?

          5. lori_tyler | | #9

            *Jackie, You might want to try looking up 'haute couture' on yahoo or goto.com, I've done that before and got addresses for some french fabric web sites, in french ofcourse. Good luck, Lori

          6. Emily_Callaway | | #10

            *I just wanted to let everyone know of an e-source for beautiful designer hemp fabrics. http://www.hempemporium.com.They will send swatches for a fee, and have an amazing variety of hemp and hemp blends that you wouldn't believe are hemp! Includes upholstery weights - I've had great success with the knits.

          7. Janet_Prior | | #11

            *I have had wonderful luck with The Sewing Studio Fabric Club. They mail tons of swatches every month, every coordinates together, and the quality is top. I can't say anything bad about them. I sew all the time and I just hate to go anywhere else now. http://www.sewingstudio.com .

          8. Marjorie_McWilliams | | #12

            *My favorite place for hand dyed fabrics is: http://www.fabricdesigns.com. Silk and cottons.

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