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grosgrain ribbon

Clairezbo_ | Posted in The Archives on

I need 25 ;yds of antique white grosgrain ribbon 1 and 1/2 inch wide. I have been to every site on the web and they all want bigger orders than I am willing to give. Any suggestions? I have made butterfly curtains for my daughter that lives out of state. The curtains are all done, but the ribbon is a big problem. the rolls in the stores are only l0yds and of course they only have one roll, in most stores. they say 6 to 8 weeks to order, and of course I want it yesterday .


  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

    I would contact one of the following two places here in NYC. Both are fabric district places and are used to the size of order you seem to be talking about.

    M& J Trimming - 1008 6th ave - 212-391-9072. i don't love them, they are not the nicest people but they do have a very full line of ribbons and trim. They also hjave a decor store where they carry trim that costs into the hundreds of dollars a yard, Just the thing to decorate your Park Avenue apartment.

    Daytona Trimmings - 1-800-899-0187 - A very funky place. They supply some of the other smaller trimming stores in the fabric district. They also sell vintage (very expensive) trim as well as out of date patterns for $2 per pattern.

    These places deal with folks like us all the time. They can handle the orders that are between needing a couple of yards to trim a lamp shade and 500 yards to trim a whole line of clothing.

    Good luck. Let me know how your experience with thm is. I buy most of my supplies in the fabric district and have long relationships with some of the stores. If you can get to NYC to browsw it is really worth it. I don't know how long the stores will remain viable, the redevelopment of times square is encroaching fast and driving many places out of business or to other areas.

    1. Clairezbo_ | | #2

      *Thanks Sarah for the tip. do you think they would send it out, as I am not in the New York area. I am from Boston.

      1. Sarah_Kayla | | #3

        *YES! (Hey - Daytona has an 800 number for a reason ) Many of the stores in the fabric district have offrerd to mail fabric home for me (I live just a few miles uptown from the fabric district) The UPS guy comes in and out of the stores all day long. You just need to be clear about what you want - the width of the ribbon, the color the amounts.Where are you from in Boston? I'm a Quincy girl. You can even just take AMTRAK to Penn station & walk uptown and go nuts with the selection. Speaking of Boston, have you looked into any of the fabric places near south Station? Or have they all been driven out by high tech. Additionally, there is a place that is located in the fabric district that advertises in the back of Threads that also does mail order. Good lu

        1. Clairezbo_ | | #4

          *He Sarah, you old Quinsy girl you. I am from the north shore, the other side of boston. going to boston is to much of a hale, I would rather stay closer to home. I dint notice that one of the places had an 800 # Dub!!! I also found a site on line called ribbonsribbonsribbons.com I think I will try that first. (not that I'm lazy or anything). Thanks again for the tip. I will save both numbers. By the way do you miss Boston? I am from Wake field a little town about 9 miles out of boston. I love it here, and will properly die here. What kind of sewing do you do?

          1. Sarah_Winter | | #5

            *dear claire and Sarah: you two are talking about familiar things -both Daytona trims, because I live and work on the lower east side and my work brings me there, and because I am from the Boston area originally and my family is still spread out on the North shore as well as Worchester. Claire, consider taking the bus or train into NC. The resources for the garment trades are a great resource. The museum at FIT is just down the street from the garment district and usually has a nice (free) exhibit.That's all. Best, Sarah

          2. Cindy_Mattos | | #6

            *I am looking for a source of white satin wired ribbon for making pew bows for my wedding. I like full, long tailed bows and I'm sure I will be able to make bows better than any I've seen. Obviously, I need more than 10 yds per spool. As a sewer, I've even considered making the ribbon with my serger but am not sure what is used for the wire. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks a bunch. I have until late July to do this.Cindy

          3. Sarah_Kayla | | #7

            *First of all greetings to all you Boston girls out there. (Yes I know it is an archaic form, but I have been introduced to " Boston boys" who are well into their 90's)As for all ribbon needs, the answer is the same. M&J and DaItona Ire the folks to tak to. If youtachknt even more magnificent stuff M&J has a toIthe tIade only store otrade avenue where you can buy lovely trim for well over $100/yard.With the redevelopment of the 42nd street area i'm afraid that thI'mfabric district may be in danger of being driven out by prosperity. i think that it is important to patronize the folks that hang in there. daytona is a much less classy operation than M&J, but i like them better.Another lovely place to patronize for ribbon and other trim is Manny's millenry. They have an 800 number and are the nicest, nicest people. It always feels like a party in th

          4. Sarah_Kayla | | #8

            *Dear Clairezbo -I just realized that I didn't answer your questions. I used to be hungry for Boston all the time. Now that I have kids, I can't imagine living there anymore. I do get all warm and fuzzy when I hear a Boston accent. I listen to Car Talk just to hear Tom & Ray talk. I don't even own a caar.The sewing I do is mostly Jewish ritual stuff, challa covers, tallises and the like. My work is pretty similar to art-quilt stuff - but with Jewish themes and Jewish texts. I also make funky clothing to amuse myself and my still cooperative children. sarah

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