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Map of NYC Fabric Stores

tzipi | Posted in The Archives on

I lost my copy of this incredible map and I don’t have the issue it was first published in. Can anyone send it to me?! Help. I’ll be in NYC next week and want to shop.


Also once I’m there, where is the best ploace ot buy silk organza and how much should it cost?


Thanks alot




  1. user-148585 | | #1

    Dear Tzipi,
    I just found my pull-out from the Thread magazine of the New York fabric sites, but it doesn't list which issue of Threads it is from! So here's the basic list; I hope you can access this.

    Garment fabrics:
    B & J Fabrics
    263 W. 40th St.

    Butterfly Fabrics
    256 W. 39th St.

    Djema Imports
    70 W. 125th St.

    Handloom Batik Imports
    214 Mulberry St.

    Lace Star
    227 W. 40th St.

    Maxine Grand Fabrics
    150 W. 26th St.

    Mood Fabrics
    250 W. 39th St.

    NY Elegant Fabric
    222 W. 40th St.

    Paron Fabrics
    3 locations:
    206 W. 40th
    56 W. 57th St.
    855 Lexington Ave.

    Rosen & Chadick
    246 W. 40th S.

    Spandex House
    228 W. 38th St.

    Trebour Textiles
    215 W. 40th St.

    U.S. Liberty Fabrics
    250 W. 39th St.

    There are also listings for Home and Decorating Fabrics, Beads, Notions and Trims, Dress Forms and Sewing Machines and a listing of museums for inspiration.

    I hope this gets to you, Tzipi. I dug around in my paper piles of sewing stuff because I am also planning to go to New York in early June.

    Please e-mail me right away, and if you're okay with it, give me your address, or better yet, a fax number and I'll fax copies to you. I will check the Threads website tomorrow in the early evening and each day thereafter.

    1. tzipi | | #2

      Thanks Susan,


          I got it. You don't need to fax me. I really appreciate your help. All the best,


      1. KarenW | | #3

        Might want to double check some of those... a search site will help you find addresses (I use switchboard.com a lot).  The map/list was published a few years ago - looking at it I know since that time Paron's has closed their 57th street store (but has a regular priced and half price store on 40th - my favorite NYC store along w/Spandex House!), B&J has moved, Spandex House isn't where it was when I first found it years ago (but 38th may be right, I hadn't been there for a few years but I think it was on 38th when I went there a few months ago - what a treasure trove!), Trebour has closed...  don't forget trims and buttons too!  M&J Trims on 6th is a candy store of trims, Daytona Trims is very old and absolutely crammed full of good stuff, Steinhoff & Stoller (sp) was down the street from them but I was too late last I was there.   Some of these such as B&J or Spandex House are on a 2nd floor so be sure to look up, you don't want to miss them just looking at street level!  If you keep around 38th-40th streets between 6th & 8th avenues you'll find yourself saturated with good fabric and trim places to visit, my credit card starts quivering in anticipation soon as I get in that area!!


  2. mygaley | | #4

    My favorite fabric place in NYC is called Material World, a junky, piled-up place with lots of everything.  You never know what you will find and a lot of it is dirt cheap. It is in the garment district, and you can find the address and phone # in the Manhatten phone book.  Happy hunting!  Galey

    1. flytootall | | #5

      I just got back from New York.  I don't remember Material World, and the hotel didn't have phone books in the rooms anymore.  My suggestion is to just start at 40th or 39th St. between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue.  Very few places have the prices marked and you have to ask the price.  Almost everything is negotiable.  The more you buy, the better the price.  It pays to compare prices.  It's overwhelming and I strongly suggest taking good notes, along with business cards of each store.  It is very easy to forget where you saw a certain fabric.  Sometimes they get annoyed if you ask for prices on a lot of different fabrics.  There were times when I wanted to scream, "Why don't you mark the bolts so I don't have to keep asking?"  If you are trying to match a color, ask to take it outside, as there is a huge difference in the color.  My favorite store in NY is Chic Fabrics (225 West 39th St).  They used to sell me silk dupioni for $5/yard, but now they are charging me $6.  They have a good selection of colors.  If you have a resale number, they won't charge you tax.

      1. Cherrypops | | #6

        Thanks all for your good information. I hope to take a trip to NYC one day.

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