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Phillippa | Posted in General Discussion on

I am a great fan of Threads magazine; get separation anxiety if my issue does not arrive. I have every issue since they began featuring more sewing than knitting and weaving. I love to sew for myself and used to do so professionally, but found that to be emotionally exhausting (custom bridal for tall brides!).. The lack of fabric stores in this area is disheartening, so I have to get everything mail order, but everyone who sews and does not live in a big city is probably finding this, too.


  1. Josefly | | #1

    .....and some of us who DO live in big cities!

  2. Cherrypops | | #2

    Hello Phillipa,

    Where are you located? Which are your favourite mail order stores?

    CherryP (australia)


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      Phillippa | | #3

      We have two quilt stores and NO proper fabric stores. I have to drive 45 minutes to get to Colorado to get to two mediocre fabraic stores. If I want realaly good fabric, I ahve to travel to Boulder,Colorado, one and one half hours. so mostly, I shop on line

      1. Cherrypops | | #4

        Thank you.

        I am becoming more familiar with the United States of America by coming here.

        I haven't purchased fabric online, either within Australia or oversas before. Which websites do you use? Are some better in quality of service and fabric than others?


      2. MaryinColorado | | #5

        I am in Colorado too.  I like http://www.equilter.com's fabric,  I have bought some rayon fabric from them that is beautiful.  They are located in Boulder.  Have you found a fabric store there for clothing fabric or is it a quilting shop?  I live nearby.  I occassionaly drive over to Denver fabrics.  I think D'leas might have opened back up but not sure.   Mary

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          Phillippa | | #6

          I buy from Equilter all the time, and am particularly pleased with their charity donation program.
          I went to Denver Fabrics the other day and left in disgut. The place looks like the BAD back end of a New York warehouse. The bolts are stored on end so you cannot see the contents unless you drag them from the shelf. Apparently, the owner's son came in and 're-organized' the place. I will not go back and wrote and told them so. If I had a client I was sewing for, I would never tkae them there!

          1. MaryinColorado | | #7

            Oh!  I haven't been there since they revamped!  That is terrible!  I was in while they were clearing it out and it was a mess.  They actually expected people to cut their own fabric, and seemed put out that I waited forever in the one isle that was for those of us that wanted them to cut it.  I was hoping once they were finished remodeling that all would be back to the way it was. 

            It is such a shame to see a great fabric store go down the tubes!  They used to be an excellent store with great customer service.  Thanks for the warning!  I won't waste my time driving across town anytime soon. 

            D'leas never reopened did they?  I would love to find a nice fabric store as I am a tactile person and love to make sure the fabric "feels right" and drapes nicely.   Please let me know if you discover any!  I just don't like the chain stores so thank goodness for eQuilter!  Mary

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            Phillippa | | #8

            Denver Fabric is a MESS!! the only folks shopping were pretty low income looking women buying the $1 a yard stuff.D'Leas never reopened; she sells some fabric on line, but the colors never work for me. I now order from fabric.com for things like cottons for summer skirts (they have some nice linens, too) but if I want fabric, I wait until I can get back to visit our daughter in San Fran and go over to Berkeley and shop at Stonemountain and Daughter.

          3. spicegirl | | #9

            Maybe that is all they can afford - I'm not low income and sometimes I buy the $1.00 stuff.  It all depends on what you want to do with it.   I don't get "dressy" to shop as I prefer to look "neutral" as far as personal wealth is concerned.

             Can't always judge a book by it's cover.

          4. spicegirl | | #10

            There have been times when I wished I could cut my own fabric.  I even mentioned this to one of mgrs at my local Joann's, saying the only thing holding me back was that little "thingy" that prints the ticket.  She replied that if I knew how to print the ticket, then they would have to put me to work!  Just a joke (too bad we don't have little smiley face icons to accent our comments).

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