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mmem | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I will be spending some time in NYC over Christmas and was wondering where to spend my “fabric shopping time”–any suggestions? I know there has been some discussion like this before but I couldn’t find anything in the archives.

I’d appreciate any and all tips on what NOT to miss…….

Thanks, mmem


  1. SewNancy | | #1

    Pattern Review.com has several threads and an article on shopping ing nyc.They are planning a shopping weekend and they listed all the stores. The list is pretty complete.
    My favorites are Mood, ( this is the store they used in Project Runway) and a new favorite store is Metro Textiles, the owner is Kashi. Take a look at the review on Patternreview.com. Have fun

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    SuitsMe | | #2

    My jaw dropped when I went into B&J Fabrics; 525 Seventh Ave, 2nd floor.

    It's well lit, has helpfull staff and lots of very nice fabrics.  I was drawn to the boucles, wools, and cashmeres.  It was the first place I went to on my fabric shopping day in town, and none of the rest held my interest afterwards.  I even went back in the afternoon.

  3. Dorothy | | #3

    Hello, sounds like a fun trip.  If you are in to knits, you should visit "Spandex House."  They have more colors of slinky knits than any place else I've seen.  I agree with the person who suggested BJ Fabrics, too.  I like the four-ply silks at BJ's.   And, don't forget to visit Tender Buttons, up on 61st or 62nd.  It is a ways from the garment district but I love their button selection.  (Note, they only take cash or a check -- including my check from Colorado -- no charge cards.)

    Have fun!


  4. cardou | | #4

    I was just in NYC yesterday for business and made it over to B&Js.  It was almost too much....I walked out the door for less than 300.00 - but didn't buy any of thier higher end stuff.  I ended up getting some cotton voiles for my daughter and twills for me.  They have a wide range of prices and products including a great shirtings section and cashmere sweaterknit that I'm still thinking about.  Definately worth going to, but my bet is that there are better buys to be had....

  5. stsimon | | #5

    My New York "don't miss" shops are:

    - Paron, 206 West 40th St (south side of street, near 7th Ave) -- you never know what you are going to find there, sometimes nothing of interest, sometimes much too much to ever complete. Their large and wonderful half-price selection that used to be in a separate location has been moved into a side section of their main store.

    - All the stores on 39th and 38th between 7th and 8th, if you have the stamina! One store may have a fabulous selection of linings, another linens, another woolens, ribbons, etc. Not to mention lots of junk to slide past quickly. I do these stores only if searching for something particular that my favorite places don't have.

    - M & J Trimmings and buttons 1008 Sixth Ave between 37th and 38th. Don't miss their jaw-dropping display of ribbons even if you don't need any!

    - P & S Fabrics - 355 Broadway between Franklin and Leonard (directions on their web site http://www.psyarns.com/ Another never-know-what-you-will-find-here store. In many ways it is a throwback to the fabric stores that used to exist in Manhattan that catered to ecletic or particular ethnic groups, but it responds to current demands, like for knitting supplies. I go here for patterns, notions, fabric surprises, linen, interfacing, and upholstery fabric (enormous basement full of them). Don't miss it for a real New York shopping experience even though it is off the beaten path, and the low prices will spoil other stores for you.

    I don't like B and J because it is overwhelming, high-priced (standard prices, I guess) AND because I never find anything unusual or exciting there.

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