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Shopping in Las Vegas

MarshaK | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m wondering if anyone out there can help me find some unique places in Las Vegas that sell fabrics, trims, beads or any other items that may be used to sew and embellish garments and crazy quilts. I’m not interested in the regular fabric stores like Joanns, Hancocks or Michaels. Well, I am interested in them, but they’re easy to find. Thanks.

Matty

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  1. nmog | | #1

    Hi Matty.  I was wondering the same thing, as I'll be going to Vegas in a few months.  I had hoped that someone knew some great places, but maybe not.  I used keywords"las vegas fabric shops", and was able to link up to the yellow pages listings.  They had a number of shops (lots of Hancocks), but some looked interesting.  They also have maps you can print off.  I hope this helps, and have fun shopping!

    Nicole

    1. Audry | | #2

      A number of years ago, I ran across a really unique fabric shop in Las Vegas.  When I saw your post, I began trying to remember the name of the shop.  The name was Heddy's.  I am not sure if the shop is still around, but if it is anything like it was a number of years ago, it would definitely be worth searching for.  At that time, they had some really nice fabrics.  Good luck.

      1. nmog | | #3

        That sounds like a neat shop. What type of fabrics did they sell?

        Nicole

        1. Audry | | #4

          I just searched online for Heddy's.  They do have a website (heddysfabrics.com).  They don't have a great deal listed on the site, but if you read the "About Us,"  it says they have a lot more.  To the best of my memory, they carried a much nicer quality of fabrics than your regular chain stores.  I remember that they had a lot of imported silks, cottons, linens, etc.  I bought a piece of British cotton for a blouse.  It was a white, brocade-type of fabric.  It was a beautiful finish to a suit that I had made.  As I said, that was a lot of years ago, but now that you jogged my memory, I am definitely going to search for the shop on our next Vegas trip.

          Let me know what you think about the shop if you go.  I remember thinking that I could spend a week in there looking at all the bolts of fabric and still feel rushed.  To someone who loves nice fabric, the store was something of a "Smithsonian" at the time.

          1. nmog | | #5

            That sounds absolutely wonderful. I wonder...if we stayed at a cheap hotel, and I spent the rest of the budget on fabric, would that be a problem?

            Nicole

          2. Audry | | #6

            That sounds like a very reasonable plan to me!  Vegas has grown a lot in the last few years.  Make sure you check out the yellow pages when you get there.  There might be a number of unique fabric shops around.  Good luck and have fun!

          3. SewistKitty | | #7

            Hi,

            I live in Las Vegas and am constantly fabric shopping.  Heddy's is located at 5640 W.Charleston Blvd.  It is run by Heddy's family since Heddy recently died.  It is very disorganized but has some uncommon fabrics in there.  You really need to ask the sales people where types of fabrics are located since everything is not labelled.  Their button collection is also unique.  I revisited Heddy's recently to see if things were still as messy and they are.  In the past some of the fabrics were discolored by the hot sun in the windows.  This problem appears to be remedied.

            I don't know if you are interested in cottons or not.  We also have several independent stores.  Quiltique is at 213 N. Stephanie Street (near the Galleria Mall) is a store full of beautiful high quality cottons, patterns and Bernina equipment. 

            Another cotton and flannel store is Fabric Boutique which is at 4465 W. Charleston Blvd.  Again the quality is very high but nothing is inexpensive.

            Nancy's Quilt Shop is at 3290 N. Buffalo Dr.  I have not visited this store but have heard that it has quality fabric.

            I like the Christmas Goose at 4750 W. Sahara Ave. (at Sahara and Decatur in Sahara Pavilion.  There are lots of cottons and cotton flannels along with many patterns and quilting books.

            We have many quilters in our area who support these stores.  I hope that this information will be helpful.  One caveat some of the stores are not open on Sunday, such as Quiltique because of the owners being Latter Day Saints.  Our other Bernina store is also not open on Sunday for the same reason.

            Enjoy your visit.

            VegasKitt1

          4. MarshaK | | #9

            Hi Kathy,

            Your information was just what I was looking for. Any more insider's or should that be in-towner's information on good button collecting shops? I also like looking for beads, and other things that can be used for embellishing garments, like unusual yarns and threads. Your name at the bottom of your post is interesting as my last name is Kitt.

            Matty.

    2. MarshaK | | #8

      Hi, I was offline for a few days due to no phone service, but now all is fixed. Thanks for your info, unfortunately, plans have been changed. We are no going to be driving down, but flying, soooo --- limited purchases. I won't be able to buy any fabrics, unless they are very thin and gossimer-like. Maybe I'll indulge in my button collecting passion and find a few treasures. If I can't find room in my luggage, I could always sew them on to my garments.

      Matty.

      1. nmog | | #10

        Yes, I understand your dilemma. You could always transform your outfit into 'the dance of the 879 veils'. The friends that we were going to go on our trip with are backing out, which leaves us more flexibility with our date of departure but it gives the trip a whole new flavour. I won't be able to say that the extra full suitcase of fabric is theirs anymore.

        Nicole

        1. MarshaK | | #11

          Hi Nicole,

          We've always driven whenever we've taken a trip down into the States, but this package trip was too good to pass up, so we've flying. I always told my husband that if we went anywhere that we had to fly, I wouldn't be buying so much 'stuff' as I manage to do when I have the whole back seat of the truck to haul my goodies home in. This will be a real test.

          Matty.

          1. delphblu | | #12

            I suggest skimping a bit on packing for yourself and hubby and bring along a collapsable bag you can fill with treasures to carry home.   What's one less outfit or pair of shoes to the opportunity to pursue indescrible treasures at an exotic bazaar of stores?  Check with the airlines on the number of bags per person and weight limitations.  :)  Where there's fabric there's a way!!!

            Enjoy your vegas adventure, Alice

          2. nmog | | #13

            Hello.  Sorry for the delay - my eight month old has just become mobile, and we've been chasing him with safety gates.  He's now climbing flights of stairs and getting into all sorts of mischief, so my attention has been diverted from the computer.  We just found out that my husband has a conference in Hawaii in October - do you think that they have fabric shops there?  Anyway, we may have to put the Vegas trip on hold, but I'm sure that doesn't mean I need to stop buying fabric, does it?

            Nicole

          3. carolfresia | | #15

            There are a couple of places that sell Hawaiian print fabrics. The one I've shopped at most is Fabric Mart--check out http://www.fmart.com. I know that most people have a limited need for Hawaiian prints, but it's really fun to see all those rolls and bolts in zillions of prints and colorways--something is bound to appeal, even if only for funky aprons (take a look at the Temari apron, at http://www.sewingworkshop.com) or curtains or summer tote bags.

            I also ran into a couple of nice shops that I believe catered to quilters mostly. They had some of those wonderful Bali batiks and such--I really didn't pay as much attention to them as I should have because at the time (hard for me to believe!) I was not sewing at all.

            I'm going to Hawaii, too, but in April. If I find anything new I'll let you know!

            Carol

          4. nmog | | #18

            That looks like a great shop in Hawaii! I find that when I go shopping, it's not so much if I "need" a fabric, but more "will I ever in my entire life possibly use it?" Most of my fabric was bought based on its 'potential' use, which explains the limited mobility in my sewing room.

            Nicole

          5. ElonaM | | #21

            I have gotten some lovely Hawaiian fabrics from this outfit:

            http://www.hawaiianfabric.com/

            The prints were unusual and very pretty; the quality was high; the prices were very, very good; and the service was fast and reasonable, even though I was having them ship to California.

          6. carolfresia | | #22

            I just looked at that site and was amazed that you can order shirts, ties, aprons and scrubs from any fabric--at what looks like reasonable prices (compared to buying the shirts from a major retailer, anyway). Thanks for the heads-up.

            Carol

          7. MarshaK | | #16

            No, you don't need to stop buying fabric, just because your plans will be changed. I'll even bet that you wouldn't be able to! Hawaii would be a great place to shop for fabrics I think, the Polynesian designs  and Batiks are wonderful. I recently received some samples from Hawaiian Bark Cloth, that may not be the right name, it's the only one that comes to mind at this moment, this fabric would be nice in vests or totes, or anything else that one would use lighter tapestry fabrics. It seems similar to African mud cloth, different colors and patterns, of course. Have fun shopping.

            Matty

          8. boscojoni | | #19

            you might try http://www.gotfabric.com bargain prices on Hawaiian fabric they are in Hawaii and have stores in california too.

          9. MarshaK | | #20

            Thanks for the info, I'll check that web site out.

            Matty.

      2. callie1 | | #14

             Don't forget you can always ship your purchases to yourself if you can't take them on the plane!

        1. MarshaK | | #17

          Shipping things home is not a good option for me. I'm in Canada, and any package that comes into the post office that's not marked gift or replacement of merchandise is subject to 7% Goods and Services Tax, on the value of the item in Canadian Dollars, duty and on top of that, the post ofice has a $5 handling fee for collecting the taxes, all that must be paid before we can ransom our parcels. I think the value of gifts must be less than $60 CDN. anything over is taxed.

          I guess this trip I'll just have to search out the shops, check out what they have then hope the next time we will be driving down.

          Matty.

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