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sources for stretch knits?

Sheila_Hunter | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am also from the Seattle area and am extremely frustrated by the diminishing number of good fabric stores. What’s going on? That’s just my comment.

This is my question. Where can I find a supplier of good quality stretch knits, on-line or mail-order, that sells to the home sewer? I love working with knits but the supply has gone the way of the fabric stores.

I have found several likely sources on the web but they seem to be strickly wholesale.

Thanks for any advise you can give.

p.s. I LOVE Threads!


  1. lin_hendrix | | #1

    Hi Sheila,

    There's a store in San Jose, CA; The Sewing Place, http://www.thesewingplace.com/ They stock quite a few knits; cotton with lycra, matte rayon with lycra, and those "slinky" knits. I don't think their web site has swatches but they will mail you....

    The owner of the store has written articles for Threads and has published some patterns and books.


    1. Sarah_Kayla | | #2

      *Get in touch with Spandex House on 39th Street in NYC. Call information they will give you the number. They have an astounding array of stretchy stuff, from exactly what I would need to wear if I suddenly decided to become a show girl to lovely printed stretch velvets. They have been mentioned several times in Threads as being willing to do mailorder. i have just bought in person and have found them good to dea

      1. williams_maureen | | #3

        *Have you ever bought fabric and then wondered what to do with it ? I have several metres of beautiful wool double knit that I would like to make into a skirt but as the fabric is quite heavy I am having trouble deciding on what style would be best. Does anyone have any suggestions ?Maureen

        1. Ghillie_C | | #4

          *Maureen -I had EXACTLY that problem, except that I made it up into a gathered, bulky-waisted disaster. I have now remodelled it using Sandra Betzina's wrap skirt pattern from Vogue. I am not a total Betzina fan, but I am VERY happy with the result. It is really flattering, even though I am too middle-aged and spready to normally contemplate anything slim- fitting and tapered. It sounds as though you will have some fabric over for a jacket too.

          1. ChristianneDeHart | | #5

            *Sharon Lyon at [email protected] has gorgeous fabrics, wovens and knits. She has a swatch-club. What I like about her club is that she sews on all the fabrics herself, and tells you how it "behaves", in her monthly newsletter. She also tries out new designer patterns, and makes comments about those too. The prices are reasonable too.

          2. Roberta_Mehta | | #6

            *Maureen,Why not make a pair of pants. Wool double knit is perfect and you can wear the pants just about any place you would a skirt.

          3. Elona_Masson | | #7

            *Sheila, try http://www.lyonslpgas.com/sewscape. There are a lot of fabric sources there. You might also inquire at http://www.sewingworld.com, under "Fabric."

          4. susanhale | | #8

            *Hi everyone, I'll give those sites a try. Isn't it awful the way that good stores are disapearing? The only thing that keeps sewing decent here in LA is the few factory remnant warehouses and the garment district! (The one next to the Citadel Shopping center and Fabric Lace and Trim on Willow in Long Beach are great.) Anyone know of an online source that sells yardage of that thick yummy silk/Lycra knit that I.N.C. (a Macy's in-house clothing line) uses for thier T-shirts? It makes positively elegant T-shirts with NO bra show-through.... but I can't afford the $50 per shirt! Any news on the issue? Thanks!

          5. Aleighya_Sherman | | #9

            *Try washiing the wool in hot water in your washing machine and felting it into a beautiful jacket fabric.

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