As promised, we are repeating some of our 2013 newsletter tips for our new followers of Sew! Lets Get Dressed. Here is a tip with an updated list of internet fabric sources we like. Our friends at the Raleigh Original Sewing & Quilt Expo this weekend reminded us that these online sources are especially helpful for sewers who live in areas without independent fabric stores. Here are a few of the samples in our booth that caught their eyes.
Let us know if you have additional sources that we might have missed.
Happy Sewing! Rae and Carrie
“At the shows and expos we’ve attended this year, many customers have lamented the dearth of fabric stores in their area with a good selection of fabrics for apparel. Now that big box chains rule the world of commerce, many local stores can’t compete. Fortunately, the internet has made a lot of other resources more readily available, including fabric and other sewing supplies. No doubt you’ve seen ads in sewing and quilting magazines that give you lots of merchants to try. Here is a list of some of the internet fabric merchants that we have used and recommend for your consideration. These are great mail-order resources that reliably provide fabric of excellent quality and some of them also offer a swatching service. Some also have a store front you can visit if you live (or are visiting) in the area. We hope this helps!”
Banksville Designer Fabrics in Norwalk, CT
Michael’s Fabrics in Baltimore, MD
Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics in Clinton, MA
offers subscription to periodic swatch mailings of seasonal collections for $40/year
Mekong River Textiles
Ikats and other handwoven, hand-dyed silks and cottons from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
will swatch for a small fee
follow the link to swatch catalogues
Sarah Veblen’s Silk Fabrics Store