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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2005 07:19:14 PM »

A random note on Joanns for all you fiber-philes out there.  Joanns buys only seconds as far as any "fashion fabric" is concerned, its all stuff that didn't make the cut for smite reason or another.  Usually its so small that most people wouldn't notice. Now as far as I'm concerned, it usually doesn't matter, cause I only buy cheap stuff there and I don't expect it to last forever.  But for projects that I'm really investing time and effort in, I go somewhere else and pay the extra few bucks a yard for my fabrics.  That way, I don't have to worry about crying later because the fibers have started to wear through way before they really should.

Oh, and hollandcox - I completely agree about AC Moore.  I moved out here recently and am so excited to have discovered AC Moore.
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2005 06:15:22 AM »

Coming in really late here, but thought I'd add my .02

G-Street is fantastic, it's nationally known for their fabric and the classes they offer are fun (expensive, but fun).  White Flint is the better metro and the stop puts you right at the corner of the strip mall it's located in (there's also a very good AC Moore with a nice yarn selection - as far as box store yarn selections go).

I've noticed that G-Street prices are about 20% more than what I can find elsewhere (I've bought upholstery stuff as well as fabrics there).  So if you have the time to browse then surf it might be worth it, but if not there are worse ways to spend that 20%.  the quilters fabrics are fantastic, the evening fabrics and bridal fabrics are just sooo nice (just to look at, and at $100 a yard I'm not going to be buying that any time soon, if ever!).

I work (on and off...right now off) at the Greenbelt/College Park Jo-Ann.  We do have a good selection of fabric there.  It's about a mile from the Greenbelt Metro (walkable, but there are buses too).  If you're looking for something fun it's worth checking out.  We have a huge selection of Asian inspired fabrics (the shiny silky stuff) and we're getting more Indian styled fabrics (for saries - ok that's spelt wrong)...mainly because of the area the store is located in.

And please let me plug Zipcar (as I'm a member - but there are other carshares in DC).   It's a great way to get to these places if you aren't a car owner.  You pay by the hour and you don't need insurance or to pay for the gas (it's included).  They're located ALL OVER DC and at many Metro stops.
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« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2006 07:33:36 PM »

u shouid try around Lagley Plaza
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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2006 08:12:20 PM »

Also, there is a decent Hancock Fabric in Silver Spring/Takoma area at University and New Hampshire (not metro accessible, sadly).  I have a car, but very little free time to go fabric shopping, so Exquisite is great for me.

There are several other fabric stores at that crossroads (Uni/New Hampshire) - lots of them Indian, so good sari fabrics, and also African batiks.  Vina Fabrics sells tons of  different kinds of fabric, and they're almost all on 50-60" rolls, so it's more like buying upholstery fabric than buying your typical 45" cotton.
While the metro doesn't go directly there, there are Metro buses from either Takoma or Silver Spring stations, and with the concentration of different stores, it could be a good bet!
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2006 11:52:00 AM »

Sarah Fabrics at New Hampshire/193 has some nice stuff too - they are in the section of the shopping center with the Safeway, but on the end near New Hampshire (where Hancocks used to be when it was still Minnesota Fabrics, back in the 80s).  There are several fabric shops next to the Hancocks - one of them is in the basement of a building, you have to ask about it.   And down University near Piney Branch, there are some fabrics in the Maxim grocery store (really), and a little fabric shop next door that has several floors, one with just notions.  I think the #15, 16, 17, and 18 RideOn buses go from Silver Spring or Takoma metro to Langely Park.

And mostly unrelatedly, I've gotten some great sewing books from the Wheaton Book Sale in the basement of Wheaton Regional library, but you'd have to take a bus or something from Wheaton metro to get there.
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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2007 10:12:06 AM »

I have an online fabric boutique, but i'm in Washington, DC.  You can order online, choose free shipping, and pick up your order in Dupont Circle. 

Hooray!

Email me at rach@swankcreations.com if you have questions.

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« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2007 10:33:31 AM »

Does anyone know the operating hours for Exquisite Fabrics?  I found their website but I'm not sure I want to make the trek only to find them closed...

Thanks!
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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2007 07:30:51 AM »

i think exquisite fabrics closes at 6.  they probably open at 10.

also, there's a new little craft shop on barracks row/8th street SE.  they sell some cotton fabric.
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2007 01:05:26 PM »



I've noticed that G-Street prices are about 20% more than what I can find elsewhere (I've bought upholstery stuff as well as fabrics there).  So if you have the time to browse then surf it might be worth it, but if not there are worse ways to spend that 20%.  the quilters fabrics are fantastic, the evening fabrics and bridal fabrics are just sooo nice (just to look at, and at $100 a yard I'm not going to be buying that any time soon, if ever!).


Often G-Street prices are about 20% more -- but their fabric is at least 50% better in terms of selection and quality.

PLUS they all have a big rummage area, where you can get fabric for $2.97 a yard. Some fabrics are barely worth 5cents a yard. But some fabrics are incredibly nice.

PLUS PLUS they frequently have 25% off coupons on their website.
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