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« on: January 29, 2004 07:43:22 AM »

Hi there,

I'm looking for good fabric stores in the Boston/Cambridge area.  Any recommendations?
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2004 12:02:41 PM »

we go down to chinatown when we're looking for a quick fix for fabric... windmill is has good prices, and if you wander around a bit, you will find places tucked away in every corner... the best thing to do is to somehow find a car (if you don't have one) and drive up to joann fabrics on rt.1 on the north shore.  you can save so much $$$ and they have so much more than the shops around here.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2004 06:46:02 AM »

 Smiley The Chinatown recommendation is an interesting one- I hadn't thought of that.  Might make for a fun afternoon.  I was up at JoAnn yesterday-- they're having a sale through Jan. 31st on fabrics and on a lot of crafting/home decor stuff.  It's just that I don't always have the gumption to drive all the way up there, especially when I've forgotten little things.  
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2004 10:51:25 AM »

This guy has done a much more thourough job of listing all Boston-area fabric stores than I could:

http://www.skepsis.com/~tfarrell/textiles/fabric.html

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2004 11:20:43 AM »

Winmil on Chauncy is a fabulous remnant store (remnants being professional remnants from factories, usually 3-8 yards).  It's always fun going there.  They have the cheapest polar fleece around, as well as fun patterned fabrics.  

I even got a ride from one of the salespeople after I bought loads of fabrics for a costuming project.  How's that for service?
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2004 05:51:31 AM »

I'm looking for good fabric stores in the Boston/Cambridge area.  Any recommendations?

In the Cambridge area -- Arlington is not too far. There's a store called "The Fabric Corner" or is it "The Fabric Place" I can't remember but it's right on Mass Ave and it's got loads of nice fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2004 06:41:35 PM »

There are two stores within a few blocks of each other in East Cambridge near the Somerville line: Sew Lo on Cambridge St, near Fifth; and SewFisticated in Twin Cities Plaza (the shopping center with Star Market on McGrath Hwy/rt 28).

Sew Lo has lots of trims and home dec stuff, some dress fabrics, and a little bit of quilty stuff. Lots of poly/synthetics.  Completely unsorted collection of random patterns stuffed into drawers and in piles on the floor, iirc most are around 50 cents, although Vogue are a bit more expense - maybe a dollar or two? They close early in the evening, around 6 pm.

SewFisticated is smaller, but has in addition to the poly selection, some nice linens, wools, and silks if you spend the time to hunt them down. Simplicity and McCalls for half off, some notions, quilty stuff, and home dec. Better hours than Sew Lo, also open on Sundays; the staff can be rude especially if there is a crowd. Check out the embroidered silk dupioni, the wide and very inexpensive hair canvas, and the "luxury fur" remnant table.

There are a bunch of reviews of MA area fabric stores on patternreview.com.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2004 06:39:11 PM »

Wowie wowie wowie I am so glad I asked!!!  Smiley
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