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« on: February 26, 2005 04:56:18 PM »

anyone want to give me the scoop on the best fabric stores? I like CHEAP prices but good quality. City and street would be nice. I just moved here and don't know my way around to well...yet. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2005 02:06:59 PM »

i dont know what island you are on, but when i lived there i went to fabric mart, i lived in kaneohe on oahu.  they have a website, i think its fabricmart.com, but im not sure.  check the phone book.   anyways, fabric mart was on kamehameha hwy in kaneohe, dont remember the address but it was right by the honda dealership.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2005 04:37:02 PM »

Where on Oahu do you live now?
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2005 03:34:34 PM »

are you asking me where on oahu do I live now?

um, i moved back to california after my husband was no longer in the marines and stationed there.

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2005 03:46:14 PM »

I looked in the phone book so I know where they are but I want to know which one have the good bargains. I live on Oahu.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2005 03:51:05 PM »

go and check em out, thats really the only way to compare prices.  i am no longer on the island, so i can't help you with that.  but thats part of the fun anyways, exploring new crafting places, and seeing what you can find.  i love finding deals.  but now i drive to LA to do it, they have the best bargains there.  sry, good luck
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2005 02:09:53 AM »

For selection, quality, and price, I hit Fabric Mart.  The Honolulu location (1631 Kalakaua, 947-4466) is very popular with tourists and is close to Waikiki, so they stock a lot of tropical prints.  Be sure to check out the remnants shelves upstairs!  The Aiea location is similar, in a more warehouse setting (98-023 Hekaha St, 488-8882).  I've never been to the location in Kaneohe (45-681 Kamehameha Hwy, 234-6604). 

Another cheap option - the thrift stores.  Savers, in particular (I go to the Kalihi location), will have a rack of assorted fabrics.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2005 10:01:47 AM »

thanks for the tip. I will try Savers. I had a fabric Mart on the Big Island and it was ok. I'm not too into tropical.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2005 05:28:13 PM »

I'm not too into tropical.
They have a lot more than just the tropical print stuff.  There's some thin, suede-like fabric there that I've been fondling.
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2006 02:22:17 PM »

I go to Walmart...haha!

Their selection sucks royally, but they have alot of good basic materials and colors, so you mat want to check out there. Their scrap fabric is good as well...it is nice and cheap, so if you need extra fabric for whatever reason, I would suggest seriously hitting the bargan bin in the fabric dept.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2007 02:45:27 AM »

Kaimuki dry goods is fun. Mostly quilting "type" fabric i.e. 100% cottons,  but they have some fun apparel fabric as well.

I like going there just to look at all the patterns they have! wonderful selection

Kaimuki Dry Goods Limited
1144 10th Ave Ste 201
Honolulu, HI 96816
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2007 10:24:34 AM »

Hi! I was never really into sewing but am now getting into it.  Ben Franklin seems to have a small selection but they have a remnant bin, and has locations in Kailua, Kapalama, Kaimuki, Pearl City, etc.  My mom swears by the Kaneohe Fabric Mart and when I was little I recall the Kuni Dry Goods Van would come and canvas the neighborhood, just like an ice cream truck lol!  My friend that takes hula swears by Kaimuki Dry goods - I just made a pau skirt for her from some purple Kaufmann fabric - nice weight.  Other than those I find my stuff on eBay or Craigslist, or I get them from swaps.  I'll be exploring more soon
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2008 04:47:57 PM »

Fabric Mart on Kalakaua is good for cheap fabric. They seem to have remnants or seconds from aloha wear companies and left over old bolts from Jo Ann's Fabrics in the mainland. Be careful because not all the professional bolts are labeled with fabric content and you might get see-though poly blends of aloha fabric instead of cotton. Their notions are also not very complete and some look pretty bust up. Their remnant section upstairs is really cheap, but the fabrics are really dated and you have to really search for something good. They do have a huge amount of large denim remnants, but I swear they have been on that shelf for 15+ years. Patterns at my size are always sold out at Fabric Mart. They do have a cheap batik section upstairs.

If you don't mind Wal-Mart, they actually have some good things show up on the $2.50 a yard sale table, especially seasonal stuff. Be careful of fabric content. Sometimes it's labeled, sometimes its mystery fabric. They carry aloha prints and also Japanese prints for cheap too. I've found some really nice stuff, but you have to grab a lot of it when you see it because they usually only have one bolt and when it's gone, it's gone.

I like Kaimuki Dry Goods mentioned before. Most stuff is really expensive, but they carry the latest like Amy Butler prints and upholstery fabrics. Pretty much anything you want can be found there. Once or twice a year they will have a true remnant sale and you can get interesting things for cheap, but go early. The sales people actually sew and know what they're talking about. There are lots of notions and patterns.

I used to really like Kuni Dry Goods, which is now called Kuni Island Fabrics. It's still on King and Universityish, but it's a lot smaller now. It used to be big like Kaimuki Dry Goods when it was in the Kinkos space. But they still have neat fabrics, carry hard to find notions from Japan for things like Sachiko making, and some popular Japanese pattern books. They have classes upstairs.

I love to go to Calico Cat, which is in Kaimuki on Koko Head and Waialae across the street from Goodwill. The owner loves quilting and the store is small, but she sure packs at lot of things in. You have to search pretty hard but you will most likely find what you need, and stuff you didn't know you needed. They specialize in unusual, rare, and novelty cotton prints for quilting.  You'll find all kinds of strange notions for different crafts there too. The hours are weird though. They also have classes upstairs. I was surprised to find a lot of colorful wool fat quarters once.
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