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« on: September 24, 2008 01:17:19 PM »

Bah. BAH I say!

There seems to be a shortage of good fabric stores in Charlotte. A lot of the smaller ones are either closed or have turned into online-only places.  All of the Charlotte, NC stores listed on Amy Butler's website, for example, are either out of business or have no retail stores set-up (and acted like I was crazy when I asked what their hours are). I know all about Mary Jo's, but I'm looking for a somewhat decent place in Charlotte that I can drop by after work. Is there anywhere in Charlotte besides Hancock fabrics?
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008 09:06:14 AM »

I feel your pain!  I go to all of the Hancock's in the area because they all offer something different.  There's a Ben Franklin in Kannapolis right near a Hancock...they have a great selection of high quality quilting fabrics and a really nice clearance table.

There are a few quilt shops that I haven't been to but they are on my list to visit.  Here they are:
http://www.overallquilter.com/
Renee's Quilt shop in Mooresville (no website)
http://thequiltingnook.com/default.aspx

Of course, these are not in Charlotte but close by.  I truly crave a Joann Fabrics here!!!  Hobby Lobby carries fabric too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009 12:50:07 PM »

exactly why I do all my fabric shopping in Gastonia.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2009 01:32:31 PM »

I think you have a Hobby Lobby in Charlotte, they always have coupons and sales and have a pretty decent fabric department...
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2009 01:42:14 PM »

I saw a Hancocks Fabric yesterday, I think on South Blvd.
I could be wrong, I should google it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2009 04:52:33 PM »

Hancock's on South Blvd. is HORRIBLE. Don't waste your time. Bad selection and messy.

My favorite fabric store is Heirloom Sewing -- beautiful fabrics from US & Europe.  For the best selection of 'quilting' fabrics, my favorites (though out of the way) are Overall Quilter in Indian Trail, Quilt Patch in Matthews & Quilting Nook in Waxhaw. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2009 07:57:20 PM »

Hancock's on South Blvd. is HORRIBLE. Don't waste your time. Bad selection and messy.

My favorite fabric store is Heirloom Sewing -- beautiful fabrics from US & Europe.  For the best selection of 'quilting' fabrics, my favorites (though out of the way) are Overall Quilter in Indian Trail, Quilt Patch in Matthews & Quilting Nook in Waxhaw. 

well whoops, ahha. I just saw it on the way to Indian Land.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2009 09:46:52 AM »

Apparently everyone feels pretty much the same way about almost no decent fabrics being available in Charlotte.
WalMart off Sardis in Matthews has some, but for how long?  I've gone to Mary Jo's, and the selection is pretty good, but I find it stressful and frustrating. I think ( a personal observation ) they need to clean and brighten. I always feel worn and limp when I get out of there.  I have found that going over to the Asheville area for the day (preplanned of course) is worth my trip. There is a store called Foam and Fabric in Fletcher, about 3 miles off I 26, well worth the trip. They have cottons to home dec to leather. Go armed with a good shopping list.No website though.  Now, if you are in to silk & linen, unique patterns & notions, go to Waechter's Silk Shop in Asheville (fabricsandbuttons.com) they also have a newsletter. Then of course there is The Asheville Cotton Company (ashevillecottonco.com) they have a store you can go play and get lost in! Have you tried Tony's (home dec) in Huntersville across the street from the Hancocks there? Everything is $6.99 a yard & closed on Sunday.
If you are looking for serious top of the line cashmere, silk, imported lace, wool challis, designer fabrics the best place I have found is banksvilledesignerfabrics.com.,. I don't like their website, but you can email them or call and they will bend over backward to help you. They are in Connecticut (worth the trip!) 
I have a list of reliable on line stores I use if anyone is interested. You can contact me at saltmarshoriginals@gmail.com
What would happen if a group of women got together and opened their own fabric shop/store? Just food for thought.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2009 12:56:46 PM »

^ thanks for the awesome tips!  i love asheville in general.

that would be a fun craftster field trip, if a group of us planned a trip up to asheville for the day to hit up a few good fabric stores!
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2009 07:44:36 PM »

Foam & Fabric is my favorite store in NC! (GreenLife a close second.) I make trips from Raleigh our that way whenever possible because it rocks so much.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2010 06:36:53 PM »

I soooo share the frustration.  I am very disappointed in my move here from a standpoint of not having much of a selection.  There's Sew Much Fun in Gastonia and Concord, great selection, high prices ($8-9 per yard), but again, great selection.   

The fabric store mentioned in Stallings and the quilt shop on Old Monroe road are really, really tiny and were not worth my drive from Dallas, NC.  Hancock Fabrics on South has a small selection, as does the larger one on Independence. 

If you want to drive -there is a JoAnn ETC fabric store in Cary, with others in Winston-Salem, Columbia SC, and other areas scattered throughout NC, but they are a drive.  Is there some type of super hobby lobby anywhere?



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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2010 06:39:56 PM »

Heirloom Sewing is also a very tiny store, with limited selection.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2010 07:57:48 AM »

We actually have THREE Foam and Fabric stores in Asheville-each one has their own stock, although the one in Fletcher has the best upholstery, imho.  Plus we have lots of specialty fabric stores.  There's a large fiber-arts community here.
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2010 02:39:34 PM »

There is a quilting shop in WAXHAW that has floor to ceiling fabric in an old building. They are super friendly people, and I have yet to buy anything there, but they have lots to choose from! They also offer lessons on quilting and there is a little place in the back for kids to play while mommy looks! I can't remember the name, but it's right down town across the railroad tracks if you are coming down Providence from Charlotte.
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2010 09:54:12 AM »

There's a place in Waxhaw? I shall look...I'm in south Charlotte and have only gone to Waxhaw for their parades, etc. because they are very dog friendly. I still feel new to NC having lived here for only a little over three years. I was thinking it was just me when it came to not finding places to buy fabric. Guess not. Undecided Learned things in this thread, though!
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2010 02:38:07 PM »

In Monroe NC there is a salvage fabric shop on Morgan mill road. It has all sorts of strange finds. They also repair sewing machines beside it. I get all kinds of weird upholstery vinyl there.
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011 12:32:51 PM »

They are opening a Joann's in Mooresville at exit 36.  Should be open this summer, I think August.
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2011 03:41:51 PM »

Wow i am so glad i am not the only one disappointed with the fabric selection. I actually stumbled across a place called fabric world in Stone mountain GA. They had great prices and gave me like 100 buttons for free.
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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2012 12:00:01 PM »

I venture to Hobby Lobby in Matthews, Hancock in Matthews, don't waste your time at the quilt shop in Matthews, they are over priced and snotty (personal opinion). I have gotten a pretty good selection from Wal-Mart. Try the Wal-Mart in Monroe.
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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2012 12:00:56 PM »

Oh and there is a Joann's on South Blvd now!
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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2012 02:32:03 PM »

There is a JoAnn's fabric off s. blvd and 485.
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2014 04:14:55 PM »

I love JoAnn Fabrics. Coupons are easy to get and usually most fabric is on sale. The remnant bin by the cutting table has been great for every time I need to add to my stash.
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