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sha
« on: June 14, 2005 12:14:26 AM »

Considering there's a thread on Melbourne fabric shops, I think there should also be one for Sydney.
Also, I need to know because I'll be going there in a couple of weeks time =)
So any tips?
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SewcialDistortion
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2005 08:54:44 PM »

Fantasy Fabrics in Surry Hills is supposed to be good - although I haven't been there.

When I go, I almost always have to drop in to Home Yardage just outside the QVB in the city and Lincraft in one of those malls off Pitt Street.  None of them are very satisfying but sadly I can still find stuff to buy.
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NettieP
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2005 08:55:25 PM »

Most "Spotlight" stores I find the best for fabrics...the one at Birkenhead Point is probably one of the better "Spotlight" stores in Sydney.
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sha
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2005 05:58:49 AM »

Thanks guys!

I've actually heard a bit about the fabric shops down in Cabramatta...along Park rd & John st? Has anyone been down there?

Also, a shop called Tessuti in Chatswood or Bondi Junction.
What do you guys think of these places?
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BelovedGoddess
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2005 09:05:26 PM »

I've not been to Homeyardage for years, will have to take a look next time I'm in the city.  I do buy most of my fabrics from Spotlight, I work there so it's a logical place to do so. 

I went to Cabramatta last year while searching for cheap fabric for a bulk sewing project.  It's well worth the visit but do keep an eye out for men on bicycles who think that pedestrian crossings are for them to speed across in front of you after you had checked there was no one crossing.   The only thing I don't like about the type of fabric shops there is that they stand rolls so thickly that you can't get to or properly see the fabrics.  Nor are they suitable places for people with prams, if you are one - take someone to mind the pram outside.

 
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Nabi Wasabi
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2005 01:13:45 AM »

If you live in or near Sydney:

Ive been to Fabric Fantasy in Surry Hills ONCE.  My experience is that when you get there you have to sort of fight over swatch books, wait in line to get fabric cut for you and then go to a place downstairs FULL of cool notions and haberdashery but they all come in HUGE BULK amounts... try it, but i think its a bit overwhelming.

Home Yardage near the QVB on York St.  is great if you like finding really cheap fabric and you are not looking for anything specific.  Some of it is pretty hideous but if youve got a Craftster brain, things pop up.  Plus they have a small remnants section.  Oh yeah, sometimes thier selection sucks, like on craft felt and polyester stuffing (better to go to Lincraft) but then they have really cheap zippers and notions plus a wider selection of laces, seam binding and other stuff that Lincraft for some reason lacks of. 

Lincraft in one of the arcades in Pitt St. Mall that is pretty good for yarn, fleece... stretch corduroy (droool..) and other good things.  Plus a huge craft section.  Lincraft and Home Yardage are like two halves... you might have to go to both just to get what you need.

I havent checked out Tessuti or Spotlight yet.  Im dying to check out Spotlight but I'm new to Sydney and kind of scared of the mass of trains.   

But if anyone has a day and a few dollars to burn I would do the Home Yardage/Lincraft thing in one go.  Its fun!


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Hanabi
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2005 05:56:18 PM »

Have a look at the Sydney thread - a while ago there was a discussion about where everyone shops for fabric and other craft supplies it started at about the page 2 mark.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3820.10

I'm not in Sydney anymore but the main places I shopped at were Lincraft, Spotlight, Home Yardage and the occassional worthwhile trip to Cabramatta.

Nabi Wabisabi it would be totally worth your while to jump on a bus and head to Spotlight at Brikenhead Point...lots of othe routlet shops there too. The Spotlight is a mess but it has lots to offer!
 
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emmaline
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2005 11:20:29 PM »

there is a pretty good fabric shop in hurstville called my hung
its much more reasonable than lincraft is and even better if you catch their 20% off sale
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2005 11:51:32 PM »

SPOTLIGHT is tha best.......... they have EVERYTHING and tis heaps cheaper than lincraft.. plus they have more fabrics.. hmm.. you should check the spotlight store for a store near you.. i usually go to the one in castle hill.. sometimes merrylands.. and abt the cabra stores.. i wouldnt know.. im a bit scared of going to cabramatta on my own so i havent tried them yet.....  and birkenhead point is definitely goOd.
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SaraM
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2005 10:46:47 PM »

Spotlight at Birkenhead is pretty good good for most types of fabrics, although I find they don't have much original 'one of a kind' fabrics. Tessuti's is good for the better quality italian wools and more dressmakers stuff.... Lincraft closed half their Sydney stores recently so I never go there anymore...

good luck Smiley

PS Nabi wasabi... don't be afraid, hop on a bus to Drummoyne, its worth it
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sixonesix
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2005 06:45:23 AM »

I went to Cabramatta the other day in search of fabric. It's not too scary.
Plenty of fabric, all a bit too generic for me though. But worth a look if you're after some plains and chiffons.
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2005 11:51:38 PM »

Surely its not just me that gets utterly bored of Spotlight and laughs when they see other people wearing prints you just KNOW they got there?!!?

I was expecting you crafty types to have lots more secrets up your sleves.

The places I love are the small asian fabric shops. They have such a great range thats often quite different to the 'mainstream'  fabric stores and they're waaay cheaper than anything. Marrickville road, Marrickville has 5 little fabric shops on it (well technically one is around the corner on illawarra rd) so i love going there. Especially for all the basic stuff like stretch and plain stuff and also checks and stripes for pants or suits.

Theres a one off little shp in South bankstown which had a good range of stretch prints and sort of more formal wear. But they are so loverly that they give me bundle of free fabric or zips every time i go.

Cabramatta is also good cause there is about 7 shops on the one street.. but they seem to specialise in really expensive fabrics(for cheap). So $100 fabric might be $40/metre but they dont have much really cheapo generic stuff.

And lastly I love getting clothes at second hand shops that are made of excellent fabric and dismantlng them!
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grapefruiit
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2005 01:20:13 AM »

i like spotlight  Smiley it's cheap-as... at least, the ones i go to are... mehh.. too scared to go to cabra... never been there in my life and i dont plan on goin any time soon.... i've seen those asian fabric stores... i thought they'd be cheaper and went in one but found it was quite expensive and had fugly prints.. O_o;; ... it was in campsie.. i've seen one in parramatta tho and it looks like it has heaps of nice fabrics.. but not sure on price....     
hmm marrackville.. heaps far from where i live (i live in wentworthville.. which is near westmead) but my grandpa lives near there so when i next visit him i think i'll hunt around for those stores... hehe im gettin excited already..!! object001 - can you please give me the addresses of the marrackville and bankstown stores?? thankyoOs.
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object001
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2005 04:28:36 AM »

Yeah unfortunatly the asian shops are a bit hit and miss. They usually have one type of fabric they have a lot of and sometimes it is UGLY! But im all for the idea of weedying through the bad stuff to find that one gem!

Anyway... I dont know the exact addresses but my personal fav is on the corner of Marrickville road and Illawarra road ( a 2min walk from the station).

Unfortunatly I cant find the address for the bankstown one. It is opposite a big industrial type shopping centre which has Babyco and those sort of home maker shops somewhere south of the station. Not very helpful but maybe someone will know what I mean.
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grapefruiit
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2005 08:46:41 PM »

hmm.. i dont live in that area so i dont know bankstown that well.... but i shall track down the marrickville one.. hehe. thanks~
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Paulie_86
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2005 05:50:10 PM »

There's Saigon Fabrics on Erskine St in Sydney, But it's a bit expensive (i think the cheapest fabric I found was $30/m). Their fabrics are very good quality though. They have silk satins etc.

Tessuti also have a store on Lvl 5 of the GlassHouse in Pitt St Mall and have just opened up a store on 110 Commonwealth St Surry Hills.

I come from Penrith, so I haven't checked out too many other Spotlight's or Lincrafts, but Spotlight in Penrith is HUGE. The entire lower floor is full of fabrics, habby  stuff, craft stuff, beads , yarn etc. And you can get some really good fabrics there aswell. They have silk blends, silk chiffons etc. It's very good for fabrics no matter what your looking for!!!!

I heard that Fabric Fantasy is closing down?Huh Is this true??? I've never been there, but would really love to go check it out one day.
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jujus_moowee
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2005 02:28:10 PM »

Cabramatta is good for cheap fabric. I got a satin like material for 2 dollars a metre, made my boyfriend's sister a quilt cover and flat sheet plus pillowcases for less then 20 dollars. You really have to look around and dig for nice fabric and go to all of the stores, you'll find stuff! Everytime i go i find material worth getting. Also, if you're getting heaps of the same material try haggling for it. Usually they will give it to you for even cheaper. Spotlight is great too! I find that it's slightly cheaper then lincraft.
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marniehau
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2006 05:01:47 PM »

There is a newish fabric shop opened in Hornsby - Designer Factory Fabrics.  It has a slew of interesting fabrics - nothing at all like the run-of-the-mill Spotlight ones.  Apparently the rolls are what is leftover from designer use, so the collection is somewhat idiosyncratic.  There are dress and furnishing fabrics.  I find it is always better to go there with a project in mind, rather than for a particular fabric in particular colour, if you know what I mean.

It is on the corner of Pacific Highway and Government Road, but underneath the liquor shop; takes about 3 mins to walk from Westfield or the station.

The prices are generally cheaper for better quality than I usually find in Spotlight, for example.

There is also Tina's Fabrics - in Westfield.  There are many rolls of fabric all squashed in - a good range of fabrics and designs, lots more conventional ranges than Designer Factory Fabrics, but worth a visit too.
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jujus_moowee
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2006 09:52:22 PM »

What are the prices like of the designer factory fabrics? It is really expensive cause it is designer stuff?
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lovect
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2006 11:18:48 PM »

Thanks guys!

I've actually heard a bit about the fabric shops down in Cabramatta...along Park rd & John st? Has anyone been down there?

ive been to cabramatta. its really good ! everythings super cheap. you know those silks & such that you would find at spotlight. you can get them at like two bucks a metre in cabra. its so good ! & sometimes you can find really nice fabrics that you would never find in spotlight. i recommend you all go there ! =D but they dont really talk english but they do understand a little =]

but thats probably because my mom speaks the language & helps me bargin
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Veronica Darling
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2007 04:45:46 PM »

Cabramatta is also good cause there is about 7 shops on the one street.. but they seem to specialise in really expensive fabrics(for cheap). So $100 fabric might be $40/metre but they dont have much really cheapo generic stuff.

And lastly I love getting clothes at second hand shops that are made of excellent fabric and dismantlng them!


Hey, I've moved to Sydney recently and was hoping to head out to Cabramatta tomorrow, but about the second hand shops - does anyone know some good ones like 'Savers' in Melbourne?? I like new fabrics, but mostly use second hand ones and my supplies are getting low from not knowing where to shop!!!

xoxo
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Ally Katt
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2007 07:16:02 AM »

there is a pretty good fabric shop in hurstville called my hung
its much more reasonable than lincraft is and even better if you catch their 20% off sale

Yeah, I like that shop too! I also like Rainbow Fabrics in Kogarah, for its cheap prices, though I don't think the range is all that interesting.
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« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2007 06:12:55 PM »

I found a really great store in Marrickville, in amongst the factories, called the Remnant Warehouse. It's on Sydenham Rd. You can walk there from Sydenham station.
Here's their website: http://www.theremnantwarehouse.com.au/index.html
I must say, it is AMAZING. They have a large selection of denims, lots of discount bins out the front, amazing trims, real wool felt, quilting fabrics, and best of all, the most marvellous selection of metallic "dance" fabrics that I have ever seen!! I love liquid metallics, and they have everything! Even hologram fabric! Definately check it out the selection is pretty good, so there's probably something there for everyone!
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« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2007 04:37:00 PM »

Hey Heartbreaker!

I've been to that remnant warehouse and I agree - it's totally great! Heaps of beautiful fabric at killer prices and everyone I've been served by there are just lovely! and heaps helpful!

I'm still looking for a good vintage op shop type place that stocks old curtain and tablecloth material - as I'm always into recycling fabrics! Anyone know of any places in sydney?
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« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2007 08:07:40 PM »

there is a pretty good fabric shop in hurstville called my hung
its much more reasonable than lincraft is and even better if you catch their 20% off sale
omg is there a hurstville girl here. I wander into my hung all the time...get a little confused though when i'm looking for something specific.
the spotlight on princess hwy past rockdale shopping centre is pretty good
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« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2007 09:20:47 PM »

The My Hung stores in Penrith and Parramatta are both pretty good, and Penrith's Spotlight is great, it has everything. The fabric stores are the only thing i'll ever miss from that place. I've found that the Spotlight's towards the city (Bondi being my local one now) don't have as wide a selection.
There are some good fabric stores in Marrickville, on Marrickville rd that stock a pretty decent variety of fabrics for cheap.
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« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2008 02:24:44 PM »

The craft depot in pennant hills ,mainly if your a quilter, they have alot of cotton fabrics there.

Here is a link for some fabric and quilting
http://web.aanet.com.au/malikoff/stitch/craft/patchwork.html
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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2008 07:59:49 PM »

I go to Spotlight, Lincraft and Tessuti. There is a Tessuti at Chatswood, the city and Bondi i think.

Also Burnt St Fabrics in Seaforth is really good. More upholstery fabrics but there is heaps and heaps of it and you can usually find a great fabric.
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2008 03:55:35 PM »

hey, This is not in Sydney but ditalia and designer fabric shop in Melbourne has some unique fabric. Check em' out at: www.ditalia.com.au

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« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2009 10:05:26 PM »

There are some good fabric stores in Marrickville, on Marrickville rd that stock a pretty decent variety of fabrics for cheap.

Does anyone know if there are still a bunch of stores on Marrickville Road?  I'm new to the area and trying to figure out a good place to go this weekend.  Thanks!
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2012 01:56:10 AM »

You won't do better for price or advice than this shop.

Steer clear of the "in house" seamstress Teresa.  Expensive & shoddy.
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