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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

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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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