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Welcome to day 17 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an Oliso® Steam Iron with iTouch™ Technology – TG1100!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 18th to be entered to win!

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Our award-winning steam irons combine powerful steam performance with our patented iTouch™ technology that prevents burns, tipping and dripping. Simply place your hand on the handle and the iron lowers itself onto the fabric. Remove your hand and the Scorchguards™ immediately extend, lifting the entire iron above the garment.

Comment to Win: What fabrics / notions are difficult to find where you live?

Congratulations to Myriam Sabolla who won the Pendleton Fabric!


This giveaway is sponsored by Oliso


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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.14 PMby princessleslie

    I live in SW Florida, we are limited to what Joanns carries unless ordering online. Their selection of fabrics in general is not always as broad as I’d like. I don’t mind online ordering but its not the same as actually touching and seeing the fabric in person. I haven’t had much difficulty with notions although at times selection is limited with those as well.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.13 PMby soulfulll

    Wool is difficult to find here.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.12 PMby maribelmade

    So far I’ve found everything I’ve needed! The bad part is going to lots of different places to get it. A Joann’s or big department craft store would make getting out in the cold much easier. I love the iron! :)

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.10 PMby cindylovestosew

    I have a hard time finding voiles and silks. I love to sew with these fabrics. They tend to be expensive, so I think that is why not a lot of sewing supply stores sell these fabrics.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.08 PMby twinreader

    I have to drive 40 miles to get to a good fabric store – and then there are 2 right across the street from one another. I have always wondered why they did that.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.06 PMby sardinemaiden

    really big buttons are difficult to come by as are knits… there are not many varieties. Most difficult is finding this very fine, t-shirt feeling, knit wool. I’d love to find that again. I need some long johns!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.06 PMby inaida

    I live in a little island in the middle of Atlantic Ocean…nexto Morocco..but spanish territory… we’re far away from Iberian peninsula…so…. I can’t find a lot of things! everything I need I must order it online…because the stores here don’t have special items or great clothes…

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.06 PMby swankypot

    I actually have a hard time finding simple buttons that aren’t adorned, etc.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.06 PMby aohtee

    The only place to buy fabric and notions near me is Walmart and their selection and quality is terrible. 40 minutes to Joannes. Online is the only solution.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.02 PMby ozgecolak


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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.02 PMby mangelarose

    Silks and oil cloths, quality wools. hmmmm

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.01 PMby albanyc

    I’m lucky b/c in NYC you can find anything if you do enough digging!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.00 PMby amsel

    I need a lot of cord for my backpacks and it’s hard to find the right colors. If I do find them they’re always super expensive. Basically everything is too expensive here.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 04.00 PMby Megan Richards

    It’s really hard to find natural party fabrics. I am making my prom dress this year and all the dressy fabrics are so synthetic

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.55 PMby iota1617

    There aren’t any independent fabric or notions sellers in my area. If I am looking for something vintage or unique I end up going to resale stores like goodwill to look for items I can recycle.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.54 PMby qsogirl

    I have a hard time finding really nice garment fabric. And looking at the comments above, I’m reminded that I can’t find fold-over-elastic — I’m going to have to order it online, and I’d rather see things like that in person first.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.54 PMby sewlovely-1

    Only Joanns and quilting shops where I live and sometimes it would be nice to find a good quality fabric, maybe a nice silk, perhaps a nicer knit…

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.51 PMby plaidlinoleum

    Nice trims are hard to find. It seems like all I find is bridal lace or tacky craft project stuff. Good fashion fabrics are hit and miss too.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.50 PMby andreakaysmith

    I have a good selection through Hancocks, JoAnns, etc., but I find it nearly impossible find quality animal fabrics such as thick wool for felting or leather for upholstery. When I do find leather or wool, it’s often so expensive, I cannot fathom buying any. I’ve resorted to getting cheap or free leather furniture off craigslist and salvaging any usable pieces or buying old wool sweaters from goodwill and piecing them together, but the pieces are always so small!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.47 PMby kvsews

    I really wish my local shops had fold-over elastic. Amy Karol does some cute projects with that stuff, but I can’t order it online without seeing the colors in person first.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.47 PMby vintagegal

    There is not much to choose from here in Northern Indiana….JoAnnes is it. Most people that sew are using fleece or quilting cottons. I must admit, I am always green with envy when Peter (Male Pattern Boldness blog) talks about going from shop to shop looking for the right notions! That would be a dream….

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.43 PMby tanetane

    zippers! I can never find the exact one, size or color.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.40 PMby suntory

    A lot of notions. Sewing supplies here are still very basic, even the sewing machines people use are more often than not those vintage Singer types. If they are modern though, be it equipment or notions, they tend to be very expensive.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.37 PMby Duchess81

    I find it hard to find fabrics that do not irritate my sensitive skin! This iron would be so helpful so I don’t have to dry clean to dewrinkle my most comfortable items! Amyamyjlustig@gmail.com

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.37 PMby Duchess81

    I find it hard to find fabrics that do not irritate my sensitive skin! This iron would be so helpful so I don’t have to dry clean to dewrinkle my most comfortable items! Amyamyjlustig@gmail.com

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.33 PMby squirrellypoo

    I can get pretty much anything I need here in London, but sometimes the prices are exorbitant! When I was in NYC a few months ago I stocked up on stuff that’s way cheaper in the states: zippers, leather, and great knits!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.31 PMby lucelu

    Technical fabrics are difficult to find. I can usually find home dec, knits and cottons but I also order a lot of fabric online and am currently at capacity.

    Another item category that is difficult to find are corsetry supplies like spring steel, coutil. I think I am rather lucky in the available supplies dept.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.30 PMby southwestsewer

    Living in a small town in the Southwest is frustrating when I am looking for better quality fabric for apparel, limited by Joann (they seem to be everywhere!). We do have a wonderful quilt shop that specializes in better quality fabric and carries interesting Southwest-related batiks and other fabric. I often order thread online to get the quality I want.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.22 PMby ladyshape

    Decent fringing is impossible to find. Especially longer silk fringing. Anyone have any idea’s? Also leather, we sometimes get Liberty off-cuts in one of the stores here but no regular supply. Would also love to see more crepe-de-chine for making beautiful lingerie.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.22 PMby sewhappy-1

    Beautiful lace and trimmings, plus interesting buttons are so hard to find. Or maybe I’m not looking in the right places…

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