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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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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 18, 2010, 12.13 PMby saylavie

    don’t have much difficulty finding what i want. but, of course some things are more expensive than others!
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    Dec 18, 2010, 11.51 AMby constances

    Notions-not a problem in my small city; fabrics, if you like joanns selections, you are okay. Thank goodness for the internet.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 11.49 AMby daisylynn

    Fabric in general is hard to get here. The nice big shops where everyone used to buy their handcrafting stuff have closed down. But I’d say the most difficult to find are specialty fabrics, like heavy-duty knitted fabric or nice woolens. Things like corset busks are of course also non-existent. Have to get those online.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 11.38 AMby ghainskom

    I’vehad to order power mesh and boning over the internet because I couldn’t fin it anywhere…

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    Dec 18, 2010, 11.07 AMby melaniec

    I’m lucky living in Melbourne that I can find almost everything I need. There isn’t a lot of pre-1970’s vintage fabric though.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.42 AMby jadestar

    Lots of things are hard to find where I live. Theres very little decent clothing fabric, and the only shop selling notions has a poor selection, and not necessarily very good quality. The city 15 miles away has a better variety, but only if you have transport, and still reasonably limited. The best place to shop for notions is online. Great iron.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.28 AMby himechan

    Coutil, busks, spiral steel… none of it to be had where I live. :(

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.18 AMby Jali Sews

    I am in Singapore and you get a little of most things here but not lots. Prints in fabrics such as cotton are often florals or cute little prints. I do like more modern apparel fabric especially prints but quality choices are usually limited. Notions are fine though. The staples are generally available.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.10 AMby dooniebabe

    Any sort of fabric at all is a rare find around here, though there are great fabric shops an hour or so away.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 10.00 AMby laurwyn

    I am very fortunate. I live in a town that has 3 sewing shops AND a sewing market every week. There is a wide choice of everything. My only problem is related to US based products (like Vogue patterns, and Colette patterns; Olivier + S fabrics…). The shipping costs are crazy

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    Dec 18, 2010, 09.07 AMby mishe12

    i don’t have trouble finding much where i live, and what i can’t find locally i can usually get online. i have a vogue fabric near me and they have six glorious rooms of fabric and notions. i can spend hours in there, and usually a fair amount of money as well.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 09.04 AMby quaffy

    Luckily notions are easy to find here. There’s a sewing machine shop at the end of my street and they have a good selection of notions.. no fabrics though. Cute oilcloth and border prints are really hard to get a hold of.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.52 AMby galatina

    I live in a village with no shops – so everything here! But our local town has a great little fabric shop and a knitting/craft shop. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to find something that’s a bit more current – but that’s part of the fun.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.49 AMby victors

    Sweatshirt fabric is pretty much impossible to find down my way.Spoilt for everything else though!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.39 AMby crazybydesign

    Las Vegas has lots of options for shopping fabrics and notions. However, there is one fabrication that I just can’t find a local supplier for: faux sherpa in black. Cream and white, yes. Sometimes brown is available, but black…nada, zip, zilch! Suggestions are welcomed!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.26 AMby EvilKitten

    I find it difficult to find any good quality natural fibers in my area.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.25 AMby jenyjenny

    Hard to find here: wool yarn other than the most basic brands & colors, forget about finding Ultrasuede except for mail order, local Joann’s is usually out of my favorite fleece binding (it used to come in royal blue and about 5 other colors, now can only find black, white, red and pink—and almost always out of white when I need it), the nearest outlet that sells Kwik Sew patterns is a 3 hour drive away, zippers are also limited.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.15 AMby loyl8

    definitely good quality silk, wool, & bamboo (ecofabrics).

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.10 AMby violetta089

    It is difficult to find cute lining fabrics – the stores only have the “boring” ones, whereas I like to use fabrics with a print, with dots or paisley.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.09 AMby theeraserdust

    I have problems finding quality fabrics and notions because I live in a small town.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 08.00 AMby loyl8

    definitely good quality silk, wool, bamboo (ecofabrics)

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.46 AMby Lynne Haflett

    I live in a rural area, so aside from a quilt shop 10 miles away, the closest sewing shop is 50 miles away. The internet and planned shopping trips to the city enables me to get most items. However, fine tailoring tools like tailoring rules, cotton embroidery thread in colors to match my shirts etc, I order online. Matching colors is not easy, but I’m started to get enough of a collection of mistakes that I know what I need to order.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.39 AMby rita61

    Specialty fabrics. And fabrics of quality. Although my local Fabricland is privately owned, it is small. I still haven’t located wool satin.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.37 AMby Shira B

    jeans! I can find light jeans… :(

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.27 AMby luxihere

    Printed knits are hard to locate here in chennai, the irnoy is it is from the same state of tamil nadu that knit export centers like thirupur are located ! I don’t get clear elastic here as well…what a pity!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.25 AMby marliesbs

    All we have is JoAnne’s and it has limited choices in fashion facbric. The notions are a bit better. I usually buy on line, but It is hard because I like to feel the fabric.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.14 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i find it difficult to find nice trimmings and buttons (vintage things in particular). everything else is quite easy to be found!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.10 AMby libbysharf

    Gabardine, crepe… on the other hand we’ve got lots of chiffon , cotton and linen.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 07.01 AMby serenageo

    I can not find cotton webbing anywhere!!! All I can find is black polyester.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 06.47 AMby tklexi

    Most of the fabric stores around here (and it is a bit rural) are quilting stores. The only proper fashion fabrics store specialises in dancewear, so is all about the lycra and sequins, and that’s still half an hour away. Quality garment fabrics (silk, wool, etc) are impossible to find, as the quilting stores carry a very limited range of dressmaking fabrics, normally, cotton, poly satin and tulle. So I order them online. Likewise any corsetry supplies, or fold over elastic. I really only use the local stores for ribbons and haberdashery and emergencies.

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