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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, 03.20 PMby goonybird

    I live in a small town, and other than the stuff at Walmart, you have to go out of town to buy, or buy online. I search for sales and buy just about all my fabric and stuff online.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.19 PMby seedling

    All I have is Hancocks for fashion fabric (we have a quilting store, but I don’t have the patience for quilting), so unique, high quality fabric is online only for me. The notions are hit-and-miss…but generally the same problem of being kind of boring.

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      Dec 17, 2010, 06.52 PMby etchedinthread

      You’d be surprised at the beautiful prints available in quilting cottons, you don’t have to use them solely for quilts!

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      Dec 18, 2010, 05.41 PMby seedling

      Maybe it’s just the selection in this store then (I do know I’ve seen some quilting cottons that I like online and at Hancocks)…it was a lot of country and kiddie prints, unfortunately. I’ll definitely keep my eyes open though!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.17 PMby LéonaDy

    Cool designs on fabrics are practically impossible to find. All my fabric store has is polka dot, kids images and tacky little twists and stars. The only funky or original designs are on curtain fabrics (not ideal to make a shirt!). I have to drive into the next city to find some better stuff. (sigh).

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.15 PMby Ruth Brown

    Thank goodness for the Internet. I find it difficult to find locally embellishments such as large poofy feathers for hats and really good ribbons and other decorations. Millinery items in general are impossible to find here. We do have a small family owned fabric shop here that specializes in more pricey dressmaking fabrics, but I prefer shopping for “fabrics” in the clothing & linen departments of several local thrift shops. So basically, my biggest problem is finding things for decorating my hats.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.10 PMby psychorat

    Here fabrics with modern and interesting designs are sometimes really diffucult to find. There are a lot of patchwork fabrics but fashion fabrics are difficult.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.10 PMby irisobservatory

    I have found that true Hawaiian patterned fabrics are impossible to find here. There’s been a couple of occasions when I’ve wanted to make items made out of this with no luck at all. I have also found it difficult to find Japanese patterned fabrics. :(
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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.09 PMby vanessa

    It’s hard to find quality knits and interesting prints in my area. The independent fabric shops that carried apparel fabric have closed and the selection at Jo-Ann is mostly run-of-the-mill. I do most of my fabric shopping at thrift stores now or when I’m on vacation.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.09 PMby macoskrm

    I had THE hardest time finding hook and eye tape and I eventually gave up. Also, it’s really hard to find cotton lawns and voiles in local shops.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.04 PMby Michelle Eigenberger

    Cotton lawn or other natural dress making fabrics. I find most of what I use at thrift stores and rummage sales, as all we’ve got here is the Fleece O’Rama, also known as JoAnn’s.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.04 PMby sewenggirl88

    tons of things! there are plenty of quilting cottons and formal wear fabric but I have to really scavange to find good everyday fashion fabric. By the way I noticed that I had won the coats & clark thread give away, do i need to email someone about that?

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.03 PMby lauriekg

    I live in a small town in the midwest and it is difficult to find anything but quilting cottons. On the other hand if I am lucky it is easy to find vintage fabrics at estate sales and auctions. I like being able to feel the fabric I buy, so it is difficult for me to purchase online.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.01 PMby terimelisa

    Any fabrics and notions besides the very basicare difficult to find around here. You can find cotton, fleece, poloyester, and very limited silk or satin. If you want anything special you have to go to the internet, and I hate that.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 03.01 PMby mmcallister

    I live in NYC so I typically do not have trouble finding fabric or notions. However finding them at a reasonable price can sometimes be tricky…

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.58 PMby miaow

    Being in NYC a few times a week finding fabrics and notions are not a problem. However, the time looking for the perfect fabric can be a bit of a problem because if it isn’t in one store it must be in another…..

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.53 PMby nenasew

    Silks and designer fabrics are hard to find in my area but ofcourse there is always online . Joann is my local source for fabric and it doesnt carry the nicer fabrics.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.46 PMby may-chu

    I live in Israel, and here it’s very hard to find printed fabrics with cute prints (like Japaneses fabrics etc.) in affordable prices. none of those in regular shops, you can buy from people who import it, but it’s really pricey!

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      Dec 22, 2010, 05.54 PMby tnapier107

      You should check out Mod fabrics in LA they have a website and will send you samples

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.41 PMby stephanieb

    It is very difficult to find fabric for formal wear. The only fabric store in town is JoAnn’s and their selection is LIMITED! My dream would be to open a fabric store for apparel wear only and specialize in good quality formal wear fabrics – what a dream!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 02.39 PMby jannav

    I’m fortunate to not have difficulty finding notions. On the other hand, silk, good quality, and variety in fabrics IS a problem (other than quilt shop cottons).

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