Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


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!

At Oliso, we like gadgets and state of the art technology as much as our neighbors. Dare we say, more than our neighbors? We dare. We admire the innovativeness of a design that makes life simpler, that surprises us with straightforward functionality and delights us with useful, special features.

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


  • 121796931245945_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 06.42 AMby mylinh

    I wish the local shops in my areas have more varies of fabrics. They only have very limit & not very attractive.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 06.24 AMby rose-s-e

    Finding HQ fabric is very hard around here. Occasionally you might see 100% wool suitings, but that’s about it.

  • Meprofilebarn_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 06.19 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I have to drive over an hour to find decent fabric. I live an hour outside Los Angeles in an agricultural area. We have a Joannes about 25 minutes away were I buy notions but the fabrics are too expensive compared to buying them in the wholesale district of Los Angeles. I also love cotton trims which are hard to find.

  • 100_2202_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 06.08 AMby kraftykatina

    I have a hard time finding anything non-generic. We have Jo-Anns. Not much in the way of strapping or good notions (no metal boning!!!) and boring buttons. No great quality fabrics either.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 06.02 AMby karynn

    Eugene is aplenty with wonderful fabrics and notions.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 05.35 AMby cathivixen

    Real linen and anything cotton that’s not made for a quilt! My lottery dream would be to win and open and fabric store stocked with natural fibers! Sorry, local fabric store if the label says made from 100% polyester….it’s NOT linen!

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 05.21 AMby allisonfaith

    african wax prints or a nice colored print. it’s cold here and there isn’t alot of the summery patterned stuff

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 05.21 AMby lanierjl

    Well, I am fortunate to live in NY and have the Garmet District at my finger tips. However, I find that finding the same fabric twice can be very difficult. Big production houses will come and buy up all of your favorite fabrics. I also find that the prices are not competitive even though you are dealing with stores that buy their fabric at much cheaper prices due to large quantities. I search EVERYWHERE for fabric…online, small towns, fashion district, etc.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 05.16 AMby Alicia Maxie

    leather is difficult to find where I live..i was going to make a top for someone, but i couldn’t because the leather was unavailable nearby, Also, faux fur that looks and feels authentic. There were a couple of projects/jobs that I had to pass up due to the materials being unavailable

  • Holliebell_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 05.12 AMby freakusbzzz

    Satin bias binding.

  • Dscn1507_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.56 AMby utterlyalisha

    Since I’m pretty new to sewing, I haven’t had to go searching for hard-to-find notions or fabrics. However, I don’t happen to live particularly close to the Jo-Anns or the local sewing shop (which has the cutest fabrics), so I’m always looking at something like a 30 minute drive (with horrendous traffic sometimes) to buy some quality fabric.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.46 AMby Nancysue

    I recently had trouble finding latex free elastic. Couldn’t find it locally, so had to do some research on the internet and finally found it online :) nsue21702 at gmail dot com

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.44 AMby Shanna Spiller

    anything to do with sewing is hard to find here in twentynine palms. nearest fabric store is 30 min away and is lacking a little bit. :(

  • Pearl_reclining_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.39 AMby hayleyroper

    Living near the garment district in LA is pretty easy to get all manner of fabrics and notions so I guess I am spoiled!

  • 14bc8a2d20e90a30636b1fb9e0a8396d4cbbaccc_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.37 AMby tudorrose69

    I haven’t been able to find striped knit fabric, nor stores that carry upscale brands (Moda, etc.) which I would like to try.

  • Img_0066_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.35 AMby Carrie Wilson

    Two years ago I would have said that it was difficult to find the more interesting Clover sewing/crafting notions, but since the translation of so many Japanese craft books they are more commonplace than they were then.

  • Photo_on_2011-12-16_at_16_16_2_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.30 AMby peachypanda

    I only have walmart fabrics and have to drive one town over to find a joanns or hancock fabrics. I really wish there were more fabric shops with variety and higher quality fabrics.

  • Mariona1c-copy_2_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.22 AMby marionalloreta

    I wish there would be fabric stores with younger, more tasteful fabrics… the ones near where I live do not have many higher quality materials or young, tasteful, original fabrics….. i have to buy all my fabrics online!

  • Momooo_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.22 AMby variantvi

    actually fabric period lol Unless you want to go to north jersey, philly or new york out of state. But I guess it would have to be fabrics like silk with unique patterns. etc FUR is hard to find. Well decent faux fur. I have to order from mendels

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.20 AMby shanitita

    I had trouble finding belt kits until very recently. I wish the major chains carried more natural fiber apparel fabrics.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.12 AMby cornellgirl

    I have problems finding high-quality hardware (rings, zippers) for accessories like bags — there’s usually only one type (or no type) to choose from! I would also say it’s difficult just to find a good variety and mix of lower quality/higher quality fabrics, prints, and colors, and different types of fabrics.

  • 2_dsc_1140_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.07 AMby magdamagda

    I’m not sure how much things are hard to find or I just don’t search properly!:D but one definitely needs another approach, that’s what I find out as a transplanted European in India… what here is called “western clothing” is brought from other places, so lots of things that go into making are may be missing or available only in 2-3 big cities… I was disappointed not to be able to buy a dressform in my city, so I’m still without… I couldn’t find a french curve or rotary mat yet…

    on the other hand what they have, they Really have… the variety of simple cotton or blends, what is used for saree blouses normally, is undescribable! The prints are so many and so diverse – and yes, at this point I’m lucky to live in a textile centre! I entered a shop for bag making supplies the other day and I simply couldn’t choose because they have everything ever needed for a bag! But I’ll let my amazement wear off and I’ll step in again;) !

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.07 AMby jmhair

    EVERYTHING is hard to find here. I have to drive 45 minutes to a reeeeeally cheesy fabric store that doesn’t have much more than stuff for scrubs and printed fleece blankets! BLAGH!

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 04.03 AMby Leena10

    Definately good quality everyday fabrics, our main fabric store mainly goes for cheaper kiddy type fabrics and heaps of fleece Adelaide needs more sophisticated fabrics and if it’s out there maybe a some advertising.

  • Sitting_down_-_gloomy_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.58 AMby sarsaparilla

    Almost everything (I live in a rural town). Our little local shop sells the basics, and I always pick up zippers, buttons etc at the second-hand stores.

  • Photo_85_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.56 AMby amberlove

    I always wish there were more sewing books I could flip through to see if I wanted to buy—other than on the internet.

  • Untitled_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.55 AMby ahand

    I can’t find a lot of good hardware!

  • B5ab093bacd6b015f36c5f551646583abbf18479_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.53 AMby artgirl30

    I don’t think it’s hard to find most things. Good lingerie elastic is hard to find here though.

  • Burda_large

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.51 AMby Tricia Marshall Jones

    Apparel fabrics in general are extremely difficult to find locally. I seem to live in quilt country…too bad I’m not a quilter.

  • Missing

    Dec 18, 2010, 03.46 AMby mrempert

    Vintage notions can be hard to find in my area. I think thats because we typically only have access to the big chain stores. These stores also don’t carry pattern paper, which i use to make copies of my patterns so i can make adjustments based on my true size not what they have pre-determined is my size!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday