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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!

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


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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.45 AMby suz123

    JoAnn’s is pretty much all we have. There’s basic fabric, but nothing special, more for quilting than garments. We had another store with more fabric for clothing than quilting, but it closed recently.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.45 AMby sewsusan

    The nearest shop with quality fabrics is 2 1/2 hours away. Thank goodness for internet shopping! Silk organza, good interfacing and other sewing essentials are just a click away!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.44 AMby sewiknittoo

    its so hard to find high quality wool fabrics in this area, I know our winters aren’t long, but if I’m in the mood for a coat to travel outside the area, there’s nothing of good quality.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.28 AMby Sandra Aiken

    Most any notiions, needles, large spoils of thread, speciality thread.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.25 AMby ealis

    Even though I live near and regularly shop in LA’s garment district, most fabrics I find are very commercial. Seems that everyone carrys the same prints, trying to copy designer trends. Unique and limited prints fabrics are hard to come-by.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.20 AMby joanneyang

    I can’t get good quality plain linen as well as cute looking Japanese cotton prints in my local stores. Notions such as fancy zippers and bag handles are also impossible to get locally. Oh ya, certain types of interfacing are also nowhere available.:(

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.18 AMby angebindi

    Everything is difficult to find when you have to take 2 small kids fabric shopping with you!! In Australia it’s hard to find a decent range of the cute Japanese fabrics and also fabrics like Heather Ross. Thank goodness for the internet!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.16 AMby catran

    I have trouble finding 4" zippers and really nice designer fabrics. I also have to order coin purse clasps online.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 03.13 AMby wkc

    I am having a terrible time finding needles for my serger (it’s a Janome, which uses special needles). Otherwise, it is pretty easy, I have a fantastic fabric store near my house — super esay.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.59 AMby milnay3

    Zippers in the right length AND colour, it’s usually one or the other & I can never find any silk for making ties! The closest thing I can find is ‘slumber satin’ which is usually rainbow coloured or covered in skulls – not exactly high fashion!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.57 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    I live near the super markets which sell various fabrics. So I can buy any fabrics I want. I do not have any problem with finding fabrics yet.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.56 AMby llh

    Fold over elastics, decorative elastics, wool fabrics (especially wool knits)

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.49 AMby chicaroja

    joann’s and hancock are the only options where i live so it can be difficult to find fabrics and notions that do not feel kind of run of the mill… i miss having a design/garment district. i lived not too far from the vogue fabrics in chicago for close to 15 years and am quite certain i did not fully appreciate this gem. now i stock up when ever i can on unique fabrics at thrift stores and yard sales.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.45 AMby alysonvic

    The notion that I have trouble finding is bias binding

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.28 AMby natclem

    I have problems finding great prints! I’m in a city where all the designers go take the great prints at 8 am, and everyone else has to sort through the scraps. :(

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.24 AMby nyphertiti

    I can usually find something I like when I go fabric shopping but there isn’t much for sustainable fabrics like bamboo which I would like to try to sew with some day.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.22 AMby betox702xsincity

    Good quality fabric is hard to find where I live. The only stores to buy fabric are Joann stores and small quilt shops. I pretty much have access to any kind of sewing notion.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.21 AMby Wendy Allen

    I have a lot of trouble finding linen blends and wool blends.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.21 AMby cambra

    i live in a tiny town with absolutely nothing, but knits are especially hard to find.

    and that is the most beautiful iron i have ever seen!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.18 AMby thehappydeer

    Organic cotton & bamboo jerseys are hard to find, or even 100% cotton jerseys with no poly.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.13 AMby ishab

    I live in San Diego California and it is impossible to find organic fabrics here! I have to drive 3 hours away to Los Angeles to get bamboo Jersey knits, hemp or organic cottons. I wish San Diego would embrace the Eco friendly fabrics!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.13 AMby Becky Massman

    I get frustrated because I live in a very small town. And while I travel a lot for work I don’t really get a lot of time to search out all of the great fabric stores that I know are in the area.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.13 AMby 5294sandras

    dressmaker rulers

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    Dec 18, 2010, 02.11 AMby sofimend

    I think because I live in a big city, it’s so easy to find different sewing stores. But one thing that this big city lacks is a variety of sewing classes. I wish there were more and closer to me.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.49 AMby sradecki

    Where I live is a small Joann Fabrics. Their fabric has gotten better, but the selection is limited. If there is something specific I am looking for I have no choice but to serf the internet. I have been lucky to find fabric that sparks my interes, but it takes so long to find. I often get frustrated.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.47 AMby kathleens

    Silk, lace, wool, anything really. We have one really nice (albeit small) local store that has some beautiful things, but they can’t carry everything. Although lately I have had a hard time finding small width ribbons for silk ribbon embroidery (no one sells silk ribbons) and wing needles for doing entredeux.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.46 AMby wildrose

    In the cold winds in Bismarck I can’t find any berber fleece. I just love the texture and warmth of it.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.46 AMby chillwear

    I don’t have a problem finding notions, but if I do I head to Britex in San Francisco. As for fabric it’s tough to find good dressmaker fabrics at the local chain fabric/craft stores. I usually have to settle for something I’m not crazy about.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.45 AMby Paragonstudios

    The beautiful french laces and quality trimmings are hard to find, the kind used on christening gowns and handkerchiefs

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.41 AMby roodles

    Good interfacing, clear elastic and those double-wheeled markers from Clover.

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