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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 18, 2010, 01.34 AMby auntlizzie

    Really nice fabrics! For all those people up in New York and them fancy big cities, it’s not too much of a problem, but down here where I live it’s a little hard! There’s only Hancocks and Joanns, and some small quilting shops. Those are wonderful, but when I’m wanting to make, say, a wedding dress, they don’t have any fabrics that I would need!

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.30 AMby taitai60

    I live in the Philippines, and though you can get a wide range of ribbons and laces very cheaply here, good even basic buttons are very hard to find. Most are nasty cheap looking and I mostly just have fabric covered buttons made. Fancy zippers are also impossible to find and if I buy fabrics abroad I tend to buy a lot of notions at the same time.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.27 AMby brunettetruth

    I can’t find fold over elastic or other fine elastic in my area. It’s also hard to find non-quilt cotton with interesting prints, which I’d like to be able to use.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.18 AMby jennymachete

    It is hard to find quality fabrics and specialty fabrics that aren’t priced sky high.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.14 AMby phaerie

    fabrics that I can never find are silks, printed knits, and coutil. I can find basic notions without much trouble, but finding for brass clasps, steel boning, and two part grommets I have to venture online.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.13 AMby ksgerlock

    I don’t have problem finding most things were I live for the most part. There is a real nice, privately owned fabric store that has almost anything you would need.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.04 AMby Lindsay Foucht

    Decent fabrics around here are hard to find. We only have chain stores like JoAnns or WalMart for fabric, which can be a bit limiting…

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.01 AMby mrsjoker

    Anything other than quilting stuff or a basic zipper and thread is a 45 min to 1 hr drive. But it’s agood excuse to go to the city.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 01.00 AMby whatevs

    I really only have Joanns and Hancocks around me, so it’s hard to find quality natural fiber fabrics. I see a lot of polyesters, but I like working with cottons a lot more. I also had the hardest time finding a French Curve at those stores… I ended up buying one during my last visit to NYC! Joanns and Hancock definitely aren’t catering to people wanting to make their own patterns.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.50 AMby Natalia *

    Being so close to Toronto, I actually haven’t had any difficulties finding fabric/notions. Although to be honest, I haven’t ever had the need for a particular fabric. I usually base my projects on the fabric I purchase and not the other way around.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.43 AMby sherblamzoid

    Everything is hard to find where I live. Well that’s not entirely true I can find most things but because the choice in shops isn’t very big most of the stuff is quite expensive. Though that could just be my financial situation and the fact that so many shops have relatively cheap clothing these days (H&M) its often more expensive to make something myself than it would be to buy it.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.37 AMby icedivastar

    It’s really hard to find quality formal fabrics in my area. Everything is polyester…

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.32 AMby monoui

    It’s hard for me to find high quality and exceeding lace. That’s why I bought a sewing and stiching machine so that I can make my own lace.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.26 AMby efgh

    I’m always really jealous of the range and great prices you Americans seem to get on fabrics and notions. I’ve only recently been able to get a better selection of fabrics for everyday garments e.g. jerseys and cotton lawns. Before that it was either quilting cottons or taffetas and satins for evening gowns. As far as notions are concerned i don’t do too badly for dressmaking but for anything else e.g. making bags i have awful trouble finding good notions. I couldn’t even find any d-rings bigger than 25mm today.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.25 AMby vickit

    I haven’t run into any problem locating almost anything I’m looking for although finding the quilting fabrics designed by designers such as those by Kate Spain, and for those being designed for Moda, RJR Fabrics, and those types of fabrics. IF I am lucky enough to find them the entire lines are not available. I was recently searching to locate the Dr Seuss fabrics and what I did find was some of the less popular fabrics from that line and that’s about it so I have no option but to purchase those type of fabrics online and pay shipping charges.

    I am SUPER excited about the giveaway today. I first saw the Olisio irons right after they started being made and have wanted one SO badly ever since then. Those are just amazing irons but I cannot afford one so winning one would be a fantastic Christmas present. I am totally crossing my fingers for this one. Thank you so much for this chance of winning one of these amazing irons.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.23 AMby kcrismali

    Since I don’t have a car right now and two kids under three—I am limited to what I can find at the thrift store or craft store near me and what I can dig out of my stash. Even if I drive to the nearest “fabric” store, I can’t find the wools that I would really like to sew with.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.23 AMby kimberleejean

    Good zippers, oddly. I order them now, which is awesome.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.21 AMby honestnicewoman

    We do not have a fabric store here. WalMart has even stopped carrying fabric. I do all my purchasing online. I would love to find a great source for buying zippers, grommets, rings, embellishments at bulk prices.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.16 AMby tievoli

    i am pretty spoiled in Missouri- we have quite a few fabric stores to choose from, however i have not found one that sells vintage fabrics ,buttons and lace. it is also hard to find some of my favorite fabric designs from Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Heather Bailey. I have to shop online for those if i want them.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.11 AMby atrinka

    Good and affordable fabrics. I have the two extremes: Joanns and VERY VERY expensive fabric stores, nothing in the middle

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.08 AMby enoch

    Where I live we only have one fabric store and they do carry lots of pretty material but it isn’t always of the best quality. They do have a good size selection of notions though

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.05 AMby cam557

    I don’t usually have difficulty finding sewing notions or fabrics where I live.

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    Dec 18, 2010, 12.03 AMby heidim

    I find it hard to get imported fabrics locally. I have to order them all online and I love linen prints!

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.47 PMby lili123

    Organic and fair trade fabrics are hard to find.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.39 PMby frankiebergen

    Wide elastic!! i was trying to make a high waisted skirt with a thick black elastic waistband. I went to all the fabric stores in town and none of them had it. I eventually found it in a fabricland just outside of town.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.37 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    I live in L.A. so finding things are not a problem. Depending on what I need, my current budget and the type of project I can usually find supplies-there are local mom & pop fabric places, chain stores and then there is my favorite!!!! The Fabric mart in downtown L.A..

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.34 PMby susannegoetz

    In NYC…not much of a problem, to be honest

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.26 PMby cucperson

    It is so hard to find interesting, high quality knits here in Calgary. I order those sorts of fabics on line.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.26 PMby pltnmblondelife

    Its hard for me to find leathers. And good quality silk blend fabrics like silk charmeuse and silk jersey.

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    Dec 17, 2010, 11.24 PMby moon0014

    A large chain fabric store has a monopoly in my area, and now even the Wal-marts are eliminating sewing departments. So I’m trapped…I’m touchy- feely so I don’t buy online…also I like to combine prints, a difficult endeavour, so I really need them all together to see what works.

    I make handbags a lot, and the hardware is especially hard to find, I browse thrift stores and salvage hardware off of whatever I can find.

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