Lead us not into the Garment District...
August 18, 2006 10:01 AM   Subscribe

Fabric Stores in NYC?

We want to buy fabric and patterns this afternoon. Despite our proximity to the Garment District, what we are looking for is a more comfortable, familiar shopping experience. Like when you go to gigantic fabric stores in the suburbs and there are five women all named Louise wearing red aprons who can answer all your questions. Call it a sociological craving.

Is there a store in (or accessible from) New York City that provides a less hectic, less cramped, friendly fabric-and-pattern-buying experience?
posted by hermitosis to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There are many Jo-Ann Fabric stores in close proximity. That is the vibe you were going for, right?
posted by piratebowling at 10:17 AM on August 18, 2006

Yes, definitely, but am still holding out for something a little closer than Staten Island, just in case someone knows of such a thing.
posted by hermitosis at 10:25 AM on August 18, 2006

P&S is near canal street and is pretty great, but the first floor is a bit crowded and there are no old ladies. Mood has a really knowledgeable, friendly staff, tons of fabric and there is room to move around. It is a bit harder to find deals, but the prices were not outrageous.
posted by Alison at 10:27 AM on August 18, 2006

Get to around 37th and seventh avenue. That's the center of the fashion district and it's brimming with all kinds of fabric shops.
posted by parmanparman at 10:42 AM on August 18, 2006

I second P&S, they have a wide selection and it is not always crowded. Caveat: it is run by Hasidic Jews and is not open on Saturday. In my opinion, the best time to go is Sunday morning. Afterwards you can walk over to Chinatown for lunch.
posted by cacophony at 10:47 AM on August 18, 2006

parmanparman, did you read the question? He doesn't want the garment district.
posted by piratebowling at 10:51 AM on August 18, 2006

The problem with the gigantic fabric stores in the 'burbs--or Joann's, anyway--is that maybe a third of the store is devoted to fabric/sewing stuff. The rest of it's framing, fake flowers, scrapbooking, kiddie crafts, etc. Even now they're revamping to accomodate more of the crafty stuff. And the fabric they do carry is almost always cotton or polyester. Good luck finding rayon, silk, wool, or anything that isn't cotton/poly. Ugh.

One thing I will concede: Joann's sometimes has some awesome pattern sales. Lately it's been $2 for Butterick and McCall's, and $4 for Vogue. I'd suggest you try to find a Hancock Fabrics, but all the stores in NY are outside the city proper.
posted by Vervain at 11:17 AM on August 18, 2006

I'm a little late to help for this afternoon, but in addition to P&S (which I'll third), Save-a-thon is a local chain with stores in the boroughs and outer reaches of Manhattan that's got what you're looking for. Wide variety of fabrics plus notions and trimmings, bolts of the size and shape you see at JoAnns instead of 12' cardboard tubes thrown in piles against the walls, craft supplies, etc.
posted by nevers at 4:48 PM on August 18, 2006

Way late to the party, but there's a fabric store on 30th Ave in Astoria. I can't remember what it's called, but it's on 30th Ave, between 34th & 36th streets.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:42 PM on August 28, 2006 [1 favorite]

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