Ask the Readers: Buying fabric and sewing supplies online?

Today’s question is from Tamara:

I love to sew dresses and many different items, because I can make them the way I want them and it can be less expensive than buying it in the store. Lately, though, I’ve been noticing the prices of fabrics have gone up.

Without a coupon, after the cost of the fabric, pattern, thread and whatever other notions are needed, it can cost as much if not more to make things at home. Are any places online to find high-quality fabric and sewing supplies at a good price? -Tamara

I don’t sew, but I do know you can save a lot of money by recycling tablecloths, bedsheets, and curtains into fabric for sewing projects. We also had a great guest post awhile back on 5 Ways to Save Money on Sewing Supplies.

Do you purchase fabric online? If so, what sites have you found to have the best deals?

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  1. Rosie says

    Where I buy my fabric depends on what I think I’ll do with it. When I’m looking for crafty project fabric, or for kids clothes I frequent the JoAnns Red Tag section and try to buy when its 50% off. Otherwise I buy with a 40 or 50% off coupon. If I see something I like, I’ll buy for my stash and wait for inspiration, if needed. As a rule I won’t pay over $2 for a pattern… there is ALWAYS a $0.99 or $1.99 sale around the corner at JoAnns. If I’m looking for fabric for a something for ME, the rules change. I look for GOOD fabric becuase I want to make a peice that lasts. Last spring I went to the garment district in Manhatten (I”m in upstate NY) and bought several things for specific projects for me. It wasn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but when its for me, I would rather have a high quality peice that I will love for years that cost more that something that was just the best cheap fabric I could find. Now, granted, I haven’t even looked at the fabrics I bought last spring, but thats becuase I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks later and wasn’t about to sew anything for me until I’m closer to my normal shape again. :) Sewing certainly isn’t always cheaper anymore… it CAN be, but if you love to sew, part of the joy of sewing is in the sewing, not necessarily in the saving money. If you’re in it to save money, red-tag fabrics and thrift store upcycles will be your bread and butter.

  2. Amy says is my favorite, then If you ever drive through Paducah, KY, then be sure to stop by their ( warehouse store–I could have spent hours there.

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