Reviews shown below represent the opinions of Thomas M. Farrell. All
factual information is subject to change. The presence or lack of
information regarding any specific place of business does not constitute
an endorsement or lack thereof regarding its services or products. Places
of business are chosen for this list based on the author's personal
knowledge and may be omitted due to error, lack of information, or the
author's opinion that they have insufficient relation to the subject
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- Cambridge Quilt Shop
- 95 Blanchard Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138
| Review: A small shop with a selection of fine
quilting fabrics. Prices range from a little better than other shops to
terrible - it all depends on the individual fabric. The staff is usually
very friendly and helpful. Friends report that their classes are informative
and well taught.
- Clement Textile Inc.
- 80 Bedford St, Boston, MA 02111-2201
Review: I don't often shop here because I don't think many of
their fabrics are that wonderful, but what I find is that when all else
fails, often they'll have that item you've been looking for. Often it's
something you wouldn't expect to have a problem finding - like 60 inch
cotton broadcloth. Nobody else had it when I looked for it. The store is
worth the occasional peek however, as once in a while they have something
really nice. Prices are generally very good.|
- Designtex Fabrics
- 155 Federal St
Boston, MA 02110-1727
Phone: (617) 482-6660
- Di Carlo Fabrics
- 15 Temple Pl,Boston, MA 02111-1305
Review: DiCarlo carries a good selection of higher quality
fabrics. Prices seem higher than most other area fabric stores, but the
quality makes up for it. Excellent selections of silks and wool suitings.
- Fabric Corner Inc
- 783 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02174-4731
Mon. Wed. Thurs 9:30-8:30 * Tues., Fri., Sat. 9:30-5:30 * Sun. 12-6
Review: Fabric corner is a little hole-in-the-wall sort of store
in Arlington, MA which seems to specialize in quilting but
has many quality fabrics for all sewing purposes. It may be small, but
they've packed in a great selection in that little store, and the staff
is extra-friendly and extra-helpful. Definitely worth a visit, and make
sure to bring by your completed project to show them, they'll love to see
- Fabric Showroom
- 319 Washington St,Boston, MA 02108-5106
- Hampshire Button Co Inc
- 50 Gold St, South Boston, MA 02127-1853
- Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
- 1580 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132-5543
- Petrho Fabrics
- 192 South St
Phone: (617) 426-0605
- Sew Fisticated Discount Fabrics
- 735 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02122-3406
- Sew Fisticated Discount Fabrics
- Twin Cities PLZ, Somerville, MA 02143-3613
Review: This shop had one fabric that I thought was really cool...
so I bought them out of it. By and large, I
felt that the fabrics available here were of inferior quality and
generally not all that interesting to look at. However,
they seem to almost randomly have absolute gems at insanely low prices
(such as china silk shirting at only $7 a yard), so if you're in the area
anyway, stop in, you might find something wonderful. Also, if you're
looking for something hideous and tacky (such as for a silly costume)
they're a good bet.
- U S Slide Fastener Corp
- 21 Drydock Ave Ste 3
Phone: (617) 426-3546
| Review: This is not a retailer. They're a zipper
and fastener distributor. They very kindly will accept small orders from
home sewing people, but please keep in mind that they're doing you a favor
by doing business with you, so try not to make your purchases too small.
They're in an industrial building in a dock area that is only accessable
via bus from South Station. So why should you go to the effort of doing
business with them? Because they're insanely cheap. You're paying
wholesale! On average, zippers cost about 1/3 as much at US Slide as they
would anywhere else, or less. I've bought 20 inch separating zippers
from them for pocket change. I've bought heavy weight dual slide separating
jacket zippers, which were selling for $7 at the fabric store, for about
$1.50. So, if you're making one thing with a zipper and otherwise won't
be using zippers much, just buy it at your favorite fabric store... but
if you're going to be wanting a lot of zippers, particularly if they're
expensive ones, US Slide will save you a bundle.
- Van Fabric Co.
- 14 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111-1607 (around the corner from North End
| Review: Beautiful, beautiful vietnamese silk jacquards and silk
brocades. The prices are high, but relative to the exquisite quality and
extraordinary beauty of the merchandise they're quite reasonable.
(Incidentally, they rarely raise their prices.) Observe before purchasing,
however, that the fabrics are all (if I'm not mistaken) 30 inches wide,
so you'll need to get the length from your pattern's 30 inch fabric layout
or design a new layout to determine yardage.
Note: Hours seem erratic.
- Windsor Button Shop
- 35 Temple Pl,Boston, MA 02111-1305
Review: More buttons than you'd ever expect to see in your life,
plus a wide selection of notions. A special counter displays bridal
notions and decorations. Good selection of other (generally better
quality) craft products as well, including a good selection of knitting
needles. Friendly and helpful staff. I brought in a shirt that I was just
finding it *impossible* to find nice buttons for and showed it to the
salesperson at the counter. She immediately produced a set of acceptable
buttons. Then she asked me about who the shirt was for and what his
tastes are like, and came up with a set of fabulous buttons. It
may have been all in a day's work to her but to me it was marvelous. Some
recent revamping of their stock left them carrying much fewer notions and
other stuff, but their stock of buttons was still excellent last I
- Winmil Fabrics
- 111 Chauncy St,Boston, MA 02111-1796
Review: The author's favorite fabric store. A good selection and a
superb staff make this a friendly and useful place to shop. The spacious
store is crowded with all the basics and a wide variety of more
interesting fabrics as well. Of special interest are cotton broadcloth,
t-shirt knits, and poly satin in every color of the rainbow.
The staff, however, is this store's gem. Helpful and friendly, they'll
remember you and ask you how your projects are coming along, with genuine
care and interest. They'll see you wearing a fabric they sold you and tell
you what a great job you did with it. On one visit they told me
they'd got in a new fabric that they thought I'd like and they'd been
hoping I'd come in so they could show me. (I bought eight yards.) You can
ask their advice on
which pattern to use with which fabric. You can ask them which shade of
grey thread goes best with this silver fabric, and they'll get it *right*.
They'll help you take your measurements without batting an eyelash. They
actually look over the notions I'm purchasing to make sure there isn't
anything wrong (on a recent visit they noticed a damaged button I'd
accidentally selected and got me a replacement off the rack). They'll
cheerfully refer you elsewhere if they don't have what you want. Go
here for service and selection and you won't be disappointed.