fabric shopping online soon the outcome can be pretty great. I have a strong preference for supporting fabric sellers who make it clear that quality is a priority, so I usually wait until Im in Seattle or West Michigan visiting my parents to buy fabric and supplies, especially when I need fleece, knits or other. After last weeks post where I may or may not have slightly bashed one of the major fabric chains (What can I say? Many of these stores also have online shops (those links are listed further down the page).
But this, this, and these were all made with very nice fabric procured at JoAnn, so its not really fair for me to be negative about them. Whipstich Fabrics / Atlanta (also online west, birch Fabrics (home of, fabricworm online) / Paso Robles, California. Seriously, the wait time makes me want to hurt someone, and I am not proud to admit that on more than one occasion I have stormed out, leaving my package of snaps behind (I would never do this with cut fabric). Ann Arbor Sewing Center / Ann Arbor, MI, lake Street Mercantile / South Lyon, MI, crafty Planet / Minneapolis, MN (also online).
Im also re-listing the online stores that Ive shopped at from the list above so theyre all together: Above All Fabric Alewives Aunt Beas (who just announced she is closing, waaaah! Sorry to be crass, but crapshoot just seems like the best way to describe. And you know what? Brick AND mortar, i will always have a preference for Brick and Mortar shops. Of course, it may take a little trial and error to figure it out, but I think I can say that I now shop online for fabrics with confidence. Its a little bit of a crapshoot though, you know? When I discovered online fabric shopping, there was a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to purchase fabrics without touching them, but now Ive got a pretty good system worked out. Treadle Yard Goods * / St Paul, MN, shiisa Quilts / Bloomington, IN (also online) *added by popular demand, new England. Their needles, thread, elastic and other notions are perfectly fine and about once I month I end up at JoAnn just because I need some interfacing or something I didnt have the forethought to purchase elsewhere. Michigan and Midwest: Fields Fabrics / West Michigan (also online, limited selection).