Getting Lost in New York City's Garment Center

So I was down in the Garment Center in New York City last week shopping for fabric for the upcoming Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue, and it's just like heaven to me. A bit on the chilly side, but heaven nonetheless


One of my favorite haunts is Metro Textiles, 
overseen by the gregarious Kashi.
We're talking 4-ply silk at $20/ per yard.

Anything that you can dream up to use for a project, you can find there, from fabrics to trimmings to notions. Most of the stores are selling wholesale to the trade, or acting as jobbers for designers. That means unique sewing supplies that you can't find anywhere else in the world.

I was first introduced to the NYC Garment Center by couture diva Susan Khalje, and what an introduction it was: $200 per yard fine French lace, fabulous silks and wools of every sort. It was like one big urban candy store, the likes of which I'd never seen

Later, my various fashion professors would send me on missions to what appeared to be sordid haunts from days gone by: esoteric chambers filled with every sort of interfacing known to mankind, ancient fusing operations, hidden denizens with millions of buttons.

It's a long love affair that I have with the Garment Center, and for anyone who is passionate about sewing, I consider it a must-visit. But do your research first, so that you don't end up at over-publicized tourist spots with high prices to match. With a little luck and study, you can find designer fabrics, unique sewing supplied, and more, at bargain prices. Be prepared for an adventure in negotiation.

For lots of sewing tips and techniques on how to utilize your treasured sewing supplies, check out the Seams, Closures + Hems with Liesl Gibson DVDs in the Sew Daily Shop.

Do you have favorite haunt for your sewing supplies? I would love to know!

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

13 thoughts on “Getting Lost in New York City's Garment Center

  1. I would love a list of favorites from around the country. Anyone compiling this??? I don’t always get to go to these places but more and more are allowing online shopping. Great for those of us with limited budgets and uncommon taste.

  2. NY Elegant and B&J for selection
    Paron for price
    Lace Star for wow
    Steinlauf and Stoller for interfacing and supplies

    FYI, many places not open on weekend, especially Saturday, so check hours

  3. In New York I love Daytona Trim for rick rack and the most tremendous marmalade cats you have ever seen, M & J Trim for buttons and ribbons, and Mood for the experience. Is Metro Textiles open to the public?

  4. In NYC, I’ve only been to Mood’s and M&J for trims and fringes, but I’d love to know of more places that have as great a selection as Mood’s, but better prices. For other places in the US, The Fabric Place in Baltimore, MD is fabulous!

  5. In NYC, I’ve only been to Mood’s and M&J for trims and fringes, but I’d love to know of more places that have as great a selection as Mood’s, but better prices. For other places in the US, The Fabric Place in Baltimore, MD is fabulous!

  6. For local shopping, Fabric Land in Orange, CA
    Online, Sawyer Brook
    If I ever get to downtown Los Angeles I can always add more.
    Patti
    Anaheim Hills, CA

  7. I’m so happy you all posted. Am going on a “girls trip” to NYC the first week in May. Luckily I will be back in October with my husband, so whatever I miss in May, I will be able to catch in the fall.

  8. My favorite wholesale company for sewing notions is WAWAK Sewing in Cincinnati,Ohio. They have great prices. Since my chances are slim I will ever get to the Garment Center of NY this is the best I can do around here. For fabrics I have to rely on JOANN Fabrics or a small business in Norwalk, Ohio that sells discontinued or end of roll upholstery fabrics and trims for $6.00 per yd. She has fabrics and trims from floor to ceiling.

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