- Make a list of upcoming projects or speciality things you won’t be able to find at home or online. I used my Notes app to list projects and material references I could quickly look at while shopping.
- Bring cash and a card. Some places charge for using card or have minimums. And if you’re just buying $5 in fabric, you might as well hand over cash.
- Have a solid idea of how many yards you want before you get someone to help.
- If you’re at a trim or notion places and buying lots of little pieces, have those counted ahead of time to make it easier at checkout.
- Bring swatches of your fabrics at home if you need to match! Photos can distort color.
- Bring water in a sealable thing. You don’t wanna bring in open beverages (no one wants to be that person who spills), so bring a water bottle for your bag so you can keep going.
- Wear comfy shoes and bring a big bag.
- Have your sewing machine info handy. If you stop by a notions store you might kick yourself for not having it.
- Some folks recommend bringing a lighter to check fiber content. Only do this if you are gonna buy a swatch and go outside and SAFELY check. Don’t do this in store or near anything flammable please y’all. Also don’t do this if you’ve never checked fiber content before. This should be done by someone who can safely do it.
- Bring a friend. I think it makes it more fun.
Here are the shops I bought yardage from:
- Blue Moon Fabrics, Inc. – 933 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Great stretchy and athletic stuff. Amazing colors too.)
- Michael Levine, Inc. (well, the building) – 920 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (The sign still says Levine but inside it’s a whole world of LOTS of fabrics and notions. Sections are labeled.)
- Natan Fabric – 410 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Got a really nice flowy dressy fabric selection here.)
- Shavali Fabric – 848 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Can get custom here but selection is also outstanding. Great prints and good stretch.)
- Angel Textiles – 846 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Amazing variety of cloth, slightly more expensive than the sister store…)
- and the sister store JB Textiles – 836 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (The stuff I got there was like 99cents a yard. Super cheap and lots of variety. Amazing.)
- Tex Carmel – 432 E 9th St #1, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Got lots of cotton and linen here, it seems to focus on suiting stuff.)
- FIDM Scholarship Store – 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Some small area for fabric and notions, but also random other things all the time!)
- Ace Sewing Machine Co – 214 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Get your sewing shit here!)
- Mood (not in the Fashion District) – 1726 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (fancy fancy and probably the same price online tbh)
- Trim 2000 Plus – 8209 S. Maple, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (TRIM FOR DAYS MY FRIENDS. Also closures.)
- John Tex & Trim Closeouts – 818 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
There are wayyyyy more shops I visited, and still more I didn’t stop in, so I suggest you take your time and see what there is.
Let me know your tips or favorite stops!
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