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Sewing and making crafts can be a fun hobby. If you are just getting started quilting, sewing or designing clothes or doing other projects, then you will need to take a trip to the fabric shop for supplies. It is a good idea to know common fabric shop terms to help you on your shopping venture at a local store or online.

  • Upholster - To apply a new covering or cushioning to a piece of furniture. Upholstering can also refer to decorating the inside of a house with new drapes or carpets.
  • Damask - A reversible, patterned piece of silk, wool or other material.
  • Quilt - A bed cover made of two soft layers. Quilts are sometimes made of soft, fleece material.
  • Clasp - Two metal hooks that often hold apparel together especially cotton dresses and bras.
  • Vintage Fashion - Referring to accessories, clothes and styles from another decade or era. Fashion magazines often dictate which vintage pieces are back in style.
  • Notion - Any other object used in sewing other than the sewing machine and fabric. Examples of a notion are a thimble or a measuring tape.
  • Linen - A type of fabric that often is used as a substitute for cotton.
  • Pattern Weights - Place holders that can be used on paper patterns as an alternative to pins.
  • Flannel - A sometimes cheap, but very warm fabric. Flannel shirts often have a checkered print pattern. Under garments can also be made of flannel.
  • Yard - A unit of measurement. You can typically buy different fabrics by the yard. A yard is equal to 36 inches or 3 feet.
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    Martina's Fabric
    794 Fritz Cove Road, Juneau, AK 99801
    Check out our Alaskana section featuring Northwest theme fabrics, quilt kits, art quilts and more! There's also a generous selection of other quilting cottons, books, patterns and kits.
    (907) 723-6485
    Changing Tides
    175 S Frankilin Street, Suite 203, Juneau, AK 99801
    Contact our complete fabric store today at (855) 277-8551 in Juneau, AK, for details on our products and services.
    (855) 277-8551
    Forget-Me-Not Fabrics
    1109 Po Box, Cordova, AK 99574
    (907) 424-3656
    Flying Geese Fabric & Quilts
    202 Center Ave Ste 320, Kodiak, AK 99615
    (907) 486-8700
    Kenai Fabric Center
    115 N Willow St, Kenai, AK 99611
    (907) 283-4595
    Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
    8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801
    (907) 790-2670
    Alaska Dyeworks
    300 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
    (907) 373-6562
    Material Girls The
    3065 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709
    (907) 474-8118
    Raintree Quilting
    2213 Dunn St, Juneau, AK 99801
    (907) 789-7900
    East End Laundry
    3125 E End Rd, Homer, AK 99603
    (907) 235-5368
    Quilt Tree The
    341 E Benson Blvd Ste 5, Anchorage, AK 99503
    (907) 561-4115
    Sylvia's Quilt Depot
    1261 S Seward Meridian Pkwy Ste E, Wasilla, AK 99654
    (907) 376-6468
    Northern Threads
    1875 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709
    (907) 455-0299
    Alaska Raw Fur Co
    4106 Boat St, Fairbanks, AK 99709
    (907) 479-2462
    Chic Couture
    490 E Railroad Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
    (907) 373-4929

    If you love to sew your own clothing, drapes, or upholstery covers, you need the proper supplies, such as fabric. Fabric shops should be your first stop on your way to stocking up on the necessary items you need for your project. From cotton and silk to fleece and wool, there are so many types of cloth out there to choose from, you may have a tough time deciding. Retail fabric shops often advertise sales in the local paper and offer downloadable coupons from their websites. This can save you lots of money on fabric, which isn’t cheap, especially if you need a lot of it. You can make beautiful quilts, shimmery drapes, or window topper curtains using materials picked up at a fabric store. Buy at the wholesaler level if you’re a seamstress or tailor, and you can save big time on cheap bulk discounts. If you like to sew on your own time and fulfill a few projects here and there, you’re best off visiting a retailer. You typically buy fabric such as printed upholstery covers by the yard. Sales associates can help you with measuring and cutting. Fabric shops have all the fashion accessories, patterns, and supplies you need. You can even find damask, a lustrous fabric featuring a weaved pattern made from silk, synthetic fibers, linen, or silk. Damask was a basic weaving technique used during the Middle Ages in Byzantine and Islamic areas. All the fabric you love to buy, such as flannel and cotton, all in a variety of styles, can also be purchased online. Browse notions and accessories that will help you sew that new dress or quilt from scratch. Pick up some apparel patterns, too, to help guide you in your project, whether you’re looking for vintage or modern designs.
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