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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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    The Rag Shop
    910 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06705
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    (203) 755-6244
    User Review: "Was only there for about a year and didn't have much."
    Remnant Shop The
    1081 Main St, Hope Valley, RI 02832
    Fabric store, home decor, fleece, suede, quilting cottons and more! Get just the right amount at the perfect price!
    (401) 539-2500
    Leonard's & Norwalk Upholstery
    138 Main St, Norwalk, CT 06851
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    (203) 847-7380
    User Review: "I took 2 antique chairs in for painting and slight cleaning. I was charged quite a bit as they needed to remove the fabric..." - haiku (CT)
    Lyons II Warehouse Fabrics
    745 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
    (860) 510-0034
    Coastal Sewing Machines
    27 N Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
    (860) 388-1832
    Sew Much The Better
    808 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
    (860) 388-5412
    Colchester Mill Fabric
    120 Lebanon Ave, Colchester, CT 06415
    (860) 537-2004
    Affordable Fabrics
    480 Norwich New London Tpke, Uncasville, CT 06382
    (860) 892-8019
    Thats Sew Debbie
    84 Plaza Ct, Groton, CT 06340
    (860) 333-1394
    747 Long Hill Rd, Groton, CT 06340
    (860) 448-0410
    Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Store
    117 Salem Tpke, Norwich, CT 06360
    (860) 887-6866
    Yankee Cloth
    411 Center St, Wallingford, CT 06492
    (203) 265-1932
    Wallingford Sew-Vac Center
    95 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford, CT 06492
    (203) 269-2207
    Hamden Sew Vac
    85 State St, North Haven, CT 06473
    (203) 234-0893
    JM Upholstery Studio
    91 Johnson Rd, Columbia, CT 06237
    (860) 228-8482

    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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