Adventures with Fabric Stores

January 7, 2012

I’m not sure why but I got the idea in my head that I needed to go to the fabric stores of San Francisco … well the fabric stores that aren’t Britex because I know Britex and I am not prepared for that price point in silk and wool at this time.

I did a little research and came up with 2 shops in the Mission District and 2 on Clement Street.  There’s a Discount Fabrics in San Francisco but I’ve got one on my side of the bay so I skipped that.

Starting in the Mission I went to Fabric Outlet, which was very fun and lovely.  I got 4 cones of black thread for my wondrous new serger.  I didn’t get any fabric because honestly between Discount Fabric on San Pablo and Stone Mountain and Daughter there wasn’t anything I felt I needed to drag home.  Then I walked over to Sal Beressi Fabrics.  Great place but I didn’t find anything I absolutely had to have.  I have enough upholstery fabrics, thank you very much.

While there I did get a chance to really look at and think about the idea I had about sewing actual cowhide and I now know that there is no way my machine could handle the thickness involved.  Good thing I didn’t spend $250 on one.

I saw this lovely piece of street art on my way back to Mission Street.

Back on Mission I picked up the 33 and headed to Clement Street.  While winding up and over the city I was struck again by two very strong feelings.  One that San Francisco is TRULY stunning and two I have no desire to ever live there.  Give me my nice little town and gown suburb any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Fabrix on Clement was an experience.  Bolts of fabric tucked everywhere with only the vaguest of signs.  Great prices on grab bag baskets of zippers.  A small shop, chock-a-block with a little of this and a little of that.  Great prices but hard to find anything if you were looking for something specific.  I did get three different fabrics – one poly satin in green with brown animal print, a deco patterned silver fabric, and a vanilla ice cream colored textured knit.  What got me was the fact that the woman doing the measuring let every piece of fabric drop to the floor.  Two of these fabrics aren’t going to be washed because I don’t think they could take it.  But I consider them dirty because of the way the shop handled them.  That leaves enough of a sour in my mouth that I will not be back.

Finally I wandered into Satin Moon.  It’s a lovely if expensive little jewel box of a fabric store.  The fabrics are lovely and cost true market price which is a bit hard when you’ve been shopping on the discount floor.  But I did walk out with a lovely Vogue Pattern from the sale pile.  I paid more for this one pattern than I’ve bad for any other pattern.  It’s a little daunting but look at the funnel neck on that jacket.

All in all it was a great adventure and I’m glad I did it.  But in the end the thing I learned is that I don’t need to cross the bay to do my fabric shopping.  I have the best fabric stores for me right in my own backyard.  Thank goodness.

And with that I will bid you goodnight.  See you next week.

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