It seems like when I stop to sew, all I do is shopping for fabric! my sewing room is still a mess from storing stuff for remodel, and I dont get in mood for sewing when its so messy! (Did you know that a women’s sex drive is on average, higher when the house is cleaner? I am not implying that sewing feels as good as sex– but there’s a correlation here).
Anyway, my latest sewing-buddy-victim Tracy wanted to visit some fabric shop in SF that I had been dying to check out. You see, being in the silicon valley means not much good fabric shops besides the chains. So we went to three stores:
Sal Beressi Fabrics Company
I must say that I was quite disappointed. Fabric outlet turned out to be a big basement stacked with mostly low quality fabric, while discount fabric was a fabric-costco without labels, which made it hard to browse for fabric for non-pros like us. Discount Fabrics:
I really really loved Sal Beressi Fabric store though, everything was displayed in the most easy to browse way, and walking in I felt like Harry Potter walking into one of those Wand stores — it was cramped, hazy, full of stuff with a few busy employees (okay, it doesnt sound as appealing in word, but you just gotta be there!). Their fabric are of very good quality as well. The ONLY downside? the are a freaking upholstery fabric store!!! But I still did manage to find a very nice cotton linen blend (i love cotton linen blend! they tend to be so soft) for a plaid summer dress. Oh! they give it to you on a spool so that it doesnt wrinkle, how awesome is that? I felt like a pro as I walked out with a spool of fabric in tow.
Thanks Tracy for the fun trip, i love new enthusiastic seamstresses!
Coming up on Vivat Veritas — a post for tips on buying fabric online!
Update: some suggestions from my awesome readers:
Fabrix: Personally, I like going to Fabrix (it’s a really small, cramped discount fabric store on 2nd and Clement) and they have a lot of random fabrics. They have some things labeled, but not much. Their staff though is always informative.
Satin Moon: 32 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94118 – (415) 668-1623
Small shop with quality fabrics. Parking is difficult but it is worth the trip.
Piedmont Fabrics: 3858 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611 – (510) 655-1213
Another small shop with quality fabrics. The owner used to work at the now defunct Poppy Fabrics.
Stone Mountain and Daughter: 2518 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 – (510) 845-6106. This a my go-to store for fabric. They have a sale area upstairs that has a lot of lovely wools.