New York City has a great garment district but it is confusing to figure our where to get what. While I haven't been to every possible shop, here are some places I have found helpful:
There are tons of small specializes fabric places in the Garment District but very few that have numerous types of fabrics in one place. Mood, surprisingly, has the best prices in my opinion but I also visit Elegant Fabrics if I can't find what I need at Mood. Mood is a little bit hard to find because it is on the 3rd floor of a nice, plain building that does not have a sign outside (you can find it by locating the door marked with the building number - 225). If budget is not an issue and you're just looking for the best quality, B&J Fabrics has some really amazing fabrics. B&J is also upstairs in a building so make sure to look up.
I lost my buttonhole presser foot and this place (City Sewing Machine Corporation II) had one for about $5. They have a lot of different parts for sewing machines and they also do sewing machine repair.
If there is no Joanns in your vicinity or if you have something extra special in mind, The City Quilter on 25th between 6th and 7th is a great go-to. Keep in mind that the prices start at about $10/yd and the minimums are 1/8 of a yard but the quality and patterns are great.
Pacific Trimming has a really big selection of trims of all shapes and sizes. It is a great place to look for accessories to your sewing projects. they also have embroidery floss (the thread you also use for cross-stitching - you just use 2 of the 6 threads at a time), which I had difficulty finding. Although the new Michaels on 22nd street is a game changer. They also have buttons but so do a ton of other shops in this area.
East Coast Trimming is also a good spot. It is significantly smaller than Pacific Trimming but it has more unique items usually. For Example, I got silver leather trim here when I was making a Freddie Mercury Jacket costume for my dad. They also have foam cups for set-in bras here but you have to ask for them.
The biggest store for trims is M&J Trimming and that one is good for ribbon, trims and appliqués. They also have buttons and crystals and such. Usually a good place to start because it has the most times in one place.
Close to M&J Trimming is Joyce Trimming. They have really nice buttons here but they're not cheap. They also have ribbon and trims.
You can get thread at several places but Sil Thead has the biggest selections. They also have a ton of zippers in all different colors and uses. On the off chance you are looking for shoulder pads, this place has the best and cheapest - just $2 a set, any kind! Beat that, Joanns.
3G Trimming has a huge selection of grommets and buttons. No further description is necessary.
Hai's Trimming Inc. has all the sparkle and feathers you could ever want. Seriously, this shop is bejewel and sparkle crazy. They have a big selection, too.
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Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!