Local StoresNorthwest Fabrics / Marshall's Fabrics - (575 Berry St.) Once Northwest Fabrics, then Marshall's Fabrics, then Northwest again! Hutterites are often there, so you know it's good! My favourite store, this low-frills store has thousands of bolts stacked side-by-side in a large warehouse. They expanded a fair bit the last two years (and more than just fabric!), so I gather they're doing well. Expanded section of quilting fabrics, including some designer ones (Amy Butler, etc.) Count on them for inexpensive trims and elastic. They keep adding more and more other notions every time I come back. They also have a large selection of decor and drapery fabrics. Staff is okay to deal with (there is one woman who works there who has a rather big personality, but I've been polite and never had a problem with her). Kwik Sew, New Look, and It's So Easy Patterns available.
Mitchell Fabrics - (637 Main St.) This store has been around since the 1940's, and is located downtown just north of the concert hall. If you are looking for anything, chances are you'll find it here. Cottons, wool, fancies (including some stunning and expensive bridal and high-end fabrics), and lots of drapery, upholstery, and original retro fabrics. You can also find specialty fabrics such as goretex and moisture-wicking sportswear.
Mook Fabrics - (25 Keith Road) A friend says they have an impressive selection that's reasonably-priced.
Bombay Fashion & Fabric - (305 McPhillips ...tucked in the corner beside Giant Tiger at Logan) Silks and Indian apparel, including saris and jewelry. Cottons, brocades, and taffeta. Small store, tightly packed, but lots to look at. Staff was very helpful (when I've been there an Indian woman and her daughter were working, and the daughter spoke English. She even pre-emptively offered to help me find another bolt in the back when the bolt I wanted was short and the other bolt of green on the floor wasn't quite the same colour!) You will swoon when you enter this place.
Carellean Sewing Centre - (1685 Corydon Ave. near Renfrew) This shop used to be located on Academy Road, but is now further south, close to Mona Lisa Restaurant. I haven't been there since they've moved, but I recall them being very friendly and helpful. They have sewing machines, patterns (Stretch and Sew, Kwik Sew), fabrics (including supplies for making lingerie and bras), and often offer classes.
Quilt as Desired - (661 Pembina Hwy. just south of Grant) Obviously a quilting-centric place, but if you're looking for cottons and sewing machines, they've got them. Some notions, too. I've only been there once, but it was a good experience. Sewing cabinets, Quilting books, patterns, and classes.
Sewer's Depot Fabric Centre / ABW Sewing Machine Company - (309 Logan Ave close to Main St.) Web site seems to have expired, but I think they're still there. From what I recall, they have a lot of cottons. Not sure what else they have, as I haven't been there.
Sew Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse - (15 Keith Rd. very close to Red River College). Home and industrial sewing machines, sergers and accessories.
Sew Inspiring - (1887 Ness Ave. near Ferry Rd.) Sewing machines, sergers, embriodery machines, quilting patterns, some notions.
Economy Textile - (1500 Logan Ave. near Dublin) Never been there. Seems to sell few inexpensive flannels and cottons by the meter, though they sell other pieces by the pound too (including rags, shop and car towels, etc.) So if that is what you want to work with, then it might be worthwhile. Doesn't appear to be a sewing-centric place.
To Investigate for Review:
Winkler Softlined Fabrics 204-325-9992
204 Main St S Winkler
Harris Sewing Centre 204-888-3370
1846 Portage Ave Winnipeg
Bernice's Fabric Gallery 204-877-3955
111 4th St Reston
1240 Fife St Winnipeg
102 Mandalay Dr Winnipeg
79 Pine St Grunthal
Fabric Centre 204-943-8523
624 Dakota St Winnipeg
516 Broadway Ave Killarney
Fay's Fabric Villa
101-320 Main St Steinbach
Needle's Eye Sewing Centre
Charles M Home Limited
1670 Church Ave Winnipeg
277 Main St Stonewall
Overseas Fashion & Fabrics
829 Ellice Ave Winnipeg
Quilt As Desired
661 Pembina Hwy Winnipeg
B-261 Vaughan St Winnipeg
Helen's Fabric's Plus
Suite 102-320 Main St Winkler
Breezy Acres Variety Store
289 Main Ave Plum Coulee
694 Sargent Ave Winnipeg
1440 Rosser Ave Brandon
Kathy's Fabrics 204-745-3074
16 1st Ave SW Carman
1-45 4th Ave NE Altona
Jocelyn & Co
Suite A-77 1st av Gimli
429149 B C Ltd
1225 St Mary's Rd Unit 115
Home-Tex Fashions Inc
580 Roseberry St
Fabricland (Three Winnipeg Locations, one Brandon location)
Commentary written in 2012.
So for dealing with Fabricland, I recommend:
- use the pattern books to look at large scale pictures of what you want, or use the internet instead. Consider then purchasing your patterns online (especially if you don't want to pay for a $25 Fabricland membership).
- look for fabric elsewhere first (unless you can find something in the bargain section and you have the time to sort through it)
- look for trims at Northwest Fabrics / Marshall's first, then try Fabricland if you can't find what you need
- New fabrics are priced quite high, though they have some interesting prints.
- You'll find that if you have a membership AND the fabrics have been out for a while, then you can actually find something of reasonable price, i.e. what it should have been in the first place.
- They carry a lot more trinkets and accessories than they used to, but they are often very expensive.
- They still have a bargain section which can have some good finds, but you have to often sift through a big mess.
- Lots of patterns, but they now store them behind the counter. In order to look at the leaflet or envelope, you now have to hunt someone down to help you out. If you want to study the pattern leaflet, be prepared to be looked at like you're a criminal. As a result there is little or no opportunity to compare pattern details. I understand they've had some problems with stolen patterns, but the difficulty with this change means online shopping is probably easier (and sometimes even cheaper, even if you have a Fabricland membership).
I went to find wool suitable for pants the other day, and couldn't find anything. Any wool they had was actually a bad synthetic blend, or something ridiculously expensive (for its quality) that would only be suitable for a coat.
A good portion of their fabrics are laid out in vertical circles. It shows off more of the print of the fabrics, but makes it difficult to a fabric if there's something you're looking for. The labelled areas (shelved) are knits, linings, denim/twill, and drapery. Anything else you want to look for will be in the unlabelled central area which I can only describe as the "cluster****" area. If you're looking for anything that isn't in the labelled areas, be prepared for some attitude if you ask for help from the staff, as it's "not their job to shop for you" (which would be true... if the area wasn't a cluster**** and it wasn't impossible to find fabric in areas that aren't labelled.)
I miss the days when most patterns were $3 to $8, and they often had $0.99 sales at end of seasons. Those days are gone, and it wasn't even that long ago. Expect to pay $8 to $33 for a pattern.
I especially loved the recent "sale" on quilting cottons and flannels all over the place on the vertical tables. The catch was that almost none of those tables with the sale signs had the "right date" on the bolt, so they weren't actually on sale. And $22 per metre for quilting cotton? I don't think so.
Despite the results of poor logistics and other hair-pulling experiences, this is one of the few places to look at pattern books from multiple companies (and considering Winnipeg's lack of sewing stores, the only place in the city to find patterns on hand from some companies).
The other perk is some great finds in the bargain section on occasion, and they have a large selection of trims, which are often on sale. They have good quality thread, and a large selection of closures, clasps, other hardware and buttons.
Patterns: Vogue, Burda, Simplicity, New Look, McCall's, Butterick.
Fanny's Fabrics is gone (as of a few years ago). So sad. I wonder in the lack of competition has contributed to Fabricland's problems.
Considering taunting Jo-Ann Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics to enter the Winnipeg market.