Fabric Stores – San Francisco Bay Area
- Fabrix is a great place for fabric bargains.
Discount Fabrics has stores in San Francisco and Berkeley.
- Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley.
Recovered, Reused, Repurposed Fabrics – San Francisco Bay Area
- FabMo is a local collective that rescues fabric and makes it available in exchange for donations.
- SCRAP SF is a non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California.
- East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse collects and redistributes discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in their Depot Store.
Nancy’s Notions – If you need a specialized sewing gadget, Nancy’s Notions stocks it. Free sewing machine needle with every order.
- WAWAK – Best prices for thread, zippers, buttons and other sewing notions. Fast shipping and great customer service.
- Bay Tailor Supply – A Bay Area-based online store that specializes in fabric and notions for tailoring and shirtmaking.
- Ken’s Sewing Center – Sewing machines and accessories at good prices, with good service.
Studios and Meetups – San Francisco Bay Area
- Bay Area Sewists – a San Francisco Bay Area local meetup group. Great in-person group discussions, workshops and fabric/pattern swaps.
- Sips ‘n’ Sews – a fully equipped San Francisco sewing studio that sells membership by the month. Take a tour of the studio.
Books and Magazines
- Threads Magazine
- Any of the books by David Page Coffin.
- The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, by Sarah Veblen.
- How to Make Sewing Patterns, by Don McCunn. Not just a guide for drafting sewing patterns, it’s also an excellent explanation of how flat sewing patterns are shaped to fit the body. Read my review.
- The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, by Nancy Zieman. A good beginner’s sewing book.
- Nancy Zieman’s Sewing A to Z, also a good basic sewing reference. A recent book that is now out of print, but not difficult to find a used copy.
- The Complete Serger Handbook by Chris James. The how-to guide that should have come with your serger. Has the best explanation of how tension adjustments work on a serger, and illustrated advice for troubleshooting tension issues.
Classes – San Francisco Bay Area
- Apparel Arts – a fashion design school in downtown Oakland. Offers professional-level courses in patternmaking and design, but accepts amateurs into their program.
Classes – Online
- Craftsy.com offers professional-quality video instruction from qualified and well-known instructors. Hint: always wait to get the classes on sale. Sign up for one of their free mini-courses to get sale notifications.