Resources

Fabric Stores – San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Online Stores

  • 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.

Forums

Books and Magazines

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.

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