The time spent on locating stores that sell fabric for making clothes can be minimised when you know where to look. Years ago local fabric stores were many, but some of these stores can no longer be found. Fabric stores do still exist, though, and with the use of a little strategy you can find just what you're looking for in no time at all.
If you're the type of person who likes to see and feel the fabric you're going to purchase, your best bet is to open up a Yellowbook and look under "Fabric Shops" for a fabric store in your area. Call the number listed under the name of the store to verify that they are still in business before going to the shop, and get directions to avoid wasting time searching for the store. It's also a good idea to inquire about the kinds of fabrics they sell. Why make a trip to the store for material for a blouse when that store only sells upholstery fabric? It may also be a good idea to ask how much the fabric you want costs in case it costs more than you care to spend.
Online Fabric Stores
Doing a search for online fabric stores is a great way to shop for fabric if you're OK with choosing what you want from a picture. You may not be able to feel the fabric between your fingers, but online stores are sometimes better to shop at than walk-in stores as some of the online fabric stores offer free patterns you can download and lower prices. Online fabric stores also explain what each fabric can be used for. The fabrics are sometimes categorised according to what they're used for. For instance, if you were looking for satin to make a wedding dress with, you would look under "Bridal Fabric".
Wholesale Fabric Clubs
Some online wholesale fabric clubs give you club membership benefits. Membership benefits may include discount prices and free informative newsletters. You may also receive alerts on sales and recent shipments. Above all, you will be entitled to wholesale prices.
Yard or Garage Sales
In some instances, what one person no longer needs may be just what another person is looking for. This specifically applies to yard or garage sales and the fabrics you'll find at them. Keep your eyes open for fabric when you make a stop at a yard or garage sale, or call the number given in an advertisement to ask if fabrics will be sold at the yard or garage sale.