Great fabric shops are a joy to visit. they are usually a great source of expertise as almost everyone working there will be a home sewer. It also gives you chance to feel the fabric, check out the drape and see if that shade of green really does suit you.
Here are some of my favourites…
Leon’s, Chorlton Best of the bunch for range. This store has been around for ages. They sell everything from gingham to fluero lycra. It is independent, a great resource and of course a local employer. It is much valued by the community.
OPENING HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm Late night Thursdays 8:00pm
Abakan Manchester city center huge mix of fabrics sold by the weight or meter. Good range of trimmings and craft supplies.
John Lewis, Trafford Center. Limited but nice fabrics, trimmings and fixings sewing machines
Leeds Kirkgate Market, Covered Market City Center
Jacks sell all types of fabric but I go for the end of line remnants of Yorkshire made wooden fabric, for very reasonable price. Anything from £5.00 to £12.00 a meter.
There are other fabric stalls on the market including B&M who do a great range which you can preview via their Facebook page. handy.