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OKTOBERFEST this Saturday!!!

Join us for the 17th Annual Oktoberfest in West Acton on Saturday, October 2 from 10-4! The entire center of West Acton is blocked off and becomes a car-free pedestrian mall. There is outdoor stage entertainment, vendors, go-cart rides, face painting, food court, laser tag, moon bounce, open house at the Fire Station, cotton candy, popcorn, raffles and much more!!!! Darlene and Angela (my sewing intern/assistants) and I will have a table set up there right on Massachusetts Avenue, with all kinds of sewing-related information, discounts, games, a raffle with prizes and other sewing paraphernalia! Come and see us this Saturday. It should be a blast!

Create! Fabric Store List (Brick and Morter)

Please note: I compiled this list from several sources and I do not endorse any of these stores, although I have visited many of them. I am re-posting this list, so double check before you travel as some are no longer in business. Feel free to ask my opinion on a store, but please do your own research as well either online or by visiting. This is just a starting point for your own explorations! – Becca

General and Fashion Fabric:

  1. Franklin Mill Store, 305 Union Street, Franklin, MA 02038, Ph: 508-528-3301
  2. Sew-Lo Fabrics, 473 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA (discount fabrics; hit or miss)
  3. Sew-Fisticated Discount Fabrics, Twin Cities Plaza, 14 McGrath Highway, Somerville, MA, also in Dorchester, MA, (discount fabrics; hit or miss)
  4. Clement Fabric, 80 Bedford St., Boston, MA (Chinatown)
  5. Winmil Fabrics, 111 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA  (Chinatown)
  6. Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics, Clinton, MA (high end fashion fabrics) 55 Sterling Street, 2nd Floor, Clinton, Massachusetts 01510 1-800-290-2739 email: service@sawyerbrook.com (NOTE: This is primarily a web based mail order business, so call or email first if you plan to go to their warehouse store in Clinton. Also check their website for hours.)

Quilting:

  1. Fabric Corner, 183 Mass. Ave, Arlington, MA
  2. Cambridge Quilt Shop, 95 Blanchard Road, Cambridge, MA
  3. Mary Rose’s Quilt Shop, 4-6 Brande Court, Reading, Ma. 01867 (Behind Atlantic Supermarket)
  4. Sew Creatively, Elliot St., Beverly, MA
  5. Quilted Acorn, Newbury, MA
  6. The Fabric Stash, 16 Sturbridge Rd., Charlton, MA (also home dec)
  7. Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, Franklin, MA
  8. Tumbleweed Quilts, Pembroke, MA, or West Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod)

Home Dec:

  1. Calico Corners, 440 Great Rd., Acton, MA
  2. Zimman’s, 80 Market St., Lynn, MA
  3. Artee Fabrics 68 Tower St. (2nd floor) Hudson, MA (Check out Still Life Home Consignment on lower floor  for fabric remnants at good prices.)
  4. Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Outlet, 86 Coolidge Ave, Watertown, MA 02472 (617) 924-4144
  5. Ikea, 1 Ikea Way, Stoughton, MA
  6. Marimekko Fabrics, 350 Huron Avenue,  Cambridge, MA  02138

Everything:

  1. Osgoode’s Textiles, 333 Park St., West Springfield, MA 01089—This is the biggest and best fabric store I have visited outside of the legendary NYC Fabric District.

Skirts!

Many of my students have made skirts. All of the ones below are from the same pattern and all of them look totally different! Check it out… then get out your machine,  buy some fabric, a zipper and thread to match and sew yourself a new skirt! In return for a few hours of sewing time, it will give you a whole new look!

Creativity!

Creativity is my passion! It has been all my life. . . and being able to introduce people to a new creative outlet (namely sewing) or bring them back to it after years of their sewing machines gathering dust is very exciting to me! Sewing is such an interesting mixture of the practical and the creative. You choose the project, you buy the materials and then with some guidance from patterns, books, teachers…you are on your way to making something that no one else has envisioned exactly the same way. What a fantastic way to express yourself! What a confidence builder when you master some new technique. Plus it’s just plain fun. So let’s do it!

Create! Sewing Studio has a new voice!

I can’t believe it! After 2 years of teaching sewing here in little West Acton, MA we actually have our own blog! Now we can post tips and tricks…all kinds of suggestions to make your sewing experience better. Plus you get a chance to add your comments and suggestions for us! So stay tuned…there is more to come!

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