Sew Much To Do….Sew Little Time.

Jennifer —  May 16, 2011 — 13 Comments

I just returned home from my favorite fabric store.  I have posted about it several times but now its time to give them some props…especially after the serious help they gave me today.  FM Fabrics in Springfield is AMAZING!  They have rooms and rooms of fabric.  It is so overwhelming because there are many choices.  Here is the kicker…there are not many things in this store that are not $7.99/yd or under. In fact there is one large bin of $13.99 chenile fabrics and that is the max price.   Upholstery and drapery fabric is usually (on clearance) is $18.oo at Hobby Lobby.  Add $10.00/yd if you don’t want clearance.  Other fabric stores can be $25-$40.00 per yard. FM fabrics has every type of fabric you could want for clothes, furniture, and home decor.  Amy Butler fabric that is usually about $9.00 a yard sells for $4.99/yd.  In fact, all of their 45″ fabric like Amy Butler, Moda, Michael Miller, Joel Dewberry is $4.99 a yard.  Everyone employed there has a sewing background.  They are either seamstresses, upholsterers, sewers or fashion design students.  There is always someone there to help you with your project.  You can even hire some to do a project for you!  I went in there once and needed enough fabric to reupholster a chair.  I had no clue how much I needed so I asked.  The lady helping me whipped out a laminated paper that had pictures of every type/style of chair there is.  I pointed to the pic of mine and without hesitation she said “7 yards…8yds if its your first time”.  Amazing!  Here are some pics of the store.  This is only 2 of 7 aisles of a room that is 1/4 of the store.

Seriously, I have never seen anything like it.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been in bigger store like this one is San Francisco.

FM Fabrics has ruined me though.  I now expect low prices at massive fabric stores.  I was so excited to go to Britex Fabrics  when the hubs and I went to San Fran.  It is located in Union Square.  I took one look at the price tags and about fainted.  Of course this place has couture fabric, and fabric from all over the world..but $118.00 a yard…no wonder those designer dresses are so expensive.  The cool thing about this store is that FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) is right around the corner.  It was finals week and all the students were in with their sketches for their finals.  They were getting fabric to do their final project.  I felt like I was behind the scenes at Project Runway. I even turned to look for Tim and Heidi.

I am rambling…onto the point of this post.  Today the ladies at FM Fabric cut me 104 Yards of Fabric.  If you don’t believe me here is a pic in the process…see the stacks of fabric….those are mine.  I took home about 6 of these stacks.

Why am I buying 104 yard of crazy bright fabric?  Well, I have decided to hang curtains over every wall of my house. JUST KIDDING!  I work at a Summer Camp in the summer and we have privacy curtains in all of our bathroom stalls.  We have always just had plastic shower curtains, but this year we painted our bathroom cabins all different colors.  We are hanging fun fabric for the privacy curtains!   SEW…..if you are wondering what I am doing the next few days….yep, I am starting the project of sewing 48 bathroom curtains.  In about 5 days I will have some help, but until then “my dear Brother” (My sewing machine) and I will be spending some quality time together.

Oh…by the way.  My busiest time of year is in the summer.  In about 5 days the summer begins. Don’t you fret….the goal is still to blog three times a week.  All of you readers have been faithful to me therefore I want to be faithful to you.   I have some tricks up my sleeve to pull it off.  First of all, I have been rehabbing this house for three years and there have been lots of projects done in the past to share.  Haven’t you noticed that I have not posted that much about my house that much?  Those are coming.  PLUS, I have not posted all about what I have been up to.  I knew there would be days where I couldn’t pick up the hammer or nail gun….so I began blogging ahead.  Even still, please give me a little grace if I miss a post or two this summer because every day can be a new adventure when you are the boss of college students and help oversee activities for 7-13 year olds.  My goal is  still to be here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

P.S.  FM Fabrics is located in Springfield Missouri on the corner of Sunshine and Freemont. 

Thanks for reading,


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13 responses to Sew Much To Do….Sew Little Time.

  1. go go go! call me if you need someone to bring you a diet coke… that’s about all i’m good for in the sewing world :)

  2. Jillian (Brown) Marsh May 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Wish I was in driving distance! I’d ditch my babe with Erika, steal her diet coke and sew like a mad woman! :D Good luck Reens!

  3. Blair Stockton May 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I love FM fabrics too!!! I live in Springfield and just graduated from MSU, and am wanting to learn to sew. What sewing machine do you recommend for a beginner?

    • Hi! Thanks for reading. I will not claim to be an expert on sewing machines but I do have one tip…dont buy the cheapest (Under $100) just because you are a beginner. My first one I spent $50.00 on and the plastic parts broke on it. You are your hardest on your sewing machine when you begin sewing. Mine is the Brother Limited Edition Project Runway machine that you can get at Walmart for about $150.00. I have had it for three years with not a problem. PLUS I loved Brother customer service when I needed to replace a stitching foot that I had misplaced. So, I would say for your first sewing machine spend $100-$150 bucks and it will last you thru your learning stages and even longer! Ask others though (like the ladies at FM) Sewing machines are like computers to people…you either are a Mac person or a PC person. In the sewing world its Singer or Brother (and some Bernina) Stick with one of those three brands though. They are the best. Happy Sewing

  4. Jenny Campbell June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    My hubs and I are moving to a house with no closet doors so I wanted to make fabric curtains for them and your posts have inspired me to make them myself. Miss you Reno! I am glad you are well!

  5. They do. Its amazing how a little color brings something to life.

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