My new favorite! Just have a look at that opening photo taken in the front room of Linda's great store! That photo shows 2 walls of the 5 walls of fabric in her store! Are you grabbing your keys and running out your door already? Not yet? Well, then I have to mention this: You know all those GORGEOUS prints you see all over the .com websites that customs would hold up & postage would be astronomical if you tried to buy directly from Germany? Volksfaden has them all!
I am not kidding, here is some of the list:
Alexander Henry, Anthology, Echino, Free Spirit, Hoffman, Michael Miller, Moda, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufmann, Timeless Treasures to mention a few. I was also thrilled to see a few South African ranges! Oh be still my beating heart. AND then you will find many of those lovely Japanese fabrics! All of the fabrics in this store are 100% cotton, many are organic cotton.
You will also find patchwork staples; rib trim; stretch cottons; soft velvety printed corduroys; beautiful buttons; lovely patterns for bags, soft toys, clothing for kids & adults; sewing books and magazines from all over the world; REALLY lovely packs to make up dolls; pretty bias binding; covered buttons; zips; trims; accessories; some thread; and did I mention all those lovely fabrics?
It is like stepping into a sewing wonderland!
Don't find it on the shelves? Ask Linda.. she probably has it squirreled away in one of the many hide holes around the store. She is also REALLY helpful & always willing to go the extra mile (in either English or Deutsch)!
Be sure to check out her new & growing range of organic cotton prints!
All the staff were very knowledgeable and happy to stop whatever they were doing to help you search for that elusive white piping cord of specific girth (or whatever your requirement may be). English was also not a problem.
They have a great range, prices are about the same as most, but there are also some really great deals to be had. The fabrics are all clearly marked as cotton, poly, etc (with % indicated)... no guessing or having to ask here (and no trying to pass off polycotton blend as 100% cotton!). Really super quality linens & cottons! Then elastic, cord, webbing, bias tape, piping, ribbons, bias binding, zips, a wall of buttons, every type of interlining you could possibly want, including a lovely quilted wadding, thread, rickrack, cotton lace, and even a collection of rather vintage patterns to dig through at bargain prices!
While I was there they even allowed a return (unheard of in the fabric world, and I would not have!) with such good grace - and trust, they didn't even remeasure the fabric! You can tell customer satisfaction is their main aim, and it shows, most of the people walking in greeted the staff with familiar warmth.
Well worth the trip!!!
Pop onto the link if you click on the store name at the top of this entry & you can see a video of the store & see what I mean about a vast selection!
They have a lovely range of fabrics. Not cheap, but very good quality & different from the run of the mill stuff. They have a GORGEOUS range of oilcloth fabric.
They also do sewing machine servicing & repairs! Be sure to ask Sandra about her free-motion-embroidery class, which is a FANTASTIC class and well worth booking. Sandra is lovely, she is knowledgable and kind, and always willing to help with a smile!
Lovely range, not loads, but as their advert says...'We don't have everything, but everything we have is great!'
Mostly cotton prints - great quality. Some habby as well - look in every corner - there are some great finds - like the buttons on the cash desk!
Some wonderful books to peruse as well. Beautifully colour co-ordinated ranges in lovely displays. Take note of the great flooring while you are there!
Gärtnerstraße 10, 10245 Berlin 030 41761475
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!!!!
Have a click on the link, you can do a virtual tour of the main part of the store & see that you will have to take a trip there!
Bought wonderful boiled wool for a coat, hopefully I will get it made up before winter!! Also found a wonderful wool/ silk fabric that I plan on using for newsboy hats.
HUGE! With loads of variety & well worth a good dig around. They take EC card. There is a lovely sales lady there who is knowledgable and friendly, and was even willing to burn a bit of stretch cotton for me to see if it was 100% cotton - it was!
A good shop for the basics - denim, plain colour canvas (in loads of colours), plain colour cottons, linens... you get the idea. Not very glam, but I love it! And the price tags reflect the cost saving on the decor :) Be sure to have a GOOD DIG, there are gems to be found!!
NOTICE from ZickZack:
Rheinstraße 42 - 12161 Berlin - Tel: 030 / 8 51 55 32
HERMANNPLATZ, 10967 BERLIN
A fellow sewing enthusiast has just told me about a great leather shop in Berlin. Here is an extract from her mail:
a store, that sells leather at 'Großhandel' conditions:
Leder dago engler
T 030.691 3752
From the outside a very typical Kreuzbergshop - but the huge amount of
different skins they store deep down in their cellar is enormous. I really
was delighted - never mind the exterior appearance.
Aßmannstr. 40, Friedrichshagen
Address and map here