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Sewing is a great hobby and can also be a cost effective way to make your own clothes, home decor, and other fabric items. However, sewing supplies can be expensive. It can be hard to find good quality supplies that fit your family's budget. Fortunately, there are many ways to find affordable sewing supplies that fit your family's budget. These are some of the best places to look for these items so you can spend less money on your hobby or pastime without sacrificing quality.
Local Sewing Shops
Local sewing shops are one of the best places to find affordable sewing supplies. Local small businesses often offer deals on bulk sewing items like spools of thread, needles, and other necessities. It is always worth looking around your community for a local shop that may offer these types of deals before heading somewhere else to buy these small items.
When you’re checking out your local sewing shops, keep in mind that you want to spend more on quality items that you use a lot—like pins and scissors. Spend less on items that don’t get used as much or can be more easily and/or frequently replaced, like tracing paper. Sewing shops might be few and far between, but they are still out there to help you with all your sewing needs.
Online retailers are a great place to start when looking for affordable sewing supplies. Online retailers often have a wider variety of supplies and brands, which can be very helpful if you're looking for a specific type of thread, fabric, or other items. Additionally, it's usually much cheaper to order these items online than it is to purchase them in-store.
When shopping online retailers, consider looking for ones that sell wholesale fabric, like decorative silk. Fabric is often what you’ll spend the most on overtime, so finding ways to save money on fabric can be a budget saver. Wholesale fabric is quite a bit cheaper than the marked-up retail price, so you can get more fabric for your dollar. You’ll also be able to access sellers that don’t have locations near you, which means access to fabrics you might not find otherwise. This opens up a lot more options for you.
One of the best places to shop for cheap sewing supplies is a thrift store. You can find almost anything at a thrift store, and oftentimes you will find sewing supplies at an affordable price. If you don't have one in your area, try searching on eBay or Craigslist.
You can also find fabrics, such as tablecloths or sheets that can be repurposed as clothing, or clothing that is a perfect fit with just a few minor alterations from you. This can save money over buying patterns to sew the same clothing items or hunting for the perfect raw fabric to make what you have in mind. There are many ways to find sewing supplies at a thrift store. Be sure to take a couple friends with you to help out with the process.
Deals and Sales
As with anything else you want to save money on, looking for deals and sales is a great way to save money on sewing supplies. Look for deals and sales at local sewing, fabric, and craft stores. Watch for coupons in the mail or online and check with online retailers often for the deals or sales they may offer.
Deals and sales can be especially helpful for patterns. If you buy paper patterns, you should definitely watch for sales before picking them up. However, if you buy PDF patterns online, only buy them on sale if you were already planning to buy them. If you weren’t planning to use the pattern before discovering it was on sale, hold off—you could end up spending unnecessary money on patterns that you’re not actually interested in using.
Sewing is not only enjoyable, but it can also be a cost-saving hobby. All you need to do in order to sew on the cheap is put some time and effort into looking for where and how you might be able to save money.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.