Upholstery: Upholstery by Jorge’s, Chicago
Custom interior sewing: Day Street Designs, Chicago
Custom quilting: Yvonne Malone Studio, Chicago
We know there are many, many choices when choosing a sewing machine! For a basic, strong machine, we recommend the Janome brand. You can find them on Amazon in the $200-300 range. Our personal preference is for mechanical over computerized.
Bernina and Pfaff are both highly regarded, higher end machine brands.
Repair: Singer Factory Store. 4914 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago. 773.545.6834
Children’s sewing classes: Wishcraft Workshop They’re fully accredited and licensed, and offer a wide range of sewing and art classes for kids, as well as summer camp sessions. If you have an older kid, check in with them about private classes; they’re happy to adapt to individual students.
Lillstreet Art Center: nearby in Ravenswood, offers many adult sewing classes!
SAIC: The Art Institute offers a great array of adult programs, including sewing construction and pattern making.
School of Shoemaking: For leatherworking classes of all types!
Other fabric stores
Second City Quilting - Just around the corner from us! SCQ specializes in quilting cottons. 2153 W Irving Park, Chicago.
Vogue - Large selection of both interior and fashion fabrics. TONS of great trims, ribbons, supplies. 718 Main Street, Evanston.
Fishman’s - High end BEAUTIFUL fabrics (suitings, linens, silks, etc.)! Range of prices from moderate to extra pricey. 1101 S. DesPlaines, Chicago.
Textile Discount Outlet - Huge warehouse full of unexpected finds, this place will be easy on your wallet. 2121 W. 21st Street, Chicago.
Loomcraft - Way the heck out in Vernon Hills, but totally worth it! HUGE, nice selection of interiors fabrics at GREAT prices!
Calico Corners - National chain. Nice interiors fabrics, great selection, moderate to expensive. Check suburb nearest you.
Joann Fabrics - Great for supplies and patterns, convenient but not a lot of great fabrics.
Spoonflower.com - Where you can get your own fabric design printed in any yardage you want! Can’t find the perfect fabric anywhere? Do it yourself!
Soutache - Our favorite embellishment shop! Button and ribbons for days!