Sad Commentary

I was in TSWLTH this evening to buy several spools of Gutterman's
thread at half price. They were OUT of black, and had only the
small spools of the red I needed for sewing DGD's kilt.
I asked a clerk at the cutting table where I would find "hair
canvas". She had no idea what I was talking about. I explained
that it was special interfacing. She called someone, who also
did not know. Called a manager, who didn't "think" they carried
it...
Just makes me sad.
Beverly, about to go online to find sewing supplies. Again.
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BEI Design
The other side of that coin is that you *can* go online, and you *can* get what you need. Not too many years ago, most everyone lived in a town or on a farm and had to make a rare trip to the city to stock up -- and that was only if they were able to go and could afford the cost.
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Pogonip
Ok, I needed that. I was thinking there was no silver lining. I quite vividly remember my mother's "trips to town" to buy items which were not available locally. And "downtown" was the only place to go for holiday shopping, etc. We lived in a small town 20 miles south of Portland.
Thanks, Joanne.
So far my bookmarked sites have not yielded "hair canvas interfacing", nor has Google been much help. I'm headed tomorrow to a large local fabric store, I'm pretty sure they will have it. At least they had it 24 years ago when I made DH's three-piece suit. ;-}
Beverly
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BEI Design
If you recall, and I think you probably do, we "dressed" to go to town, too. Mother wore stockings and a girdle, hat and gloves. I don't ever dress like that, ever, ever. I really love shopping on-line at any time of the day or night, in my comfy flannel nighty, too. LOL!
What about
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Pogonip
The only one I had located was
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wide $18.50/yard. YIKES! I will check the local source today, and order from Atlanta Thread if I don't find it here. Funny, I had searched their site, but hadn't dug deep enough, all I found was interfacings, none of which were hair canvas.
Thanks again,
Beverly
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BEI Design
I do indeed recall "dressing" to go downtown. It was a always *special occasion* requiring all the above, and the hosiery had nice straight seams down the back of the leg.
Right after Portland city planners instituted a one-way street grid downtown, my mother took my sister and me downtown in the car to show us where we would catch the streetcar back home (our dentist was in town). She followed the streetcar along the route, right onto a one-way street the *wrong* way. She received a stern lecture form a nice traffic cop, but no ticket as the system was new, and streetcars were allowed to go against traffic on that street. It was cheaper than moving the tracks and overhead electrical supply.
I love online shopping but miss the whole "downtown" experience. Now, people in town dress as for the beach....
Last Christmas, after Macy's took over the local 149-year-old local department store, I took the family for one last special brunch at the 10th floor Georgian Room, and a last look at all the beautifully decorated windows. We will miss that experience.
Beverly
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BEI Design
They sell hair canvas under the trade name of Hymo at Greenberg and Hammer in NY. They have it available at their online site.
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used to order tailoring supplies from them when I was in costuming in college.
HTH
lisa
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Karlisa
They don't provide much in the way of details (color, width, weight), but I'll call them.
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Beverly
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BEI Design
That appears to be available in black only, I need neutral for this project. But I'll bookmark it for the future, thanks!
Beverly
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BEI Design
Re-enacting/living history groups have to make their own clothing. Things like corsets require (horse)hair canvas or whatever it's called. Check out things associated with SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). I don't know what you'd have to look up for Revolutionary War/Civil War re-enactors supplies. SCA has a newsgroup rec.org.sca. You might want to go there and ask for websites. Also try, well maybe before you bother some people on the ng you might try here:
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Just hoping to help...............now why did it do that? AK in PA
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AK&DStrohl
Now the Downtown shopping experience means eating in the food court. I have a very strong dislike for that kind of food. I also have a strong dislike for Macy's. They are very expensive, but worse than that no longer carry the several brands of clothing that I can count on for a decent fit in RTW. They have their own brands and some very expensive designer brands. I'm not a happy shopper. Juno
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Juno
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AK in PA
Cool! 74" wide and only $12.00/yard. Definitely worth taking a look if I can't buy locally. Saved to my Sewing|Notions bookmarks. Thanks!
Beverly
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BEI Design
My husband goes to London about once a year, and I send him to Marks & Spencer to buy underwear, socks, some knit shirts, and last year he got a pair of corduroy pants. Admittedly, the exchange rate befuddles him, and he spends more than he would be willing to spend here, but he gets such good quality for the money. He also gets a much better fit.
This is probably not a solution for everyone.
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Pogonip
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Cool! 74" wide and only $12.00/yard. Definitely worth taking a look if I > can't buy locally. Saved to my Sewing|Notions bookmarks. Thanks!You are most welcome,AK in PA
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AK&DStrohl
Well I don't remember going through the whole slice-the-thumbs-and-press-them-together blood sister ritual, but if you say so, it must be so.
Beverly
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BEI Design
Follow-up: The local-to-me large fabric store (Mill End Store)
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64" *real* goat-hair canvas for $19.99/yard. Since they honor competitor's coupons up to 30% off, and I had my TSWLTH coupon, I bought a yard for $13.99 net. Pretty good deal, the equivalent of $4.37/yard for 20" canvas and I don't have to pay shipping. NAYY, but my mother shopped there in the 30s and 40s, and I've been shopping there since the early 50s.
What's more, I decided to look for some 100% cotton for the kilt lining, and managed to misplace my credit card. I just got home (dinner and a movie with my brother and SIL), and I had a phone message from the Mill End Store, a customer found my card and turned it in! People who sew are soooooo nice. :-)
Beverly
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