Take your sewing skills to the next level and DIY. Whether it’s shopping for silk at Arab Street, lace at Spotlight, batik at Mustafa Centre, printed fabrics at Bode or quirky designs at Marimekko, shop these textile stores for all your sewing needs.
So you’ve picked up a new hobby and polished your skills at these crafty workshops in Singapore? Whether new to you or not, take your mad sewing skills up at a notch at these sewing classes. And if you’d like to go DIY and create your very own designs, shop lace, batik, printed fabrics, quirky designs, chiffon and other fabrics and sewing materials at these textile shops for your next stitching project.
Get inspired with materials for arts and crafts – and that includes sewing — at this superstore. Everything from fabrics to threads and needles. It boasts a wide selection of fabric including printed cotton, glittery materials, embroidered cloths, as well as specialty fabrics like tulles, satin, lace, felt, lycra and organza. And if you’re looking for something of heavy duty, Spotlight also offers calico, hessian and canvas duck fabrics. A little warning: You may get stuck picking the right fabric for your next masterpiece.
Spotlight, Level 5, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, p. 6733 9808.
As its name suggests, this textile behemoth is your best bet. It is home to fabrics that cater to both Singapore and South East Asia markets which is great for anyone looking to snap up fabrics in bulk at wholesale prices. For a wider variety of quality fabrics – we’re talking everything from silk to cotton – Eng Hin Chop (#03-24) offers materials at considerably cheaper cost. Need sew (see what we did there?) much more than just fabrics? Sin Hin Chuan Kee (#01-08) stocks all types of materials and garments imaginable, as well as fashion designing supplies and sewing accessories.
Textile Centre, 200 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199018.
Time to go print crazy! Marimekko’s first standalone store in Singapore is an utterly gorgeous one – brimming with the Finnish label’s range of super chic fabrics alongside its collection of stylish apparel, accessories and homeware. Expect to see an explosion of quirky prints in-store when you shop for bold, striking fabrics.
Marimekko, #02-17/18 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905.
Think shopping in Little India and one name springs to mind: Mustafa. This 24-hour shopping mecca sells just about anything, including all your sewing needs. Head down to its basement which is reserved for all things textiles. If your next project includes stitching silk, cotton, lace, Indian sari fabrics or Indonesian batik together, then Mustafa Centre is the place to go.
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704, p. 6295 5855.
This soft furnishing paradise is home to Singapore’s largest collection of textile fabrics, including vibrant designs from Hertex Fabrics, intricate patterns from Liberty Art Fabrics, tropical-themed fabrics from Timorous Beasties, and more leading designers sourced from all over the world. Even better: the BODE team also provides bespoke upholstery services if you need an expert’s help in stitching something up.
BODE, #05-10, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Rd, Singapore 169074, p. 6635 3377.
People’s Park Centre/Complex
Tucked away in the heart of Chinatown, you’ll find a crowded corridor full of textile stores on the second floor of People’s Park Centre. Check out Golden Dragon (#02-51) for great supplies for knitting, sewing and embroidery, including beads and jewellery to go with your fabrics. Next door at People’s Park Food Centre, you can find a treasure trove of stores filled with chiffon, georgette, jacquard, ornaments and other pretty knick-knacks, including Maggie Textile (#02-1078), Brighton Accessories Home (#02-1160) and Lye Nai Shiong (#02-1106). Nicole Xavier (#02-1138) is our go-to place for beautiful Liberty of London fabrics. At People’s Park Complex, make sure to visit Malin Textile (#02-1122) for gorgeous Japanese fabrics.
People’s Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058357; People’s Park Food Centre, 32 New Market Road, Singapore 050032; People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108.
When it comes to textile shopping, nothing beats this quaint street full of history and culture. Make Royal Fabrics (84 Arab Street) your one-stop shop for traditional Asian fabrics, including silk, linen and cotton fabrics in a variety of colours, and Middle-eastern and South Asian-inspired designs. If you’re looking to explore more silk fabrics, Mahaco Impex (51 Arab Street) are the pros in this area. For more Asian fabrics, textiles and sewing supplies, check out Teng Joo Textiles (102 Arab Street) further down.
51 Arab Street, Singapore 199748; 84 Arab Street, Singapore 199780; 102 Arab Street, Singapore 199798.
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