A reader asks...
I am hoping someone already there in Cuenca has some info about fabric stores, fabric availability, fabric content, patterns, accessories, sewing machines, prices, brands. I know I can have clothes made dirt cheap. I just want to be able to do it myself a lot of the time. I have weighed my sewing machine. Too much for checked and it would get too bounced around. So--anyone with any info? Whatever you have to share will be most appreciated. Nancy H
We love being frugal and industrious and we want to help Nancy come to Cuenca and be frugal and industrious too, and do what she loves, which is sewing, designing, and creating her own clothes. If you know how to sew than it is probably much better on the budget to make your own clothes. So here is what we found out about fabrics and sewing machines. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Fabric Stores in Cuenca
Nancy, we have good news for you. Yes, fabric stores are numerous here. We have discovered the biggest fabric store I have ever seen located in downtown Cuenca. I’ve been in some pretty big fabric stores in the U.S but this store (2 floors) is amazing! Not only that but it was packed with women who sew!
We took some photos that we hope will be helpful. Prices at this huge fabric store start at $2.50 to around $3.50 a meter for very light, thin fabric, to more of a durable and elegant looking fabric from $5 on up to about $12 a meter. Average price was around $5 per meter of fabric. They had every kind of texture/linen/design fabric. And there are some beautiful designs too. You’ll be amazed when you see this fabric shop.
Domestic and imported Fabric/Linens
El Palacio De Las Telas
Tejidos Nationales y Extranjeros
Address: Gran Columbia and Residente Borrello
across the street from “Hotel Cuenca”.
Sewing Machines in Cuenca
We found four different sewing machines for sale at Coral (Wal-Mart type store) and they seemed like pretty decent prices. Here are the photos and prices. The bigger “Singer” (far left) is $398 and the smaller “Singer” is $318. The other sewing machine is around $400 and some odd dollars (sorry can’t remember exactly) They also had a non-electric sewing machine for $131. Here are the photos. The zippers in the photos are like $0.05 each!
Manual Sewing Machine (non-electric)$131