Rhody Gem: Sew Nice Fabrics

January 2021


What it is:

A long-standing full-service sewing shop specializing in bolts of quality fabric along with all the notions, trims, threads, and patterns needed to complete a project.


Where to find it:

On the northern end of Aquidneck Island, find the shop in the Portsmouth Plaza along East Main Road.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

With bolts and bolts of unique prints you won’t find in the big-box stores and helpful attendants ready to dispense advice, Sew Nice is the new or experienced sewist’s heaven. “The selection ranges from basics for everyday projects and repairs, to bold and fun materials that inspire,” says owner Elaine Wilson, who has worked in fashion design and pattern making and has a knack for home decor projects. Quilters will find satisfying color palettes in the shelves of fabric, crafters the perfect trimmings for DIY creations, and garment makers plenty of patterns and tools of the trade. The shop supplied materials for the brigade of mask makers who took 2020 by storm, sourcing elastic and CDC-recommended 100 percent cotton fabric to help keep Rhode Islanders COVID-safe. Precautions are in place to ensure a safe shopping experience.

Sew Nice Fabrics3001 East Main Road, Portsmouth • @sewsonicefabrics


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