I was in Hong Kong for the past two weeks – not for fun – but to take out my wisdom teeth and see the “Chinese chiropractor” for my knees, arms and neck… Good thing the chiropractor was located in Sham Shui Po, an area with the most and cheapest sewing supplies in Hong Kong!! Seeing the chiropractor was not very fun because of the acupuncture and “massage” part, but I was kinda excited to go there just for the shopping part haha.
I had been there before, but I didn’t pay much attention to those hawkers since I was not into sewing. But this time, I was amazed! It was like heaven to me. My mom bought a new sewing machine recently so she also got some stuff. (Her thumb was having some problem so we went to the doctor together every day.) Everything was so cheap!!!! For example, a zipper was $1 HKD no matter it’s visible or invisible, long or short. $7.78 HKD = $1 USD. That means the zipper was $0.12 USD, which it would cost me at least $3 USD in the U.S. I got a bunch of them! And! A whole “pack” of elastic was only $20 HKD.
We also got some fabrics – the prints were not as pretty as the ones found in the U.S. – but they were so cheap! The average was $10-30 HKD/ yard. Woohoo! SO MUCH Cheaper than in the States! I guess I can also get them online, but I like to feel the texture… I am still not very familiar with the fabric names and stuff.
Sewing notions were also very cheap. We got everything below for less than $12 USD. What a deal.
When I talked to my aunt about my sewing hobby, she told me she was the second runner-up for the Hong Kong Pattern Drawing Competition thirty years ago. Four kids’ clothing companies bought patterns from her! I asked her to draw the basic pattern for my body – I hope I can create something pretty with it! Haha.