Memories of Steinbach Fabric Shop and Sew & Save

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The newest fashions and the latest styles were all to be had by the thrifty Steinbach household that had someone who knew how to sew!

Paying retail for clothes at Sylerite or settle on less desirable clothes at the MCC?.?  Wait,.. there's another option!  Pickup a pattern and a nice poly-cotton blend and make your own! 

The "I can make it cheaper" Mennonite spirit was alive in well in Steinbach! Sew & Save and Steinbach Fabric Shop were probably  two of the most well known textile shops from back in the day. 

How about a nice checkered yellow fortrel to match the harvest yellow fridge?!  "Yes!,. Mrs Henry Gerbrandt will be so jealous"!



Steinbach Fabric Shop 2nd Anniversary 1961


Added notation from a family member of David H. Friesen (Proprietor of Steinbach Fabric shop)

“I just talked to my mom Doris Friesen for more information on this. Her dad Cornelius P. Hiebert (Knalz) was “Hiebert ungya dem Baum” It was a general dry goods store & Livery stable ( she said she used to have to feed & water the horses- cost 25 cents) C.P Hiebert (my grandfather) was also a certified Tailor and art mender. In one room at the back of the store he also cut hair. She describes the trees as very large on either side of the store hence the name Ungya dem Baum! They were taken down in 1947 when they rebuilt the store. The new store included a house on the back where the family resided. Doris & Dave Friesen took over the store in 1959 at which time they renamed it the Steinbach Fabric Shop. They specialized in fine fabrics, sewing machines & drapery & blinds. For many years the Perths Dry Cleaning Depot was run out of the store.    Notation by Lori Vee.

My mom’s brother Cornie pitched for The Miller’s. Mom says his pitch was measured at 97 miles per hour!

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