This is my friendly neighborhood sewing supply store. Well, except that it isn't any where close to where I live. It's located in the heart of the city - the old part of the city - and is my one-stop shop for sewing-related supplies. They don't carry fabric, but have everything else a budding seamstress might need.
The sales people behind the counter are always men. Very helpful men, I might add. Browsing is not an option, so I end up asking them several questions. It can become interesting, since I don't necessarily have the vocabulary to buy sewing supplies in India. For instance, interfacing is called canvas, zippers are called chains, and pins...well, I'm still not sure what they are called. So I explain what I need, the nice man goes to the back of the store, and usually returns with exactly what I want.
I think they are mildly amused by me, since almost all of their customers are men that buy supplies for their tailoring shops, and know exactly what they need.
This is what I bought on my last trip. I didn't want such a large hank of elastic thread, but that's the smallest they had. I plan to join the shirring madness that is taking over the internet, and maybe make Heather Ross' Mendocino Dress (if I can get it to print right).
I hope to wipe the dust off my sewing machine today.