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Yeah, I descended these stairs today and lived to tell the tale. Here's the backstory: I need to fuse underlining to the bouclé that's going to turn into a coat one of these days. An especially helpful and chatty FIT grad student who helped me at Mood a while back told me about a place in the garment district that fuses fabrics for design houses and others: Quick Fuse & Cut (212-967-0311), though I would have to "journey through the bowels of hell to get there." It's in the basement of 260 W. 36th (between 7th and 8th) and you have to go down these stairs and past the door that says Beware of Dog.
Quick Fuse & Cut is where designers and clothing manufacturers go to get their fabrics professionally fused.
So I dropped my three yards of fabric off, did a little shopping in the garment district (I took the morning off from work because we had to take DS into the city to meet the bus that would take him and the other campers off to sleepaway camp), and came back three hours later. It was fused beautifully and, wait for it, I paid $10. Ten dollars! That's it! It would have taken me hours to fuse this fabric with my trusty Rowenta Professional. It must have been 300 degrees inside Quick Fuse & Cut, but I'll sweat for this kind of convenience any day.
Note: If you need to get some fabric fused, I strongly recommend you call Quick Fuse & Cut first and find out what their turnaround time is likely to be on the day of your visit. Get the name of whomever you are speaking to and be specific about when you will be there. They were very busy on the day I went and I had to beg, plead and cross my fingers that they could get to my fabric before I had to head home. They will not ship fabric either.