Shop News!

Well, friends, its time to have a chat about the shop and where its headed. This is not a post about closing – so don’t think that! I’ve decided to head in a little bit different of a direction though, for the present, to see where it takes me. I will continue to bring you hard to find, fine notions and supplies, but I have decided to stop carrying sewing patterns for the present. It’s possible that I will bring them back in the future, but for now (after a whole bunch of agonizing thought over the course of several months) I’ve decided to stop carrying them. This is good news for you because now those that are left are on sale and they will remain on sale until they are gone. I thought I would let you all know – since I have such a small shop, and at present, this feels like a big decision. But its one that I’m content to make for now.

Whewwwww……now that that is off my chest, let’s have a little talk about what’s come! A few new things have hit the shop since last I updated here with you! First, these magnetic pincushions! I have to admit that I’ve never been really into magnetic pincushions, but I’ve finally been converted. After purchasing one and using it for several months now, I don’t think I could ever go back. The ease with which I can just throw a pin at the pincushion as I’m plowing through a seam is incredible and I love it! And now you can get the same one I love (fabulous powerful magnet and groove for easy pick up) in green or pink. Don’t forget to pick up my favorite pins too!

Simflexes are now in stock. Oh yes. The coolest gadget since sliced bread and now in stock for the having.

Two new sizes of belt buckles. The elusive 1/2″-cher in the Bernadette style. I’m particularly excited about this size as I’ve been keen to make a skinny belt for awhile. Also in stock is the new Sherry (named after my late grandma, mind you) and she’s a 3/4″-cher. Both are way stylish and cute, so don’t miss. Be aware that 3/4″ and 1/2″ belt backing are no longer manufactured. What to do you might ask? Well, any width of belt backing can be cut down to size and it doesn’t make one iota of difference in the finished belt either. Works especially well if you’ve got a rotary cutter and mat, but still works if you’ve just got plain old scissors too.

A few new exciting additions to the patternmaking end of things too. Oh goodness! I’m terribly excited to be bringing you the Clover Double Tracing Wheel (HURRAHHHH!). Have no fear of those Burda patterns any longer! There’s also sheets of wax tracing paper now too – that’s right I said sheets. These puppies are 26″ x 39″ – BIG!ย  Also just in are rolls of medical exam paper – I use this stuff like its going out of style! Great for a lifetime of slashing and spreading. And I’m now carrying Dotted Pattern Paper! Hold the phone! Yes!

If all of this weren’t enough, I just received a shipment of rayon seam binding! Yes! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Tired of that crummy polyester/papery seam binding? Me too! So I thought it was high time I got some of the good old rayon stuff into the shop. This stuff is premium quality and I’ve stocked it in 4 basic colors for right now – I’ll be adding more and more colors too.

So, dear sewing partners in crime, do the bunny hop and hop on over to the shop! I do so hope you enjoy some of the new offerings – there’s even more on their way. I know! It’s crazy! Enjoy!


  • Kate McIvor - Yay Sunni ! I’ll be ordering the button placement gizmo as soon as the stuff I ordered from you over the weekend arrives. Yum! KateReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Ah, I did notice that some of the patterns I wanted were no longer in stock. I’ll take a look at the shop, I did want some of that tracing paper. Thanks for the update!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Yes, I’ve been waffling over this decision for some time now! I’m a bit sad to not be offering them anymore, but at this time, I’m really wanting to offer things that are alot harder to find. For me and the shop right now, I’m feeling pretty confident that this is the right decision. But hopefully in the future, I’ll be able to bring them back!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Ann Thompson - I haven’t ordered from your shop before today. I’m working on making an order, as I write. That said, I’ve been reading your posts and ‘window shopping’ your shop, for some time, now. I adore it!! It reminds me of the little ‘Notions Shoppe’s once found in every home town. Something really, really needed. I’m sure I’m not the first one to suggest offering a ‘Bound Buttonhole Maker’. I’d like to add, sleeve garters, dress shields, and crinoline by the yard, to my request list.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh thank you! I LOVE hearing requests! That’s how those rather fantastic sheets of tracing paper came to be in the shop. Those are hard to find! Gah! But oh my goodness – SOOOOOOO worth it! Dare I say, I may never need another sheet of tracing paper in my life again!ReplyCancel

  • Anthea - I’ve been looking for a Simflex for a while now, but couldn’t find it anywhere.
    I’m definitely buying one soon!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - They are magical! I do love mine so. In fact, I whipped it out the other day for button placement on another cardi. So easy! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Shawnta - The funnest thing is when you are so use to the magnetic pin cushion that you find yourself throwing pins at the non magnetic kind!!! Those are some lovely hard to find goodies and I will definitely be placing a order soon!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - OMG, you made me just laugh so hard!!! Yes, this has happened to me! It is funny! Crazy thing is, now if I use a non-magnetic pincushion, I find that it just slows me up way too much – silly, silly. I love these things though. I would fight someone to keep mine – Hands off my magnetic pincushion!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I will never forget the time I walked in an office supply store and asked if they had some medical exam paper. They looked at me very strangely, since they knew me and knew I am not a doctor. I said, “Oh, it is for tracing patterns.”ReplyCancel

  • Lizz - Oh wax tracing paper!!! I may need to place another order!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - Other hard-to-find things that I would love to buy from you: hair canvas, silk organza, cotton organdy, cotton batiste and other sew-in and fusible interfacings that I would otherwise have to call a new york retailer for. Another thing I’m looking for is sturdy japanese silk hand-sewing thread. Everything at jo-ann’s is too thin to use! Also, spiral steel boning and ridgelene boning and boning casings would be great! So far I’ve been buying these things from random etsy sellers and it would be so great if I could just buy them all from you at the same time, whenever I need them. It’s so AWESOME that you’re carrying rayon seam binding! I have a feeling many more sewists will be buying these couture/tailoring supplies from you post-gerties book for better sewing, because her techniques involve all of these things.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Ohmygosh, wax tracing paper! I have had an AWFUL time trying to find this stuff, and it definitely made my jeans muslin harder. So once I’m home and not on my phone, you bet I’ll be ordering some–just in time for starting the wedding dress muslin!! You’re awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Angela M. - When will the medical exam paper be in stock?


  • Corinne - I think your business decision is a sound one, but I am sure a difficult to make. Business alliances, particularly here, have such a strong emotional attachment. But specializing in very special notions and accoutrement is a gap for the home sewist. You have found it. It is particularly helpful for those not near the big shops and large cities and those beginning to build the tools necessary for a complete sewing studio. Many would like to support your business as well. Best of luck.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - The new stock looks fantastic, Sunni. I love the new belt buckle sizes. I agree with everyone’s comments about other stuff they’d also like to see. I hope this specialisation in notions is a success for you. I live in the largest city on Australia but the selection of notions here nowadays is pitiful, and as someone who works full-time I just can’t go hunting out little bits and pieces so your online shop is my saviour! Its worth paying the postage for the convenience. BTW, I recently picked up two lovely vintage blouse patterns that include the pattern piece to make shoulder pads – but what on earth would I pad them with? Any ideas?ReplyCancel

    • francesca - Batting – or wadding – depending on the English you speak. You could use the synthetic or the natural stuff. I buy the stuff from a mattress shop that also sells cusion fillings – some are chopped foam, some are the wadding stuff which is much more even and soft… I also get the proper tailoring stuff from an old bazaar type place that supplies tailors. You could also use whatever it is people use to put inside quilts in the US.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - You really know how to pick the best items for your shop. Also, I’ve never known where to find rayon seam binding – thanks for stocking it!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Daze - Oh I need one of those double tracing wheels!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - I hope your shop direction is successful for you. I have my eye on a few things I would like to buy!ReplyCancel

  • Ybat - Sorry to hear about the patterns not being sold anymore but i did buy the Christine Haynes-Chelsea pattern for a great price. Ive wanted that pattern for so long and I cant wait till it arrives. Im super excited about the tracing paper that youre now selling. Good luck with your shop.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Another thing to consider (although I suspect its not hard to find) is a bias tape maker gizmo.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor (undeadgoat) - So in the 24 hours it took me to get to this post, all sewing patterns I don’t own and want to are sold out as well as the tracing paper? I noticed you don’t have any official way to sign up for re-stock notifications, could I persuade you to send me one “unofficially”? I am pretty sure that I need it for school as I am taking a patternmaking class right now and I can NEVER get that JoAnn crap to work properly.ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Princess - Can’t wait for the waxed tracing paper to be back. I wanted to get it in NYC but it was rolled up and I didn’t think I could carry it in my suitcase. And the seam binding would also be great!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - Hi there, love your blog!
    Ingrid from AustraliaReplyCancel

  • francesca - I think you’re totally doing the right thing. Patterns take up loads of space and are not that hard to find, whereas the notions and tools that you have gathered up would probably take up less, I think – and are what I and probably most of us are more interested in! You get the coolest stuff and I am dying to place another order immediately :)ReplyCancel