Focus on… Sewing Supplies, Stitchcraft & Haberdashery

There are some fantastic shops out there that specialise in notions, haberdashery and all those goodies that come a *very* close second to fabric when it comes to what makes sewing such fun (aka a money-pit!). Here are some of my favourites, and some Very Berry readers’ favourites too – it’s all very personal, so don’t be offended if your favourite shop isn’t here or if you disagree with some of my opinions! In fact, do please get in touch if you have any experience of using any of these shops – good or bad, or if you can recommend somewhere you think is really fantastic.

**Please remember the recommendation rules – the shop MUST be based in the UK and MUST have an online shop.**

[N.B. The images are just bits and pieces from my collection – not meant to indicate anything from the shops listed.]

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Bedecked

This wonderful shop specialises in gorgeous buttons and trims. It really is a stunning collection. There is no minimum online order, and postage is a flat rate of £3.95. If you go crazy with your credit card, there’s a discount of 15% off orders over £135 (email before placing your order to check stock and get the special discount code). There have recently been great improvements to the website, which means a lot less clicking and browsing  through lots of pages is required. Probably not good news for your wallet because all the goodies are far more accessible! This really is a lovely shop…!

Bedecked on Facebook

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The Bead and Button Company

Included in the list because of a wonderful selection of buttons, although they also have some useful haberdashery for sewists too. There is page after page of lovely buttons – wooden, shell, metal, plastic – whatever takes your fancy. Postage is just £1.89 per parcel, and there is free postage on all orders over £20.

The Bead and Button Company on Facebook

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Habby World

A great range of standard haberdashery and notions, this shop is a really good all-rounder, and is especially good for dressmakers, knitters and crocheters. Postage prices start at £1.99 and there is no minimum order.

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Injabulo

Not really a haberdashery and notions shop, but included here because they have a gorgeous selection of fair trade ceramic buttons. For sales over £30, postage is free, for sales up to £7.50 the postage charge is £1.50, and over £1.50 and up to £30, the charge is £3.

Injabulo on Facebook

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Jaycotts

Nearly 100 years old now, Jaycotts is an old, established business – and the website demonstrates why they have been around so long – they really know what they are doing. There’s a great selection of haberdashery and notions at good prices – you will find pretty much all you need here, and you can drool over a fab selection of sewing machines too. I use them regularly and have always found them to be reliable and with good delivery times.  Orders under £35 incur a delivery charge of £2.80, but over that amount is free.

Jaycotts on Facebook
Jaycotts on Twitter

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JosyRose

I didn’t know haberdashery and craft supplies could be glamorous until I started browsing this fabulous site. There’s a fantastic selection and a huge range here – and everything seems to be just that little bit glitzy! The standard delivery charge is £2.75, with orders over £75 going free.

JosyRose on Facebook
JosyRose on Twitter

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Kleins

This is another old-timer – Kleins have been around in Soho since 1936. Another fantastic selection of haberdashery and all sorts of useful things for the sewer – is it sad to say that I am bowled over by their range of zippers? Probably, but there we are…. There’s some great video tutorials of how to use some of their products too. Sometimes I find the website a little slow, but the range is so good, I make allowances for a few slow loading times.  Delivery charges start at £2.50.

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MacCulloch & Wallis

Another old-timer (founded in 1902), MacCulloch & Wallis have a beautifully organised, beautifully photographed web shop. They sell fabric as well as haberdashery, and are listed in my general fabric list, but their habdash and trimmings range is so strong, they had to be included in this list too. The delivery charges are £3.50 plus VAT (Royal Mail) for items that fit in a 20x27cm envelope, or £9.60 for larger stuff by courier. Which I guess makes M&W pretty unaffordable unless you are buying a lot of stuff – a real shame.

MacCulloch & Wallis on Facebook

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The search for the best fabric pen

New Threads

I’m slightly going out on a limb here, but hey, it’s my list. New Threads describe themselves as a Quilt shop, so they are about fabrics and quilting as much as they are habdash and notions, but I think they are one of the best shops out there for quilting tools and essentials. There’s also the bonus that they are stockists of the excellent range of Aurifill threads. I am a regular here, and have never had any complaints. Delivery charges are more expensive than the usual (starting at £3.90 for 2nd class)  because they send by recorded delivery (I guess that’s understandable when you are sending quilting rulers and such – so easy to break in the post!) – so it’s another shop to go to when you need a few things to make it cost-effective.

New Threads on Facebook

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Ribbonmoon

A totally brilliant selection of all the basics (notions and haberdashery) you could ever need – not fancy, not trendy, just a really good well-stocked no-nonsense, well organised shop. They boast over 17,000 products online and I believe them (in fact that feels like a conservative estimate!) if you are looking for a particular kind of button, ribbon, sewing tool or accessory, Ribbonmoon is always worth a look. The postage rate is made nice and clear, and is an astounding £1.10. Highly recommended.

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Sew and So

This is a needlecraft shop, so there is a very slight emphasis is on cross stitch, tapestry and embroidery, but there is masses to interest the more general sewer and quilters too. I like to come here for my embroidery threads because they have an enormous range, and as you’d guess, they have a brilliant range of all kinds of needles and sewing accessories too – including all those wonderful bits and pieces created by Clover that aren’t essential but that make sewing so much easier!  The web site is brilliant well organised, with clear information on delivery charges, returns, and a really useful wishlist facility. Their delivery charges are some of the best around because they are calculated by weight (starting at £1) and method of delivery. They currently (Feb 2013) have an offer of a 5% off coupon if you sign up to their newsletter.

Sew and So on Facebook
Sew and So on Twitter

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Sew Essential

Another fantastic shop with a huge range of goodies, notions and haberdashery for sewing enthusiasts of all kids. The site isn’t as beautiful as some of the others on the list, but don’t let that deter you in the slightest, because it is very well organised and the stock is huge. The basic delivery charge is £2.50 or 10% of the order total, whichever is highest, for orders under £50. Delivery on orders over £50 is free. One very small downside for me is that they don’t accept payment by Paypal.

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Simply Sewing

Another shop I haven’t used myself, but it comes recommended by others – this site is appealing straight away, with lots of lovely pics to tempt you in! This is backed up with a very well laid out site which gives you all the info you need up front, and having had a good browse, I can tell you that the range of products is excellent. There is no minimum order limit, and a flat rate postage charge of £2.50 for all orders under £50. Orders over £50.00 are sent free of charge.

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V V Rouleaux

A wonderful treasure trove of gorgeous ribbons and trims that’s well worth a visit if you are in London (their shop is in Marylebone). It’s also worth browsing their online shop, but unless you are buying an awful lot of ribbon, you might the postage costs (a flat rate of £5) and the minimum order level of £8 to be prohibitive. They also commit the cardinal sin of not telling you what the shipping cost is until you have set up an account. I love V V Rouleaux so much I hate to say a cross word about it…

V V Rouleaux on Facebook

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William Gee

New to me, and recommended by a reader, this looks a fantastic shop, which has a long history (founded in 1906) to give you confidence. The focus of their stock is on fashion and dressmaking, and I’ve had a really enjoyable time browsing their website, which has all sorts of wonderful sewing tools and goodies, and a great range to choose from. Two downsides for non-trade buyers: prices are listed without VAT (and the ‘real’ price is not calculate until checkout), and there is a delivery charge of £6.95 per order.  There’s a Paypal option for payment, as well as the usual cards.

William Gee on Twitter

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Hope you enjoyed the list – remember, if you want to recommend somewhere, the shop MUST be based in the UK and MUST have an online shop.

9 thoughts on “Focus on… Sewing Supplies, Stitchcraft & Haberdashery

  1. A great list for online stores, thanks a lot. Ribbon Moon turned out to be especially helpful in finding what we needed, and were very well priced with quick delivery at just £1.39!!!!

  2. Not impressed with Jaycotts. Still waiting for a repair that was quoted for two weeks and it’s now nearly six!

  3. Hello Ali
    Thank you for your kind comments about Bedecked. They were much appreciated. I just wanted to bring you up to date with our handling charge. Unfortunately, we’ve had to move to a single UK price of £ 3.95. At the other end of the scale, we now give a 15% discount for all orders over £135.00. You remarked that our website was not easy to browse. We’ve had a go at re-laying it out. I hope it’s now a bit more straight forward. But do let me have any suggestions for improving it further. Best wishes Judith

  4. I love Fabric HQ and buy most of my fabrics there for all my crafty needs…Jacqui and Rae are a mum and daughter team and so wonderfully helpful and friendly, it makes shopping for gorgeous fabrics a breeze and real pleasure. i like that they regularly update their ranges, have diverse designers and everything is helpfully grouped together, making it easy to choose a delicious selection of fabrics that work beautifully together and make crafting easy!

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