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UK stockists wanted

Tnuctip | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi. Can anyone help me find a UK stockist of Threads recommended Notions?

My usual mail order sources can help with Nancys Notions, swedish tracing paper, seam stabilisers etc. as well as hardware, but mail order is not good for everything.

I’m frustrated by not being able to buy Marfy patterns here. I cant even find a catalogue to browse through. I know the patts are ‘expensive’ but cant find any prices online. The Vogue sites all sound promising but when you checkout the UK exclusion pops up.  Even the Marfy Italian site wont supply to UK. Some UK sewers rave about these, and from the sketches I can see why, but they can’t all be Italian speaking Brits can they? 

It would also be useful to know exactly HOW HARD can it be to make one? Tough Q but I’ve never had a patt I couldn’t make and have done sewing courses at Adult Ed classes,  and learned basic pattern cutting. 

Any help appreciated.




  1. rekha | | #1

    You can order Marfy patterns from the UK. What I do is to see the listing in Vogue and use the pattern no. to order from Marfy http://www.marfy.it/eng/activenews.asp . If you are quite keen on marfy patterns they sell annual catalogue you can subscribe to. Marfy patterns are very much self-explanatory but come without seam allowance. I have made a  jacket 9241 and was very pleased with the results; if you have problems you can write to them and they will help you.

    What kind of notions are you after; I can provide you with the URLs for what you want, else you could go to your local John Lewis and they have a very good haberdashery and patterns section

    1. Tnuctip | | #2

      Thanks! I'll give it a go. How much do they cost roughly?

      About the Notions, I have a local Fabricland and John Lewis in the SW UK and I've found that even if they have what I want, they don't always know what they stock in much detail, and it can be outside the Haberdashery section!

      I sew mostly knits and am looking for supplier of stretch interfacing - the type that looks like a lattice pie top, if that helps you visualise, and stabilisers in general.

      Any general URLs for notions would be useful, thanks. I'm not that good at face-to-face shopping, and become invisible apparently.

      1. rekha | | #3

        17 euros.

        I suggest you google for the stretch interfacing so you get to look and see if that is the stuff you want: http://www.purrfection.com/notions/interfacing.htm, http://www.stitchncraftsupply.com/store-products-1906S-Stretch--Sew-Fusible-Perky-Knit-Interfacing_40527713.html

        For notions: http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/index.html

        http://www.sewing.co.uk/, http://www.englishcouture.co.uk/, http://www.sewandso.co.uk/cgi-bin/find/db.cgi

        If you can't find something you need, I just might have the URL for it; all my sewing bookmarks are classified within notions subcategory

        The best I find is : http://www.sewandso.co.uk/cgi-bin/find/db.cgi

        Edited 12/7/2007 9:44 am ET by rekha

        1. Tnuctip | | #7

          Thank you!

          I love cottonpatch fabrics. Quilting designs make excellent bias bindings if you make your own. Great for hong kong seams.

          I'll try the rest soon.


  2. melanie | | #4

    Can't offer any help regarding the Marfy patterns but the englishcouture company (http://www.englishcouture.co.uk) which someone selse has mentioned is brilliant for all kinds of interlinings, interfacings, silk organzas etc. many as used in the trade, Sew Quick, 17 Calside, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland PA2 6DA is excellent, stocking many American products and JMM Marketing ([email protected]) is great for haberdashery and not forgetting http://www.Jaycotts.co.uk located in Chester have a wide choice - their full colour catalogue is very comprehensive.

    I have used all of these and found them very good with service delivery times to Ireland first rate.

    Hope this helps.

    1. Tnuctip | | #6

      Thanks! Ive used Jaycotts and Sew Quick (via eBay originally, where I first discovered Threads magazine incidentally) and I agree both these companies have excellent products and delivery times. Lynn at Sew Quick is great to talk to in person and will order or advise her search results if she cant help.

      I'll try the other sites when I've got through this seasons impulse fabric purchases.

      If anyone is interested in eBay stores, the Organic Fabrics shop has some kinit and woven silk panels, and brocades with gorgeous designs ideal for the one-of-a kind garments I often see in Readers Closet. I have a brocade panel perfect for the darted skirt on this months cover, as I can arrange my darts to maximise impact, (and minimise me!).

      Many thanks again.

      1. melanie | | #9

        I agree with you about Sew Quick in Scotland - my great finds there were SeamsGreat and my Press Mate ironing board cover, all marked in inches and centimetres which has proved a great boon - I'd be lost without it.

        In view of the great exchange rate now in Sterling's favour shopping mail order with USA addresses is well worth considering

        1. Tnuctip | | #10


          Sew Quick are great aren't they?

          I love the spectacle holder brooch - a sewing machine and hook under, but not seen it since the pink paper catalogue stopped. Mine dropped off at college and I need a new one. I cant always rely on a low neckine and bra strap to keep my reading glasses handy.

          I wanted the ironing board cover but I have an old family relic that is adjustable to any height but is non-standard length. I'm always looking for a fabric with the squared markings to make my own. You are lucky!

          Have a good Season

          1. mygaley | | #11

            "find fabric with squared markings... How about 1/2" woven gingham. I have used this a lot for ironing board covers. It is better if it is all cotton so look at quilting fabrics. God bless you Galey.

  3. mygaley | | #5

    I'm glad to see you had a lot of replies on ordering patterns. I've sewn quite a few Vogue patterns and I like them. Please look over with the pattern instructions--I've found every Vogue pattern calls for something out of the ordinary. Perhaps that's what makes such great results. God bless you Galey

    1. Tnuctip | | #8

      Bless you too,  for getting in touch.


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