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  • Five Fall Favourites - Style & Décor DIYS

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    What's your favourite thing about fall? Is it the perfect combination of sunshine and cool temperatures? The vibrant beauty of russet, gold, and garnet coloured leaves? Or how about the knowledge that Halloween and the holiday season are right around the corner? While there are a million and one reasons to adore autumn, above all, it's the absolute best time to get crafty! After all, when it gets chilly outside, there's nothing better than being curled up inside under a chunky blanket with your needlework, knitting, or sewing! It's also the perfect time to get a head start on making those holiday presents. Just in case your creative juices haven't already started flowing, we have put together a short but sweet list of five fall DIYs that have us utterly inspired! Check them out below.


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    Photos & DIY via 2 Bees in a Pod

    1. Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath

    Pretty and elegant, this wreath references the fiery colours of fall without being garish. It's the kind of wreath that will put you in the mood for fall without being cheesy - no ghouls, pumpkins, or neon orange here!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via It's Always Autumn

    2. DIY Fringed Flannel Throw Blanket

    Just as we said earlier, there's nothing better than curling up with a cozy blanket and your latest craft project on a brisk autumn day. This no-sew DIY takes mere minutes and would make an amazing gift!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Crazy Little Projects

    3. Witch-Inspired Autumn Apron

    Like all things creative, cooking can be a messy endeavor! Stay cute and clean in the kitchen with this playful pattern modeled off of a retro witch costume! We have a feeling it will put a spell on everyone around you.

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    4. Yarn Pumpkin Banner

    Do you have extra yarn? Do you have fifteen minutes? Then you've basically got everything you need to whip together this rustic decoration! Hang it up anywhere and everywhere you want to inspire some fall-feelings.

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Cluck, Cluck, Sew

    5. Fall Patchwork Pillow

    This may just be the prettiest way to use up your leftover scraps! Mix and match patches of fabric to mimic the mesmerizing colours of crunchy fallen leaves and ripened pumpkins. These pillows are a simple addition that will breathe a bit of festivity into any space!

    Supplies & Notions You'll Need

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Our Four Favorite Spring DIYs

    There's something about spring that just inspires creativity. Maybe it's the unmistakable scent of freshly cut grass and flowers blooming. Maybe it's the longer, sunnier days. Whatever the reason is, this time of year makes us feel craftier than usual - and this is a great thing! After all, crafting comes with a ton of health benefits. With the phenomenon of spring creativity in mind, we've compiled a list of four DIYs that encapsulate the magic of this beautiful time of year (without being cliché). Which DIY are you most excited to make?

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    Photos & DIY via Of Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.

    1. The Prettiest Tea Towels

    Afternoon tea is simply not complete without a breathtaking tea towel to adorn the table! The best part of this eco-chic DIY is that it can be made entirely using old towels, cloths and flour sacks that you would otherwise throw away. Win-win!

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric (you can also use a flour sack, cloth, or tea towel)
    • 3 Types Of Coordinating Fabric (at least 2″ wider than main fabric)
    • Sewing Machine
    • Machine Needle
    • Thread
    • Scissors
    • Ruler
    • Iron

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    Photo & DIY via Mommy Moment

    2. No-Sew Felt Flowers With Twigs

    Fresh flowers are beautiful, but it's such a bummer when they shrivel up so quickly. Not only do these whimsical felt flowers last forever, but they are easy to make and so much fun. They would also be a great craft-time project for elementary students!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via A Beautiful Mess

    3. Super Easy Pom Pom Basket

    Clutter creeps up on the best of us, which is why we love this pretty yet playful pom-pom basket DIY! It looks like an expensive decor piece but is incredibly cheap and easy to make.

    Things You'll Need

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    4. Whimsical Unicorn Dreamcatcher

    Unicorns are everywhere right now and this cute and colourful dream-catcher looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale! This is a great needlework project for kids and adults (who are kids at heart). It would also make a great gift!

    Things You'll Need

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Our Resident Quilter Rita Shares Her 9 All-Time Favorite Notions!

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    We have always taken pride in having an excellent selection of quilting notions and supplies and are always striving to stay on top of quilting trends. One of our staff members, Rita, also runs a successful business, Kootenay Custom Quilting, creating one-of-a-kind quilts for clients, often for some of the most important occasions of their lives. As a longtime quilter, Rita has a lot of knowledge in terms of what products work well and which result in the best looking quilts. She was kind enough to take us through her top nine favorite notions that we carry. From her favorite marking tool to her go-to adhesive spray, these are the products she can't live without!
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    1. Wash-Away Wonder Tape
    "I sew all my binding on using my machine (because I don't like doing hand stitching of any kind) and I use this tape to hold my corners in place, along with my binding clips (C136). I use these 2 things to help me finish up every single quilt I make. This tape is also fantastic for holding zippers in place when I make anything with a zipper - which is usually small pouches made form candy bags."
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    2. Extra Long Tweezers
    "These extra long tweezers are also something else I cannot live without. In fact, I own 2 pairs! I have bent one pair so the back (corner bend) part touches together tightly - I use these for grasping any thread tails from the back of my quilts after machine quilting with my walking foot. The other pair I left alone so the tips of it are touching tightly together. I use those for maneuvering small pieces so they are lined up, picking up small things, etc."
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    3. Kwik Klip
    "This safety pin fastener has saved my had and fingernails countless hours of agony! Although I no longer use safety pins to baste my entire quilt, I do typically use them when folding over the batting and backing on edge of my quilts prior to machine quilting them."
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    4. 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
    "I use this to baste ALL my quilts together before quilting them. This would not work for the long-armers out there, as their quilts get rolled up on special rollers. However, I have a sit-down long-arm - a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen and it's perfect for that or even when I use my domestic machine. I love, love, love this product!"
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    5. Machingers or Grip It Gloves
    "I could not do the free-motion quilting I do without these gloves! Although these products are from different companies, I love them both equally so I use either-or. They are lightweight and allow my hands to breathe (no one likes hot, sticky hands!) and each fingertip has a rubberized end. The gloves are ambidextrous, so it doesn't matter which way you put them on - and they are washable (but must be air dried).

    They allow me to firmly grip the fabric without it sliding out of my grip, therefore allowing me to fully focus on my quilting instead of trying to keep the fabric steady."

     
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    6. Heat Press Batting Together 
     
    "Quilters ALWAYS have leftover batting from making quilts and, like most quilters, I keep all of those batting scraps. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have enough batting to make another quilt if I can piece those leftover bits together. This is where the Heat Press Batting has become my best friend! Gone are the days when I would machine zigzag those pieces together - how tedious! Now, in about 1/3 of that time, I can press those pieces together and it holds wonderfully. I usually do both sides of the batting with this method even though the package directions say you only need to do one side. I'm not really sure if it matters, but I do it more for my own peace of mind and because I like things to look very symmetrical."
     
     
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    7. Chaco-Liners 
     
    "I have one in yellow and white, although I use the yellow one way more! This is one of my all-time fave marking tools for working on the wrong side of the fabric."
     
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    8. Sewline Mechanical Pencils 
     
    "I like these for marking on the right side of the fabric. They make very fine lines and easily come off with the eraser. If I were to use the pink one, however, I'd always test it on an inconspicuous spot first!"
     
     
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    9. Retayne 
     
    "I use Retayne when I have some heavily dyed fabric that I just know is going to bleed when I wash it. For instance - red and sometimes rich blues and blacks. I now soak those fabrics in hot tap water with the recommended dose of Retayne for about 10-20 mins, agitating it once in a while. I then rinse the fabric in cold water and put it in the washing machine immediately afterward. Once I have finished rinsing the fabric with cold water, I can add it to my regular laundry to wash and dry. It will not bleed anymore!
    I learned the lesson that came with not doing this step the hard way about 10 years ago. I bought a bunch of Christmas fabric - including reds and creams and greens. I thought that since I would be sewing all those fabrics together anyways, it would be okay to give them their first wash together, too. Well, the red ran all over the cream and green fabrics! I even tried re-washing them immediately afterward hoping that the dye (because it was still wet) would loosen from the fibers and the fabric would become clean again. I was wrong. All that yardage was ruined! I was so upset and from that day forward I have used this miracle product!"
    Buy It: Retayne
  • 6 Quilting Tips To Save You Time & Stitches

    Quilting is an art form that is loved by many. It's not just a hobby, it's a way of life for many people, and quilting communities are tight-knit and deeply passionate about their craft. Although it's a blast to transform scraps of fabric into a work of art, quilting can be time consuming! From coming up with the quilt's concept to cutting and sewing one's blocks, it's not uncommon for quilts to take weeks or even months to complete. Although the length of time it takes to finish a quilt depends on its complexity, there are a few ways that quilters can save time while preventing common mistakes. In honour of National Quilting Month, we have compiled a list of six tips that will make your quilting experience faster and more enjoyable!

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    Photo via Craftsy

    1. Don't Put A Pin In It

    Using pins to put together one's quilt before sewing is a tried and true method, but it's not the easiest way to quilt! Using a water-soluble glue to align seams, binding, piping etc. reduces the possibility of the fabric slipping or puckering while sewing. Glue is also excellent for creating perfectly accurate stripes, plaids and other similar patterns. For perfect points and spectacular seams, put down those pins and get gluing!

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    2. Wind It Up

    Sure, it only takes a minute or so to wind up a bobbin but because quilters use a lot of thread while quilting (especially with bigger quilts), those minutes here and there can seriously add up! Coming prepared with an arsenal of pre-wound bobbins means that you barely have to pause while you stitch up a sweat.

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    3. Show Your Machine A Little TLC

    This may seem like it goes without saying, but a worn-out sewing machine that hasn't been tuned up in years is simply not going to perform as well as one that is lovingly cared for. As the saying goes, 'prevention is better than intervention', and the last thing any quilter needs is for their beloved sewing machine to declare a mutiny on them in the middle of a huge project. Remove any lint, oil your machine and take it to get serviced at least once a year and you'll be amazed at how long it will run like new. If you love your sewing machine, it will love you right back!

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    Photo via OLFA Creates

    4. For Straight Lines, Use A Rotary Cutter, Not Scissors

    Traditional fabric scissors are great for creating curved edges or cutting out applique, but when you are trying to create a pin-straight line, nothing compares to the speed and accuracy achieved by using a rotary cutter! Simply, mark your lines, use a ruler and cut your fabric with one easy swoop. Just make sure to use a protective mat while using one so that the super-sharp blade doesn't damage the surface of your work table - you'll be hard pressed to find a quilter that hasn't marked up their table at least once!

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    5. Master That 1/4 Inch

    Seasoned quilters know the importance of creating a flawless 1/4 inch seam. It's one of the most important aspects of creating a quilt and yet it is also one of the most challenging. For those who aren't naturally blessed with this skill, it is worth it to purchase a 1/4 inch sewing machine foot (if your machine doesn't already have one). For those who don't want to invest in this handy item, it is also very effective to add a little bit of tape to your sewing machine where the 1/4 inch mark should be. Whichever way you do it, ensuring that your 1/4 inch seams are perfect is worth the extra time and money - trust us!

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    6. Frequent Your Local Quilt Shops

    The people who own and run independent quilting shops are almost always quilters themselves and therefore select items that they know their customers will love, because they know what quilters are looking for. Also, because their spaces are usually more intimate with only a couple of other staff members (if any), it's easier to get assistance and advice that is tailored to your needs. There's also the additional perk of knowing that you are supporting a local business and therefore your local economy! When searching for your supplies and fabrics, frequent the shops near you and you'll be amazed at the service and the uniqueness of the items you find.

    Were there any tips that we missed that you think we should have included? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

     

    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • Shop Spotlight - Stitchables

    Nestled in Pouce Coupe (a town that is a mere 10km south of Dawson's Creek in Northern B.C) is Stitchables, a beautiful boutique that is filled with enough sewing and quilting treasures to make a quilter's heart skip a beat! We're talking everything from quilting cotton from top brands like Zen Chic and Kansas Troubles to patterns, pre-cuts, notions, books, and thread! It wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that if you can dream it, you are likely going to find it in Stitchables. As if that wasn't enough, they also offer classes on essential quilting skills such as piecing, applique and machine and hand sewing!

    Like most success stories, Stitchables began as a small at-home embroidery business started by Sharmen Peters. After her husband Mike encouraged her to manifest her passion for quilting into a business, they opened the doors to their stunning retail space. The business is truly a family project with Sharmen and her family organizing and executing every detail, from the building of the furniture to the painting of the signs. It's these little details that lend a certain warmth to this boutique that keeps customers coming back again and again!

    The selection of products is truly wonderful but the caring atmosphere and attention to customer service are what really makes this shop shine! For those who find themselves in or close to Pouce Coupe, Stitchables is a shop that every quilter should visit when they have the chance! Keep scrolling to get a peek at Stitchables. Wish you were there? Us too!


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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • 10 Holiday DIYs & The Supplies You Need To Make Them

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    'Tis the season to get crafty! With Christmas mere weeks away, it's safe to say that the holiday season has officially begun. While we love December and all of the cozy joys and pleasures it brings, it can also be a time of stress and chaos. From decorating to gift-giving, an easy way to save money, stress and (believe it or not) time, is to get creative and make your own decorations and presents! These 10 festive sewing, crafting, and crochet projects are a blast to make and are suitable for everyone, from beginners to intermediate stitchers. So go ahead. Put down that stress-ball and get sewing instead!

    P.S. - if you're a home economics teacher, these DIY ideas would make great projects for your students. Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew!


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    Photos & DIY via Simply September

    1. Holiday Pillow Slip Covers

    Nothing says 'Christmas is here' more than plaid in a festive colour palette of green, white and red. These stylish pillows may look expensive but cost very little to make. Plus you can customize them with all of your favorite holiday motifs! The Grinch perhaps?

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Love Of Home

    2. Chunky Arm Knit Throw

    Not only is this cozy knitted blanket the definition of luxury, it's a blast to make. All you need is a few skeins of yarn and your arms. That's right. Your arms. Everyone on your gift list will be blown away that you made this yourself!

    • Approximately Six Skeins Of Bulky Yarn (weight approx: 7.97 oz.)
    • Your own arms!

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    Photos & DIY via Feathering My Nest

    3. Old Sweater, New Mittens 

    We all have them - those old sentimental sweaters that we can't bring ourselves to toss. An easy way to give your beloved worn-out pullover a new life is by transforming it into a pair of mittens! It's eco-friendly, easy and the end result is beautiful. Make a bunch in one go and give a pair to everyone on your list!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via The Real Thing With The Coake Family

    4. Reversible Christmas Place Mats

    One of the best aspects of the holiday season is being able to fill our bellies with all kinds of delicious morsels. So why not set the table in style with these uber-festive reversible placemats? They are super simple to make, so feel free to make one for every season and holiday. This pattern is also a great way to get rid of leftover scraps of fabric!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos & DIY via Easy Peasy and Fun

    5. No-Sew Snowman Craft

    This is a DIY the kids are sure to adore! Not a stitch is required but when all is said and done you will be left with a sweet little snowman, ready to be played with, placed on the fireplace mantel or used as part of a centerpiece. If you have ten minutes, you have more than enough time to whip this cute little guy up!

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 White Sock
    • 1 Coloured Sock
    • Rice
    • Rubber Bands (Or Thread)
    • Buttons
    • Ribbons
    • Glue Gun
    • Markers or Paint
    • Orange Pom-Poms

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    6. Holiday Pie Pin-Cushions

    We all love pie but this tasty little treat is guaranteed to be much easier on your waistline! Keep your pins neat and tidy with these pie-shaped pin-cushions. Don't forget to be creative when making your pies. Is peach pie your favorite? What about key-lime? Make one for every mood!

    Things You'll Need

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    7. Easy Button Wreath

    Do you have extra buttons lying around that you don't know what to do with? String them unto a pipe-cleaner to create a charming holiday wreath in seconds! They look adorable strung up onto a tree or hung on the front of a door.

    Things You'll Need

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    8. Christmas Ornament Pillows

    Sure, Christmas balls look great on your tree, but they look just as good sprawled on your bed or couch! These playful Christmas ornament pillows are sure to add a bit of holiday cheer to any space and are guaranteed to be a hit with little ones.

    Things You'll Need

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    9. Play-Time Felt Christmas Tree

    It's never too early to master the art of decorating a Christmas tree! This felt tree can be made in mere minutes and will occupy tiny tot(s) for ages and ages, giving one a bit of time to settle down with a cup of hot chocolate or get some Christmas wrapping done. There's no sewing required and it's incredibly easy to make!

    Things You'll Need

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    10. Crochet Christmas Lights Ornaments

    Save a little bit of electricity this holiday season and hang these colourful crochet Christmas lights instead! They are a sure-fire conversation starter and are simple enough to make that beginners should have no trouble whipping them up. Trust us, your electricity bill will thank you!

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • A Quilter's Shopping List

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    Whether you're a long-time quilter or just cut out your very first block, there are a couple of items that you absolutely NEED on hand. Sure, talent goes a long way when it comes to creating a beautiful quilt, but a lousy rotary cutter or set of machine needles can damage an otherwise beautiful piece in a split second! Or at the very least, it can make the creative process tedious and unpleasant. And really - what's the point if you're not loving (almost) every minute behind the sewing machine? Save time, money and energy by outfitting your quilting kit with only the best of the best. Not sure where to begin? Consider this your go-to shopping list for true and tested quilting favorites.


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    1. CORNER CUT 60 - 2-IN-1 SEWING TOOL from Quilt with Marci Bake

    Use this tool to trim 60° points for exact seam allowances! Three seam sizes (scant, true, and generous) ensure that you get a perfect match to your personal 1/4" seam allowance every time. Having these different options is guaranteed to give you extra confidence at the sewing machine!

    • Use to mark a scant 1/4" on any machine.
    • Trim 60° ears for faster seams.
    • 3 seam sizes - scant, true, and generous.

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    2. Dritz Sewing - Longarm Quilter's Proportion Scale

    This handy tool is a complete game-changer in the sewing room! it provides precentages for reducing or enlarging patterns, saving quilters the work of having to calculate it themselves! Also, because it already provides the exact percentages for each pattern size, it helps to prevent pesky quilting mistakes!

    • Includes percentages for converting measurements up to 24 inches.
    • Provides a formula for calculating larger numbers.
    • Contains 1 scale.
    • Size: 4 1/2" x 6"

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    3. Sullivans - Cutting Edge FROSTED Rulers, Non-Skid & Sharpens Your Blade, 6.5” x 6.5”

    Sharpen your rotary cutter blade with every cut!

    The Cutting Edge Quilting Rulers from Sullivans feature a patented design with a diamond carbide edge that sharpens rotary blades with every cut! These revolutionary rulers are marked with easy-to-read numbers, square-up guides, and diagonal dots that make lining up cuts quick and accurate. The fully frosted backing gives you the right amount of steadiness for cutting, but also allows you to slide the rulers when needed. The unique red grid system is designed to highlight the 1/2” markings which are there for you to "tuck" your block into. Use the inside edge of the red angle to cut squares and trim up blocks.

    • The non-skid dots help to prevent the ruler from sliding.
    • The diagonal has extra-large dots for fabric positioning.
    • The large numbers are easy-to-see and never blend into the fabric.
    • The very light 1/8” markings do not distract when using more common markings.

    Click here to see a video demo by Pat Sloan!
    Click here to see a video demo by Missouri Star!

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    4. Odif 505 Spray - Temporary Fabric Adhesive, 500ML (2017 4th Quarter Promotion)

    Leading product around the world for use in quilting and embroidery projects! A low odor temporary repositionable spray adhesive that does not stain or cause stickiness.

    Use 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Adhesive for: 

    1. Raw edge appliqué when you are going to sew it in place.
    2. Penny Rugs – spray the back side of wool shapes, place on background to Fix in place then use a blanket stitch around the edges for a permanent hold.
    3. Baste your quilts – Spray the batting or the wrong side of the backing and top to layer your quilt.
    4. When loading a quilt on a long arm machine, use 505 to hold the lead edge of the batting and top to the backing fabric. This way you only pin once along the lead edge.
    5. Spray 505 on Embroidery stabilizer. Hoop your stabilizer, spray, and then stick the garment in place on top without hooping.
    6. Use 505 to hold patches in place before stitching down.
    7. Make fabric covered buttons by spraying the fabric then cover button form. Trim fabric and fold inside top. Apply button back. Fabric will not shift.

    Advantages:
    1. 505 contains neither acid nor water and so does not wet material.
    Problems often experienced with other glues.
    2. Because 505 is an easy to use spray adhesive, it is very economic and convenient.
    3. The ‘low odor’ means that unlike many other adhesives, even when used in confined spaces 505 can be used with little or no discomfort.
    4. 505 can if necessary be easily be removed by washing. Many other adhesives leave a sticky residue that is often difficult to remove.
    5. 505 dries clear. Some other adhesives leave stains or marks on exposed surfaces.
    6. Unlike many other adhesives, 505 is always effective providing just the correct amount of stickiness. Many other products give either insufficient or too much ‘hold’. 505 is proven in both domestic and industrial environments to provide the correct level of adherence thus avoiding the time wasting associated with pinning, tacking.

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    5. Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter 45mm

    This OLFA® rotary cutter is a combination of comfort, convenience, strength and safety. Its ergonomic handle with anti-slip rubber grip eliminates hand fatigue and stress, while the squeeze trigger allows the blade to self-retract for safety. The cutter can handle up to six layers of thin materials. And the quick blade change feature won't slow down your project..

    Good For: cutting strips and multiple layers at once. Cuts fabric, paper, tarp, vinyl, upholstery and more.

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    6. Sullivans - Grip It Gloves for Free Motion Quilting, Sewing & Crating, Size, Medium

    Grip It Gloves are designed with the free motions quilter in mind. Cool and comfortable with a soft, flexible fingertip grip that gives full control with less resistance and drag on fabric. The form-fitting seamless design allows you to keep the Grip It Gloves on while changing threads, adjusting fabrics, cutting with scissors, and adding or removing pins.

    Use with Silicone Spray (item:100946) to make your surface slippery, allowing your fabric to sail over the surface smoothly with no friction or lint build up while you sew.

    • Highly breathable 100% polyester liner gloves with a flexible polyurethane fingertip coating.
    • Enhanced hand and wrist support helps to reduce fatigue and tension while working.
    • Ideal for free motion quilting, sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, and more.
    • Lint and excess fabric dye may accumulate on the fingertip coating with prolonged use. To renew grip, gently rub oil soap on the coating, then wash according to care instructions.
    CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Hand wash in cool water with mild detergent. Dry flat. Do not tumble dry or iron.
    Available in 3 Sizes: Large (item:48666), Medium (item:48667), and Small (item:48668)
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    The sheets are made from powerful fibers that soak up excess dyes in water. Once the dyes are absorbed-the sheet locks them away protecting your clothes from being stained and damaged. Colors are prevented from running or bleeding onto clothes. Saves time by reducing the need for sorting. Saves money by reducing the need for small or LIGHT COLORS ONLY loads.
    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.
  • Shop Spotlight - Impossible Knot Yarn Shop

    Attention needlework fans! Impossible Knot Yarn Shop is a gorgeous new boutique that has opened in 100 Mile House in rural B.C! Everyone knows that the best things come in small packages and this petite boutique is chock full of some truly amazing needlework finds. And if the selection wasn't fantastic enough, the owner Andrea Giddings is there to make one's shopping experience warm, fun and friendly. Walking through the doors at Impossible Knot Yarn Shop truly feels like visiting a friend's home. A friend's home with an eye-popping yarn collection. Whether one lives in 100 Mile or is simply passing through, this new shop is a must-visit for knitters and crochet fans! Scroll on to get a peek at what it's like inside.

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

  • The Seven Staples Every Sewist Needs In Their Studio

    The world of sewing supplies and notions is a vast, and often daunting one. There are gadgets and tools for nearly every stitching conundrum one could dream of and so it can be a challenge for brand new sewists to know where to begin. There are a ton of great products out there, but after careful deliberation, we've determined that these are the seven staples that are an absolute must-have for every sewing kit!

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    1.High-Quality Machine Needles 

    In the same way that good cooking begins with high-quality ingredients, good sewing simply cannot happen without high-quality supplies. A durable, razor-sharp machine needle will improve the longevity and appearance of one's stitches and seams while also saving money. It's amazing how much it adds up when you don't have to constantly repurchase needles!


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    Our Pick - Beissel Special Edition Canada 150 Tin

    Created in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, this is the perfect travel kit for the sewist on the go. This pocket-sized tin comes equipped with four different needles - stretch, jersey/knit, serger/overlock, and universal, along with a sprinkling of satin roses just for fun! These adorable kits make great gifts and are a must-have for sewists and quilters of all skill-levels!


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    2. Heavy Duty (Yet Versatile!) Fabric Scissors

    In most sewing rooms, a good pair of fabric scissors is almost priceless and for good reason! Cutting fabric with a dull, unreliable pair of scissors not only results in uneven cuts and wonky finished pieces, but it can also cause hand fatigue and carpal tunnel over time! If there is one thing every sewist, new and experience, should invest in, it's a sharp, comfy-to-use pair of fabric scissors.


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    Our PickHot Forged Bent Scissor with Sharp Cut Knife Edge 10''

    This "wide body"  knife from Clauss has ultra-sharp carbon steel blades that allow you to cut even dense fabrics with ease, saving time and reducing user fatigue. This multi-tasking scissor is suitable for a wide range of  uses and fabrics.

    Made of carbon steel that is fully double-plated with chrome over nickel.


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    3. Temporary Adhesive Spray

    While most people will say that when it comes to creating beautifully sewn items, there are no quick fixes or shortcuts, there is one exception. When quilting or crafting, a high-quality yet temporary adhesive spray can make it so much easier to hold different fabrics together before you are able to sew them. The best formula should have little odour and shouldn't leave any stains or residue. Just a note - depending on the formula, some sprays (such as Brod' Spray) work better for light fabrics such as cotton and may not work quite as well for dense fabrics.


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    Our Pick - Brod’ Spray - Temporary Adhesive, 500ML 

    A needle-friendly temporary spray that holds fabric and crafts temporary in place. This special formula will not gum sewing needles and allows fabric to be re-positioned without leaving any residue. Brod' spray is colourless and spotless with very little odour. It has a focused mist application, making it great for applique, quilting, basting, pattern piecing, and embroidery.


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    4. Sewing Clips (yes, instead of pins!)

    Everyone knows that pins are an essential part of everyone's sewing kit. Not everyone knows about their more convenient substitute - sewing clips! Unlike standard pins, Magic Clips can be put into place in seconds and can be sewn over using a sewing machine! It's amazing how much time these simple clips can save. Still skeptical? Try them for yourself or watch this review by Laura Ann Coia of SewVeryEasy.  They really are game-changers!


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    Our PickMagic Clips, Small Size, 12pc

    Taylor Seville's Magic Clips are a wonderful alternative to pins! You can even sew over them! Magic Clips open wide to hold many layers of fabrics. Use them whenever you would otherwise use pins, for example, when quilting, making handbags, and when working with heavyweight fabrics.
    • The base of the clip is made of a paper thin metal and it can lay flat for easy feeding to the presser foot.
    • There is no need to remove the clips when sewing. You can sew over them!
    • The easy-to-read markings on the top of each clip will help you sew as accurately as possible.
    Click here to see a video of this fantastic product in action.

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    5. A Cutting Mat 
    When drafting patterns and cutting fabric, a durable, cushiony cutting mat is crucial. They protect the appearance of your cutting surface, sure, but they also extend the life of your rotary cutter! Most come with measurement markings as well to make cutting precise sizes that much easier. Investing in a great cutting mat will keep your tables smooth and your blades sharp for years and years!

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    Whether you're new to crafting or a pro, you'll appreciate this OLFA® rotary mat. It not only protects your cutting surfaces, it protects the edges of rotary blades. The mat's grid lines are designed for easy measuring and accurate cutting of straight lines and precise angles.

    • OLFA® Rotary cutting mats are specially designed for OLFA® Rotary cutters.
    • Self healing, long wearing, and economical.
    • Can be used on both sides.

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    6. Wedge Iron

    A perfectly pressed project is much more likely to turn out than one that is sewn together haphazardly with wrinkles and creases. A quality iron should have a number of settings for every fabric type and task. It should also be light and comfortable to use as most sewists use their irons round the clock. While large irons are tempting as they can smooth out large surfaces quickly, small irons are ideal as they can get into tiny nooks and crannies, smoothing out wrinkles with a precision that cannot be achieved with a bigger iron.


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    Our PickCLOVER Wedge Iron, Includes A Small Spray Bottle

    The Wedge has several unique design features and is truly the future of situational ironing.
    • Wide, ergonomic handle for comfort and secure handling
    • Includes a small spray bottle for controlled moisture and steam where needed.
    • Great for patchwork and details as it features a narrow tip that allows you to easily get under layers of fabric.
    Large convenient dial for temperature adjustment:
    - Low Approx. 175°F-230°F,
    - Mid Approx. 231°F-300°F,
    - High Approx. 301°F - 390°F

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    7. Temporary Marking Tools
    Unless you have a photographic memory, you are going to need to mark your fabric for specific stitches, darts, measurements, and details. It's a good idea to have a variety of marking tools on hand (chalk, pencils, pens etc.) depending on the fabric you are using. It will ensure that your sewing is a lot more accurate and will save a lot of time and stress.

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    Ensure that every portion of your project is flawless and meticulously placed with this easy-to-use marking set. The ceramic lead is made from water soluble dyes and is specifically formulated for fabrics. This set also comes equipped with a soft finger grip for maximum comfort. It is suitable for both light and dark fabrics.

    Includes:

    • 1 ct pen
    • 1 ct plastic lead case
    • 3 ct Pink 0.9mm
    • 3 ct Green 0.9mm
    • 3 ct White 0.9mm
  • 8 Cozy & Cute Autumn DIYS

    There's no better way to spend a chilly autumn night than on the sofa with a chunky knit blanket, a steaming cup of apple cider and crafting materials in your lap. Besides being a fun way to stimulate your creativity for your work projects (we're looking at you designers and teachers!), crafting also comes with a host of health benefits. Whether you're a teacher who needs a few more ideas for their home economics class or just a creative who wants to unwind at the end of the day, these 8 project ideas practically scream 'fall has arrived' without being overly cliche. No paper jack-o-lanterns or haphazardly sewn trick-or-treat bags here!

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    1. Adorable Knit Pumpkins

    Cute and versatile, you can knit a cluster of them to create a festive fall centerpiece or simply use one as a stress ball or pin cushion. Go ahead and fill your home with pretty pumpkins without stepping foot in the patch!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos and DIY via Girl. Inspired. 

    2. Pom-Pom Trimmed Flannel Blanket

    Pom-poms never fail to lend a sense of whimsy to a piece, and this toasty flannel blanket project is no exception! One could go wild playing with colour and fabric combinations, but there is something about bright yellow juxtaposed again plaid that really pops!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photo and DIY via Mama In A Stitch

    3. Cowl Crochet Sweater Vest

    Cuddly and comfy, this crochet cowl-neck piece is like a sweater and scarf in one! It's relatively simple to make and looks utterly chic with a pair of crisp tapered trousers and a pair of ankle boots.

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    Photo and DIY via Hooked On Homemade Happiness

    4. Crochet Pumpkin Beanie Hat

    A pumpkin for little pumpkins! This adorable crochet beanie can be whipped up in only a couple of hours and will keep tiny tots perfectly toasty all the way into winter.

    Things You'll Need 

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    Photos and DIY via Bugaboo City

    5. Autumn Acorn Banner

    Forget jack-o-lanterns or leaves, this playful acorn banner brings a bit of autumn indoors without being cheesy. Also, the subdued neutral colours would go with nearly any type of decor - much more so than in-your-face orange!

    Things You'll Need

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    Photos and DIY via YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad

    6. Fallen Leaves Cup Holder

    Embellished with colourful leaf designs, this crochet cup holder will keep coffees (and teas) steaming from morning until lunch! All this fun DIY requires is a few hours, yarn, a yarn needle and a pair of crochet hooks. Get stitchin'!

    Things You'll Need

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    7. Wool Blanket Coat 

    There are some brisk, dark fall mornings where we wish we could leave our beds and come to work with our blankets draped around us like Linus from Peanuts. Well, feast your eyes on this uber-cozy blanket-coat which is the adult, socially acceptable version of this! It's stylish, on trend and makes everyday feel like a lazy Sunday morning in one's PJs.

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    8. Cozy Pom Pom Pillow

    The best way to get rid of excess yarn? Why, by making a ton of colourful pom-poms of course! This no-sew pillow looks like something one would get from a trendy decor shop but actually requires very little effort. And while there are ways to make pom-poms by hand, it is a lot easier (and more fun) with Clover's Pom Pom Maker! Plus, it makes a great gift idea for when the holidays roll around.

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    Do you have any questions or comments? We would love to hear from you! Chat with us in the comment section or send us a message at sales@njeffersonltd.com.

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