Some Favourite Things

Shops, Websites, Vlogs, Resources

These shops and sites are saved on my bookmarks bar.

Unless specifically noted, I am not a representative of any of these companies. I do not participate in any affiliate programs. I won’t get a discount or credit or commission if you click on any of these links.

These are companies/websites/places I visit. And I like to support small businesses.

Updated February 26, 2021

Photo taken in front of Sew Over It

Retail

Fabric Mart FabricsYou never know what you’ll find! Fabric Mart gets a bit of everything and much of their fabric is deadstock or close-out so the prices are excellent. If you don’t find what you want, check back in a day or two!
There’s a website plus a retail store in Sinking Spring, PA.
(Note: I am a Fabric Mart Fabricista and write for their blog.)
Wawak (aka Cleaner Supply)I buy zippers, large spools of thread, tracing paper and other notions from Wawak.
Fashion Fabric SupplyIf you want really nice interfacing, this is the place to go. They have very good quality interfacing for specific needs.
Ray-StitchLocated in Islington (London), Ray-Stitch has an excellent selection of natural fibre fabrics, notions and patterns. In particular, they have plenty of bamboo knits and ribbing.
Pamela’s PatternsI’ve reviewed Pamela Leggett’s patterns in various posts so won’t repeat that info here. Pamela sells her patterns on her website (and also at Fabric Mart). She also has a great selection of notions including a personal favourite, Sewkeys E Stay Tape.
Olga’s Fabric LaneWhen I go home to Calgary I always stop at Olga’s Fabric Lane and undoubtedly buy some fabric. Ingrid, the proprietor, stocks a lot of bridal and special occasion fabric but she also gets a lovely selection of interesting fabrics. If you’re not in the area, she will send pictures to help you envision fabrics.
Sew Over ItLisa Comfort’s shop in Islington (London) has lovely bright, colourful and fun fabrics! I always come home with a good sized bag of fabric after visiting SOI. (NOTE: Brick & Mortar shop is closed, online store is open.)

Online Communities

TopStitch MakersTopStitch Makers is an online community for sewists. There’s a focus on learning and with your membership ($4.95US/month) you have access to plenty of live online and recorded classes and regular sewing socials (Sip & Sew, anyone?) There are also sewing forums where you can socialize with other sewists and ask questions. Forum chat is definitely focused on sewing so if you’re trying to avoid the craziness of the world, this is the place to be!
Pattern ReviewPattern Review is an online community for sewists with hundreds of thousands of members. Members post reviews of patterns, machines, notions and stores. There are also forums that discuss everything from how to best insert a zipper to baking bread. There are free and pay membership options.
Instagram | Sew Over 50On Instagram there is a thriving community for those over aged 50 (young’uns are welcome, too!) to post their makes and share successes and questions. Follow @SewOver50 and #sewover50 for posts.
If you’re an Instagram novice, this group also offers the best Instagram lessons. I swear Judith and Sandy (the leaders) know more about Instagram and most 20 year olds!
(Note, I am a guest editor for this group)

References/Websites

Schmetz Needles GuideI have a Schmetz Pocket Guide (link here) in my sewing table and it’s amazingly helpful.
Schmetz also has other reference materials on their website.
Alexandra Morgan TutorialsAlexandra Morgan offers several excellent tutorials on her website. I have referred to the high-rounded back adjustment many times.