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  1. Disclaimer: For all those of you that are in denial that Christmas is a mere three months away, look away now!


    stockings mini


    But for anyone that is already beavering away with projects for friends and loved ones, you might like to know that we too are gearing up for the festive season here in the shop. Our Christmas fabrics are arriving already, we have some beautiful ribbons for stylish gift-wrapping and some of our staff have been busy sewing up samples of our lovely stockings and advent calendars.


    greeny xmas fabric

    xmas fabrics reds

    xmas fabrics wider

    This year, we have some beautiful Scandanavian-style printed cottons, featuring tiny reindeer, Christmassy cottages and snowflakes. There are also some wider width cottons (54") for larger projects such as quilts or table runners. The photos above are just a few of the range.

    We'll be getting more in over the coming weeks too, so do keep popping in!

    Prices start at £5.50/m.

    xmas ribbons


    We also have a large range of Christmas ribbon, including Christmas puddings, mistletoe, gingerbread men, stars and even little owls! The above range are priced at 49p/m and we also have some wider, wired festive ribbon too.


    calendar panels


    Finally, we have some advent calendar panels starting from £7.00 per panel. These are great to make up in time for December 1st, and of course can be brought out year after year. The mini stockings are a great alternative to the traditional advent calendars and would look lovely strung across a mantel piece. They're also the perfect size for fitting in a chocolate or two!

    And here's one we made earlier:


    calendar finished

  2. It's another offers post! This time, it's the Janome autumn deals, and as usual there's something for everyone, whether it's the first-time sew-er, the experienced quilter or the embroidery enthusiast.

    These offers run all the way up until 20th December, so there's plenty of time to grab a good deal if you're thinking of spoiling someone with a new sewing machine for Christmas.


    The mechanical J3-24 machine currently has £20 off, making it £169. This machine features a stitch width dial, allowing for more variation in the shape and size of the stitches, 24 built-in stitches and needle threader. It also comes with a hard cover.


    As featured on the BBC's Sewing Bee programme, the 525S Sewist machine is also reduced to £229 for the  coming months. A sturdy machine able to handle a large range of fabrics, the 525S can also sew an automatic one-step buttonhole, has 24 stitches and is a good buy for those wanting a strong machine and utility stitches.


    The XL601 is a fully computerised machine with 30 stitches including a good range of decorative designs. The display screen is simple to use and the built-in speed control function allows for perfect precise sewing. The XL601 is reduced by £20 to £329.


    With 30 stitches featuring a direct key system for selecting stitches and functions, the DKS30 is a joy to use. With undercutting scissors and lock stitch capability, it's an ideal machine for dressmakers and those who value ease of use and don't want too many stitches. The DKS30 is reduced by £50 to £399.


    Next is the DKS100: it's exactly the same build and specification as the DKS30, but with 100 stitches, including tiny cats, anchors and cars! The DKS100 is reduced by £50 to £449.

    As well as money off, the three machines above all also come with a quilting kit for free! The kit includes: an extension table, a walking foot,
    darning foot for free motion embroidery, quarter-inch foot and stitch in the ditch foot.


    And finally for the sewing machines, it's the 5900QC. This machine comes with over 500 stitches, including alphabets. It also has a memory function with which to store words and phrases, or particular stitch combinations. Its large display screen makes it easy to customise the settings, making it a great machine for quilters and crafters. The 5900QC is reduced by £100 to £699 and also comes with an extension table and quilting accessories.


    Also on offer is the 350E embroidery machine, now at £899 with a saving of £100, it also comes with free digitizer software. The 350E has 100 built-in designs as well as 3 fonts - perfect for personalising clothing and accessories. It can embroider designs up to 200mm x 140mm in size and has a large touch screen making it really simple to use.

    As always, don't hesitate to give us a ring or come into the shop if you have any questions, or would like to try any of the machines.