Some Things You Might Want to Know about Frixion Pens

Our Guild Member Faye wanted to share the following articles with you on Frixion Pens. From the articles linked, “Frixion pens are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping.”

Frixion Pens – All You Need to Know

The article referenced three other articles the author had written, but I couldn’t find a link easily so one link is all I can give. Besides, if it’s all you need to know as the title says, then you don’t really need the other three articles, do you? 🙂

Enjoy! Thanks Faye!

Big List of Online Canadian Fabric, Pattern and Notion Stores

Thanks to our member Kathleen for finding this huge list of online Canadian fabric, pattern and notion stores from The Finished Garment blog.

At the time of this writing, their list was last updated on January 6, 2015. I imagine they will update it as time goes by.

For your future reference, you can either bookmark the page the link above goes to. Or if you use our site, it is now an item in the drop down LINKS menu at upper right of our site. Click on the Canadian Online Stores choice and it will take you there!

How to Buy Fabric by the Pound… Minh’s Approach

Yesterday, I wrote asking about how to buy fabric by the pound as was the system at the Loft of Michael Levine’s in the LA Fashion District. By chance, I got to go there today as the day’s plans made by others got changed. Here was my strategy.

The place was a bunch of bins of whatever in whatever sizes there were, just as Guild member Kathleen had emailed me. If you were lucky, you’d be there on the days of or soon after designers dump off their discards and you might get some really wild, exotic and probably expensive fabrics.

I don’t think I was lucky. Everything was everywhere. Lots of big boxes you can’t realistically expect to see the bottom half of contents unless you were to do some serious digging and displacement of fabrics for every box. Lots of interesting stuff, but not much too wild.

The thought that came to my mind right away was go for sheer and lace. There was enough of it by the yard, as well as by air holes in the fabrics to make it “light” and good length for the value, lol.

Unfortunately, not too much interested me. Still, to be honest, what’s there are all pretty much bargains. It’s just a matter of how much of a bargain you’re getting.

The only pieces I ended up getting were about a yard each. A little piece of black sheer with deep green roses on it (shown below in double layer so the roses could be seen but pretty translucent). That was all of 0.05 lbs. Then a piece of deep red velvet (far richer in colour than the tablet photo below would betray).

What will they be used for? Well, let’s just say slightly scandalous garments… though not for me!!! lol

Minh in LA

How Would You Gauge Buying Fabric by the Pound?

I saw this sign in the LA Fashion District at Michael Levine’s.

fabric by the pound sign

Fabric by the pound, eh? I’ve never thought of it that way. I have no way to relate because I’ve never measured my fabrics. I don’t know if this were a thrift part of the store, or what, but I’ll find out some time this week. Being an analytical type, though, I’ll need some frame of reference to judge value. I don’t know if pieces will be precut or not, but I probably won’t buy much if I don’t know how much a few yards might come to in price as I would have no idea of weight.

We’ll see, but if anybody has any good guidelines or suggestions, do share. Please post as comment or if you are in the guild, please send to Guild gmail. I’m having trouble with my personal Hotmail account. No access till I get home.

Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.

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As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.

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Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website, patchhalifax.com, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​ hello@patchhalifax.com

Can the Tim Horton’s Drink Marker Be Used to Mark Dark Fabric?

I’ve never found a satisfactory tool to mark dark fabric. Not agile enough. Too messy. Not reliable enough. Whatever. I’ve been tempted to take silver or gold sharpie type markers to the fabric, but worried how to get it out.

But then when I was in line to get a hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s today, I connected with the white markings they had on their drinks to identify what each were. You could write with it. You could wipe it off easily enough. It’s probably not toxic if it’s that near digested fluids… though you could never be sure these days. I thought this could be the perfect dark fabric marker I have been seeking my entire (sewing) life!

And so I asked what they used to mark the drink.

Well, I’m not sure whether or not I should be surprised, but none of them knew! They showed me the thing and said it was a fillable filament they stuck in some pen casing. But that was all they knew about it!

I had a meeting on my mind so I walked off disappointed. Maybe I’ll ask again to see if they’d loan me one, sell me one, give me one, or whatever. But I’d still have to test it.

Then I thought of you all and thought maybe I’d ask you first in case any of you knew. Do you?

Any of you have kids or know of people at Tim’s who might know?

Shopping for Fabric in New York’s Chinatown

Shopping for Fabric in New York’s Chinatown

A full review of a handful of stores I shopped at in Manhattan’s Chinatown, where there may not be many fabric and accessories stores like in the Fashion/Garment District, but LOTS of good deals nonetheless.

That, plus a nice girl might ask an Asian guy if he could advise her on sewing her Little Mermaid costume… 🙂

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