Christmas and Holiday Season

by Rena on December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays
Did you know that the people who love you are busy thinking of gift ideas for you too? So many of us are busy thinking about the perfect gift to give or are busy finishing those special gifts that we are making , that we forget about ourselves. Read more…


Choosing the Right Knitting Needle

by Rena on November 22, 2011

Bamboo Knitting Needle Set

There are knitting needles that are made from plastic, metal, wood or bamboo. Straight needles being the most widely used. There are circular, double pointed and interchangeable ones as well. My favourite needles to use are the interchangeable ones. These allow you to remove the tips to change the size of the needles and to extend the needles longer.

The extension of the length of the needle is one of the greatest inventions to knitting. It is so great to be able to make a knitting needle as long as you want. This is handy when you are knitting a larger size or when a lot of stitches are needed. When working with bulky yarns, they are lighter and make it much easier to hold onto the knitting. Metal needles claim to be faster because the stitches slide easier. Plastic needles are less expensive and more readily available. Bamboo and wood needles are lighter in weight and present a more individual style.

The most important rule when selecting a pair of knitting needles is that you make sure they are completely smooth, especially the tips. The sizes of knitting needles depend on where they are from. The correct conversion of the three types, Continental ( Metric) , USA, and UK vary depending on where you are looking. In researching this I have found that there seems to be a few variations out there. Most current patterns tell you the size required in all three types. Please see the conversion chart for knitting needles and crochet hooks below. N. Jefferson Ltd. carries a wide variety of different types and sizes of wholesale knitting needles.

Knitting Need Conversion Chart


How to Get Rid of Fuzz Balls

by Rena on November 6, 2011

Sweater Stone

We have all had a sweater or an article of clothing that has lint or fuzz balls. A lot of these garments get tossed out or find their way to the pile of old worn out stuff that we keep to wear around the house to do chores in. But did you know that there is a way to save these favourite pieces?

Some years ago I received a handy Christmas gift called a Sweater Stone. The Sweater Stone is used for getting rid of all those unsightly fuzz or lint balls that make a garment look warn out.

You can trim the fuzz balls away by gently rubbing along the surface of both sweaters and other fabrics. There have been other methods used such as a using razor blades, masking tape or sand paper, but nothing I have found seems to do the job better than a Sweater Stone.

The stone that I have comes in it’s own little box. The box helps to store the stone when it is not being used. The stone is a block of pumice. Pumice can be purchased at most places that sell products for your feet. I have used this Sweater Stone on all types of sweater knits and sweat shirts, hats and scarves. The trick is to lay your garment flat and to be careful not to be too rough when you are trimming. N. Jefferson in Vancouver carries these along with a number of other knitting related products at affordable prices.

Sweaters need a little more care not to pull the knit as it can and will rip a hole. Sweatshirts have the tendency to gather fuzz ball along the sleeves and in places where the fabric surfaces rub together.

The next time you think that your clothes are ready to get rid of because of those little fuzz balls, try a Sweater Stone.

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by Rena on October 22, 2011


Sewing buttons back onto a garment that has either been purchased or made yourself  is a real pain. A lot of people toss a article of clothing out or place it in the back of the closet for some miracle to happen. This problem is usually found with ladies blouses and men’s shirts that are bought. Here is a tip that can save you from having to sew a button back on.

That is if it is not lost. When you first purchase a garment that has buttons on it, use some clear nail polish to secure them.

Just put a small dab of nail polish onto the middle of the button where the thread is and let dry. The polish will secure that button for a very long time. Probably for the life of the garment. The reason that buttons tend to come off is that some manufacturers use low quality thread to sew them on. They are well aware that most people, particularly men will just go out and buy a new shirt rather than sewing a button back on.


Rotary Cutters and Mats

by Rena on September 28, 2011

Olfa Rotary Cutter

The most commonly used Rotary Cutters and Mats are made by Olfa. Since 1979 this company has designed a complete range of rotary blade cutters for quilters and crafters. These sharp blades are made from high quality tool steel and are razor sharp. The cutters have been designed to accommodate both left and right handed use.

Olfa has a series of different blades for many different applications as well as a complete line of accessories. Some of the accessories that are available include non slip acrylic rulers that make an exact measurement, self healing mats that are double sided with grid lines, and specialty tools for cutting circles. The mats are a must have and are made especially for the use with the Olfa cutters. The grid lines that are printed onto the mats assist for precision cutting and are available in a variety of sizes. The most popular size that is used is the 24”x36”.

If you are a quilter or a sewer that does craft work , the rotary cutter will save you a tremendous amount of time and will allow you to cut multiple layers when cutting your fabrics.  Every sewing room should have at least one rotary cutter and mat along with your choice of rulers. For wholesale sewing and quilting supplies I recommend N. Jefferson Ltd. Visit their website to see their selection of great notions!