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  1. We've been stocking Aurifil threads for a while now, so we thought it would be high time to tell you a little more about it. Aurifil is an Italian-based company, specialising in high-quality, 100% cotton threads. Made from Egyptian long staple cotton, the thread is treated by mercerization to remove all impurities and fuzz. The treatment also increases strength whilst reducing lint, and gives the cotton a lustrous appearance. It's recently been growing in popularity, and has been a big hit with quilters, as its combination of both strength and fineness make it ideal for patchwork piecing and machine quilting. Aurifil does not subject you to common mishaps such as thread breakage or snarling!

    aurifil conesaurifil stand

    Jenna has been using Aurifil in both her personal projects and our new Patchwork and Quilting classes for the last few months. She says:

    'I took the threads to the Spring Quilt Festival, where they caused quite a stir! Several quilters told me that they had already discovered Aurifil and never use anything else – others had heard the buzz and were eager to try it. There was even one quilter at the festival who tried her new reel of Aurifil that very night – and was so pleased with the result that she returned to our stand the next day to buy some more!'

    Quilters love it for its quality and reliability. It's wonderful for machine and hand piecing, as well as hand applique. If you are using it for machine quilting it creates a beautiful fine finish, which makes it perfect for heavy background quilting, high detail, or simply when you don't want the quilting lines to be too visible.'

    aurifil basket

    For more details on Aurifil, visit their website here.

    We are currently stocking the 50-weight cotton in 1300m reels, at £8.20 each, and 200m reels, at £3.20 each.

  2. Don't panic, there are still 7 shopping days left at Exeter Sewing before the big day (yes Christmas really is coming). We have become santa's little helpers once more to bring you this £5 and under gift guide. 

    £5 and under

    1. Aida £2.99

    2. Sewing hoop £3.20

    3. Christmas fat quarter £3.00

    4. Kaffe Fasset fat quarters £4.00

    5. Quilters quarter £1.80

    6. Circle and Scallop ruler £2.95

    7. Vintage style spools 50p

    8. Vanishing fabric marker £3.99

    9. Seam ripper £3.84

    10. Quilters glass head pins £4.09

    11. Mouseloft cross stitch kits £2.29

    12. Dmc skeins 96p Dmc metallic skeins £1.65

    13. 3m ribbon bundle £1

    14. Gold eye Quilting needles £2.03

    You still have chance to get these magical Christmas gifts posted to you but you have to be quick as Friday the 19th is the last day we can guarantee the 1st class post will be with you. Now go and celebrate the end of your shopping worries, those chocolates have been calling for you all day, I wont tell if you don't.

  3. Because there are only 12 shopping days left at Exeter Sewing we thought we would be santa's little helpers. With all of these gift ideas at £10 and under we have something for everyone - from that forgotten relative to the last-minute secret santa, we have you covered! 

    £10 and under

    1. Magnetic pin dish £5.55

    2. Gutermann pack £8.90

    3. Bobbin saver £9.45

    4. Quilters masking tape £1.99

    5. Patchwork ruler £6.09

    6. Double sided cutting mat £9.49

    7. Olfa 45mm rotary cutter £22.63 (Sorry, it's such a good buy it snuck in there!) 

    8. 4 inch patchwork ruler £7.15

    9. Fusible bias tape maker £9.60

    10. Sewline fabric pencil £9.99

    11. Gutermann storage box £5.10

    And what's more, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to be a gift buying superstar, we can post them out to you! But don't delay as the last day we can guarantee these christmas gifts will be with you is Friday 19th December. Phone the shop 01392 275660 and let's get your presents sorted. Then put your feet up with a mulled wine and mince-pie, you deserve it after all that hard work!