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New Sewing and Quilting Notions

We are so glad to introduce the newest “section” of Fat Quarter Shop to you – Quilting and Sewing Notions! We’ve got your basics – pins, scissors, rotary cutters – and some exciting products we love, like yo-yo makers and an excellent array of Sewline fabric pencils and glue pens! These Sewline products were new to us, but we tried ‘em and loved ‘em, as did Jan Vaine of The Graham Cracker Collection. We’ve asked her to share her experience with the Sewline notions, and of course we got her rave reviews. Now that we’ve got our Notions in place, what other types of sewing/quilting aids would you be interested in seeing there? And if you’ve tried any of these Sewline fabric pencils before, please share your thoughts! We’re giving away pencils to three commenters in the color of their choice, so check back Wednesday to see if you’ve won!

Hi! My name is Jan Vaine, the designer of The Graham Cracker Collection. I enjoy teaching, designing, and sharing my absolute love of vintage appliqué, hand work, and small pieced quilts.

If you’re like me, and I think there are a lot of us out there, we just love adding new tools to our sewing baskets that will make our stitching easier and more fun! Well, here are two of those “must have” NEW tools!

Have you tried the new Sewline fabric pencils? OMG…talk about the perfect fine line fabric marker! As quilters, appliquérs, sewers, or embroiderers, who doesn’t need a fabric marker? This is the perfect pencil! As an appliquér, I love the precise, perfect fine line that glides smoothly onto the fabric. It comes in white, black, green, yellow, pink, every color we would possibly need to mark on our beautiful array of fabrics! The color coding on the top of each pencil makes them easy to find in your sewing caddy or basket. They are refillable (original package also includes). Markings stay put until you need them to disappear, then remove the lines with the top eraser or by dabbing with a damp cloth! Have I said what a perfect marking pencil this is? So in an effort to “declutter” my sewing basket and caddies, I have done away with all other markers. I’ve found everything I need in a marking pencil in the Sewline Fabric pencil! Thank you United Notions!

I brought the Sewline Fabric Markers and Glue Sticks home from Moda University last July to share with my appliqué class. Since then, our quilt shop has a hard time keeping them in stock!

Last month, I taught at the Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy, in historic Williamsburg, VA. Each of the gals’ class kits included a black and white Sewline fabric pencil to work on their block (Thank You Moda!). Let’s just say word travels fast around the Academy, and by lunchtime of the first day, ladies throughout the Academy wanted to know, “Where can I get one of those fabric pencils everyone is talking about?” They have even been the topic of conversation on the Yahoo! Baltimore Quilts Group! A definite must try and must have!

The Sewline glue stick is just as wonderful! It’s streamlined, not as bulky as the office supply/craft store variety, and it too just glides on smoothly.

Hope you all give these new tools a try!

Jan Vaine
The Graham Cracker Collection


  1. I’m skeptical about fabric pencils and have never ever been happy with them. I’d love to give this one a try and perhaps become a believer.

  2. I haven’t tried them yet, but I know a few people who think they’re great! I’d love to get my hands on one to give it a work out.

  3. Cool! I just spent a frustrating 45 minutes with one of my pencils not marking as well so I’d love the chance to try something new!

  4. That sounds like just the kind of marking tool I have been seeking. I am always trying different marking tools for my applique, and have not yet been truly satisfied. My first color choices would be black and white.

  5. I love my sewline pencil and even gave one to my sister as part of her Christmas present. I haven’t tried the glue pens and I’ve been meaning to get the other colors of lead. So another would be much appreciated!

  6. That’s great about the notions. Too bad I’m not in the first 3 comments but I’ve been at work all day. If I were to choose though, I would choose white.

  7. I really want to locate these fabric markers! I like to do whole cloth quilts–and marking the quilt is critical. I haven’t found a market that has won my heart yet–this product just might do so!

  8. I would love to try these out, especially the white, I am always looking for a good way to mark dark fabrics.

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

  9. I’ve been so frustrated with chalk lately. The Sewline pencils may be just the thing. Other reviews online rave about them! I’m so glad you’re carrying them now.

  10. I can never find one that works quite the way I want it to–these look like they would! And they’re so cutey-pie as well. Who can resist?

  11. I am very happy to see that you are now stocking notions too! I always use mechanical pencils when taking notes or designing something on paper. It is exciting to see that someone has created one that works with fabric because I can now use them in my craft too.

  12. I ordered the pencils, but haven’t yet ordered the glue pen. I’d love to know how it compares to the Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It I use, or the Appli-Glue. Might have to get one and try it out! 🙂

  13. I have been wanting to try the pencils and hadn’t seen the glue stick yet. I would love to be a guinea pig for them!

  14. Both of these notions are new to me…and they both look like they’d be a great help in applique’ and the glue for my paper piecing. Thanks so much for the info!!!

  15. I do have the pencil…I’m interested in the different colors now. I am glad the FQ shop has added notions. I am a HUGE fan of online shopping..and you’re top of my list…could be why I follow you on twitter and check your site daily LOL

  16. I have one of the pencils and just love the lines it makes! I’ve got the white and pink leads. What I really need is another pencil so I don’t have to keep changing the leads in the one I have!

  17. I have been seeing these pencils all over but have not seen them yet where I live. I do applique and I really would like to get one of these pencils. I have heard nothing but positive comments about it.

  18. Don’t need to be entered into the drawing as I already have the Sewline Pencil, but I wanted to say that this has to be the BEST pencil I’ve ever used. I find the green lead shows up the best for me on a huge range of colors and comes off fabric easily. I never saw the glue pen before, so I will probably have to give that a try.

  19. I love hearing about new products – these pencils sound great, and are without a doubt a hundred times better than the old fabric marker I’ve been using. I’d love to win one! Thanks!

  20. I am so glad that you are expanding to more notions! You really are my “one-stop shop!” I’d love to try any of them, but since I’m partial to pink, that is where I’d love to start.

  21. It’s just like you read my mind. Two days ago, I sat in front of the fabric markers and pencils for at least 15 minutes trying to find the perfect one. I’d love to try these!

  22. A new sewing tool
    I’m starting to drool
    I do hope I win it
    I’d be nuts if I did’nt
    Those pencils are totally cool.

    lillysstuff at gmail dot com

  23. These look great – I’m always looking for a good gadget and fabric writing utensil. Most are really hard to see. I’d love to see how these look.

  24. These sound like a quilter’s dream come true! Marking with precision? Something to make life easier??? Who’da thunk? Love to give one a whirl!

  25. Oooh! Just what I’ve been looking for! I’ve started an applique project and haven’t been able to find a marking tool I like. Would love to try one of these!

  26. I saw these pencils on your website before Jan posted about them here, They look wonderful, I would love to give them a try.