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Buying Quality Notions
Buying the best quality notions will make your finished project look its best. We have listed to resources of the companies we like best in our links section. If you're in business for yourself, you may find buying notions in bulk will save you time and money.

Seam binding, pins, buttons and lace are all excellent candidates for a bulk purchase. Map out your projects in advance to determine what your needs will be. Look for sales, save sales coupons, and make sure you're on the mailing lists of stores where you like to buy notions. Also, check the internet and auction sites for excellent deals on lot purchases.

Buy good quality, sharp pins to protect your fabric. Most pin cushions come with a tip sharpener, which will make your pins last longer. Before you buy, peek through the packaging and make sure there are no bent pins, or badly formed pins. Store your pins by size and type on pin cushions and in organizers.

Have ready some storage options for when you bring your notions home. Keep them organized, and protected. When you buy bulk lace and binding, you may want to keep track of how much you use for each project. This will also give you a head's up to know when to re-order.

Buying seam binding in single-packs is good for small projects. Stick with name brands, and always pre-shrink before you apply to your project.

Hook-eyes and snap sets should be looked over to ensure there is a match for each. Look for bent ends on hook-eyes. Note that there are several sizes, so pick the best one that works for your project. You will have to hand sew them, so if you have a lot to sew, consider buying strips of fasteners. If your project works to accommodate strips, they will save you time and energy.

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