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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:50 AM

Buttons, Trimming and Tailoring Supplies


For a list of sources for cloth please see the Warp and Woof Forum.

Augsburger Knopffabrik (Augsburg Button Factory)
Sell direct to the tailors and the public
Exceptional prices and quality
http://www.augsburger-knopffabrik.de/
English page: http://www.schneider...e/3?shop_param=
State they are happy for buyers to contact them in English
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A.C. ter Kuile
Interlining specialists
http://www.actk.nl/eng/index_eng.html

Benson and Clegg
An excellent range of gilt buttons
http://www.bensonand...ex.php?cPath=21

Beckenstein
32 West 20th Street,
New York, NY 10011
http://www.beckensteinfabrics.com/
Sell quality cloth


Bernstein & Banleys Ltd also trading online as The Lining Company
Unit 7 Britannia Business Park, Comet Way
Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 6GE United Kingdom

Tel: 44 0844 800 3630
Fax: 44 0844 800 3631
www.qualitylinings.co.uk
full catalogue and shop: http://www.theliningcompany.co.uk


B. Black 1.800.433.1546
548 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
http://www.bblackandsons.com/
Tailoring supplies

Charles Parson
The Melbourne store stocks interlining and other tailoring supplies
Charles Parsons & Co Pty Ltd
Essendon Fields House
Ground Floor, 7 English Street
ESSENDON FIELDS VIC 3041
http://www.charlespa...apparel_fabrics

Charles Zarit Co.
624 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone 1-800-523-0686
Fax 215-627-5927
http://charleszarit.com/

Cobern Textiles
main (800) 421-4100
work fax (516) 867-1696
owner Paul Camhi
145 Frankel Blvd
Merrick NY 11566

Dugdale Bros
http://www.dugdalebr...om/dugdale.html
In addition to cloth, Dugdale also offer a range of tailors' trimmings

H. Fisher & Sons Tailoring Supply
4129 Saint Laurent Blvd. Montreal QC H2W 1Y7
Tel 514-842-9524

Folhoffer
http://www.folhoffer.eu/

Gilt Edge Suiting
Tel: 01254 831311
79 Bolton Rd,
Abbey Village,
Chorley,
Lancashire PR6 8DP
UK
Antonio Argentino: a.argentino@zen.co.uk
A maker of high end canvas. Used by a number of Italian high end garment makers worldwide, and by Savile Row tailors. Also make Bemberg lining.


Gubi Linings-Trimgs Co
61 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002-2916
(212) 226-3532.


Hwa Seng Textiles
Horn buttons, mother of pearl shirt buttons, and gilt buttons. Tailoring supplies at competitive prices
http://www.hst.com.sg/

Joyce Trimming
http://www.ejoyce.com/

Lichtenstein 1.800.221.7746
95 Delancey Street
New York NY 10002

The Lining Company
A large selection of linings, canvas and silesia
Purchases can be made on-line
http://www.theliningcompany.co.uk

The London Badge & Button Company
http://www.lbblondon...ic_Buttons.html
A maker of cufflinks, as well as buttons and badges both military and non-military

MacCulloch-Wallis
http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/

MJ Trimming
http://www.mjtrim.com/?refArea=Top
For a quote on wholesale prices for bulk purchases contact Alicia Garcia: alicia@mjtrim.com
Stock excellent horn and corozo buttons at competitive prices


Nähwelt - Die Welt des Nähens
http://stores.shop.e...n__W0QQ_armrsZ1
Contact person: Klaus Neumann
- Tel/Fax: 02366 - 88 55 65
- Post:
Reitkamp 53
45699 Herten
Germany
- email: naehwelt@aol.com
Tailoring supplies. Also stock Hänsel Orange haircanvas

P.J. Novak
http://www.pjnovak.cz/?language=en
Based in Prague. Competitive prices. Even stock tailors'soap which is otherwise almost impossible to find

Orag eG
http://www.orag.de/
Excellent source of tailoring supplies based in Munich

Panda International Trading of New York
247 W 38TH ST, NEW YORK,
NY 10018
TEL (212)302-9434
FAX (212)302-9488
http://www.zipppershop.com/home.htm

Utica Thread Co. Inc.
458 Danbury Rd New Milford CT 06776
Tel 860-355-8558 fax 860-355-5301
http://www.uticathread.com/

Richard James Weldon
60 Berwick Street London W1F 8SU UK
Tel. 44.207.734.7151 fax. 44.207.287.2366
http://www.richardjamesweldon.com/
Excellent seller of all tailoring trimming

Parapad, Inc.
Shoulder pads, sleeve heads, interlinings
90 Louvain Ouest Montreal, QC, Canada, H2N 1B4
Tel 514-389-3539 fax 514-389-1123
http://www.parapad.com/
parapad@parapad.com

Bottonificio Padano s.p.a.
buttons
Via Scapacchio,
23 Saccolonco (Padova) Italy 35030
Tel 39.0498.015055
Fax 39.0498.015142
http://www.bottonificiopadano.it/
padano@bottonificiopadano.it

QST Industries
Pocketing, banroll, waistband, specialty trimmings
525 Monroe Street Chicago IL 60661
Tel 312-930-9400 fax 312-648-0312
http://www.qst.com/

Sil Thread
257 West 38th Street New York NY 10018
Tel. (212) 997 8949/8959
Fax. (212) 997-8960
http://threadus.com/

Steinlauf and Stoller
239 West 39th St.
New York, N.Y. 10018
Store Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM- 5:30 PM EST
212 869-0321
Fax 212 302-4465
Toll Free 877-869-0321
Email: steinlauf@rcn.com
http://www.steinlaufandstoller.com/

Sil Thread (38th Street)
http://threadus.com/

Tessline
satin, grosgrain for facing dinner jackets etc
Via S. Vincenzo, 8
22063 Cantu (Como) Italy
39.031.7073760 Fax 39.031.3516519

Tiger Button co. Inc.
307 West 38th Street New York NY 10018
Tel 212.594.0570 fax 212.695.0265
http://www.tigerbutton.com/
tiger@tigerbutton.com

Whaleys
UK Based (in Bradford) on-line store
Also sell canvas, fusible, Holland linen, lining, and domette
http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk

Ely Yawitz
Chicago based seller of tailoring supplies
http://www.elyyawitz.com/
toll free Nr 1-800-325-7915
eeyco@aol.com

Interlinings

Cervotessile s.P.a.
linings, pocketings, canvas, haircloth
Viao Olona 123
Gallarate (VA) Italy 21013
Tel 39.0331.268111
Fax 039.0331.776143
http://www.cervotessile.it/
office@cervotessile.it

Rovagnati Vincenzo s.p.a.
Canvas, haircloth, interlinings
Via S. Francesco 19
Mariano C. Se., Italy, 22066
Tel 39.031.740012
Fax 39.031.743246
http://www.rovagnativincenzo.it/
info@rovagnativincenzo.it

Interforme Interlinings
North American representative for Cervotessile, canvas, pocketing, lining, chest pieces, canvas fronts

Gilt Edge Suiting
Company owned UK store for Italian maker Tessillino Zorloni Bruno
Tel: 01254 831311
79 Bolton Rd,
Abbey Village,
Chorley,
Lancashire PR6 8DP
UK
Antonio Argentino: a.argentino@zen.co.uk
Tessillino Zorloni Bruno is a maker of high end canvas since 1880. Used by a number of renown high-end garment makers in Italy and worldwide, as well as by Savile Row tailors. Also make Bemberg lining.


Equipment/ Supplies

McAllister Retail Services Inc. (Finishing, pressing equipment)
120 Anglin Drive, Cumming, GA 30040
Tel 770-521-0242 fax 770-521-2239
Jim77730076@yahoo.com

Macpi Group (Pressing equipment)
Via Piantada, 9/D
25036 Palazzolo soll’Oglio, Brescia Italy
Tel 39.030.7403611 fax 39.030.7403681
www.macpigroup.com
info@macpi.com

Arch Sewing Machine Company
7th & Callowhill Streets Philadelphia, PA 19123
Tel 215-627-1768 Fax 215-627-2034
archsewing@aol.com

Wolf Forms
PO Box 510 17 Van Nostrtand Ave. Englewood NJ 07631
Tel 201-567-6556 fax 201-569-9023
http://www.wolfform.com/


Please share your contacts with us so this list can be updated for everyone's benefit.



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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:03 AM

Directory of Sources of Equipment for the Cutter

Atlas Levy
https://atlaslevy.3dcartstores.com/

Fairgate
Makers of tailors' squares, rulers, French curves
http://www.fairgater...FTOKEN=49962717

Harmon Paris
Tailor's shears
http://www.hamon-par...idSsCategory=11

Junghans
http://junghans-onli...sch/1894223.htm

Morplan
http://www.morplan.c...0001_10751_-1_Y
Based in the UK. Main shop in London.

Müller and Sons
http://www.muellerso...en/shop/shop,1/

P.J. Novak
http://www.pjnovak.cz/
Based in Prague. Prices are competitive

PMGPro Store
http://stores.shop.e...m__W0QQ_armrsZ1
Tailor's squares, tape measures, French curves, muslin and tailor's forms.

Universal Sewing
https://www.universa...g...fault&s=yes

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:12 AM

QST merged with STC (Security Textile Corporation) in Los Angeles. All sampling has been redirected to http://www.securitytextile.com/

I find the roll-down fees to be reasonable. IOW: they will sell you less than the 1 roll or 3 roll minimum for a nominal fee. They don't seem to get fidgety when you order 25 yds of pocketing. I'm happy to facilitate group buying where it makes sense. If quantities are really low (e.g. 3 yds) there's also http://charleszarit.com/

I deal with Gutermann, directly, in NC for thread. As a sample facility, I'm only required to by 1 5000m cone of thread at a time. Though, I do get price breaks for larger orders. If you want to consider a group buy, I usually submit thread orders once or twice per month - it depends on the volume I have coming in the shop. Same with other common suppliers, like STC.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:14 AM

PGM has a standalone location in LA garment district. I also like Atlas Levy because they have a webstore: https://atlaslevy.3d...m/myaccount.asp as well as Universal Sewing https://www.universa...g...fault&s=yes
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:37 AM

Two more that Chris uses

B. Black 1.800.433.1546
548 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

Lichtenstein 1.800.221.7746
95 Delancey Street
New York NY 10002


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:40 AM

I deal with Gutermann, directly, in NC for thread. As a sample facility, I'm only required to by 1 5000m cone of thread at a time. Though, I do get price breaks for larger orders. If you want to consider a group buy, I usually submit thread orders once or twice per month - it depends on the volume I have coming in the shop. Same with other common suppliers, like STC.


Can you check what their minimums on silk twist and gimp are (the stuff for hand-made buttonholes- the twist is from Switzerland and the gimp from Spain, IIRC, not the M1003 or Mara 30/70 polyester stuff) The Canadian distributor upped it to a box per colour which is disgusting.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:44 AM

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:21 AM

Lichtenstein! That's them!!

I forgot their name. Last time I was in Beckenstein's Neal called them to let them know he was sending me over. But, I never got there. Once I'm outside the garment district, I lose all sense of direction.

Anyway... they do canvas fronts to spec, too. Plus, I hear they sell lengths of canvas from their inventory. I don't know - I haven't witnessed their operation. But, I'm adding them to the list for my next visit.

@jeffrey,
Silk twist gimp? I get Mara 11 polyester (Spain) 1 cone at a time. I'll check on the silk twist for hand buttonholes, though. If we're looking for a group buy. These come 4, 6, or 10 cones to the box. I'm sure several of us will use basic menswear colors, like: black, chocolate, dark navy, clear navy, etc.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:04 AM

@jeffrey,
Silk twist gimp? I get Mara 11 polyester (Spain) 1 cone at a time. I'll check on the silk twist for hand buttonholes, though. If we're looking for a group buy. These come 4, 6, or 10 cones to the box. I'm sure several of us will use basic menswear colors, like: black, chocolate, dark navy, clear navy, etc.


No, the gimp isn't silk. It's a VERY heavy wrapped gimp only for use by hand- it would never go through any machine. Gutermann used to sell the silk twist by the 500m spool or box of 10- 10m spools (one coat each), now by the box- I'm hoping the US distributor is not such a pig about minimums.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:06 AM

For german tailors and patternmakers (metric system) you can look here:
http://junghans-onli...sch/1894223.htm
They do have a lot of other stuff as well.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:24 AM

In addition: http://www.morplan.c...0001_10751_-1_Y

Good source for larger tailor shears (Wilkinson brand)

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:40 AM

In Germany is only one decent supplier:
http://www.orag.de
They have a wide range of linings and interlinings, plus threads and stuff.
If your looking for a bargain go to:
http://www.folhoffer.eu
In both cases you have to know at least some german terms, but I'll be happy to look for you.
Richard James Weldon has now a catalogue for download, but he requires a sort of registration. I downloaded it already.
Send me PM if you want it.
or go to: http://www.richardjamesweldon.com/

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:03 AM

Hi!

I do have some Gütermann Z3300 gimp thread. Not every colour available, but still.
Here is a picture:



I know I had some of them twice, just don't know where I put them...

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:44 AM

I just got off the phone w/ my Gutermann rep.

She tells me that R753 is used by shops that make hand buttonholes. They use it both as gimp and as the covering thread. Z thread is no longer sold/distributed in the US. For shops who want a higher profile buttonhole, they'll use either Mara 30 or Mara 11 as the gimp and cover that with the R753. R753 is 100% silk, tex size of 75, meaning it's not wimpy; but, fine enough for a dense fill.

Shade cards will be here when I return from LA, late in the week. R753 comes on 400m cones, which is the smallest single unit I can purchase through industrial supply. Wind downs (i.e. cobs) I cannot get. These are no longer packaged for the US industrial sector. I do own a thread winder. So, if push comes to shove I can wind down a larger reel in smaller increments.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:52 AM

Morplan only has the 12 1/2" Wilkinson's for little hands. Diamond International has the 13 1/2" shears; but, they don't ship outside the UK because there are product liability insurance complications. ~Waah!

My shears are over 100 yrs old and I cannot find anyone to refurbish them (yet). I'm looking to buy a new set so I can continue to work while they're out for tender loving care (eventually).

I need 15" or 15 1/2" shears because I have these huge bear paws for hands. Steven Hecht in NYC fitted me for a pair of refurbished Heinisch's that were almost 150 yrs old. I regret not buying them while I was there. They even had red handles for the red-headed tailor!
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:48 AM

Check this. http://cgi.ebay.de/w...em=370185087756
I already have one that is way to big for my smallish hands(15,75"). The Wilkinson 13,5" shears fit me perfectly.
I have quite a selection of large to huge shears which are all in good working condition. I had them made up by Zwilling for relatively small money. Shipping such huge shears forth and back is very expensive, otherwise I would have offered you to send me your shears for a make over. They do a nice job.
You are looking for such shears, right?

These have been sharpened only at Robuso. At Zwilling I get them back polished.
I can also recommend these french shears:
http://www.hamon-par...idSsCategory=11
I already have one, and I find the handles a little too big( you have to place your index finger in that little gap in the handle in front of the eyelet).

I have sent this 70's Wilkinson pair to Jefferyd, in case he doesn't like them we could make a deal.


If you don't mind shipping costs I'd be happy to arrange a refurbishing of any shears you send me. Will take a long time with shipping and stuff.
I usually wait 3 weeks until I get my shears back.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:01 AM

I have 2 sets of shears that need work. So, I'd appreciate the help. The first set to go are these 15" Wiss shears.



I picked these up a couple years ago on eBay with intentions to have them refurbished before I retired my grandmother's shears. These are basic stock shears that were popular in factories during the 1950s. They're not high-calibre; but, functional and comfortable to use.

This is the set I'm really sensitive (read: sentimental) about. My grandmother gave these to me when she retired from the industry. So, it's OK to let them become a decor item.



Despite the short length of my gram's shears (Wendt & Seymour, New York), the handle loops are quite generous and fit my hand quite well (excuse the distortion of trying to photograph my hand):



I do know that in a Heinisch, I require either a 15 1/2" or 15 3/4" shear because the handle loops were proportionate to the length of the blade. Using a slightly longer shear just takes a little practice so I'm OK with that. Which was the long shear you were considering parting with? I think there's room on my pegboard.



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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:08 AM

These have been sharpened only at Robuso. At Zwilling I get them back polished....If you don't mind shipping costs I'd be happy to arrange a refurbishing of any shears you send me. Will take a long time with shipping and stuff.
I usually wait 3 weeks until I get my shears back.


SG aren't you based in Solingen? Soligen is the traditional German centre for making sheers, cutlery, knives, razors etc. As I am a wet shaver with a cut throat/straight razor (Rasiermesser) I know that there are one or two makers of handmade razors there. Often the workmanship is stunning to look at.

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I wonder if you can still get similar high end (even hand forged) tailor's shears there?

Learning to hand sharpen razors taught me a lot on how to sharpen easier things such as cutlery and shears. I have been given a pair of shears by a local tailor to sharpen and repair. Whoever had worked on them before butchered them and I spent hours fixing this pair up. They work beautifully now with a razor sharp edge (I accidently cut my finger on them). I am planning a thread on how to hand sharpen shears using a whetstone (along with recommended sources of quality stones). It's really easy to do, and should be considered part of your routine - after all professional chefs sharpen their knives every time they cook, so why shouldn't the cutter upkeep his sheers?

At least in Solingen I am sure there are still people let who you can entrust your sheers to, to have this done for you. Unfortunately, in many places the same cannot be said. :(

I agree that looking on eBay for old tailor's shears and refurbishing them is a good way to go.




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