Thursday, April 17, 2008

ASK CRAFTY: Sewing with knits, custom jewellery card printing, merchant accounts for crafters, framers & cheap dressmaker zippers


These ask crafty queries have been piling up & are ripe and ready for your advice. Please do so in the comments section of this post.

x does anyone know of a place to take a course on sewing with knits? im even willing to get private lessons if anyone knows of an expert. – dandmo

x I'm wondering if anyone knows of a company (or person) who will do custom earring/jewellery card printing? - Jeelee Joolery

x I am trying to find a reputable company(not a bank) that offers merchant accounts to craftspeople. I would be processing online and point of sale transactions. Any other craftspeople with ideas and experiences? - Deborah

x Can you recommend a good framer to frame a large print? - Elly

x Have any idea where to get lots of cheap dressmaker zippers in Toronto? I think the nylon kind? - sarah

6 Comments:

Blogger toronto craft alert said...

turns out sarah found her zippers:

re cheap zippers: I found out that Textile Importers has simply moved, not shut down, They're up at Dufferin and Lawrence. Zippers super cheap but not quite wholesale prices... best I could find, short of minimum bulk orders of 200 one-colour (Montreal of course).

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Kim McBrien said...

Merchant accounts:

Try Global Payments (http://www.globalpaymentsinc.com/Canada/default.asp). I haven't used them as a crafts person, but did as a very small arts organization and really liked dealing with them. They were able to integrate their system into our bank account and didn't freak out when we changed banks. They also had quite flexible plans.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I used to buy a lot of zippers at Buck or Two in the Markville mall... but they went out of business for awhile. They sold about 20 in a bag for $1. Perhaps other Buck or Two s have a similar dealeo. :)

6:11 PM  
Blogger angelune@TCA said...

A good framer for large prints is Decor Shop on Queen west at Euclid (between heel boy and czehoski) and also Victor Gallery on Queen west at Palmerston.

4:02 PM  
Blogger happyd said...

i agree with angelune victor gallery is great for framing big items.

if your print is large but a pretty standard size, you might be able to find a pre-made frame that fits.

then all you have to do is ask them to create a matte for your art!

also, their frames and mattes are super duper reasonable too!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Picture it Framed on Dundas street is awesome. I used to work there, and I know how good the owner is with art. She has pre-made frames too which cost a fair bit less than custom ones.

4:30 PM  

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