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Where can I buy haberdashery?

One-stop shop for haberdashery

It’s the small things in life that matter most. This is true with sewing too. Without the tiny supplies such as needles and pins- sewing would be impossible. These supplies are known as haberdashery items. They are the glue holding all your craft pieces together. 

This is not to be confused with the second meaning of haberdashery, which is defined as men’s goods and furnishing. The haberdashery in question here is all the supplies, tools, and extra touches you need to create beautiful textiles. 

Where does the word haberdashery come from? 

What’s another name for haberdasher?

The term “haberdashery” is derived from the word “haberdasher.” Haberdasher is an Anglo-French interpretation of a cloth.

Haberdashery is known as the men’s clothing department. We use UK English in South Africa, our definition of haberdashery is different. Around here, a haberdashery is a place that sells sewing notions and supplies such as thread, zippers, and buttons. 

Another name for a haberdasher in UK English is “seller of small things.” 

Are you interested in more history of medieval haberdashery? Click here

What do you call someone that works in haberdashery? 

In American English, someone who works in or owns a haberdashery is known as a haberdasher. In British English, a haberdasher is someone who owns a business that sells small notions used in sewing, knitting, and dressmaking. 

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Haberdashery items

What are haberdashery items? What is haberdashery and examples?

Haberdashery items are small sewing supplies. They are the items used to put all the sewing items together. Without haberdashery, we wouldn’t be able to crochet, knit, sew, or embroidered. 

Haberdashery accessories 

The 14 main categories of haberdashery items are:

  • Buttons
  • Binding and tapes
  • Elastics
  • Eyelets 
  • Fasteners and closure
  • Adhesives and oils
  • Measuring 
  • Pattern Marking and tracing
  • Pins and cushions
  • Needles 
  • Cutting 
  • Threads
  • Zippers
  • Bonus: Ribbon and labeling



Haberdashery buttons

Buttons are a fantastic adhesive tool for all textile items. Here are the main button haberdashery tools:

  • Self-cover buttons
  • Jeans button attaching toolset
  • PVC Snap Buttons
  • Specialist eyelet and button plier
  • Sew easy buttonhole cutter
  • Seam gauge with button gauge
  • Point turner, seam-and button gauge

All these items are available at Fabric8, check out our full range of buttons

Want to learn how to sew on buttons with a sewing machine? Learn here

Binding and tapes

Binding and tapes are an important part of securing your work. This haberdashery category is a must-have. These items include:

  • Binding foot
  • Binding maker
  • Bias tape binding set
  • Double-sided tape
  • Quilters tape
  • Tape measure
  • Self-adhesive tape

Shop this set and all these items at Fabric8


Elastics are small items performing a big task. It allows you to fit perfectly in your favourite stretchy pants, amongst other things. Here are the main kinds of haberdashery elastics:

  • Elastic braid
  • Knitted elastic
  • Hat elastic
  • Shirring elastic 
  • Taping elastic foot

Shop all our elasticsLearn how to sew with elastics here


Eyelets can be used on belts, vests, and jackets, or to create laced effects on your garments. You can even apply them to heavy paper as embellishments for your scrapbooks or handmade greeting cards. The main types of eyelet tools are:

  • Eyelets gunmetal
  • Eyelets plier
  • Gilt eyelets
  • Eyelet die set

Purchase eyelets and eyelet tools from our range!  

Fasteners and closures

The main kinds of fasteners and closures are:

  • Plier
  • Safety eyes
  • Setting tool
  • Hole punch
  • Key fob
  • Fasteners
  • Tailor’s awl

Get your fasteners and closures from our collection! 

Adhesives and Oils

Glue together your work with this category of haberdashery. 

  • Fabric glue
  • Glue gun 
  • Contact spray
  • Glue eraser
  • Machine oil
  • Hemming web
  • Hemline stop fray 

Stick your pieces together with our range of oils and adhesives


One way to make your work beautiful is to work accurately. Measuring tools allow you to create beautiful crafts with steadiness. Choose from the following top measuring haberdashery tools:

  • Seam gauge
  • Quilting ruler
  • Ruler stand
  • L square ruler 
  • Tailor’s french curve 
  • Tape measure 
  • Sewing shapes templates 
  • Metric ruler
  • Point turner

Get your measuring haberdashery from us! 

Pattern Marking and Tracing

Visualise your idea and turn it into a reality with haberdashery. With pattern marking and tracing tools, you can perfectly plan your work before you start. Top pattern marking and tracing tools:

  • Chalk pens
  • Stitch markers 
  • Blade
  • Pencil
  • Tracing wheels
  • Pattern hanger 
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Pattern notcher 
  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric marker

Make your mark with our range of patterns making and tracing tools!

Pins and cushions

Put your work together in style with pins. Support your pins with cushions. This combination will save you a lot of time and effort when sewing. Types of pins:

  • Clamps
  • Metal clips
  • Fabric clips
  • Round pins
  • Safety pins
  • T style wig pins
  • Wrist cushion
  • Quilter pins
  • Binders
  • Pegs
  • Blanket pin

Shop pins and pincushions from Fabric8. 



10 Types of needles:

  • Sewing needles 
  • Embroidery needles
  • Darning needles 
  • Embroidery needles 
  • Denim needles
  • Leather needle
  • Stretch needles
  • Topstitch needle
  • Overlock needle
  • Quilting needles

Get hundreds of needles from our collection. 



Haberdashery trimmings 

Haberdashery trimmings are very handy. They allow you to shape, adjust and modify anything your heart desires. There are 6 types of haberdashery trimming supplies:

  • Sharp snipping scissors 
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Seam ripper
  • Nippers
  • Rotary cutter
  • Blade
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting mat

Get all your cutting supplies delivered straight to your door! 


A very important haberdashery category is threading. From nippers, spools, winders, and hooks. There are multiple tools that make it so much easier to thread these days. 

  • Needle threader
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Polyester Thread
  • Thread nipper
  • Thread spool mesh saver
  • Bobbin
  • Thread winder
  • Thread hook

Get your thread supplies from Fabric8! 


Zippers are essential in haberdashery. They are on almost all kinds of apparel. They also add a gorgeous decorative touch. 

Zipper foot is a great sewing machine addition. It allows you to insert zippers with ease. 

Not just zippers, but you can tackle any cording and piping project with this haberdashery tool. 

Learn how to attach your very own zipper by following these steps. 

Bonus: Ribbon and labelling

Add a personal touch every time. Tags, labels, and ribbons are a great addition to any piece. You can be as decorative and as personal as you like to be. The best labelling options on the market are:

  • Bias binding
  • String locks
  • Cardboard swing tabs
  • Globe pins
  • Fabric label
  • Leather label
  • Denim label
  • Ribbon 
  • Metal tag

Get beautiful labelling from our labels and ribbon collection. Or send in your design and have the pros create a custom tag for you. 

The essential items everyone needs in their haberdashery tool kit. 

Here are the 15 top tools you need in your haberdashery tool kit:

  • scissor set
  • seam gauge
  • quick unpick
  • fabric pen
  • white tailor’s chalk
  • tape measure 
  • fabric clips
  • point turner 
  • open bodkin
  • magnetic seam guide
  • needle threader
  • wrist pin cushion
  • round holder with hand needles 
  • Pins
  • round pins

Habby accessories 

Beginner Basic Sewing Kit

This sewing kit offers you everything you need in the haberdashery department. It’s your one-stop shop for all your supplies. Packed in a pretty bag, you can keep all your supplies on hand. 

Shop for 100s of creative supplies. 


What do haberdashery shops sell?

What kind of store is a haberdashery?

Haberdashery shops sell creative supplies. These supplies are used in sewing, dressmaking, embroidering, and quilting. 

These stores are usually owned by professional seamstresses with many talents. It’s a one-stop-shop for all sewing needs. 


Where to buy haberdashery

Where can I buy haberdashery near me?

Fabric8 is a creative supply online store. Based in South Africa, you can get 100’s of haberdashery supplies. 

South Africa’s exceptional one-stop creative marketplace. You can get all your DIY, knitting, and sewing needs covered at Fabric8. 

Where to get haberdashery in Cape Town?

Where to get haberdashery in Joburg?

Get all your haberdashery items from Fabric8. Visit the website at Top-quality haberdashery and crafts in Cape Town and Joburg. 

Where to get haberdashery in Pretoria?

Where to get haberdashery in Durban?

Get all your haberdashery supplies in Pretoria and Durban from Fabric8. With a countrywide courier, you can shop anything you want! 

Fabric8 only sells the best quality products. From brother machines to Schmetz needles, you only get the best of the best. 

Haberdashery wholesalers 

Fabric8 is the heart of the artist. Browse through our website and find everything that a sewist or creative could ever need. 

From sewing machines to knitting, patterns to accessories- we complete both you and your sewing kit. Affordable prices and bottomless choices, the order in bulk from us

Haberdashery store online

Skip the queues. Visit and shop for haberdashery online. With a wide range of products available, you can have everything you want. 

Not sure what you want? Fabric8 has many pre-made kits for every sewing level. These items are handpicked by the pros and contain exactly what you need to create beautiful crafts.