Quilting Supplies

Besides fabric, there are a few other things that you just can’t live without. Here’s my list of supplies and where I bought them:

  • Large self healing cutting mat – In Jerusalem, on Yafo Street, there are a ton of fabric stores. On the opposite side of the street there is a sewing and crafts supply shop. I bought my mat there for significantly less that I found it anywhere else in Israel.
  • Rotary cutter – I got my rotary cutter in that store as well. I don’t use that rotary cutter any more because I just couldn’t figure out how to change the blade. I figured out how to open it to take it out, but when I put in my new blade, it just doesn’t feel right. It could be that you will have more success that I did. The cutter that I am currently using is one that I bought online in the use at a store called Fat Quarter Shop. They have everything there that you can think of for sewing. I’ll spend more time talking about then in a future post
  • Scissors – I got my scissors at that store as well, but they sell them for the same price all over.
  • Straight pins – I like the long flower head pins. It’s amazing how hard they are to find in Israel. My first batch I bought at Pissott. Since then I’ve bought them online at Ali Express.
  • Large acrylic ruler – The only place in Israel that I have found my long ruler that I am in love with is Pissot. It’s 6″ x 24″. The ruler was a bit pricey but worth it.
  • Cotton thread – It’s amazing to me how many weird looks I’ve gotten when I’ve gone into sewing shops and asked for cotton thread. It’s worse than not having the thread, the sellers ask why I would need it when polyester is just as good. It’s as if I’m insulting their way of life by wanting cotton. The only place that I know of to buy cotton thread in Israel is Pissott. Pissott has a nice selection of colors. They sell large spools of white and cream threads at a really good price, which are prefect for most of my needs.
  • Sewing machine – I actually bought my machine at Pissott too. There prices are reasonable, and I know that I have someone to talk to about the machine if there are any issues with it. I am now sporting a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. I got it not that long ago and I love it. My daughter’s machine was adequate, but there really is no comparison.  I’ll talk more about how I picked it in a future post.

Well that’s it in a nut shell. This, fabric and batting is all you need to succeed.



4 Replies to “Quilting Supplies”

  1. Do you have the name and address of ” a sewing and crafts supply shop” on Yafo, and do you know if it is still open?

    Same question for Pissott at Bilu Center.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Chava,

      Pissott is on 5 King Hassan II, Kirya Eqron. Here’s a link to their site:

      I don’t know the address of the places on Yafo in Jerusalem. There are a bunch of them one after the other, a couple of blocks from the shuk, towards the center of town. If you want notions, a couple of stores to the right of the MAX stock, there is a store that carries rotary cutting blades, cutting mats, etc.

      One of my favorite places to buy fabric in Jerusalem is Bud Rutz in Talpioyot. It’s on 29 General Peir Keoning (I think that’s how it’s spelled in English). Here’s their website:
      They have the biggest selection of quilting cotton that I know of in Israel.


  2. Rena, Shani – a sewing supplies store in the City Cellar (adjacent to what used to be Hamashbir Latzarchan) – also has 100% cotton thread, as well as other supplies that are useful to quilters. The service is also far friendlier and more helpful than in Bad Ratz.

    1. Hi Jill! Thanks so much for the information. I’m going to have to go check it out the next time I’m in Jerusalem.

      I’ve always had a really good relationship with Bad Ratz. I mostly get fabric and batting from them.

      I get my thread from Maderia. Yael at Madeira is very accommodating. She also carries Hoffman Fabrics – mostly batiks. She’s a great person to know.

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