My passion for vintage haberdashery pushed me to relaunch Maison Sajou in 2005. Having been an avid collector for years, I was disheartened by the ever-decreasing quality of products on sale nowadays, and wanted to revive this universe which was once so delightful and diversified. Thimbles, sewing sets, press fasteners on cards as lovely as their ancestors, accessories, a wide range of boxes with pins, threads, safety pins, hooks and eyes… Although it is difficult today to have as many articles as those that filled the chunky catalogues from such stores as Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine or Printemps, the least we can do is to offer you quality products made in France.
It used to be the tradition to offer to daughters, or grand-daughters, a sewing set to start them off in life. We want to continue this tradition by providing sewing sets with the most important items: a pair of scissors, a thimble, tape measure, seam ripper, sewing needles and dressmaker’s pins. The contents vary from one model to another – some have tacking thread, others dressmaker’s chalk. All the products in these sets are made in France.
Thread cards and organisers are one of Maison Sajou’s specialities. Most were inspired by the personal collection belonging to Frédérique Crestin-Billet. In fact, since they were launched in 2005 Maison Sajou has revived the interest and use of thread cards.
Up until the 1850’s, sewing thread was sold in skeins which arrived at the wholesalers in crates or barrels. Gradually it was presented on cards or small balls placed in cardboard boxes. These boxes were decorated with beautiful labels indicating the thread brand. This evolution came at a time of development in the retail trade, which was a natural consequence of industrial development. Thread brands became more abundant and the images more diverse and appealing.
Miniature travel sewing set, threads, press fasteners, dressmaker's pins, glass-tipped pins, safety pins, hooks and eyes, buttons… A selection of haberdashery items presented in little metal tins just like shoe polish tins. In fact, these tins are made in the same factory which once made tins for the famous French polish brand, Eclipse.
Tape measures, needle-threaders, bodkins, seam rippers, marking pencils, darning eggs, a range of haberdashery accessories that could once be found in abundance but can sometimes now be hard to find. We only offer quality items with a lovely presentation.
Golden nickel-plated traditional brass dressmaker’s thimble, also known as “seamstresses thimble” as these thimbles are used in fashion houses. We also offer a lovely range of thimbles imitating the same materials used for our embroidery scissors. You can also find on our site wooden thimbles which can be used by people with nickel allergies.
Our collector’s thimbles are made from fine bone china. Available with the famous Sajou embroiderer, cross-stitch initials, allegories for lace, threads, ribbons and needles, and even a vintage Sajou label.
China thimbles are for collecting, however they can be used in an emergency for a few stitches.
Also available, a presentation case for thimbles.
These buttons are in the style of those found in the 18th Century which were glass-covered miniatures. Collectioners are very familiar with these magnificent buttons representing country landscapes, sketches representing daily life, the face of a loved one or even revolutionary symbols.
We have reproduced them in a more modest version with images evoking the different aspects of the world of Sajou: details from the large embroidery project on the Toile de Jouy, traditional costumes from the Vernon series of thread cards, vintage floral motifs, Art Nouveau ladies or some of our favourite images like the tightrope walker, the Eiffel Tower and a lady from Alsace.
These buttons can be machine washed without any problem. We recommend however that the temperature be no higher than 40° and to use a delicate spin. Turn the clothes inside out so the buttons don’t come into contact with the machine drum.
Press fasteners, also called snap buttons, popper buttons, press stud were invented around 1850, at a time when buttons were not widespread. They did not add much to the deco- ration of a costume but had the advantage of being cheap and practical. Some were available on ribbons with fasteners every 3cm for sewing on dresses and blouses. Press-fasteners were presented on cards, which followed the fashion of the times.
Here we offer a vintage-style collection of press fasteners.
Available in different sizes, cover buttons are wonderful little accessories. They can easily be covered with the fabric of your choice and can be the perfect solution when you cannot find the appropriate button for a garment or project. They can withstand multiple machine washes but be careful not to use a high spin.
The larger models can be covered with an embroidered motif.
They are extremely simple to put together and we indicate on the site the size of fabric needed for each size.
Place the fabric right side down on a table, place the domed part of the button on top and, with your two thumbs, pull the overlaying fabric towards the inside of the button. Press around the edge of the button so that the fabric catches on the small teeth. Clip on the back part of the button, a small "pop" ensures that you have fixed the two parts together correctly.
Round wooden embroidery hoops are an iconic embroidery accessory. We recommend, especially for fine fabrics, covering them with a grosgrain, or even better, an elastic gauze which can be found in pharmacies.
This will prevent the fabric from marking. Life can be much easier using an embroidery hoop adapted to the size of your project: if the hoop is too small for a large project, you will waste a lot of time moving it about, risk damaging the embroidery and it will be more difficult to have an overall view.