I’ve gathered a list of Gifts for People Who Sew. Most of these are items I’ve either used or own. They can be purchased on Fancy Collective; however, a few might need to be picked up from local sewing stores.
1. Flowerhead Pins*
Flat flowerhead pins that don’t melt are essential for any sewist! I love these because they lie flat under acrylic rulers.
Sewing and Quilting Rulers are absolutely necessary to someone who sews. These rulers are transparent and have some sort of gripping ability to keep from slipping when you’re using a rotary cutter. Most have markings that are quilting-specific which will help with making accurate cuts.
For more advanced quilters, these Creative Grids rulers are top of the line. The variety of quilt-specific cutting lines make them a favorite with quilters everywhere.
4. Mini Iron*
This is one of those sewing room things I cannot live without. Don’t let the size fool you; this humble little iron works great. I keep it on a small ironing surface next to my sewing machine.
When you need to hold fabric together without pins, these are the best. Quilters love them because they are great for holding down binding.
6. Magnetic Pin Cushion*
If you’ve ever dropped a box of pins on the floor you will know why a magnetic pin cushion is mandatory for sewists.
7. Iron-Off Pen*
I could write volumes about iron-off pens. The ink disappears with the heat from an iron. It doesn’t get any easier than that. This is one of my favorite fabric marker and would make ideal stocking stuffers.
8. Rotary Cutter with Mat
I honestly don’t know how I sewed without these. They are indispensable for cutting fabric ~ especially quilts. Even if someone has these, chances are they are worn out and need replacing. This collection of rotary cutters* would thrill any sewist! And, don’t forget those extra replacement blades*.
For mats, be sure to look for double-sided Self-Healing Mats* like this one.
There is a simple way to make bias tape. I use these Fabric Bias Tape Maker Tools* which are fairly inexpensive, easy to store, and simple to use. I especially like that they are small and don’t take up a lot of space.
The Laser Guided Precision Scissors*, it is very easy to work with fabrics especially in cutting patterns. This scissors helps guide you by lighting the way with A laser beam.
The Handy Scissors*, It's perfect for hand sewing, when you need to take up a hem or do a little mending. It makes a nice clean cut so it's easier to thread the needle.
The Zig Zag Tailor Scissors* cut beautifully, just what I needed for a project I was working on. Sharp blades, soft handles, decent price.
Specialty sewing machine feet can be a real treat for someone who sews. I have a post on Sewing Machine Feet that can be helpful. Two of my favorites (and I’m not alone, here) are the Edge Stitch Foot and the Walking Foot. Every sewing machine manufacturer will have each of these feet available. They are a real treat to most sewists.
12. Sewing Books
I have two blog posts on sewing books. One is Sewing Books for Beginners which introduces the novice to the world of sewing. The other post is Advanced Sewing Books which covers things like pattern fitting, design, and techniques. There are several recommendations for all levels of sewing.
Purchasing a Craftsy Class for someone who wants to expand their sewing knowledge is a gift that keeps on giving. I have taken many, many of these classes. The best thing about a Craftsy class is the convenience. Ideal for busy sewists who would love to grow their craft.
When I first got my embroidery machine I would’ve loved having a colorful collection of embroidery threads in varying shades. It’s such a great way to get started.
15. Thread Organizer Box*
If you are going to buy someone a collection of thread they will need a way to organize it. Check out all of the thread this box holds. Talk about handy.
16. Sewing Machine Trolly*
A sewing machine trolly is ideal for someone who likes to take classes. They come in different sizes and a few are specific to larger sewing machines. Look for trollies that are easy to handle and don’t tip over easily. NOTE: Trollies come in a variety of sizes and are specific to certain machines. Before purchasing, be sure to check the size of the machine.
17. Sewing Machine*
This wouldn’t be a very good list for sewists if it didn’t include a new sewing machine. I’ve chosen a mid-range machine for this sample. However, I always recommend people visit their local sewing machine dealers. On the high end are Bernina, Babylock, Brother, Pfaff, and Husqvarna. However, each of these brands have mid-level models and starter machines. Look for machines with features that interest you, such as machine embroidery or quilting.
Happy Sewing Shopping.
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