It's that time of year again - when a sewist's thoughts turn toward gift giving and getting. So here are some ideas for gifts for the sewists on your list. There are no affiliate links in this post, and I receive no monetary (or otherwise) compensation for my recommendations (with one exception - guess which that is 😆). These are things that I either own or have used in the past.
You can't go wrong here. Available in denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100, it's the gift that always fits. It's always in perfect taste, and it's the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. AND it's instantaneous, so if you need a last minute gift, you can have it in a nanosecond.
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Oh, I could go on for days with all the little tools that I love and use every time I sew something. But here are a few that I find particularly indispensable:
This tool is great for measuring curved seams. I love it for comparing sleeve ease to armscye opening, and it's also great for measuring necklines. Once you start using one you'll wonder how you lived without it.
I can't tell you how many times I've burned my fingers trying to hold a really small seam in place. Not any more! This tool has a silicone tip that holds anything firmly, and withstands heat and steam. At the other end is a curved point that's great for feeding fabric into your sewing machine for easing.
This little gadget will thread any needle, even the really fine-eye Japanese needles that I love so for hand sewing. Just put your needle in the holder, lay your thread in the notch, and press the lever. Voila! You've got a threaded needle without any eye strain!
A Little More Expensive, but worth it!
I had a pair of pinking shears from another manufacturer, but they had plastic handles, which ultimately broke when I tried to cut through several layers of coating fabric. There's no danger of that with this workhorse.
I have one of these at home and another in the office. It's well priced, heats quickly, gives a great fine steam and doesn't shut off until I shut it off.
Okay, so this one probably won't arrive in time for the holidays, but it's a lovely gift! Stitch nerd makes really high quality hams. This one is mine, and I've had it for years and I put it through heavy use. You pick out the fabric you want for both sides: one side is wool, the other is cotton. She makes it and sends it off to you and you have pressing nirvana.
If Santa is Feeling Generous
I could suggest some sewing machines that will cost as much as a small car, but frankly I'm just not that into them. I don't do embroidery, and I don't need a bajillion stitches. What I do need is a machine that can sew through everything from chiffon to leather, with a tight stitch. I had a Juki DDL 8700 for years and it broke my heart to sell it when I downsized several years ago. I have missed it every day since, even though I do love my little Brother machine. But woo hoo!!! Santa told me that he's bringing me one to my new office!!!! I recommend getting a servo motor rather than a clutch motor, so you can control the speed. Also, be sure to buy a zipper foot, invisible zipper foot, and a teflon foot if you plan to sew leather. The feet for these machines are very inexpensive, so stock up on them. You'll love this machine, I promise. I sure will!
This little machine has a smooth engine, a beautiful stitch, and it's lightweight and portable (unlike the industrial big brother above). And it's a very reasonably priced alternative to other coverstitch machines on the market. I've had one for two years.I use it constantly and it's never given me any trouble. And I love the hems that it makes!
Another gift that keeps on giving is a class with either of these two wonderful teachers. I've taken classes with both of them, sometimes together, and they are so generous with their knowledge, and so patient with students. I always walk away knowing so much more than when I came in to the class. I took a semi-private weekend class with Kenneth last year, and I'll be taking the French Jacket class with Susan in 2020. Bonus - they are doing a sit and sew together in Baltimore in July, 2020. If you can swing it, definitely try to go!
I hope that gives you some ideas for gifts during this giving season. Enjoy, and happy sewing!