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 Amazon; however, a few might need to be bought locally from sewing stores.
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Many of you may not be aware of Bobbin Thread which comes in either white or black.* Bobbin thread is very finely spun and is ideal for appliqué work or machine embroidery. One spool of each would be greatly appreciated by most sewists.
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.
I don’t know one single sewist on this planet that wouldn’t want a giant stack of fabric. This collection called Best Day Ever from Fat Quarter Shop is one of my favorites. They have about a million choices.
Sewing and Quilting Rulers are absolutely necessary to someone who sews. This 6″ x 24″ ruler is a great one to start with.
This is one of those sewing room things I cannot live without. This humble little tape helps hold down things like hems until they are stitched down. Then, it washes away. This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer or even tied to the front of a gift.
When you need to hold fabric together without pins then these are the best. Quilters love them because they are great for holding down binding.
If you’ve ever dropped a box of pins on the floor you will know why a magnetic pin cushion is practically mandatory for sewists.
8. Specialty Scissors
The first type of scissors every sewist needs is a great pair of 8″ Dressmaker Sheers*. These are ideal for cutting out most fabric and will last for years.
The second type of scissors would be a pair of 4″ Embroidery Scissors*. These are ideal for snipping and clipping. Check out that sharp point. I keep a pair next to my sewing machine at all times.
The third type of specialty scissors are a little different. They are called Knife Edge Scissors*. These are designed mainly for appliqué work but are ideal anytime you need to get close to the edge. No more little extra holes from getting too close.
I could write volumes about these pens. The ink disappears with the heat from an iron. It just doesn’t get any easier than that. They are my favorite fabric markers. They would make ideal stocking stuffers.
10. Bias Tape Makers
There are two ways to make bias tape. One is to use the Fabric Bias Tape Maker Tools* that are fairly inexpensive, easy to store, and simple to use. These are what I prefer because they don’t take up a lot of space.
The other type is a Bias Tape Machine* that creates folded and ironed bias tape.
This is another one of those specialty tools. It is designed for turning small fabric tubes. Notice that teeny tiny one in the foreground. If you’ve ever tried to turn something that skinny then you will know why these are so wonderful. I’ve had a set for years.
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 it is always available at your convenience. Ideal for busy sewists who would love to grow their craft.
Every year at Quilt Market I see these folks and I stop and drool at all of their buttons. Anyone who loves to sew will love a few button collections.
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.
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.
17. 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. I prefer Rotary Cutters* that are more ergonomic.
Don’t forget to get an extra replacement blade. For mats, be sure to look for Self-Healing Mats* like this one.
Did you know that dressmaker’s dummies come in different sizes and can be padded out to make a pretty accurate mannequin. This is something that most garment sewists would love to have. Be sure to look for ones with collapsable shoulders. This makes it easier to get garments off and on the mannequin.
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.
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.