Below are a few of my most favorite things that I use every day. If you’re shopping for yourself or someone who loves to quilt, sew, and craft, then give a few of these ideas some serious consideration.
For my list I’ve chosen four of my most favorite things that I use every day. I wish I could be like Oprah and give every one of these things away, however, the best I can do is make you aware of the best deals on these items.
*Disclosure: Below are affiliate links. I personally use and love these items and that is why I recommend them.
Accuquilt is one of those things that I use on a regular basis. Why? Because I can cut a ton of squares or strips in a few minutes. I also love their appliqué dies for quick appliqué projects.
For me, I’m giving serious consideration to one of those Go! Cubes*. I saw them at Quilt Market and fell in love. It’s a box with different dies that can make a ton of different cuts for a ton of different quilt designs. The way I see it, I could spend a weekend cutting out designs and an entire year sewing the quilts.
If you’re thinking about getting your feet wet with an Accuquilt, then the smaller Go! Baby* is the one to get. Maybe one for you and one for friend!
If you’re an experienced quilter then you might want to consider the large AccuQuilt Go! Electric Cutter* or the new Studio 2 Fabric Cutter*. A little pricy, but a great idea if you’re a serious quilter.
Every sewist dreams of owning the perfect iron that gets really hot and can produce a ton of steam. This is that iron.
- The iron has a built-in water heater that pre-heats the water before it comes out of the sole plate (as in, no leaks or drips).
- The steam function is only activated when you touch the handle and push the button.
- There are two steam settings (actually, three if you count the Off setting) so you can steam delicate fabrics or heavier fabrics.
- The High Steam function can be used to steam hanging garments.
- One of my favorite features is the ability to bypass the auto-shut off.
- The Velocity 200IR also has an anodized aluminum sole plate which glides effortlessly across fabrics.
When only the best will do. After owning the same ironing board for nearly 40 years (it was a wedding shower gift!), I splurged on one of these ironing boards. Keep in mind, my old ironing board still works and is super steady. However, it’s kind of dinky. All Reliable ironing boards have huge ironing surfaces and extremely steady.
Reliable makes three main ironing boards:
Reliable 100IR* – It’s all in the details. Reliable Ironing Boards are made in Italy and are considered one of the finest ironing boards around. The board is super sturdy and has an iron rest on the end which is permanently riveted and heat resistant. The ironing surface is HUGE and the single wishbone legs makes for a perfectly steady ironing surface.
Reliable 200IR* – This board includes everything that makes the Reliable 100IR so wonderful, but is even sturdier because it has double wishbone legs.
Reliable 300LB 2-in-1* – This is the board I own and I can’t say enough good things about it. It is huge across the surface and comes with an attachment that converts to a large rectangle when I need to press large pieces of fabric or over-sized linens. It’s very stable and I love the heat-resistant iron rest on the side. Since I tend to frequently drop my irons, this feature is essential. In my mind, it’s the perfect ironing board.
I love my Silhouette Cameo. I use it all the time for quick projects and cutting out appliqué designs. (Remember, my Christmas Appliqué Set includes SVG files)
It cuts out paper, vinyl, fabric, and a ton of other materials. Kind of a slam-dunk for any serious crafter.
If you’re buying this as a gift, I suggest you include a collection of Starter Materials.*
Why did I put a pressure cooker on a list of things for sewists? I’ll tell you why. At some point in the day, you’ll have to stop working on your project(s) and go make dinner. Well, what if you could make dinner in under 30 minutes? What if you could put everything in a magical pot, set a timer, and have dinner ready to serve at 6:00pm? What if you could put something in a pot and 15 minutes later dinner is ready?
That’s why I put a pressure cooker on a list of things for people who love to quilt, sew, and craft.
Here’s why the Instant Pot is so awesome.
- The 6 qt. pot is stainless steel. Stainless steel is the safest cooking surface. I’ve started seeing other brands of electric pressure cookers with teflon-coated inner pots. I highly advise you to avoid these at all costs. Stick with the stainless.
- It’s a Slow Cooker. Not just any slow cooker, either. Like the best slow cooker I’ve ever had. It cooks in four hours and then goes to a true Keep Warm setting that no longer cooks your food.
- It Sautés. If you want to put a roast into the slow cooker, but you want to brown the meat and caramelize the onions, well, the sauté feature does this quite well. Try doing that in a regular slow cooker.
- It’s a Yogurt Maker. I know lots of folks don’t want to mess with making their own yogurt, but it’s so easy with the Instant Pot. If I get it ready before I go to bed at night, I have yogurt in the morning. Kind of a no-brainer if you ask me.
- Beans in 30 minutes! Seriously, I can make a perfect pot of beans in 30 minutes (20 minutes if they’re soaked).
- Broth. I make and use a ton of broth because it is so nutritious and helps the body heal. However, it can take 24 hours to simmer a good broth OR 90 minutes in the Instant Pot! 120 minutes and you’re done! And, no nutritional value is lost.
There’s more to sewing than just sewing. When I’m in my sewing room I like to listen to my favorite music, an audio book, or follow along in a Craftsy class. That’s why I love this inexpensive tablet and think it’s ideal for women who love to quilt, sew, and craft.
Let me just start by saying that this tablet is an awesome deal. It basically does everything that my Apple iPad does, except it costs about $350 less. I’ve loaded all of my favorite apps like Craftsy, Pinterest, Instagram, Pandora, Facebook, Netflix, etc. and they all work fine. The 7″ screen is a little smaller than my iPad Mini, but other than that, I can’t tell much difference.
This tablet is ideal for a non-techy person. It’s perfect for a sewing room because it holds up to general everyday misuse. Because it is an Amazon product, it integrates quite well for things like Audible, Kindle books, Prime music, and Prime videos.
Also, if you have Amazon Prime, you can use their photo storage system and the Kindle Fire becomes a device that connects with a Roku – meaning you can view all of your stored images on a tv screen.
One thing to note: The Kindle Fire comes with ads that appear on the static screen. You can pay a little more to not have these ads, but I don’t find them annoying at all. One swipe and they’re gone.
Update: I’ve just discovered that the Craftsy app for the Kindle Fire has been discontinued because of integration issues. Not to worry. All you have to do is log into your browser and go to Craftsy.com. Everything will be in your class library.