More Great Gifts for Sewers
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In #182, Threads authors, editors, and staff members shared their sewing tools wish lists for this holiday season. While we were working on that issue, we had a few more ideas and thought we’d share them.
Industrial high post-bed sewing machine
Someday I would love to own a post-bed and cylinder-arm industrial sewing machine so that I can sew more elaborate leather bags made of heavier leathers. Although all the handbags featured in my book, Handbag Workshop, were sewn on my old Singer 6268, all along I kept dreaming of creating the designs from heavier leathers. The Juki Industrial PLC 1690 high post-bed machinemakes it possible to sew with the heavier materials and is capable of sewing the tight, intricate areas effortlessly within a three-dimensional bag, as well as sew smaller tubular accessories.
-Anna Mazur, author
Juki.co.jp; call for prices
Pattern curve drafter
I want a good design curve ruler. I borrowed a pair of SA Curve Pattern Drafters when I was making a dress for my sister, and I found them indispensable as I transferred multiple alterations from muslin to pattern. The pattern-drafting tools are transparent and have recently received several improvements over the original versions. SA Curve Pattern Drafters are ideal for marking stitching lines on patterns, adjusting or adding seam allowances to patterns, and for accurately drafting curves. A 12-inch-long straight ruler is built in. The tools come in 1⁄2-inch, 3⁄8-inch, and 5⁄8-inch ruler widths.
-Jeannine Clegg, Threads Senior Copy/Production Editor
Fine glass-head pins
I’m looking for quality, fine glass-head straight pins, and Collins Glass Head Pins by Prym USA seem like a great choice. At 1-3⁄8-inch-long, they’re just the right length to use easily without getting in the way; the glass heads are heat-resistant; and the sharp, very fine 0.50-mm steel shafts slip smoothly into even a tightly woven silk’s weave.
There are many more fabric blends on the market these days, and that means more fabric pilling. I found a nifty tool that’s the best at removing pills. What’s great about the Gleener Ultimate Fabric Depiller is its three detachable heads. There’s one each for large bulky pills, medium-to-large pills, and delicate pills on fine fabrics. The heads click into place; just push the release button to change them. The head doesn’t cut the fabric, just catches and removes pills. It’s also got a comfortable ergonomic handle and attached lint brush. I love mine!
-Ruth Ciemnoczolowski, author
High-capacity steam iron
The Pro Iron Station 3000IS is Reliable’s heaviest, highest capacity home ironing station, and it’s a good option for the home sewer in search of a commercial-grade, pressurized steam iron. Its water tank holds 6 cups of water and delivers up to 2 hours of continuous steam at a pressure of 35 psi. As long as I aim for an ironing station, why not go for one I’ll refill half as often? Plus, it’s got a 6-foot-long steam hose for maximum reach.
-Sarah McFarland, Threads Editor
What is on your sewing wish list? Let us know by leaving a comment.
The Juki Industrial PLC 1690 high post-bed machine makes author Anna Mazur's wish list.
Threads Senior Copy/Production Editor, Jeannine Clegg, would like a good design curve ruler like the SA Curve Pattern Drafters.
Threads Editor Sarah McFarland has added Reliable's Pro Iron Station 3000IS to her wish list.