Gifts for Sewers – A Gift Guide to the Holidays
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There’s no time like the holidays to grant a sewer’s wish, whether it’s for a problem-solving tool, an inspirational book, an aspirational machine, or a well-appointed sewing room. Are you wondering just what to give your sewing friends? Threads‘ staff and contributors have compiled a wish list of tools, books, notions, and more to help get your sewing gift-giving started. They even make great presents to yourself!
Check out this gift guide from Threads issue #158, and let us know in the comments what’s on your wishlist this holiday season.
The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques
This spiral-bound, hardcover book contains Lynda Maynard’s novel solutions to creating beautiful finishes and is an excellent addition to any sewing library. ($26.95, Interweave.com)
—Kenneth D. King, contributing editor
Pattern gift certificate
I could spend hours browsing pattern company EvaDress’s online selection of reproduction vintage patterns. It’s a broad collection spanning the 1800s to the 1950s. If someone gave me an EvaDress gift certificate this year, I know just what I’d spend it on. ($15 to $150, EvaDress.com)
—Stephani L. Miller, associate editor
A HotPatterns wardrobe
I would love a selection of HotPatterns handpicked for me by company co-founder Trudy Hanson. The styles are up-to-the-minute and very wearable, and Trudy designs them in collections that work well together. (price varies, HotPatterns.com)
—Carol Fresia, interim editor
My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so I need a lamp that gives high-quality light and is portable and adjustable, like the Craft Plus Floor Lamp. It’s large and is designed to render colors accurately. Its low-glare light promises to reduce eyestrain, too. ($209, OttLite.com)
—Jeannine Clegg, senior copy/production editor
Sewing without a dress form that exactly matches my shape is tough. But Fabulous Fit’s patented Fitting System looks like it could be the ideal solution. The Fabulous Fit Fitting System is a series of contoured foam pads and two dress form covers that can increase any dress form up to three sizes and helps duplicate an individual’s proportions and curves. ($89, FabulousFit.com)
The Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional seems to have everything I’ve ever wanted and then some. Its features were designed to meet the speed and precision demands of quilters and other advanced sewers. ($1,999, Janome.com)
The Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000 10-needle home embroidery machine’s features basically speak for them-selves. The machine automatically threads its 10 needles, and its InnovEye system provides a magnified, real-time view of the needle area. ($13,999.95, Brother-USA.com)
—Annie O’Connor, assistant editor
The Cut ‘N Sew Attachment is an awesome accessory for a Bernina owner who doesn’t have a serger. Attached to a regular sewing machine, it performs a variety of serger-like functions. ($200, BerninaUSA.com)
Baby Lock’s Sashiko machine sews what appears to be a hand-worked running stitch on the fabric’s right side using a single thread, an eyeless needle, and a hook. It’s so fascinating, I want one just to watch it in action. ($2,499.99, Babylock.com)
—Sarah McFarland, associate editor
Elegant seam ripper
The Gingher seam ripper looks like a piece of modern art and works like a surgical blade to open seams. It’s beautiful to look at, has heft, and is easy to hold. The curved, replaceable blade can speed through stitches without harming fabric, due to its shape. I’d be tempted to keep it in a jewelry box instead of my sewing basket. ($24.99, Gingher.com)
Ultrafine chalk liner
I have used my Chakoner daily for at least 15 years and have never had to refill its chalk reservoir. I love that it doesn’t gunk up my fingers, doesn’t break, and doesn’t need sharpening. The serrated wheel at the bottom of the heart-shaped case draws an ultrafine line without chalk gumming up the wheel. ($14.50, CuttingLineDesigns.com)
—Louise Cutting, contributing editor
Perfect seam gauge
I want Nancy Zieman’s Seams Right. This measuring tool is compact, convenient, and economizes effort. It measures nine increments from 1⁄4 inch to 1 1⁄2 inches. Because it repeats most measurements around its edges, there’s less turning involved. It’s handy for us knitters, too. ($8.50, NancysNotions.com)
Pattern drafting ruler
I would love to receive the Point & Pivot General Pattern Ruler. It’s a pregraded measuring and curve guide that helps you draft shirt, dress, and trouser patterns to fit in minutes. It comes with an instruction manual, so there’s no guesswork involved. (U.S. $106.76, EasyPatternMaking.co.za)
—April Mohr, administrative assistant
Find other great gift ideas and holiday projects in the current issue of Threads.
There's no time like the holidays to grant a sewer's wish, whether it's for a problem-solving tool, an inspirational book, an aspirational machine, or a well-appointed sewing room.
The Fabulous Fit Fitting System is a series of contoured foam pads and two dress form covers that can increase any dress form up to three sizes and helps duplicate an individual's proportions and curves.
The Cut 'N Sew Attachment is an awesome accessory for a Bernina owner who doesn't have a serger.