Great Gift Ideas for Sewers
The holidays are upon us! If you are looking for a last minute gift for the sewer in your life (even if it’s yourself), here are a few items which might fit the bill. Our editors and staffers selected a range of sewing, design, and related items that top our wish lists for the December/January 2012 issue, but there were so many we just couldn’t fit them all into the issue. So here they are!
Notions and Tools
This mending kit in a glass jar would be the perfect gift for my son, who just finished his third year of college and is currently living 3 1/2 hours from home. I taught him to sew on buttons when he was 8 years old, so I’m sure he could handle mending tasks! The Blackbird Mending Kit contains straight pins and pin cushion, four needles, two spools of thread (black and white), a measuring tape, seam ripper, small pair of scissors, and other mending necessities. ($35, BlackbirdBallard.com)
--Norma Bucko, Threads seamstress
My pinking shears are over 40 years old and have been sharpened many times, so I think it’s time for a new pair! Since I’m familiar with Gingher scissors and know that they maintain exacting standards for their products, I’d like a pair of Gingher pinking shears to replace my old ones. ($48.70, Gingher.com)
--April Mohr, administrative assistant
Rotaries for lefties
I’d like a good-quality rotary cutter that works for southpaws. I hear that Kai is a great brand and makes durable, high-quality scissors that cut well. I’m willing to give their rotary cutters a try on the strength of their scissors’ reviews. They make several rotary cutter styles, all with universal grips for right- or left-handed use. ($12.99 - $24.99, KaiScissors.com)
--Jeannine Clegg, senior copy/production editor
These iron-on designs from Dritz Fashion Embellishments are a fast and trendy way to dress up a plain garment or bag. The modern and up-to-date designs range from edgy graphics like dragons and rock-n-roll symbols to butterflies, flowers, and paiselys. Two-color flock designs and metallic foil iron-ons can be layered and ironed once they’ve been applied to fabric. ($4.99, Dritz.com)
--Annie O’Connor, assistant editor
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