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2021 Holiday Gift Guide for People Who Sew

Practical to aspirational presents for creative spirits
Threads #216, Winter 2021
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Every holiday season, Threads suggests gifts intended to celebrate and share your love of sewing. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a friend, there are thoughtful choices to consider, from practical notions or interesting books to spectacular sewing machines. 

When you refresh your sewing toolkit, it recharges your interest and builds your foundation of sewing expertise. When you give a new sewer tools or materials, it enables them to try fresh techniques and become more efficient and confident. Enjoy getting—or giving—some of the following sewing gifts.

Celebrate sewing

Away from the sewing machine, these charming items and services offer a connection to our favorite pastime.

Pieces of hope
Stitched Puzzles series by C&T Publishing

Pieces of hope

Enjoy the message and workmanship of artist Meri Henriques Vahl’s award-winning Free Tibet Quilt in a 1,000-piece puzzle. Part of the Stitched Puzzles series by C&T Publishing, it depicts her intricate, colorful, and hopeful vision of the Dalai Lama’s eventual return to his homeland. The puzzle’s assembled dimensions are 29-1⁄2 inches by 19-1⁄2 inches, and it is intended for ages 14 and up. A portion of sales goes to Free Tibet, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (FreeTibet.org). CTPub.com; $19.95 

Front of Kylie and the Machine 2021 Advent calendar Kylie and the Machine 2021 Advent calendar

Day by day

The Kylie and the Machine 2021 Advent calendar unfolds to reveal 24 paper windows. Open them to discover 66 high-quality woven garment labels (three a day) and two iron-on patches. Intended as special finishing touches for your self-made garments and gifts, the labels feature affirmational and witty messages. The labels and iron-on patches are not holiday-themed but are  suitable for garments of any season. 

KylieAndTheMachine.shop; $78.00 AUD

Haystack

Digital inspiration

in a haystack logoIn a Haystack is a subscription service that curates a monthly collection of sewing-related digital content and sends it to your inbox. Each Haystack Pack includes a PDF pattern (usually swappable), discount codes for independent fabric shops in Europe and North America, interviews, stories, tips and tricks, and more. The packs are also available in audio versions. In a Haystack was founded in 2019 by London-based researcher Kate Smith, who has also developed an online community for subscribers. 

InAHaystack.co.uk; £10.00 monthly

Dream machines

If a sewing machine upgrade is on the wish list, investigate options that offer contemporary features along with dealer support.

Baby Lock Vesta

Baby Lock Vesta

Ease-of-use features abound on this new embroidery and sewing machine. Fabric-sensing technology automatically adjusts the foot pressure and thread tension. The advanced needle-threading system can be operated one-handed. The Vesta also has 293 built-in designs, plus Wi-Fi-enabled design transfer and built-in editing features. It is technology that enables sewers to create their own embroidery designs. Visit the website or contact a dealer to learn about additional features.

BabyLock.com; price on request from dealers

Brother BQ2500

Brother BQ2500

The versatile Innov-ís BQ2500 is a potential upgrade for the advanced sewer. It has features and accessories for quilt-making as well as garment and home décor sewing. The 11-1⁄4-inch-deep bed accommodates larger projects and has enhanced LED lighting. The 7-inch, LCD touch screen makes it easy to change settings and watch tutorials. There are 729 built-in utility and decorative stitches, plus the My Custom Stitch feature to design your own. Contact a dealer to learn about all the features. 

Brother.com; price on request from dealers


2021 Holiday Gift Guide for People Who SewCompiled by the Threads staff.

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