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This post is for stitchers who want to treat themselves or for stitchers who need to give specific instructions to their loved ones. If you are a stitcher, read on and start clicking.
If you are a loved one who received this article, know that sewing is a super specific hobby and shopping for it is hard! We actually have people in our Facebook ask what they should ask for, because a lot of times, you don’t know what you need until you need it. Well, the purpose of this post is to ring some bells and to avoid 3am shopping trips, or just 3am sadness when the store isn’t open. Get these gifts and delight your beloved stitcher for years to come!
A Gift Card!
Did you want to get out of this post really quick? Well, get a digital gift card to these retailers and let your sewist go wild!
The Confident Stitch has a HUGE selection of indie patterns and gorgeous fabrics that would please any stitcher out there- plus they’re a small business! Get a gift card from $10-$500 and it’s delivered to the recipient digitally. Done and done!
LA Finch Fabrics is our favorite source for designer ends straight from the Los Angeles Garment District. Let your beloved stitcher browse the selection of garment fabrics, including discounted end-of-bolt items and bundles. Gift cards are delivered digitally (super easy!) and come in $10, $25, $50, and $100 amounts.
Thread is one of the most ubiquitous and seemingly boring parts of sewing…but we are THREAD JUNKIES around here! Here are some sets and styles that will accentuate your thread game!
Madeira Overlock Inspirations Set
Drool over this set of Madeira non-needle threads. Cotton, rayon, and metallic threads in 4, 6, and 8 wt (heavy, too heavy for a sewing machine needle) fill this box, and you also have automatic storage! We use these threads in the loopers of our serger for gorgeous edges. You can also use it for couching, hand-embroidery, or bobbin play. We used to sell this at our store, and our customers were always thrilled with the gift! You can get one here.
Another throw-back to our days as sewing machine dealers. If you recently got an embroidery machine, a well-stocked embroidery thread library will make your life so much easier! When you embroider, you often don’t need just one red or one green. That poinsettia requires light, medium and dark greens and reds. Save on gas, and stock up on a rainbow of thread! We love Floriani. It’s durable- I’ve even bleached it before and it stayed colorfast. Get the set here.
Metrosene Thread Set
Ok, this thread set isn’t as sexy as the other two, but it’s a nice box of quality construction thread- our favorite construction thread- Metrosene!
The DIY Style Pattern and Cutting System is a new and unique product on the sewing market. This system uses a magnetic board, T square, and strong magnets to hold down slippery fabrics as you cut. The flip-side of the system is. cork board that can be used for drafting and modifying patterns.
Here’s a cool video on the system too! Get one here.
Zede’s Favorite Scissors have yet to disappoint a stitcher (that we know of). These scissors are the perfect happy medium between a small thread snip and a large shear. In fact, since we use rotary cutters to cut out our garments, these are the scissors that we use almost exclusively for timing, snipping, etc. The handle is made of flexible rubber, so they’re comfortable to use, which is good…because you’ll use them all the time!
All the Tula Pink Cutting Implements. Want to blow someone’s stitchin’-lovin’ mind??? Get them all of the Tula Pink cutlery. They are sharp, useful, and gorgeous!
Olfa Rotary Cutter. This is our favorite rotary cutter. We use it multiple times a day. This set of a rotary cutter and one replacement blade is a great deal!
Ironing is a reality of sewing, but these pressing aids will help out any stitcher! A Telfon pressing sheet will protect your iron and your ironing board from fusible glues- so maybe get two! The Clover Perfect Press Hot Iron Finger is what you should use instead of your real fingers while ironing out seams. If you or your beloved stitcher doesn’t have a tailor’s ham, get one! Not all seams should be pressed flat.
The Oliso TG1100 Smart Iron This is that iron that pops up when you’re not touching it! That’s right, no more scorched stuff! We also used to sell this iron, and we love the manufacturer’s warranty, in case anything goes wrong!
Sewing furniture is a big ticket item, but it can make a world of difference in your sewing experience. You can choose form a low-profile, sturdy table to an elaborate piece that offers sewing space, cutting space, and storage all in one! Check out these options from Arrow Sewing Cabinets and make sure to browse around on their site to see what each piece of furniture looks like when it’s open and closed. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much sewing stuff you can fit in one of these cabinets!
The Mod Thread Storage Cabinet. Oh, what a dream for thread storage! You can also use this for a cutting or storage surface.
The Gidget I Table is a sturdy, basic piece of furniture that can offer a flush-to-table sewing experience!
The Sewnatra Cabinet opens up for you to sew and closes up to protect your machine and supplies.
The Diva Cabinet is an all-in-one that can be paired with other storage systems
Any stitcher will always say that they need to get more organized. And that’s ok! Being creative means having a lot tools. Use these products as a starting point for organization. Do you need help with thread or rulers? These racks and stands will help you out. And don’t worry, January is our month to focus on our Sewing Spaces!
These sewing books are in our very own sewing library. The Palmer Pletsch book is the second edition of a classic, and it’s spiral-bound, so it will open easily on your sewing table! The Mood Fabrics Book is great for someone just figuring out the subtleties of fabrics other than quilting cottons. The Bridal Couture Book seems somewhat specific, but it is one of our favorite resources for working with fine fabrics. The Vogue Sewing Book is a dense tome of techniques that will serve you well for years to come!
Stitchers are people who make things, and often we make things for others. I hope this post give you some ideas of how to treat yourself or someone you love who loves to sew!