Does your mom (or maybe grandma, sister, daughter, wife, friend) love to sew? Try to get her something nice and useful that has to do with sewing. There are so many really great gift ideas for people who sew.
Here are some of my favorites; the list includes must-have items, items for which I saved money to buy, items I have dreamed of for a long time. I can assure you, if anyone would come to ME with a gift selected from the first two categories I would be very happy! Other categories are more fun, or for people who already have everything. After all, a gift may be useful, or may only say “I am thinking of you”. Most of the time, a thoughtful gift is as well received as a very useful one.
Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means I will receive a commission if you order a product through one of my links. I only recommend products I believe in and use myself.
I only recommend stores where I buy myself regularly. The stores I recommend have a no-question-asked return policy (except perhaps certain liquidation or special sale items) but I urge you to do your own research and judge if the merchant is trustworthy or not. Cheap items are not a problem, but buying a sewing machine for a couple of thousand dollars, is a different kind of transaction that merits a good research.
Amazon Prime (and perhaps other services, the newly announced Walmart+ promises to be similar) membership is not free; but I did not believe myself it is worth the price until I tried it. And last year, I finally took the plunge. Now what if I want a $6.99 pen set? I simply buy it, I don’t need to think I have to bundle it with other items to get free shipping. So I found myself using Amazon for small items as well as for larger items, when I need them, no more delay. There is a catch: most of the benefits of the Prime membership are limited to one country, in my case US; most offers seem to be unavailable or toned down in Canada for a US member.
Want to try Amazon Prime? Here is a link for someone with a US shipping address, Amazon Prime gives US customers access to streaming video, free shipping, Prime Day discounts, and a variety of other Amazon-specific services and deals for $119 per year. For many, like me, the service is a worth the price for the shipping perks alone, but there’s a lot more to a Prime membership than free shipping and streaming services. Since I did not try Prime membership outside US, I am not sure if it is a good deal though.
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Stress-free gifts for beginner sewers
What is a serger? A serger, sometimes called overlock machine, is a type of sewing machine that cuts, stitches and neatens the edge at the same time. It makes the seams you see in T-shirts and other knit garments. Sergers usually run at high speeds and are used for edging, hemming and seaming a variety of fabrics and products.
They are not too expensive and work very well. If it is a first serger, I would avoid the complicated ones, a good basic serger is all a beginner sewer needs. The article “Serger vs Sewing Machine” is a comparison between the two, check it out.
I use my serger to professionally finish every sewing project. Sometimes I even don’t use my regular sewing machine and sew only with the serger, one example is this article where I used mostly a serger: “Easy tops to sew – how to make an easy top pattern plus a step-by-step sewing tutorial“.
Coverstitch machines are a separate class from sergers, and they have a different role. I do not recommend a combination coverstitch/serger unless you can afford the top-of-the-line (and most expensive) one, the transition between coverstitch and serger is not easy and requires many adjustments. I had such a machine which, if properly set up, did both overlock stitches and coverstitch duty, but it was so difficult to adjust that in the end I left it configured as a coverstitch only and I got another serger.
See this article for a better comparison between a coverstitch machine and a serger: “Serger vs Coverstitch“
Below is a short advertising video from the manufacturer presenting one of the sergers I like
2. Embroidery machine
With a modern embroidery machine, you can create awesome designs that are perfectly stitched in a fraction of the time of hand stitching. You simply place the fabric into the frame and let the machine do the work!
Embroidery machines bring out the artist in you so you can “paint” (actually, stitch) a masterpiece in thread. From baby onesies to evening gowns to gorgeous quilts, the creative possibilities are endless. Even unexpected, see in this article how I created embellishments for a pair of shoes: “Unexpected way of using free standing lace embroidery“.
When I was a beginner I had my simple and inexpensive embroidery machine and put an embroidery practically on everything I made. Now some modern embroidery machine cost more than my first car, have cameras, scanners, USB drives and WiFi. But the machines below are great compromises between functionality and price.
3. Dressmaking shears
It ’s incredibly useful to have good sewing scissors. There are many different types and brands but these Dressmaker Shears offer a longer cut ideal for cutting patterns, trimming seams or cutting long swaths of fabric. These versatile shears feature long, precision-ground, knife-edge blades that cut multiple layers of fabric easily, all the way to the tip. A double-plated chrome-over-nickel blade finish is both striking and durable, and the bent-handle design helps hold fabric flat on a tabletop or counter for smooth, comfortable, mistake-free cutting.
Look, these LIVINGO shears have more than 4000 great reviews (and 4.8 out of 5 rating). I also use (and like) the Fiskars shears below.
4. Sewing clips (Wonder clips)
These clips are FANTASTIC: they are so much quicker and easier than sewing pins, both for putting-on and for taking-off. These are really great quality and are super strong and have a great holding power. The variety of colors somehow makes them extra fun to use — more like a toy than a tool.
5. Thread Rack
These are just what any sewer needs to get threads organized. I had over 10 spools of blue threads and didn’t know it. Now I do. It’s just wonderful to be able to see most of my spools so easily displayed. No more digging around trying to find the right color OR buying the same color because I couldn’t find it!
This rack below is nice, solid piece, well made with no rough edges. All spool pegs are solidly in place.
6. Thread set
The more you sew the more different color threads you will need, right? If you work with red fabric you can’t use black or white threads. These colors are bright and can match many fabrics. The thread is actually strong and never snaps.
Beware though the embroidery and sewing threads are different, buy the set that is suitable for the job. Please refer to my article “Types of threads” for more details.
Whether you want to add to a color collection or start a new one, this thread set is a very useful gift for a special person in your life.
Awesome gifts for advanced sewers
Sergers (outside of North America they are called overlock machines ) have made sewing projects faster and more professionally ﬁnished than ever before.
I am an advanced sewist and I don’t want a basic serger anymore, I used my Singer for 10 years but now I would like the ultimate serger, top-of-the-line machine with the self-threading feature so I can get the one-step professional finish for my garments with the power and precision of Juki sergers. And you know what? I am not alone, every advanced sewist needs one, if you can afford it.
Check my review of Juki MO-2000 here. Juki MO-1000 is a similar machine, a little bit cheaper though, both are very good for home sewing. I tried the MO-2000 first time a couple of years ago, then I purchased one and I have no complaints; I think it was one of the best investments I made, I was so, so tired of endless threading issues with my older sergers! My article about self threading sergers may shed some light why I am so excited about this feature.
- Effortless Threading With the Power of Air!
- Adjustable Differential Feed
- Upper Looper Converter 2-/3- Thread Conversion
- Automatic rolled hemming
- Option to deactivate upper knife
Click here to see offers on sewingmachinesplus.com. This retailer has usually a better selection than Amazon or other online retailers.
There are other models, very good at what they are doing and which cost less; of course you would need to forego some advanced features, like self-threading, which may in the end defeat the purpose. But you should also look at Juki MO-104D 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Serger and Baby Lock Vibrant Serger Machine – From the Genuine Collection.
2. Coverstitch machine
With a coverstitch machine you can do hemming of knit and other stretchy garments more easily, quickly and with more precision than you ever had before. If you are disappointed with the quality of hems you are getting with twin needles it’s time to buy the coverstitch. I did, and I was not sorry.
Before buying a coverstitch machine perhaps you can check out my article “Serger vs Coverstitch” where I discuss various features of both machines.
I have a Janome CoverPro 900CPX and I absolutely love this machine. Makes my knit clothes look incredibly professional. It’s very easy to rethread for different colors to match clothing. There are multiple videos on YouTube to teach you the basics. Of course by now there are newer versions of the machine, both from Janome and Brother and the prices are no longer prohibitively high. Check out the current offers on sewingmachinesplus.com
3. Cutting machine
If you like to sew you certainly heard by now about home cutting machines. They are incredible! Some of them cut not only paper but also all types of fabric too – everything from silk to cotton and denim, they cut leather also! The two below are reasonably priced and have excellent reviews: Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2. There is a newer version, Silhouette Cameo, but surprisingly, this has less good reviews than either Maker and Explore 2. I have used both Maker and Explore 2 (I own the Maker), I have not used the Cameo.
Here is a link to one of my projects where the cutting machine has been used to cut the embellishments: Butterfly Applique Pillow; I use it in fact quite often, sometimes I use it to simply create cutting pattern files (.svg) as a first step in making a pattern.
Cutting machines are frequently replaced by newer versions; the link below will show you a current list of offers.
4. Cricut EasyPress
If you need to heat press shapes that you have cut with your Cricut machines, then Cricut EasyPress gives you professional iron-on results. It eliminates guesswork so you get fast and foolproof results that really stick, even after repeated washes. It’s ideal for foil, glitter and metallic projects as well as large and layered projects. Easypress is lightweight, portable, easy to store machine.It is available in multiple colors too!
5. Bias tape makers
Who says all gifts must be expensive? Here is one that is cheap but very useful if you ever want to make your own bias tape. If you want to know more about bias tape, perhaps I can refer you to my article “Bias tape tutorial“, lots of information there.
If you are serious about your sewing, you need bias tape. And if you can not find ready made in the the colors and sizes that you need, then you need a bias tape maker too. Then you can create your own bias tapes in minutes. It’s fast, economical and perfectly coordinated.
6. Presser Feet Set
The right presser foot enhances your project with touches that your sewing machine otherwise could not handle. The Madam Sew Presser Feet Kit lets you sew precise lines and add stunning embellishments to quilts, clothes and pillows. This set with its innovative adapter is designed for use with low-shank models of popular brand sewing machines including Singer, Brother, Husqvarna Viking, Babylock, Euro-Pro, Janome, Kenmore and White. I have one of those and I have to confess for a couple of them I had to actually research to find out what they do! The possibilities are endless.
You can but the MadamSew kit set directly from the source using this link: MadamSew. They give out a manual and simple videos explaining what the feet do and how to use them. MadamSew site has other items you might like too, check it out.
7. Curved Embroidery Scissors
They are so useful for cutting any sewing thread, embroidery thread or yarn without any risk of cutting the fabric or item you are working on. These scissors are wonderful for machine applique projects. These are sharp and have the perfect angle to cut the fabric extra close to the applique. You see below two excellent examples and some links to Amazon for the same products for best price comparison:
Funny gifts for sewers
Not all gifts have to be practical; sometimes a token gift is just as good, especially if it is for someone you love but you don’t really know what they need (or perhaps they have it all already?). Certainly this is better than an impersonal gift card which may be more practical, but it also says “I don’t have the time to bother”. Do you like gift cards as presents? I don’t particularly appreciate them.
Unique gifts for sewers
1. Sewing machine music box
Not everybody likes music boxes, so just make it sure first it will be appreciated. But if your mom or grandma does, this is ideal. To borrow from a review: “I bought this for mother’s day. I gave it to my grandma. She loved it. It’s so beautiful. If you’re thinking about buying it stop thinking and just buy it !”
2. Echo speaker with Alexa
Why is it a good gift for sewers? Because using nothing but the sound of your voice, you can play music and listen your favorite podcast while you sew, search the Web (like asking for example when the first ever sewing machine was made) while you sew, create to-do and shopping lists while you sew, even shop online on Amazon while you sew, get instant weather reports, and control popular smart-home products—all while you sew and your smartphone stays in your pocket. And that is where the phone should stay, it is a major distraction!
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3. Adjustable swivel chair
A comfortable chair is not only a comfort issue, it is a must because a chair that makes you move all the time to find a good position, or a chair that makes your back sweat, is a liability when sewing. I personally prefer chairs with a mesh or cloth seat and back, but this is a personal preference. I do not like leather seats because they may be comfortable in the beginning, but after a while I find that my skin sticks to the leather (or vinyl). I like the chairs presented below.
I am planning to replace the office chairs every three to four years; most of them become less easy to adjust, the seat cracks and the wheels no longer move freely. Perhaps this is why IO am not looking at the most expensive models, I have tried them in store and frankly I do not find them more comfortable than cheaper ones.
4. Applique Scissors Paddle Shaped
These are irreplaceable when it comes to cutting very close to the stitch! Below are two examples: Gingher 6 Inch Knife Edge Applique Scissors and The Duckling – Duckbill Applique scissor 4-1/2″. As usual, the same things or similar from Amazon for price comparison:
5. Snap Hoop Monster Magnetic Embroidery Hoop
A magnetic hoop is not cheap, but for certain materials (leather, for example) it is extremely useful. I am discussing this in my article “Machine embroidery on leather: how to get it right“. Two examples below (8″x8″ and 8″x12”). Beware these hoops are machine specific, make sure your machine has the same hoop attachment system.
Note: I have seen on Amazon a hoop advertised “For Janome” but on the box it is clearly written (I did read the small print!) “for Brother”. My Janome 500E (older model) embroidery machine is completely different than my Babylock Destiny and they don’t take the same hoops.
Check put ths link for price comparison; Sewingmachinesplus is one of my favorite stores and often they have a better selection than Amazon or other online retailers: Monster Snap Hoop.
6. Pink Power Electric Fabric Scissors
For thick materials or multiple layers, a good pair of electric scissors are very useful. Not indispensable, but useful.
7. Thread Spool Huggers
Tired of tangled threads? Dirty ends? Try these, they really work, and the cost is very low! This is indeed something I could not live without, especially that they are really cheap. And they work!
Inexpensive gifts for sewers
1. Rotary cutter
When used right, the rotary cutter is a time and effort saver. I find a good rotary cutter an essential tool if you are serious about sewing. I have written in detail about this in my article “Rotary cutter tips and tricks“, please read it, a rotary cutter is a useful tool but it is also a dangerous tool because of its very, very sharp blade which is easily accessible.
2. Cutting Mat
A cutting mat makes the cutting much easier, and saves your table in the process! Certainly, you can use a piece of plywood or even cardboard if you don’t have a mat, but I find the markings and the fact that the mat adheres to the table and does not move, essential. Besides, the piece of cardboard is ugly! I also find that I need to replace my cutting mat every 4 or 5 years because it becomes scratchy with use and it tends to snag the delicate fabric pieces. I always by the largest mat I can find at a reasonable price.
3. Fabric weights
I use most of the time stone weights because I have a large collection of stone figurines and other items. However they are also available for purchase, below are two good examples:
4. Velcro Hook & Loop Fastening Tape ( different colors)
Sometimes Velcro fastening is necessary; not on;ly for projects but also to attach your tools toa board. I used it myself when making a case for my tablet “DIY tablet case/cover sewing tutorial“. The tape is available in many colors as well as in black and white.
5. Pom Pom Trim
You might not need it now, you might not even think about it. Neither did I. I had some in an older box, don’t even know where it came from, and after I saw it, I used it to embellish a poncho. It came out very nicely and it is certainly an unusual embellishment!
6. Leather Hand Tool Set
Again, something you might not even think of, until you need to sew leather, that is. I have some projects with leather, the bags I made are really beautiful so I needed some tools. These are also relatively inexpensive (with the more pricey one you get threads and a mat too) and I really used the tools.
7. Machine Embroidery Stabilizer Backing
Absolutely necessary for embroidery projects! It is not even possible to embroider thin fabric without t. It MAY be possible to embroider certain thicker fabrics without stabilizer, but I would advise against it. Without stabilizer you will get puckering all over, modern designs seem to be all made with usage of the stabilizer in mind.
Depending on how much you use the embroidery, you might want to buy it in bulk, especially if you need it for bigger hoops.
8. Extra-Fine Chalk Pencil
Always useful for marking fabric. Be careful though, never press on the pencil more than needed, you will need to be able to brush away the chalk after work. The best is to have the thinnest and faintest mark that allows you to work and that is why you need sharp and fine pencils.
Wow, this guide about stress-free gifts for sewers is getting too long but I still have so many gift ideas for people who sew. I guess I will have to start a new guide (for example, about useful books, courses and magazines) and finish this one.
I am curious – what are the best gifts you (as a sewer) have ever received? If you could have anything you want in your sewing world what is the one gift that will bring you the most joy? I hope to see your answer in the comments below.
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