Attention last-minute holiday shoppers, if you’re like me and struggle to figure out what to get someone to the last hour I’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for you for my top 4 big-ticket gift items to get that special someone who is in love with sewing or is ready to start. Throughout the month I will share my top picks of items that I use regularly and items to avoid all together. Plus, you can shop from the comfort of your home and avoid crowds. And you don’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out the perfect gift. I will start with my top pick.
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- Brother CS600i sewing machine: I love this machine because it has an internal motor so you do not have to push your foot down on a presser foot. This is a good option for anyone who has a lead foot. They can focus on stitching straight lines and not giving the machine enough “gas” to get moving. You can also control the speed while you sew, you can automatically lift and lower the needle, start stitching, and reverse the stitch with just the touch of a button. Additionally, instead of squinting to pull the thread through a needle, you can use the threader attached to the machine to do it for you, and so much more. This is definitely worth the investment.
2. SINGER | ProFinish 14CG754 2-3-4 Thread Serger with Adjustable Stitch Length, & Differential Feed: If they already have a sewing machine the next item would be this one. This is perfect for finishing the edges of garments to give them a professional look. It can also be used for decorative stitching. I found this book “The Complete Serger Handbook” to be very helpful in explaining serger stitching better than the manual that it came with. This also will save some wear and tear on their sewing machine because it was made for finishing edge, while the main purpose of the sewing machine is to piece the garments together.
3: Dritz Sew You Adjustable Dress Form, Small, Opal Green or Dritz Sew You Adjustable Dress Form, Medium, Opal Green: My weight goes up and down all year depending on my activity so to make a garment that fits me just right I adjust the mannequin before every project. This will help to let you know how the garment will look on you and not the model in the picture who may be nowhere near your size which is always my case. (There are never any short models on the big four patterns). With the mannequin not only can I change the bust, waist, hips, and other body parts I can adjust the height. There is also an attachment at the bottom that allows you to pinch the hem together and pin it so that you get an even hem every time.
4. Adjustable Hobby and Craft Cutting Table with Drawers: This is great if you have limited space and don’t want to risk putting dents on your dining room table. You can expand the table sides together or just have one up at a time. When you are done just collapse the sides and stow it away in the back of your room so that you can walk around. There are also baskets and a shelf so you can store your most used items in there. It has saved me time from looking through drawers for a seam ripper. Also, a headache for my husband because when I’m done working I can put the table away and he can walk around the dining room/office without feeling catastrophic.
I hope you found this helpful. This is definitely something you can use year after year until you get all the items you want on your list.
Until next time…