Gift Ideas For A Sewing Enthusiast

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Yesterday, I mentioned some tips for buying a sewing machine, especially if this is the first sewing machine that a sewing enthusiast will purchase.  Since this is the gift giving season, I also mentioned that a sewing machine makes a great gift! :)

Another great gift for any sewer is a good steam iron.  Since the “secret” to sewing well is pressing well, a good iron is essential for sewers of all skill levels.  I have had two Rowenta irons(  and really liked both of them. Currently, I have a Conair digital steam iron ( , and I like it, too, although I believe that the Rowenta irons have a better steam output. The Conair iron has a feature that I really like, and that is the ability to override the auto off feature.  When I’m sewing, I need the iron to be hot at all times.  A few more thoughts about steam irons and how important they can be to the sewing process can be found at

Sewing machines and steam irons make great gifts, but they are big ticket items, and not all budgets can accomodate this type of expense.  There are lots of other great gift ideas for the sewing enthusiast in your life, or for you to add to your own wish list, if you are the sewing enthusiast. :)   Any sewer loves to add new sewing books to the sewing library.  I highly recommend any of Sandra Betzina’s books ( , such as Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step By Step, and More Fabric Savvy.   These books can be purchased on her website, in many local bookstores, or on Amazon ( 

Another gift that sewers appreciate is a subscription to a sewing magazine, such as Sew News or Threads.  Another idea might be to pay for a year’s dues to a sewing guild or club.  A gift certificate to a local fabric store is always a great gift, too! :D  (Check for more resources.)

Beginning sewers might be trying to accululate the necessary sewing tools that they needs, so buying them sewing tools that they don’t have yet, such as a tailor’s ham or tailor’s clapper (  Another great gift idea might be to put together a gift bag or basket of basic sewing tools.  If using a small basket, get a bandana from one of the local craft stores, place the bandana in the basket and fill the basket up with basic sewing tools such as straight pins, a pin cushion, a good pair of sewing scissors, some hand sewing needles, an assortment of sewing machine needles, and whatever else you think the sewer in your life might like. (A more complete list of basic tools can be found at

If the sewer does a lot of quilting, an assortment of fat quarters and quilting thread might be appreciated.  Someone who does machine embroidery would appreciate getting some embroidery thread in staple colors or a new embroidery design. 

I’ve mentioned just a few ideas to give to a sewer and some of them are large ticket items and perhaps a little elaborate, but a great gift doesn’t always have to be expensive.  Sometimes the very best gifts are the simple ones.  If you know someone who sews and she seem to have all the supplies she needs, perhaps a really great gift would be to donate to a charity of her choice. 

Gift giving doesn’t have to be elaborate or stressful.  As you know, I’m in favor simplicity so I often think the very best gift of all is the gift of time.  We all get so hurried and scattered at this time of year that I think we forget what’s truly important. Just spending time with a sewing friend might be one of  the greatest gifts that you can give this year. :)

6 Responses
  1. Gift Ideas: Unique Personalized Gifts for Men & Women » Gift Ideas For A Sewing Enthusiast :

    Date: November 17, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    [...] Rafe Needleman had some great ideas on this topic.You can read a snippet of the post here.Another great gift for any sewer is a good steam iron. Since the “secret” to sewing well is pressing well, a good iron is essential for sewers of all skill levels. I have had two Rowenta irons( and really liked both of … [...]

  2. Judah :

    Date: November 17, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    I still cannot get accustomed to your use of the word “sewer”. To me it sounds as though you are buying all these wonderful things and just flushing them down the… drain. What a waste! Mind you, if you meant that you are giving them to a sew-er, then that is a bit different, of course. ;)

  3. Belinda :

    Date: November 18, 2007 @ 12:57 am

    I agree that it’s funny to have two words that have the exact same spelling, but have two different meanings and pronunciations!

    I like the term sewing enthusiast or seamstress much better. :)

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  5. Ellen :

    Date: December 11, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. My Mom is an 82-year-old avid taker-aparter and putter-back-togetherer. She will love some of the ideas you have listed here.

  6. Belinda :

    Date: December 12, 2007 @ 12:33 am

    You are quite welcome. :)

    Thanks for stopping by. :)