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Beginning Sewist Gift Guide

If you are just beginning to sew or are interested for the first time, you might wonder where to begin. And how do you help someone know what you’d like if you’re a beginning sewist? Start here! I’ve pulled together some of the things that will help you get started and be a nice gift this holiday season. So feel free to pass this post on to someone you love–you might as well get what you want, right? And when you buy through one of the affiliate links in this post, you’ll be helping me earn a small commission with no price difference to you. So thank you!

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover. This is a great place to start in terms of a sewing machine. It’s cost effective, but I never had any trouble with mine while I had it. I worked it into the ground eventually and then upgraded, but I definitely recommend this one to start on for a beginning sewist.

Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Whether you’re quilting or sewing apparel, you are going to want a rotary cutter and mat set. It saves so much time and is a great way to get your cut rectangles perfect. But best of al? Use a small rotary cutter and zip around your pattern pieces. You’ll have cleaner cut edges and its super fast. Trust me–you need this no matter what kind of sewing you’re going to be doing.

Clover 3185 10-Piece Wonder Clips, Assorted Colors. These little clips are awesome. I use them when I’m putting on a binding, when I need to hold thicker materials in place, and in place of pins when I’m in a hurry. They’re really great to have around!

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker’s Shears. Ooh, baby. I love these scissors. I protect mine fiercely because they’re so wonderful and I want them to stay that way. I was cutting through double layers of denim this past week, and they didn’t hesitate, and yet they’re my go-to pair for cutting thin fabric that likes to shift around too. A beginning sewist will find cutting much less tedious with these babies!

Dritz Tailor’s Chalk Pencil. This is a small item on my “wish list” that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer. Its got 3 colors of chalk and is a much easier way of marking your pattern details than the regular chalk.

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! Wondering what to do now that you’ve got some of the basics? How about this fun book of simple sewing projects a beginning sewist can do with a small amount of fabric. Of course, you can also check out the Sewing tab up top and find great projects too.

Hopefully this will give you a good idea of some things a beginning sewist ( or any sewist really) would love to get for Christmas. Be sure to pass this link along to your loved ones, share with friends, and hint at all the cool stuff inside!


Lisa Mabey blogs at Mabey She Made It about DIY, Crafts, Home Decor, and Sewing.

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  • Don't go to my website yet--I'm just starting to put it together and haven't written any posts!

    I liked your list of supplies but can think of some basics you forgot like a tape measure and pins. I want the chalk thing too! What an awesome tool that would be.

    The only thing I didn't agree with was the Fiskars rotary blades. I just bought a 60 mm Fiskars cutter and hate it after being so used to my Olfa blade. The Fiskars cutter doesn't open and shut easily or smoothly. It makes you just want to leave it open because it is so hard for me to slide the guard back and forth. It's cheaper, but it feels like it too.

    • Thanks for your thoughts! I haven't tried an Olfa rotary cutter--perhaps that can be another stocking stuffer for me. :)

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