Christmas sewing gift idea

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Why not make a Christmas sewing kit for someone who loves to sew? Try the following idea:

* 2 pair of scissors- an inexpensive pair of paper scissors and a good quality pair of fabric shears. By including both pair of scissors, you are insuring that the fabric scissors will last a long time.
* Straight pins & Pin Cushion – many people, find the quilting pins with colored heads, easier to handle. Visit a notions department and see the vast assortment available on today’s market. A magnetic pin holder is also available in most notions departments.
* A tape measure
* Tracing wheel – there are smooth wheels and spoked wheels on the market. Each has it’s place and are great notions for any sewer to have on hand. More on Marking Tools
* Dressmakers carbon – this is a special carbon paper that is available in combination packs or for light fabric or for dark fabric. This is available in department stores that have a fabric department or at fabric stores. More on Marking Tools
* A gauge – This is a great tool for making accurate measurements and for tracing straight lines such as darts.
* A seam ripper- These are available in many sizes and some are glorified. All new seam rippers are sharp and precise.
* Hand sewing needles – a nice assortment to fit various sewing needs
Thread – a variety of basic colors in a good quality thread. This is one place the skimping is not worth while. See Thread – Seeing Is Believing for more information.

Optional Items

* Rotary Cutter, cutting pad and Quilting rulers – These are fantastic to have on hand when cutting straight lines.
* Thread Snips – These are a very handy devise to have next you your sewing machine. They are available in a variety of colors.
* A Sewing Magazine Gift Subscription. I personally recommend Sew News and Threads
* Sewing Books
* A notebook with page protectors and print outs of the many, many free on line projects.
* Hardware Bin organizer Boxes – available in most hardware stores. Some are able to be hung on the wall and make a great organizer for machine feet and tools.
* Thread racks – make your own or explore the many available on the market at most fabric stores.
* Light weight fusible interfacing – yards of it are great to have on hand. This makes a great backing for tissue patterns that become a favorite, to keep them strong and durable.

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