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    Gift for friend who sews?

    I have a special friend who also sews...would like to get her a gift-anyone with online sites/ideas? I have searched Etsy for a unique pin cushion, but not coming up with much! Thanks!

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    What is your price range? Fat quarters are always welcome for a sewer. Does she machine quilt and use the computer? Leah Day's site has 50% off her Craftsy machine quilting tutorial lessons at about $20.

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    Price range under $40.....

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    How well do you really know this person who sews? You would probably be better off giving her gift certificates to her favorite fabric store.
    For instance, I sew, a lot, but don't get me something like a cutsie pin cushion, etc. I have a lot of single-purpose sewing notions/tools. When I retired my coworkers gave me gift cards to my local quilt shop and Joannes.

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    Maybe if she is a quilter, you could find a class to take together and make a day spent together doing something you both enjoy!
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    Etsy has some truly beautiful seam rippers, all well within your price range.
    http://www.etsy.com/search?q=seam%20...ery&ship_to=US
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    I think gift certificates would be the way to go personally. One of the main reasons would be fabric colors, what you like is not necessarily what someone else would like. Does she like pin cushions? I love seeing all the neat looking cushions, but personally don't use one, seam rippers aren't used by everyone. I have a little pair of snips that I absolutely love and haven't used a seam ripper since I discovered them.

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    Time together is always nice...lunch and a personal shop hop together and then buy what she drools over. Or have a gift card for somewhere.

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    How about a pair of retractible small sewing sissors. The one that you put on your shirt. I think Connecting Threads carries them.

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    I second the suggestions for gift certificates to quilt stores, or go shopping with her and buy what she drools over. One of my most enjoyable activities is shopping, and if it's not "my" money I'm spending, it's even more fun!

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    In agreement with most... no pin cushions.
    If it were me, I'd love time spent together. Then, possibly a gift certificate.

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    Thank you for all of your thoughtful replies. I am treating my friend to lunch for her birthday, and just wanted a little something to give her........She quilts some-mostly does blocks for a group at church, and she does sewing for grandbabies and house decor. She likes "artsy" stuff........I was hoping to find a pretty felted wool/embroidered pin cushion....

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    Maybe if she is a quilter, you could find a class to take together and make a day spent together doing something you both enjoy!
    What a fabulous idea.
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    Here's a neat site: www.GiftsForQuilters.com. Lots of charms, scissor markers, etc.
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    Does she quilt. Do you know what she has for rulers, notions. etc. I just bought a cuting matt that is on something like a lazy susan. I love it for trimming up blocks. I bought mine for around $27 at JoAnns' with a 40% off coupon. Or get her a Gift Certificate to Connecting Threads.com. They have both fabric, threads, kits, notions, and books so she would surely find something she likes there. I buy a lot from there.

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    If you think she would like a pin cushion, give her one. You know her better than anyone here does! They are always nice gifts!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    If you think she would like a pin cushion, give her one. You know her better than anyone here does! They are always nice gifts!!!!
    I agree! Lots of sewers and quilters collect pin cushions and use them to decorate their sewing space. I think it is a terrific idea to find a fabulous, fancy one to gift to her! I did a search on Etsy.com for just "pin cushion" in handmade and lots of really cool ones came up. I also did a search for "Vintage Pin Cushion" and some fabulous ones showed up! In fact, there are several of the vintage that I am sending out to friends and family as suggestions for birthday and christmas presents! I consider myself pretty "artsy" and I love vintage sewing notions!
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    How about a thread catcher/pin cushion? I made some & I love, love, .love mine
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    How about one of those fancy thimble case like the Victorian quilters used?

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    Great ideas, Ladies. I will remember them when I need a special gift. JLLMC, since you know your friend better than us, give her what she would like. If that is a pin cushipon then great. It would be really nice if you made it yourself!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    Maybe if she is a quilter, you could find a class to take together and make a day spent together doing something you both enjoy!

    I think that is a great idea!

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    How about a gift card tucked inside a handmade coin purse or little zipper pouch. In my opinion, that's the best of both worlds. Something handmade, and a nice gift certificate for her to spend.

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    How sbout a cute covered tape measure.

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    What about a 365 day calendar that has a different block on each day? That would be something she could look at and remember who gave it to her as well as seeing different blocks.............next would be the gift certificate as everyone has suggested.

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