WeAllSew’s Top Holiday Sewing Gifts

Our WeAllSew team – Alice, Erika and Jo – share what’s at the top of their holiday sewing wish lists! What’s on your holiday wish list this year? Share a comment with us including what you want for your sewing corner this holiday season and enter for a chance to win a BERNINA tote bag with some of our favorite BERNINA goodies inside, a $50 value*! Comments are open for the contest until Thursday November 29 at Midnight CST, and we’ll announce the winner right here. Read on to find out what Alice, Erika and Jo have picked as their top “must-have-to-sew” gifts this year.

Alice is a beginning sewer and embroiderer. You may have seen her wedding favor project posted recently – it’s lovely! Here’s what tops her sewing wish list:

#1. After my embroidered wedding favor debut I’d love to step up my sewing journey and delve into the world of embroidery with the BERNINA B 580.

#2. The BERNINA Walking Foot #50 is a great tool, and it’s not just for quilters. This is also a very practical tool for craft projects, like the neck pillow project I’d like to tackle which has lots of curves.

#3. I’d love a pair of Gingher embroidery scissors. These high quality scissors (and stylish, too!) make the job of trimming so much easier. I have got to get rid of my old dull scissors!

Erika is an expert sewer who has just discovered quilting. You may have seen her recent post on making t-shirt scarves with appliqué shapes. Let’s see what’s tops on Erika’s list this year:

#1. Now that I’ve started quilting my top gift pick is the BERNINA 750 QE. All that extra space means an easier time getting larger quilts in the machine, and with that big, beautuful bobbin I’ll be stitching forever before having to stop and refill.


#2. I would love one yard of each and every print from the “It’s A Strike” fabric line from Benartex fabrics. Don’t ask me what I’m going to make with it, I just HAVE to have it!

 #3. I’d like to learn more about some quilting techniques, like how to hone my free-motion quilting skills. And I always jump at the chance to learn how to make a new project , I love sewing with others! A gift certificate to my local BERNINA Dealer store will do the trick, they have lots of classes, and I can find thier upcoming class listing right online.

Jo is our “Jill of all sewing trades!” She’s sewn just about everything, and is always looking for what’s new. Did you see her Spooky Spider Skirt for 18″ dolls? (You can see more of her doll clothes in Through the Needle ONLINE Issue #14 – they’re on the cover!) Jo’s been really good this year, so let’s see what’s on her list:

#1. I’ve had my eye on the TrueCut Cutting and Crafting table by The Grace Company. Even when the table is fully open, it’s small enough to fit in my tiny sewing room! The two big shelves are great for holding bins and boxes of sewing supplies.

#2. I’d love a Tutto Serger Bag. Do you see all those straps and pockets? Plenty of space for thread and fabric, and the wheels and handle make it easy to tote to classes.

#3. I want some linen coordinates from Stof’s La Couture Collection to reupholster my office chair and make some new accessories for my office and sewing rooms.


 *Winner selected by random from comments. Only one comment per person. Contest open to US residents only.

Thank you ALL who entered our contest by leaving a comment, and you all have some great gift suggestions. Congratulations to our contest winner, WeAllSew member “trekmom” who’s comment was chosen at random!

168 thoughts on “WeAllSew’s Top Holiday Sewing Gifts

    1. My wife has just recently brought me to dark side of quilting, she taught me how to quilt. It really has helped me in relaxing from the every day issues. I even purchased my first Bernina, it’s been a great year! We even started going to our local quilt store for classes, it’s been great meeting new people that vary in ages. I would love to get a Bernina Foot 57 and money to start my statch. I also would love to see your sight publish more tutorials on raw edge quilts! I still haven’t found a good tutorial on this technic. Good Luck to all!

  1. I would love to add to my Isacord thread collection and I need to restock my Organ titanium needles and I’m down to one size and type. But what I really want is the new Bernina Designworks with all the attachments to make it sing because I can’t just convince myself to buy this but if my Husband bought this I’d be willing to go out and buy all the other stuff myself! ;o)

  2. Strange as it sounds, a camera is on my wish list for my sewing room. The photos of my quilts and projects are very ‘iffy’ on my old point and shoot. I love blogging and Flickr…gotta have something that helps show off all that hard work! LOL
    FYI: Proud owner of Bernina 820 and 260. Love them!

    1. M, a camera isn’t such an odd item to keep in your sewing room! It’s great for “sketching” layouts and putting together design boards, in addition to taking step-by-ste photos for classes and project handouts. Last summer I got a new point-and-shoot camera (it has so many useful features!); on my holiday wish list were books on how to take better pictures! Jo

  3. I would love an embroidery machine. I see the lovey things created by others on their embroidery machines and long for one. I love to sew for my home and for others. There seems to be an epidemic *smile* of new babies in our church and I think of the lovely keepsake gifts I would love to give each one.

    It would also be wonderful to find a walking foot for my old work horse Bernina 830. By the way, it still works like a charm! I have located a couple on e-bay, but the price was more than I can manage. Also contacted Bernina, but they were unable to help.

  4. I would LOVE to have lots of embroidery thread to go with my new 780!! This is my first machine that does embroidery and my family and friends already have lots of projects for me to do.

  5. wishing for studio suite I really like paint works, but wouldn’t mind crystal works and cutworks as well.
    If that is to much to wish for then I wish for all our solders to come home safe, Bless them all

  6. Wow! A Wish List for me –Top would be a Bernina 750 or 830. Next in line are the accessory feet for my Bernina 1300 mdc that I don’t already have. Also the Needle Punch Tool and Stitch plate for my Bernina 380. I think the Spanish hem tool set would be a nice thing in my stocking too. And last but not least on this spur of the moment list would be a dvd/cd with downloads showing how to use my accessories and feet for my various Bernina machines! I live in a place with challenges internet connection so having a dvd would really be helpful at three a.m. when my local dealer isn’t available to help me figure out a technique! My Feetures Books are helpful but a dvd would be a nice addition.

  7. Since we are in the process of moving, my sweet B 830 and entire sewing room have been packed since mid August. What I want for Christmas is to be able to unpack into my new sewing room & get on with making things. Of course I could use that Serger bag & the cutting table, but they’re pretty far down my list. Please, Santa, just let me get back to sewing!

  8. Love my Bernina QE aurora 440. Quilting is so addicting! Always need fabric, but have a love of notions too. My “B” is little but she can pump out beautiful stuff!

  9. A dress form is at the top of my wish list, followed by a long list of Bernina specialty feet. And, of course, a personal assistant to keep my sewing space neat and tidy!

  10. I would love a serger for myself and my 9 year old daughter to use (she loves to sew) and a better cutting/storage table combo. But as long as my family is healthy and we are together than those are always the best gifts

  11. My Bernina is the first thing I would save should there ever be a housefire! Sewing on it is a reason to get out of bed, even on a bad day, and I Love the comments I always receive whenever I show off a new outfit, or bed quilt, or embellished wall hanging. I’m a long-time user and devotee of anything “Bernina”.

  12. I would love a Sew Steady Table for my Bernina 580. I have a craft table but a more stable one would complement my work space and my ability to easily complete projects.

  13. While a Bernina 750 QE would be a dream gift it’s not in the cards I know! But hoepfully some nice super sharp Elan scissors will be! I’d also love some new gadgets or Aurifil thread sets!

  14. I would love to have the BERNINA Designworks Suite or the Designer Plus software. I’m waiting for my 750qe to be delivered right now, and having the software to fully utilize its potential would be awesome!

  15. Oh I have my eye on the 780! And a bernina serger ;). I’d also love more fabric however more time and organized sewing area are more top priority. Maybe some gift certificates to my local dealer for classes :).

  16. I would love to own a Bernina 830 and sew like a professional. Taking Bernina’s sewing classes and learning more advance techhniques. My dream is to have a Bernina sewing machine, to make beautiful clothing, quilts, embroider custom items and to be featured as fashion designer in a magazine with my Bernina 830.

  17. I would like to have a whole room for my sewing area. Right now I just have everything in a big closet. Once my kids are grown and out of the house, their rooms are mine. Oh the plans I have for that space! :)

  18. Just upgraded my Bernina for Christmas sewing and would love a new sewing cabinet to put it on–using plank on top of file cabinets now. . . works but . . you know…just not very appealing :/

  19. I would love to get a chance to go to the classes they offer to learn my digitizing software so that I can actually use it!!
    And of course some fabric and more thread colors!
    Merry Christmas everyone!

  20. I’d love a Bernina Quilt 12′ frame with the Quilt Motion software. And since I’m wishing BIG, to have an new 7 series or 820 machine included, that would be perfect. :)

  21. Six months ago I bought the Artista 635 Bernina Embroidery machine. I taught Family Consumer Science for 30 years and two years ago retired and owning this Machine has re-enlightened my talents. I recycle Kiteboarding Kites into Custom bags, http://www.nicetimebags.com and just started making family members Quilts. My Christmas list would include the Bernina Walking Foot which I know now is needed for making quilts and an assortment of Isacord Embroidery Thread.

  22. I would love a Bernina 830 first off. Then lots of Aurilfil thread for quilting. And lots of Robison Anton thread for embroidery. I have plenty of fabric! Oh, and 45mm blades & Schmetz 90/14 Topsitich needles. I would be all set with these.

  23. I would love the new paintworks software. I purchased the cutworks on its own when it first came out. I absolutely LOVE my new Bernina 830 and the limitless creativity it inspires. I’ve had several other brand machines, and the advertisement is so true – “Nothing sews like a Bernina”!

  24. I have a 6 x 24″ ruler and a mat on my Christmas list this year…..I have all Bernina products and love each and every one….(my grandson broke my ruler……could hardly be mad at him…..he was helping me to quilt!!!!)

  25. I’d love a new cabinet to house my fabulous 830LE plus a new sewing chair. Then throw in the Artistic software suite with Cameo cutter and crystal starter set. Would love to have Crystal works as well.

  26. Of course tops on my wish list is the new 780. But what I really, really need is a new accessory box. I broke the door on the one that came with my 440, plus I don’t have room for all my feet.

  27. I’m making placemat, runner, napkin sets for my friends and family. I am using the same pattern for all but using fabrics that reflect the interests of the recipients. I would love a newer Bernina that does embroidery!!

  28. would love to have a new sewing cabinet for my 830…need more space in the sewing room so that new cutting/craft table would sure be great. And would really like receiving that bag of goodies in this giveaway! Love my BERNINA SEWING MACHINES!!

  29. My wish is for a reorganized sewing room with new sewing machine cabinet with a flip up surface to allow quilting projects and a new Bernina machine I could use for quilting, large embroidery, and regular sewing projects. I hope Santa is reading all our comments. Thank you, Santa. I’ll leave you some cookies and milk.

  30. If money were no object, I would love the latest Bernina sewing/embroidery machine. In real life, though, I would love a walking foot for my 185E Artista machine. Actually, any attachment for that machine!

  31. My best friend gave me an embroidery machine to make pretties for my first grandchild due in January (a girl!). Now I just need some classes to learn how to use the machine to its full potential.

  32. I’d LOVE to get a Bernina 830 or 780—but I haven’t been THAT good! Maybe I’ve been good enough this year to receive a Bernina Stitch Regulator for my 580. I do love my 580!!!

  33. I would like a sew easy table with the plain insert and the lightbox insert for my 830, I will be traveling in my RV and need the table so i can continue using my new and fabulous machine.

  34. I would love to upgrade my embroidery software. I have been collecting project ideas and now I need to start making them! Love the ideas that Bernina offers on their website.

  35. I’d like a rolling bag for my smaller machine, a B630, since I take it monthly to charity sewing meetings. And I’d like to be able to take a software seminar close to home. But more time to explore the capabilities of my 6 month old B830 LE is always a wish!!

  36. I just purchased the 780.. and am so excited for it to arrive this week. Have loved all the bernina products and have sewn on Bernina since 1980. This year I would like to add to my wish list, the extra large hoop for embroidering on the 780, the design works suite, a red bernina sewing chair and the quilting frame. LOVE Bernina!!!

  37. I just got my first Bernina in September so I am slowly building my foot collection. My new must have foot is the Walking Foot…it is at the top of my Christmas List.

    1. What type of needle are you using? If you’re using a Ballpoint or Universal, the point is designed to slip between the yarns in the fabric rather than through them. This can make straight stitches appear slightly zigzag as the needle stitches to one side or the other of the fabric yarn. Try using a Microtex Sharp; it has a very sharp point designed to pierce the yarns rather than slip between them. It used to be that all needles were Sharps (even though they weren’t called that; they were just needles). Then came Ballpoints, then Universal needles (which are rounder than Sharps and sharper than Ballpoints), Quilting, Embroidery, and many other variations. I have a big box of needles in my sewing room – mostly specialty needles such as Ballpoints/Jersey, Topstitching, Quilting, Denim/Jeans, and Embroidery – so I always have the right needle for whatever I’m sewing! Jo

  38. I have a new Bernina 550QE, a new sewing table/cabinet, piles and piles of fabric and a patient and encouraging husband. What I really need is the eyesight I had 35 years ago. That’s what I really wish for.

  39. I would love to have a bernina quilt frame and a designated sewing machine to live on it so that I would not have to move my 830LE on and off of it, I would also love to add to my collection of sewing machine feet and other accessories such as software to enable more creativity.

  40. I would love a new Bernina 830E with all the bells and whistles. Might as well dream big! That way I could pass my trusty Bernina 180E down to my young adult granddaughter, a very creative aspiring seamstress.

  41. My dream is to have a dedicated sewing room so anything for a sewing room would be wonderful. I especially would like a laptop to use with my machine when I embroider. I am having a great time with my Bernina 440QE and would like to learn to do more with it. I would like to take more classes and a laptop would make that possible.

  42. A new Bernina sewing machine with embroidery capabilities and extra accessories would be at the top of my wish list. I am a long-time user of Bernina products and think they are the best.

  43. Would love a Bernina that does it all – is that the 830? And of course a great cabinet for it and all the rest of the goodies for a real sewing studio. Go ahead, turn the bedroom into sewing space. I’ll sleep on the sofa.

  44. Now that I own Bernina 830 my wish for holidays is to get designer plus software. I am enjoying my machine very much. My children says it feels like they have a new sibling.

  45. Hmmm What would I like for in my sewing room? Well first to finish the sewing room. But I would love a Bernina 8 series embroidery machine, new software, the cutwork tool, and a full slection of isacord thread. :) But since we just had a new baby, (that make 5 children now), I will be happy with getting the sewing room finished. I can’t wait til I have my own room to work in. But then again my older 3 like to sew also. Good luck every one!!!

  46. I recently purchased a 780E, it has not came in yet, so I am waiting. But I would wish for some accessories to go with it. I am very excited to get the machine and work with it.

  47. On my “sewing wishlist” is an actual sewing room! I have taken over my dining room. I just started sewing again after 30+ years (thanks to Mimi G) and I am enjoying every minute of it. A new Bernina machine ~any version would be great~as I am struggling with an older machine-but it works! I’m not complaining!

  48. My wish list includes a new pair of the best fabric scissors. Though I own & use two Bernina sewing machines, I would love to own the B580 that includes both sewing & embroidery. I would be delighted to win the surprise bag giveaway from Bernina . . . always fun to win.

  49. My Bernina 2000DE is 20 years old now. While it still sews beautifully, I would really love a new one. Maybe the 700D. If I’m gonna wish, I’m gonna wish with all my might!

  50. I wish my sister would get a new Bernina and we could take classes/lessons together. Something I’m more likely to be able to get is lots more fabric so I will have plenty to work if the Air Force assigns my husband to some far away place next year. Merry Christmas to everyone!

  51. In my dream world, I would love to have a Bernina Educator come to my home and spend some time teaching me some “super tips” that he/she has learned over the years…. Think about that! Wow!!

  52. My wish list for my Bernina sewing experience is very very long but the thing I would wish for most of all is a Bernina dealership close by so that I can get my machine serviced properly and have access to the accessories that I want to have. That would be a dream come true!

  53. I, like everyone else would LOVE anything from Bernina for my 830! But my one wish would be for a luggage carry system for the machine and the embroidery module. It would make it so much easier to transport for service, or to classes :)

  54. What I would like most if more personal time to play with all the sewing toys I have. Otherwise, I think it would be fun to play with the attachment that cuts fabric!

  55. My wish is to find the energy to complete the many projects that reside in various stages throughout my sewing area. From tops that need to be assembled to just patterns and ideas, there are too many projects that I want to get done. If only there were a way to find more hours in each day!

  56. I have a Double Cord Foot on my wish list for my 440QE. An upgraded machine would be nice for the new embroidery software available, but I love my current machine.

  57. I would love to get my daughter a gathering foot for her Bernina 830 and so many other nifty feet, but I would really love to buy her the long arm machine that she loves.

  58. There really isn’t anything i NEED right now except backing for a few quilts. but like i always tell my friends….NEED has nothing to do with it!!!!!
    i would like to have my sewing room organization to be DONE!!!! it is a long slow process, but i am finally feeling like there might be an end!!

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