Gifts for Beginning Quilters

You have to start somewhere and what better way than to give the gift of quilting.

The purpose of this post is to give you a good idea what you need to start quilting/sewing.

Brother Jx2517

The Brother Jx2517 is a good starter sewing machine at a cost ranging from $50-$80. What makes this sewing machine good is it’s simple design. It doesn’t take much time to set up and get to sewing your first quilt.

Singer Transparent Plastic Bobbins, 12-Pack

Your sewing machine might come with a couple bobbins, but you will need more if you want to use different color thread.

Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set

This all-in-one set is perfect for cutting fabric and squaring up blocks. I recommend this set because of the great value. It includes a Fiskars 45mm Rotary Cutter ($8)Fiskars 18×24 Inch Self Healing Mat ($20) and a Fiskars 6×24 Inch Acrylic Ruler ($9).  You save about $10 by combining all these essentials in one set.

Fiskars 8 Inch Scissors

You may notice I recommend the Fiskars brand often. This isn’t a mistake, I recommend this brand highly for the simple fact that their products last.  I purchased these scissors 4 years ago and they still cut as smoothly as the day I opened the package.

Gutermann Thread 547 Yards

Cheap thread can snag and cause your sewing machine to seize up. Save yourself some frustration and pick up a couple spools of Gutermann Thread.  It costs a bit more than bargain thread, but the finished quilt will last much longer.

Moda Refresh Jelly Roll by Sandy Gervais

Jelly Rolls are a great way to make a quilt fast and hone your sewing skills (Jelly Roll Race Quilt). You can go to your local craft store and find jelly rolls for about $20. Moda brand jelly rolls will cost about $30. What you get for the higher price is a better quality of fabric. This will make your quilt last longer and prevent some of the problems that cheaper fabrics can cause.

Lifetime 4428 Height Adjustable Folding Utility Table, 48 by 24 Inches, White Granite

If you don’t have a dedicated space for quilting/sewing this table is a great thing to pick up. It collapses easily for storage and provides a stable surface for your sewing machine.

1/4 (Quarter Inch) Quilting Sewing Machine Presser Foot w/ Edge Guide

There are a plethora of sewing feet out there, but when it comes to quilting this 1/4 inch foot is perfect. Almost everything in quilting requires a 1/4 inch seam and this foot will help keep your stitches as straight as possible.

Notions (Useful Little Tools)

Dritz Size 1-3/4-Inch Quilting Quilter’s Pins, 500-Pack

Seam Rippers (Pack of 12)

Fiskars 4.5 Inch Short Cut Snip