Well, It’s 2020 and it’s been a HECK OF A YEAR! I don’t know about you but I’m soooooooooo ready for some fun this holiday season. Part of that fun is making a list of ALL the sewing items I MUST HAVE! Join us and make a list of your own sewing must-haves.
So, I offer you the 5oo4 TEAM sewist must-haves!
This year I decided to do things a little bit differently. I’ve asked all the 5oo4 Team members for their personal recommendations and I’ve complied them into a pretty amazing list! Each must-have comes with the team’s approval. It’s going to be awesome!
Ready? Here are 11 Sewist Must-Haves for the 2020 Holiday Season!
1, 2, & 3 – Let’s start with SEWING MACHINES!
There are three categories I’ll cover today:
- Standard Sewing Machines
- Coverstitch Machines
Tiffany looks to be a Brother fan!
She has the Brother CS6000-i for her standard machine. This is a great machine that I actually owned a few years ago. I worked that thing to death, literally! It’s a great machine at a great price point. Find the Brother CS6000-i HERE! For her Serger she loves the Brother 1034D and let’s face it a lot of us love that machine! It’s a workhorse and I LOVE THAT PRICE!! Find the Brother 1034D HERE!
Ashley loves her machines!
Her standard machine is a Brother SE400. The sad news is that it looks like Brother doesn’t make this particular machine anymore BUT they do have the SE625. This machine is pretty cool. It doesn’t just sew, it also embroiders and it has over 100 sewing stitches…. AMAZING! You can get your very own HERE! Ashley also likes the Brother 1034D! Find the Brother 1034D HERE! For Ashley’s Coverstitch she has the Singer Professional 5. This machine is actually a serger/coverstitch combo and she is in love with it! Get yours HERE!
Rachelle has a set of favorite machines too!
For her standard machine she loves the Janome DC2014. Get your hands on the Janome DC2014 HERE. She’s also a Brother 1034D fan! Find the Brother 1034D Her coverstitch is the lovely Janome Coverpro 1000CPX. Check the 1000CPX out HERE.
As far as my(Laura’s) recommendations: I’m a Juki girl!
I love Juki machines so much that I wanted an entire family of Juki machines and my loving husband made it happen. I have 4 Juki machines in all. First is my industrial straight stitch machine, the Juki DDL-8700, then there’s my standard machine, the Juki HZL-F300, and then my serger, the Juki MO654DE, and last, my coverstitch, the Juki MCS-1500! I love my little Juki family! These machine WORK! Seriously, I never had a bit of trouble and they purr like kittens. Get the Juki DDL-8700 HERE… the Juki HZL-F300 HERE… the Juki MO654De HERE… the Juki MCS-1500 HERE!
Jessica is all about Babylock.
These machines are incredible! I’ve never used a baby lock but I’ve heard all the good things! Her standard machine is the Babylock Aria and her serger/coverstitch combo is the Babylock Triumph! Get your Aria HERE and your Triumph HERE!
4 – Printer
We all agreed that a good quality printer is something every sewist needs. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I never print all sizes. One of the magical things about every 5 out of 4 pattern is that they all come with layers so you only have to print what you need. With that said, I no longer waist my money on color ink/printers. Once I switched from a color ink jet printer(that I hated) to a laser Jet my life was changed. My printer uses black toner and saves me so much money! I love it and I think you will too. Now, you can certainly find color printers but I find I don’t need one. I have the Brother HL-L2350DW and I LOVE IT! Find this printer HERE!
5 – Projector
Projectors are all the rage these days and some of us on the team are still trying to catch up with everyone else. With that said, Jessica has a projector, although I think it’s but maybe not quite operational yet. It takes time to catch up with all the techies out there. We’ve given away a couple projectors and have heard the the Bomaker Mini Wifi Projector is pretty awesome. These little things get great reviews and seem to be just what you’ll need to get started. Get the Bomaker Mini Wifi Projector HERE!
6 – Sewing/Crafting Table
Here’s how it works, if you love to sew or craft you absolutely MUST HAVE some sort of sewing/craft table! My husband built me an amazing sewing table a few years ago so I thought you might like to see where he got the building plans. Get the plans HERE.
7 – Fabric Storage
One must store the hoards of fabric somewhere, yes? My table has built in storage. However, our team really likes IKEA for this job. The cube storage is fabulous and works like a charm! Check out the IKEA storage options HERE.
8 – Thread Storage
I literally have thread rolling around everywhere since our big move this summer. It’s a disaster. Don’t be like me, ask Santa for some thread storage! A thread rack seems like a small thing until you have 24 large and 48 small spools of thread rolling around the room. I bought a thread rack for my small spools a few years ago and it’s been great. It has legs so it can sit on a table or shelf but since I had wall space I mounted it and love it even more. I got this at Wawak and you can even find a rack for cones of thread as well. FIND IT HERE!
9 – Notion Storage
Having a place for all your goodies is wise. This is one of those things you don’t realize you need until you can’t find your seam ripper. Ask me how I know. I have several storage items from hanging storage containers to little tubs but my absolute favorite is this cantilever sewing box I got as anniversary gift from lovecrafts.com that they no longer appear to carry. I did find a similar one on amazon.FIND YOUR OWN CANTILEVER SEWING BOX HERE
10 – A Good Iron
I’ve purchased all manner of irons. Cheap ones to very expensive ones. It comes down to this… I can’t be trusted to not drop the very expensive ones and I LOATHE the super cheap options. When I was in need of a new iron this year I almost spent a stupid amount of money and then thought better and ended up with a lovely, hot and steamy CHI iron that’s pretty great. FIND CHI IRON HERE
11 – HTV
Okay, so you don’t need this at all BUT it makes life so much fun and it’s def on my list of must-haves. With it’s variety of uses it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase. My Silhouette Cameo came as an unexpected gift from a great friend. I was speechless when I opened it. It is an insanely fun little machine that should absolutely make you Christmas list.Additionally, I received the Cricut Easy Press and I couldn’t believe the difference it made when ironing that HTV. It’s heavy and just cool. I feel pretty extra cool when I use it. It’s okay to laugh at me. FIND YOUR SILHOUETTE HERE and YOUR EASY PRESS HERE
Everyone who handcrafts things needs a good camera as part of their “must-haves” ! I have several cameras but the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is my current favorite. It takes great photos AND fab video! It’s a must have for sure! Get your camera HERE!
A 5oo4 Gift Card is always on the list of must-haves, so be sure you’ve got that one added! FIND IT HERE
I really hope these suggestions were helpful to you. We love sharing our favorite things with you! Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite must-haves by commenting below!