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Whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or any random day, buying a thoughtful gift for your embroidery-loving friend is never unappreciated!
But what if you know nothing about embroidery and have no idea what he or she might want? In that case, I’ve put together this list of fun, helpful, and unique gifts for embroiderers to help you out!
As an embroidery lover myself, these are some of my favorite things in my craft room! Some of these gift ideas for embroiderers require knowledge of the giftee’s specific machine, but most can be enjoyed by all embroidery lovers everywhere.
Best Gifts for Machine Embroiderers – List of 15 Ideas
1. New, Clever Flash Drive
If your favorite embroider owns an embroidery machine with USB input (this is very common), you can purchase the cutest little sewing machine flash drive. This makes the transfer of created or digitized designs from a computer to an embroidery machine both possible and fun.
Anyone who owns a computer, though, may smile when using this whimsical gift.
2. Thread Huggers
Embroidery thread is so slippery and thus notorious for not staying on the spool like regular sewing thread. As such, spool huggers are very convenient to have around. This is a much better alternative than taping ends or letting them unwind all over the place.
Another alternative is to purchase thread net, but that’s not near as colorful!
3. New, Fun Threads
If your friend or family member only sticks with traditional rayon, polyester, or cotton embroidery threads, there are several types of really fun threads that can spice up boring embroidery.
4. Mini-Iron for Applique or In-the-Hoop Quilting
Having a miniature iron for applique and in-the-hoop quilt piecing is SO helpful. This tiny iron fits in your palm and within the confines of an embroidery hoop. It can be used for adhering fabric to fusible stabilizer or fusing applique fabric to an embroidery blank. All without having to remove the fabric from the hoop!
Here are some of the best mini-irons for crafting, but the two I own and love are the Steamfast mini-iron and Clover II mini-iron. The Clover II iron will even reach into the embroidery workspace so you don’t have to remove the hoop from the machine. Just make sure to place a heat-resistant pad underneath it.
5. Helpful, Specialized Scissors
If your embroidery enthusiast is using regular sewing scissors without long, thin points to clip jump stitches or trim applique fabric, having specialized scissors like embroidery snips, duckbill applique scissors, or double-curved embroidery scissors will make a world of difference!
6. Machine Embroidery Journal
This fun gift for machine embroiderers is a small journal intended to hold pertinent details of embroidery stitch-outs. Including places for design information and tension settings, thread information, stabilizer details, etc, this journal is perfect for recording the ideal settings for favorite projects in one easy-to-find place.
7. Pre-Wound Bobbins or Bobbin Winder
No one likes winding bobbins that I know! Thus, if you know the weight of thread and type of bobbin your friend’s machine takes, buy pre-wound bobbins!
Or, if you don’t know, consider an auxiliary bobbin winder! I LOVE the idea of these, but I have an extra sewing machine that I use almost exclusively for bobbin winding…
8. A Cricut Maker
For embroiderers who have trouble cutting applique or in-the-hoop fabric perfectly, a Cricut Maker can make such a difference. Plus, who doesn’t love more craft gear?! I think this is one of the best gifts for machine embroiderers who are already overflowing with embroidery machine supplies.
9. Gift Card to Favorite Design Site or Shop
Consider an Etsy gift card or another gift card to go on a design or supply purchasing frenzy. For instance, Creative Appliques is one of many design websites that offer gift card options to purchase cute designs!
If you have a local embroidery shop that sells embroidery designs, purchasing local is always great. However, for most of us, the supply is so limited that we have to shop online.
10. Silk Ribbon for Machine Embroidery
For the ambitious embroiderer constantly looking for new, unique project ideas, silk ribbon is really fun to embroider with in the bobbin!
I purchase 2mm silk ribbon from eBay and use this when doing ribbon bobbinwork. (Making ribbon flowers is my favorite task!) It’s also fun to use in the bobbin when sewing.
11. Embroidery Books with Creative Ideas
I’m old-school and prefer to read print books rather than online resources even though I have a Kindle.
My favorite embroidery book for beginners is The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible. It includes information about selecting the right supplies as well as information about how to use an embroidery machine for all sorts of embroidery techniques.
Two other fun books that I like are Piece in the Hoop, which is all about in-the-hoop quilting with an embroidery machine and Modern Machine Embroidery: 11 Projects from Pickle Pie Designs, which has several easy introductory projects for in-the-hoop pouches and bags.
12. Machine Embroidery Subscription Box
If you want a machine embroidery subscription box, there really aren’t many options that are affordable and worth it, in my opinion.
However, I recommend the Annie’s Club charm pack kit. It comes with two charm packs delivered to your door each month. Each pack contains 42 fabric squares in a huge variety of complementary prints and colors.
With the dimensions of each charm at 5″x5″, this is a perfect way to get a huge stash of quilting cotton in small pieces of a wide color and print variety. Small fabric pieces are perfect for in-the-hoop embroidery projects and applique!
This sock hoop is one of the craziest things I own and has brought me a lot of joy. In addition to assisting with embroidering socks, I’ve found it super helpful when embroidering other hard-to-hoop items like gloves, legging openings, and even stretch pockets with my single-needle embroidery machine.
14. Fun Embroidery Blanks
If your favorite machine embroidery lover is tiring of embroidering the same things over and over (like towels), purchase some new blanks. Fun, unconventional ideas of crazy things to embroider on are balsa wood, vinyl, yoga mats, and even cardstock.
15. That Purple Thang
Trust me, you do not want to be sticking your fingers near the embroidery area while the machine is running. However, using a That Purple Thang is a safe, easy way to keep fabric from interfering in the embroidery workspace. This thing is also so very helpful when sewing!
I hope this list of gifts for machine embroiderers has provided you with several valid options for the embroidery lover in your life. If not, you might also get some ideas from my post about the essential embroidery supplies for beginners.