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From: lendube
Date: 02-02-2007, 10:49 PM (1 of 13)
My dd has no interest in sewing but does do simple repairs and mending. Her b'day is on the 23rd and last night (when I couldn't sleep) I had a great idea for a gift for her.

Today I bought a little sewing basket and filled it with everything I could think of that she would need for basic repairs and mending since she has practically nothing.

The contents are: (this is all from JoAnn's)

pair of scissors
package of assorted buttons
package of assorted threads, polyester, 100 yds each
pins, colored ball, long
pink tomato pin cushion
package of assorted safety pins
tape measure
30 assorted needles with a threader
seam ripper

What do you think? I'm happy with it. Did I forget something basic?

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From: PaulineG
Date: 02-03-2007, 01:22 AM (2 of 13)
How about some hemming tape - the iron on stuff - just in case she really doesn't feel like it or is in a hurry. I don't like it much but I know a lot of non-sewers who do use it.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-03-2007, 10:33 AM (3 of 13)
Maybe a thimble?

Something that I have but is not really a basic item...a gadget to repair pulled threads in garments, knits, etc. It has a little hook on it that you can insert from the back and pull the thread back thru to the wrong side. If you find one this may be something to add.

If she has about some snaps and small hooks & eyes???
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From: Patty22
Date: 02-03-2007, 10:38 AM (4 of 13)
Lennie, this may be going over the top, but how about a basic sewing instruction book........ if just may spark her curiousity and she will have the information at her fingertips if she needs it.

Is this the daughter that is engaged? Maybe a book on basic curtain making, pillows, etc. :)
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From: lendube
Date: 02-03-2007, 06:17 PM (5 of 13)
Good ideas but I think the book would probably scare her. :wink:

I'm already pushing it a bit with the basket of (imo)goodies. She might think it's all totally wonderful too. Hard to tell with this one.

And yes, she's the one who just became engaged. She and fiance have lived together for a while and fiance has a 12 (today, as a matter of fact) y/o. Fiance is an arborist so there's always one thing or another to mend between those two.

Thanks, Lennie
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From: sewmuchfun
Date: 02-03-2007, 07:01 PM (6 of 13)
I know my 2 sisters have no interest what so ever in making clothing but love making curtains, wall hangings, ect. So she might be interested in the curtain book... I would add trouser hook and eyes.. I know my daughter and that's the one thing she needs fixed more than anything.. Especially if they are new to the working world.. You might want to make her a small traveling sewing kit to take to her work.. I used mine more times than I want to remember mostly to fix co-workers clothing ...


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From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-03-2007, 09:39 PM (7 of 13)
how about the buttons for jeans. All she needs is a hammer to pound them together..(those metal jeans buttons often wear through the fabric and you have to replace'em because you can't get the old ones apart or back together because they're worn or stretched).
I keep a package here at home....
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 02-03-2007, 10:26 PM (8 of 13)
Lennie, I think your sewing basket is a great idea, and I don't think it's pushing it at all. When I was about to get my first apartment, my Dad seemed to realize this could be It. He went out and bought me a small toolbox and filled it with just a few basic tools--hammer, screwdrivers... When he gave it to me, I could see that he was recognizing my adulthood and giving me his blessing in a sense, and trying to do whatever last effort he could in order to send me off just a little bit more prepared. ... I'll bet he has no idea that I even remembered all that or gave it a second thought. I see the sewing basket at this time in your daughter's life in a similar way.
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From: paroper
Date: 02-03-2007, 11:13 PM (9 of 13)
What about a small set of note cards with little ideas on how to sew on a snap, place a hook and eye, sew on a button....just a few minor repairs....put it in a little bag or tie it with a ribbon or a stretch ribbon. (Kind of like recipe cards for sewing.)

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: lendube
Date: 02-04-2007, 01:14 PM (10 of 13)
Thanks for the ideas, ladies.

Andrea, that's very sweet. I hadn't thought of it that way. Thanks for that.

And yes, a small book or notecards are good. To us here we just do it. We don't even think about how we're doing it. I have to be reminded that it's not second nature to everyone.

Hemming tape is a good one too but just the other day Elizabeth told me she doesn't even own an iron! I couldn't believe it! She never looks wrinkly! :nc: I guess I might consider a board and iron as another gift! :bg: Or is that just tooooooo domestic and weird??

Thanks, Lennie
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From: PaulineG
Date: 02-11-2007, 03:07 PM (11 of 13)
So what did she think?
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-11-2007, 03:18 PM (12 of 13)
Lennie hopefully you included a small pair of scissors or thread snips in her sewing basket?

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From: lendube
Date: 02-11-2007, 04:23 PM (13 of 13)
Oh, Patsy, how could I (and everyone else) not see that those were missing? :shock: Thanks.

And Pauline, her b'day's not till the 23rd. I'll see her that day. She only lives a mile from me which is a lot of fun. I'm guessing dh, me, fiance and her will have lunch in town. She works that evening.

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