Read on for inspiration if you're buying for quilters, dressmakers, hand-stitchers,  young creatives, beginners and more...

Don't forget there's plenty more in our Exeter shop which isnt (yet) listed on our website, so come in for a browse and you may find more to buy...


Is there someone in your family who started sewing during lockdown, or rediscovered a love for the craft? Or maybe you have a creative young relative or friend who would relish the opportunities that a sewing machine can bring?
A new sewing or overlocking machine could be the ideal gift (and who knows, next Christmas you could receive a beautiful gift made by them!).

We have several models of sewing machine suitable for the beginner, the  enthusiastic improver, and the accomplished sewer. We also have sewing and embroidery machines, embroidery only machines, and a wide range of overlockers and coverstitch machines.

Contact the shop for help in selecting a suitable machine for your lucky recipient.

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Experienced or aspiring quilters alike will be thrilled to receive an Aurifil thread collection, available in a wide range of vibrant colour palettes.  Or perhaps you could choose individual spools to create your own customised selection of their favourite colours (50wt cotton is a good choice for quilting).

pre-cut fabric collection could inspire their next creation, with a huge range of themes and colours available to chose from. We also have a selection of quilt panels. If you know their favourite designer, you could buy some fat quarters from their collections. Kaffe Fassett, Libs Elliott and Tula Pink are very popular, but we have many others available. We even have our fabrics arranged into themes, so you could for example choose a selection of fat quarters featuring birds, or spots, or Japanese themes. Let your imagination go wild!

For a smaller gift, we have some very attractive scissor sets, and quilters will also appreciate quilt labels, pins or fabric clips.

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Dressmakers will always be grate ful for more thread, especially versatile black and white. Several of our beautiful scissor sets include dressmaking shears.

We have a selection of useful storage solutions such as thread racks or bobbin boxes, sewing baskets and craft bags.

Tailor's chalk or fabric pencils, or perhaps some pins or a new tape measure, can make a useful stocking filler. We also have a selection of useful dressmaking tools such as bodkins and seam pressers. Many of these smaller items, along with other such as buttons, are not yet listed online, so do come to our Exeter shop for a browse.

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Many of our beautiful thread sets are ideal for hand sewing and embroidery (see the description of each set for details). Or you could make your own unique selection from our range of needlecraft threads.

Gorgeous embroidery scissors are always a pleasure for the keen hand-stitcher to receive.

Some new hand sewing needles, some pins or a thimble could be useful additions to their supplies. The keen hand-stitcher may be interested to read and learn more about the Japanese techniques of Sashiko or Shibori.

We have a large range of tapestry, embroidery and sewing kits, the perfect gift to occupy a hand-stitcher on long winter evenings.

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Young creatives may enjoy one of our children's craft kits - you can choose from tapestry, diamond painting, sewing, embroidery, crochet and more.

Perhaps they enjoy decorating their crafty creations with motifs, buttons or sequins and jewels.

We even have our fabrics arranged into themes, so you could for example choose a selection of fat quarters featuring unicorns and other fantasy creatures, or hearts and stars or science, space and rockets, or rainbows. Let your imagination go wild and theirs will too!

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A Gutermann thread set will give the aspiring sewer a selection of colours for their projects - there are various themes and palettes available. You could even get them a fabric precut collection to inspire their next project.

We have a wide choice of craft kits suitable for beginners - see the individual descriptions for suitability.

A well-designed pair of scissors makes working with fabrics so much easier. 
Some hand sewing needlespins or a thimble would also be useful items for the new sewer.

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A wooden Treasure Chest full of beautiful threads would be a very special gift for a special person.

Or perhaps a piece of Horn furniture designed for their specific needs. Horn has a range of sewing cabinets, storage units and chairs - please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

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People who sew are usually easy to buy for, as they'll always be happy to receive more supplies! Perhaps you can add to their fabric stash with a fabric precut collection, or choose some fabrics with their favourite theme or colour scheme.

You could treat them to a thread set in their favourite colours, or give them some useful needles or pins.

If your potential recipient prefers to choose their own fabrics or threads, a gift voucher could be the ideal solution, giving them the opportunity to browse in the shop and make their own selections at leisure.

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