Gift idea for Mom- HEM CLIPS. Measure and hold hemming projects without pins! Smooth, stainless steel clips slide onto fabric and hold hem in place while you sew or baste. Built-in measure assures straight, accurate hemlines every time.
There are some good sewing tips and free patterns here. Another pinner said: This is the most useful website for sewing clothes I've ever seen. Free patterns for men, women and children, techniques, detailed "how-to's"