Isn’t this where everything actually starts from?
All of us sewing fans love to have those crocheted or embroidered or decorated sewing baskets to keep the small items and accessories needed for sewing.
And since these little baskets are embodiment of our love for sewing and embroidering, why not decorate them with this or that embellishment?
Best Sewing Baskets of 2019
In this post we will talk less about how to decorate them and more about the best sewing baskets of 2019.
The question is pretty simple; which basket will we pick if we just have to pick one best sewing basket for 2019?
And here are the contenders:
- bbloop Small Vintage Basket with Notions Package
- Singer 07278 Polka Dots Large Basket
- Singer Polka Dot Small Sewing Basket
In this guide, not only you will read our honest review of all these sewing baskets, but we will cover our buying guide to help you pick the best sewing basket for your needs.
Before we immerse deeper into the detail of all the sewing kits and baskets reviewed in this guide, let us take a look at the basic criteria that you should follow while you go about buying a new basket.
Size matters a lot in case of sewing basket because if it is too big, it will be hard to use sewing basket as an EDC item, and if it is too small then you cannot keep even slightly more than intended items.
While most of the sewing baskets are made with wood or similar materials, it is possible for them to have made of some other material. You must know the quality of material inside the basket and on outside of the basket.
Whether it is a plastic trey inside it with small boxes to organize each and every of the notions, or it is a big room where you can keep a lot of items without specified boxes for them, you should be sure of your preferences.
Style and Ease
While all three of the baskets reviewed in this piece are designed in a same way: collapsible handle and easy to fasten closure etc., there can be more styles and more options that make it much easier to use a sewing basket.
Always take a look at how easy it is to use and what is the basic scheme of the product, and how the manufacturers intended for the users to use it.
bbloop Small Vintage Basket with Notions Package
First thing first. This thing is called vintage not because it is really vintage, it is actually an industrial product and it is manufactured at commercial level.
I’d rather call it retro because it has this air of vintage-ness about it. The design is old-school – much of like Gramma age.
Before I talk any further, here are the pros and cons:
- Vintage Looks.
- Really Good Collection of Notions.
- Made of Wood with Old School Cloth Exterior.
- Multi-purpose Box.
- Not Much Spacious.
- Plastic Box Inside Looks Bad.
Before we jump to the qualities of this box, let us first talk about the problems. Luckily, this box does not have any serious problems
Here you go:
Not Much Spacious
The only serious and that too not so serious problem with this box is that it is small as compared to other boxes in this category.
The size of bbloop box is 9.1 x 6.4 x 4.5 inches. Now, if we compare this to the size of its closest competitor, Singer 07278, we can see that that box is 7.5 x 10.2 x 5.5 inches.
Even small polka dots Singer box (compared with both of them) is 7.1 x 5.6 x 4.2 inches. So you can see that this box is hardly adequate.
Plastic Box Inside Looks Bad
Inside this box, in order to support its shape and to keep all notions intact, there is a plastic container.
It could have been fine if crochet or some piece of cloth would have covered it, but since it is exposed to the naked eyes, it looks bad. It makes the whole box looks cheap and nothing like retro.
Apart from these two issues, this box is a hit. People love the retro look and all the embellishment job.
Here are the pros:
The most important reason why women love this box is it being a retro style box. It is made of a piece of wood, it has its own traditionally done handle, it has got these beautiful embellishments inside and outside.
On outside, it has a tan flower cloth exterior, with a beautifully finished border. In simple words, it is a box made for women and men who are into stitching, sewing and embroidery etc.
Really Good Collection of Notions
As we all know, in sewing notions are those small items or accessories that help us a great deal in sewing, stitching and embroidery related tasks.
This box is not empty (because it a whole package with everything you need), but it comes with many notions.
Here is the list of the accessories that you get with this box:
- Threads in 10 different colors
- Straight Pins
- Needle Threader
- Stitch Ripper
- Thimble, and
- Tape Measure
So in short, it has got everything that one needs before they go on a stitching spree.
Made with Wood
It is not only the old school cloth exterior that makes it look so unique and undeniably retro, but it is actually made with wood.
It does not feel super light or super cheap like those crocheted boxes that you are through with only after a month or so.
Even the wooden handle is wrapped in a traditional bronze color handicraft thread. The attention to minor details and the overall luxury touch that these details avail to this box, make it so different.
If you take a close look, you can see that the plastic box inside has small sections for smaller items e.g. needles and threads, while this lets you organize your sewing notions in a more organized way, it limits the use of this box only to sewing and stitching.
You can always withdraw the plastic container and use this boxy for any other or similar hobbyist purpose. Make it your EDC travel kit box, makeup kit box, your knitting kit box or just a box to keep small items that you love to collect e.g. tickets or coins. It is multi-purpose.
Singer 07278 Polka Dots Large Basket
In case you loved the bbloop box but hated how small was the box and how reserved were the “parking lots” inside the box, this one will not disappoint you.
Not only the box is big, it does not limit your use and you can use it in many different ways. I’ve shared the details pertaining to its dimensions already, here are the most important pros and cons.
- Big Box 19 x 26 x 14 CM.
- Beautiful Polka Dots Design and Handle Grip.
- Big Number of Accessories.
- Removable Tray Insert.
- Substandard Notions.
- Not Enough Room.
Let us talk about the cons first and then we will discuss all the pros.
The problem with this box is not the absence of notions or the number of those accessories, but their quality.
The notions are not of a really good quality. The substandard scissors, too small needle cushion and other such quality standard issues make it a bad choice for people who are bent on the quality of these extra items.
The only solution is buy good quality notions and replace them with these poor quality ones.
Not Enough Room
Inside this box, there is a container with small boxes reserved for small accessories just like assorted needles and stuff, due to that organization and stuff that you keep in those small boxes, there isn’t left enough room to keep something extra.
Even if it is a few threads or crotchet design or something that would not take too much space – this purpose built box will not let it be there unless you let the lid open. That is a problem. There should be room for some little extra accessories after you got almost everything there.
The pros of this product definitely outshine the few problems that it has. Here’s the detail about those pros.
As compared to bbloop 9.1 x 6.4 x 4.5 and small polka dots box by Singer 7.1 x 5.6 x 4.2 inches, this box looks like big enough with 7.5 x 10.2 x 5.5 inches’ size.
It is a big box by length as well as width. The size matters in case of an assorted accessories box because then you can keep just as many items as possible. The size matters also, because apart from the much needed accessories e.g. hand needles, threads and thimble etc., you still need to keep a lot of extra items that the manufacturers didn’t keep in mind.
Remember, that these boxes are made to keep your workspace clean – and if this is the purpose then you need some extra space to keep some extra accessories and this box provides that extra space.
Beautiful Polka Dots Design and Handle Grip
When it comes to design, one of the few sure shot fixes are to go with one of the most famous design themes.
For example, the bbloop box has a vintage appeal with a beautiful design.
This one comes with a polka dots design. There are polka dots circles on a box with black colored base. The handle grip has really good grip – you can feel the grip because of nylon or suede thread on it.
Overall, it can be said with confidence that this polka dots thing looks way better than a wooden sewing box with minimal polish.
Big Number of Accessories
While a few customers have expressed their concerns over the quality of the assorted accessories that come with this sewing basket, there is no denying that there are a lot of them.
All of these notions or accessories are what exactly you need while sewing, stitching or embroidering.
So to speak, these accessories can either be bought separately or you can just use these that come with this box. They are just as good and functional as any other needles, threads and thimble etc.
In the hindsight, you only save money by going with these standard items and keeping yourself from buying expensive ones.
Here’s the list:
- 10 assorted hand needles
- 100 dressmaker pins (17-1-1/16)
- 8 fabric scissors
- 10 mini thread spools (10 yards each)
- Needle threader
- Pin cushion
- Seam ripper
- Tape measure
- Thimble, and
- Removable tray-insert
Just a few explanations here!
17-1-1/16 is actually a pin number and size. So, 17 is number and 1-1/16 is the size of the pin in inches. These pins are 1-1/16 inches long.
Removable tray-insert is not as difficult to understand as it sounds. These boxes come with basic wooden or cardboard structure. In that box you insert a plastic tray or container with small portions for assorted accessories.
Singer Polka Dot Small Sewing Basket 07272
A clarification first:
There is no major difference between this sewing box and the one that I’ve already review above, except it is smaller than that.
Other than that, everything is almost the same, however, with lesser space available the room for accessories is not the same, although it comes with roughly same number of notions.
Pros and cons!
- Miniature Basket – Easy to Pack and Move.
- Polka Dots Design with Black Base.
- Assorted Notions.
- Easy to Fasten Closure and Collapsible Handle.
- Very Small Size.
- Accessories Also Very Small.
Small seems to be the problem with this product. Not only the box but the items are also small.
And here’s the detail.
Very Small Size
You know the size of this product and I’ve already shared that in a comparison above, but here are the numbers again.
Just to let you know how small this box is and whether it is a suitable sewing kit box for you or not.
It is only 7.1 x 5.6 x 4.2 inches big. As you can see the real problem is not in terms of width or depth; they are almost fine. The actual problem is with the height of the basket.
As compared to Singer’s big polka dots basket that I have reviewed above (7.5 x 10.2 x 5.5), the height of this box is almost half of that height of that box.
So definitely the problem is there.
Accessories Also Very Small
The other real big issue is that of accessories’ size. Since the size of the box is small and height has been compromised, the size of accessories is also not big enough.
The scissors, for example, are not at a normal size of roughly 8 inches or so, but only 5 inches big. Same is the problem with all other things.
Because definitely this sewing basket does not have enough room for enough accessories or properly sized accessories.
This definitely does not mean that all is ruin. It is far from being that and following pros prove my point.
Miniature Basket – Easy to Pack and Move
Yes, it is not a full size sewing kit basket and there are people (only a few) who have issues with the size of it, but think of those women who love to keep a small sewing machine wherever they move.
To them, a sewing basket is an EDC item and this small and smart basket is easiest to pack, pick or move anywhere with one’s hand carry bag.
Its small size makes it a perfect sewing basket for a sewing enthusiast always traveling from one place to another.
Polka Dots Design with Black Base
As it has already been mentioned the product design is not something that is done on whim. Apart from focus group opinion and other gimmicks there are certain very important steps that are taken before they finalize the design of a product.
These processes are ideation of design, screening of the idea, development of concept and mockups, development and then market testing etc.
There is always a design theme behind the ideation process and behind this process the theme is a very famous and popular one. People (especially young women, the biggest target demographic) love polka dots design.
Just like the two boxes that have been reviewed above, this one also comes with many different types of accessories.
The size might be small – true that, but they are fully functional no matter what. Here, checkout the list of assorted notions that you get with this sewing basket.
- 10 Hand Needles
- 100 Dressmaker Pins
- 5 Inches Scissors
- 10 Mini Thread Spools
- Needle Threader
- Pin Cushion
- Seam Ripper
- Tape Measure
- Thimble, and
- Tray Insert for Better Organization
As you can see – irrespective of the size, it has got all the same accessories that you will get with other items.
Easy to Fasten Closure and Collapsible Handle
Just like the big polka dots sewing basket from Singer, this one also comes with a spring snap fastener button which makes it super easy for one to fasten the closure in order to close the basket.
The other good feature is a collapsible handle. Not that it will add some unparalleled ease to one’s sewing experience, but it is always good to have a collapsible handle because then it is very easy to collapse it and pack the basket in a bag.
This is a small and smart sewing kit basket and without a collapsible handle it would’ve been extremely difficult to make use of it as an EDC sewing kit.
A collapsible handle helps a great deal in keeping its compact and easy to pack.
Before we go ahead and share our analysis about these products, let us take a look at this table as it puts everything in perspective.
You can see the difference between all of them in this table and make a decision based on your unique requirements.
|bbloop Small Vintage Basket with Notions Package||Singer 07278 Polka Dots Large Basket||Singer Polka Dot Small Sewing Basket|
|Size||9.1 x 6.4 x 4.5 inches||7.5 x 10.2 x 5.5||7.1 x 5.6 x 4.2|
|Design||Vintage/Retro Style||Polka Dots & Black Base||Polka Dots & Black Base|
|Easy to Fasten Closure||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Which one of these three is the best of the best sewing baskets of 2019?
Well, considering how bigger room is one of the key features of a good sewing basket and how some customers of bbloop and Singer’s bigger sewing basket still hated them from being smaller for their needs, we should know that size matters in this case.
Here is the sewing basket that we consider the best one for 2019:
bbloop Vintage Sewing Basket
Not only this is bigger than the remaining two boxes, but in terms of design and aesthetics too, this box looks far better than the other two boxes.
Also, its only true competitor is Singer’s large polka dots box and as per one or two reviews as well as personal examination, it can be claimed that its bottom is not as study as the bottom of bbloop basket or any good sewing basket.
Because of design, space and durability, bbloop sewing basket is what we recommend to our readers.