Sewing Machine
Yarn CSAs

You may have heard of Community-supported Agriculture (CSA) in the form of getting local veggies, but did you know that some farms also have yarn CSAs? Buying from one gets you yarn made from the wool of local sheep or goats.

So many crafts involve fabric and sewing that it's worthwhile to have a reliable sewing machine. If you're a skilled seamstress or tailor, and will get good use out of your machine, it's worth spending a bit more for one that has advanced features.

Two of the big name brands are Singer and Brother, both of which carry a range of machines that vary in features and price. Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff manufacture higher-end machines that can do specialized tasks like embroidery. A good sewing machine will cost a few hundred dollars, while a more advanced model could easily cost $1,000 or more.