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    Super Member Gwyn's Avatar
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    Okay. I have struggled for 50 years to have a neat and clean sewing area. Yesterday, I finally struck floor for the first time in forever. How do you keep your fabric organized? What do you do with all that thread that is clipped off your creations? and finally,
    How can I keep from having my sewing space full of stuff that falls on the floor and my ironing space is only about the first 12 inches of the ironing board?

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    I fight with this problem all the time, too!
    It takes will power! and a good organization plan to start!
    I think you just have not found the 'just right' plan for you yet!
    You must come up with a comfortable and easy way FOR YOU to keep and store stuff. After that...it will be a piece of cake!!
    Some use tubs to store fabric, but because I could not see everything I was always having to dig around--messing everything up---so that did not work for me. Then I tried dresser drawers--better!! but not enough!! Still had to open all the drawers to see what I had---too much work!!
    Then I found my first cabinet (with glass doors!!!) on Craigslist!! What a difference!!! It almost looks as if I am a neat freak!! So proud of myself!!
    So put your thinking cap on an figure a way that might work for you and just try it!!!
    Good luck!!!!

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    If I haven't used it in a year it goes to a better cause.
    If I don't need it, get rid of it.
    If I can't make good use of it, give it away.
    Clean up as I go. If I put things back in their proper place, I use less time looking for things and use that time to be more creative or to relax.
    Don't buy it just because I can or I like it.
    I only buy quilting magazines if I really like three or more projects in it.
    Keep my stash to a workable size and do not take over any other part of the house with my hobby. Keep it in the sewing/quilting area.
    Just cuz it is cheap, pn sale, or I can get oodles of fabric from a thrift store/yard sale/auction/whatever, does not mean I will use it or need it.
    I don't need all the gadgets and machines only what I can make good use of.
    If it does not have to do with my sewing and quilting, it does not belong in my sewing area.
    Hope this helps Gwyn. I'm sure I can think of more.

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    I have one bookcase with individual glass doors on each shelf. This works pretty well. I just have one and it doesn't hold anywhere near all the fabric.

    What do you do with all the little tools and this and that?

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    Hi Gwen, I go to the Dollar store and buy a roll of clear packing tape. It's really not strong enough for mailing but good for what I use it for. I roll it around my hand several times sticky side out and then pat and lightly brush the carpet with your hand and it really does a good job. It does a good job on the ironing board /area also. Don't forget you can clean up all the thread off yourself the same way. it will take several tapings but I find it easier than picking and pulling the thread from the rotating brush on the vacuum cleaner. Anne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn
    Okay. Yesterday, I finally struck floor for the first time in forever. How do you keep your fabric organized? What do you do with all that thread that is clipped off your creations? and finally,
    How can I keep from having my sewing space full of stuff that falls on the floor and my ironing space is only about the first 12 inches of the ironing board?
    If you find out let me know!!! My sewing area is a complete disaster!! In one way its good, shows I'm being productive, but its gotten to the point that I just keep sliding things over!! :lol: :lol: Piles are all over even on the ironing board. Wanted to sew, went in there and decided another time. Needs to be reorganized before I sew again.

    My kitty also assists in this diaster. Plays with anything and everything I leave on the table!! Spools of thread have been batted around knocked on the floor and trying to rewind the spools was a job he got it twisted around chairs and everything else. Simply amazing!!

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:

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    well, after filling a clear tub with "scraps" without doing anything with them in the past 3 years, I would say have some idea of what you want to do with scraps after a project. Like, the long strips that are not exactly straight...do you want to do a string quilt? Then, when you finish your project, sew the strings on a foundation to get them "organized" or cut little squares out of bigger pieces and store all the same size squares together...in a bin, drawer, whatever...just so all the same stays together. Maybe a sock drawer divider? I dunno...

    And I second the "do not get" just because it's a mile long of fabric. If you don't love it or have a use for it, don't get it. If you score 10y of muslin, you KNOW you can do backs with it....but what can you do with 10y of cat fabric? :D

    I am not very organized as a rule...and I'd like a "wall of thread" or something to put that somewhere handy, but I just haven't done it yet.

    I say keep the ironing board JUST for ironing/pressing. I know I pile my WIP blocks on there, but only for one project at a time.

    And, I think I need a bookshelf to put quilting books on. Right now I only have a few, but they're stacked on the containers of fabric. If I had 5 more books, it would be very inconvenient to get to some things, kwim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by breannabelle
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)
    I'm still waiting!! :lol: :lol: Checked this morning, still nothing yet. :lol:

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    Well Gwyn, I'm with you and some of the others. If you view me in there from either door, you'll sometimes see my fuzzy head in the middle of it......well, it isn't that bad but some days it's worse, garOOOteed. My sister had a mother inlaw who was "Throw-away Thelma". She bought new every time she made something and she surely did sew a lot. I asked her once what she wanted me to do with all the meticulously folded pieces and she said, the garbage can in the kitchen, thanks. I am sure there was about two yards but only about a half yard was in tact. I like little pieces. That was about twenty five years ago and I think there might still be a scrap somewhere! I just can't throw anything away. And I'm as happy as a pig in mud.

    Blessings,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn
    Okay. I have struggled for 50 years to have a neat and clean sewing area. Yesterday, I finally struck floor for the first time in forever. How do you keep your fabric organized? What do you do with all that thread that is clipped off your creations? and finally,
    How can I keep from having my sewing space full of stuff that falls on the floor and my ironing space is only about the first 12 inches of the ironing board?
    Hey Gwyn, Glad to see you online!!! My stash is anything but arganized I have stuff stuffed everywhere!! As for clean not much is in my house! :hunf: And as for the threads I was thinking the same thing, what to do with them? well instead of putting in the trash Pick them up from where they may be which is of course everywhere and store in a decorated can or jar until full, use to help stuff dolls in case and pillows in mine. I have decided to do the same with tiny little pieces of fabric that you really can't sew, so why use them with the threads as added stuffing to your projects?? :shock: :mrgreen: :thumbup: or :thumbdown: I hope this helps some!! :-D Later, Ms. Shawn

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    Keep a scrap (after trimming your quilt) of warm and natural batting beside your machine & cut your threads onto it, use it to wipe an area, the threads stick to it and you can throw it away.

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    I'm normally a stacker and a pack rat, but I've found that having a very limited space in which to set up for quilting - corner of my bedroom, I'm forced to pick up after myself. I do have a bucket that I keep on the floor under my machine where I wipe up the scraps as I trim and snip. I'm still trying to figure out the perfect organization system.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by breannabelle
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)
    I'm still waiting!! :lol: :lol: Checked this morning, still nothing yet. :lol:
    I will clean and organize for you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingsusan
    I fight with this problem all the time, too!
    It takes will power! and a good organization plan to start!
    I think you just have not found the 'just right' plan for you yet!
    You must come up with a comfortable and easy way FOR YOU to keep and store stuff. After that...it will be a piece of cake!!
    Some use tubs to store fabric, but because I could not see everything I was always having to dig around--messing everything up---so that did not work for me. Then I tried dresser drawers--better!! but not enough!! Still had to open all the drawers to see what I had---too much work!!
    Then I found my first cabinet (with glass doors!!!) on Craigslist!! What a difference!!! It almost looks as if I am a neat freak!! So proud of myself!!
    So put your thinking cap on an figure a way that might work for you and just try it!!!
    Good luck!!!!
    could you show us pics please

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    after buying plastic containers and stacking them up I have decided to buy a bookcase and fold everything neatly and display it as you would in a shop that way I can colour code things and see at a glance what I have or need, the containers will still be used for future projects as I can cut odd bits into different sized squares or whatever and store them in a container that way they will at least stay together. till I have an idea of what to make with them. the scrappy little of cuts as said before on here make wonderful stuffing, I have found a couple of toys that I would like to make for my GD so it will cut down on the cost of filling

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    I can't work in chaos, so I keep my work area pretty neat. I'm lucky to have lots of cabinets in my laundry room, so all my fabric goes there (the shelves are lined with acid-free paper). Small notions and thread go in my sewing cabinet. I bought a plastic rolling storage bin with a thick, hard top at an office supply store, I keep a small cutting mat/pressing surface on it near my machine. I'm always looking for better ways to organize!
    Oh...as for all those little snippets of fabric and thread...I pin a piece of scrap cotton batting to my shoulder and put it there. Just don't walk out of the house with it!:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetnica
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by breannabelle
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)
    I'm still waiting!! :lol: :lol: Checked this morning, still nothing yet. :lol:
    I will clean and organize for you!!
    Okay Turtle, you are hired! I'll make a doll and a quilt for you if you will just get my stuff organized. Some people just have the knack. Gwyn

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    I can't help you with the clean and organize but for the thread, I keep a plastic grocery bag under my machine and all thread cuts go in it. HTH

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    I could send you a thread catcher. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn
    Okay. I have struggled for 50 years to have a neat and clean sewing area. Yesterday, I finally struck floor for the first time in forever. How do you keep your fabric organized? What do you do with all that thread that is clipped off your creations? and finally,
    How can I keep from having my sewing space full of stuff that falls on the floor and my ironing space is only about the first 12 inches of the ironing board?
    I'm a container freak, so it was no surprise when I kept the little plastic containers that beef bouillion cubes come in. I didn't know what I'd do with them, but when I got into quilting, I found they work perfectly to keep by my sewing machine and drop all the clipped threads in.

    As far as organizing the rest of my 'stash' and all my quilting supplies - I haven't quite figured that part out either! I've got fabric all over my dining room, some in my living room, and some in the bedroom too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetnica
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by breannabelle
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)
    I'm still waiting!! :lol: :lol: Checked this morning, still nothing yet. :lol:
    I will clean and organize for you!!
    Turtle, how far is la-la land from southern Oklahoma? LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak
    Quote Originally Posted by jetnica
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by breannabelle
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty

    Need a sewing fairy to come by and clean things up! :thumbup:
    When she's done at your house, send her to mine, please! :)
    I'm still waiting!! :lol: :lol: Checked this morning, still nothing yet. :lol:
    I will clean and organize for you!!
    Turtle, how far is la-la land from southern Oklahoma? LOL!
    LOL -- I'm in WV - so I'm kinda far from OK and UT -- we may have to find some airline miles to use up or something!

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    Well I do a major clean up and put away every monday morning!
    this gives me a good start on the week!
    also lets me slide the rest of the week!
    I vacuum every morning! you would not believe how much dust the cutting of fabric creates! When I have been cutting black kona all day it is everywhere, even blck when I blow my nose!!LOL sorry but true!
    also dust off the cutting mats,sewing machine,die cutter and the dies I used the day before.

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    Just wanted to let you know that this thread MADE me go in there and wade through things this morning!!! The fairy never came, she's fired!!! :evil: Took me a while, but everything is back to where it belongs and now I can get back down to business. Does feel good. Yeah momma!!! :-D :-D

    Gwyn, I'm probably the worst person to give advice on this. I have a grocery bag on a c-cup hook next to my machine that I put thread and unusable stuff in (besides what lands on the floor :shock: ) I purchased some smaller totes at WalMart that I keep projects in, that way all the material, etc. is in one container (hopefully). I'm sewing in my sunroom so there's not a place for all my material, just what is in progress plus my muslin, some backings, etc. the rest is in the basement in huge plastic containers that I run back and forth with.

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