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    This may have been a topic before, but... do you all have nice tidy sewing rooms?. where do you keep your stash of fabrics?, do you ' hide' that new fabric, you just couldnt resist?? i have been buying boxes and baskets to organise my stuff.. labelled as well.. at least i can find things now... only got small space for my sewing.... :cry:

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    I only started maybe 6 months ago and I have to say - I totally hide the new stuff! I have a big 3 drawer rolling thing that is just packed full. When we painted the living room where I kept my sewing stuff, I thought the rollers were broken. DH reminded me it is becuase each drawer is stuffed full of fabric - and it's not light :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliemay
    This may have been a topic before, but... do you all have nice tidy sewing rooms?. where do you keep your stash of fabrics?, do you ' hide' that new fabric, you just couldnt resist?? i have been buying boxes and baskets to organise my stuff.. labelled as well.. at least i can find things now... only got small space for my sewing.... :cry:
    I keep mine out where I can see them, I have two shelf units in my closet, a shelf hanging on the wall and fabric laying on my cutting table. I can't figure out why some feel the need to "hide" the fabric they buy, unless of course it's for a quilt to be given as a gift.

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    There have been a couple of threads on this before.
    I have some really nice built in cabinets in my sewing room where I place my stash. I also have some rolling drawer carts for my fat quarters and scraps and then several clear Rubbermaid tubs in the garage for the overflow.

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    I can't sew in a messy place. I try to pick up and put items back in place as I go but that doesn't work all the time. I fold the fabric and find a place for it on my shelves. If it is for a specific quilt I put the fabric and pattern in a storage box and label it. I don't hid anything I buy. DH couldn't care less what's in my shopping bags. He knows he spends as much or more. A price of a football game ticket will keep me supplied in quilt kits for a long time. Sometimes a fabric will catch his eye and he'll say how pretty it is.

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    " nice tidy sewing rooms" --- HAH - I try, mom! I REALLY do -- the imps come in at night and mess it up -- REALLY!!!!!

    Seriously -- I try, too, to keep mine clean, but in the middle of a quilt -- it's a MESS!

    I keep my stash in plastic bins -- both shoe box size for small pieces, and big ones for yardages. We live in a dusty area so I like to keep them clean (and the cats insist on sleeping on them if left out)

    I don't label -- I buy clear boxes....takes too much sewing time to get TOO organized!!!! Besides, when searching for one fabric, I'm libal to find something else totally interesting~!!!!

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    My room is a disaster, but my fabric is pretty well organized. Even after I clean the room, it only takes about 10 minutes, until it looks like a tornado went through it. My "excess" fabric that aren't in the cabinet drawers are in the big(55 qt. or bigger) plastic,opaque totes. I do try to have them organized as far as background colors, or fabrics.

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    nice, neat sewing rooms? what language is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    nice, neat sewing rooms? what language is that?
    and why would you talk that way to me? did I make you mad or something?

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    I try to keep mine nice and neat. Currently I am cutting my scraps to make a log cabin quilt so there are a lot of fabric pieces laying about. Cutting table is covered as well as sewing machine and cabinet. My housekeeper straightened it up a little for me on Tuesday.

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    Mine is always nice and neat! Ok, in my mind it is, but in person? Ummm.....can you define "neat"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliemay
    This may have been a topic before, but... do you all have nice tidy sewing rooms?.
    I'm laughing out loud. I store my fabric (well, the stash that fits) in clear plastic containers in cabinets. Since it is separated by color, I pull the bins out and audition as I need it and the bin goes back.

    Now I am involved in the Boomerang swap and I have to (get to) work with all the colors of the rainbow. Translate - almost every stash bin is sitting around and I have piles of pieces all over. Recently, I even started the Eleanor Burns method of tossing leftovers (trash) behind me.

    As a result, my sewing space is a real disaster at the moment.

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    I keep mine in clear plastic containers. It is so nice to be able to see what is in there and not have to open every one.

    As to hiding the new stuff. I don't have to. My hubby says as long as the bills are paid, I can get what I want.

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    I have mine all over, in bins, on shelves, and in the closet. I do have to say, that I sew as a business too.

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    I keep all of mine in closed up chests. That was the way my grandmother taught me, not to leave it in the light. :lol: :lol:
    It's all the other things that are thrown around :roll: :roll:
    Too many books, and tools :lol: :lol: and yet, I had to search for a seam ripper today :shock: :shock:

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    I have all of my fabrics folded on fabric boards and stored in a bookcase. This system makes it possible for me to see what I have and I think it "decorates" my sewing room
    During a project my sewing room gets pretty messy, but I clean it up afterwards. Everyone has their own way. For me, I have to be organized.:)

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    Mine is stored in totes under my frame.....and in my closet.....and everywhere. When DD goes shopping she is always on the lookout for totes for me. I have no problem filling them. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I use the cheapest ways I can find.
    Target has plastic coated wire shelves (tricky to put togather) for 14.99 one sale. It makes six shelves. Also you can get those fabric hanging shelves on sale for around six dollars.
    I buy plastic baskets at the dollar store for fat quarters.
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    Well, I have to admit that I used to carefully hide my new stuff for a while until DH wouldn't really notice it. Then I noticed that HIS stash pile was getting way out of control....all piled up, nothing organized. So....I stopped hiding anything new, and he NEVER notices!!! Ha-HA!!!

    I needed a place to store it all, so we bought a 7' tall restaurant rolling shelving unit with wire shelves, 48" wide, at an auction and I use that. I love it!! Heavy weight, and if I want to move it it rolls really easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrummy
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    nice, neat sewing rooms? what language is that?
    and why would you talk that way to me? did I make you mad or something?
    You ladies are a total crack up!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    You can't be neat AND creative at the same time........

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    I agree it's pretty hard to keep the room neat, but my fabrics are pretty organized. I have floor to ceiling shelves along one long wall and folded yardage is in there. I remade old drapes to fit three shelves each and thumbtacked them in place. Fabric exposed to light FADES so I'm careful to keep everything covered. I have cabinets with drawers for strips, labeled by color and precut (by me) squares and scrap in opaque boxes. The rest of the reoom (and house) is not so organized, but, in time, should I live to 150, might be. Do what works for you. Have some kind of sorting system, and try to prevent fading. Good luck! http://www.quiltingboard.com/compose...opicnum=39891#

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    Tidy? Sometimes more so than others.

    I look at tidy that way I look at "normal." The definition depends on some other person's idea of it. :twisted:

    There are days I enter my "lair" and feel quite proud of my housekeeping, there are others when just opening the door makes me tired. :oops:

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    When I remodeled my FL room to be my sewing room, (15x20) I had two very long walls. One went for the machines lined up like nice little soldiers and the other has four plastic cabinets from Walmart's. They're 7' high and 2' deep and 28' wide with adjustable shelves and double doors. They were under $30 each.

    I keep my FQ's in shoe boxes. Just the right size. I can slide the boxes out to check for colors without having to hunt thru a pile of fabric. I fold my larger pieces to fit the shelves which will then hold two stacks side by side. Won't tell you where I kept my stash before.

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    I don't have a sewing room so my things are in several different places. My sewing machine and cutting table is in our master bedroom. The cutting table folds down so it is in front of my closet and my fabric is upstairs in the family room closet in bins. :(

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