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Thread: What do you keep by your sewing machine?

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    Super Member carrieg's Avatar
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    I was able to spend several hours sewing today, on different projects. (YAY!) I have a nice sewing table DH made for my with my machine level with the table. I try to keep my seam ripper, small scissors, magnetic pin holder, etc on the right of the machine. There's only about 4 inches of table there. But I guess I need to organize it better, or find a small holder. I keep finding more I need to keep handy. :-o

    What do you keep very handy - within reach?

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    small scissors, snips, seam ripper, small ruler, pins, pencil...I have a can, with doo dads in it. I am a bit of a tool freak, lol. I also have two buckets, within reach, one is for snippets, and the other is for scraps.
    There is an ice cream bucket with a plastic bag right by my leg...I sit it on an open drawer, so it is just the right height, to drop all my snipped threads into. I put them in pillows and such. Keeps them off the floor.
    I have my machine accessories and my book real close too.
    Aren't you glad you asked? :wink:

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    I am lucky to have a table that includes storage. Everything I might need is within reach. I recently was given a pin cushion. It had velcro on the bottom to attach to the sewing maching or table. I did attach it to the front of my machine and I have found it to be very handy.

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    Oh, I also keep a chopstick and 6" ruler & extra thread and I do have one of those scrap bags that hangs from the table. I'm thinking I need to move that since I don't use the pin cushion portion of it.

    My pressing station is behind me with storage. That's where the DSM manual is and a binder with tip sheets in it.

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    I keep all my sewing notions right off to the right of the machine - snippers, ripper, pins, etc. But I also have my MP3 player and speakers there to keep me company.

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    I use lots of little things while sewing and like to keep them handy. I found a flatware caddy at Target awhile back and turned it into a Sew Tote! It works well for me. I put some foamular in the bottoms of some of the areas to elevate them, and then some crafter's foam rubber to protect the tips of the scissors.

    I've got multiple scissors, rotary cutters, and even two spray bottles in there, and MOST important, the Seam Rippers! I also made the little pin cushion which buttons onto the end.

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    I have all my things in a little plastic tray (for desk drawer organizing?). I actually have 3 of them, and have a little stair type stand for them to sit on, but only use the one since I got the different table. I have pencils, ripper, little rulers, etc in it. My little snips are right in front of me, as I'm sewing, and usually my rotary cutter & bigger ruler. lol!! I also have my tv remote, and glass of Pepsi, right on my right side too. :wink: And since I now have half a ping pong table as my sewing table ( :D :D ), my tv sits right on it, kitty corner across from me! :D

    AtHomeSewing, I love your caddy idea!!!! :D

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    Coffee. Chocolate. :-) A tray table to the right, and one to the left. One to hold the items to be sewn, the other to receive the "done" items. Pegboard on the wall behind the machine, to hold scissors, snips, and of course a rainbow of thread.

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    A bottle of Vodka only kidding I sew everything by hand so this leaves me out for comment. But I wanted to add my 2 cents in someway.

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    Well, for starts I have a TV tray sitting there to hold all my paraphernalia. On that sits a little two sided plastic container with my "stuff".

    1. seam ripper
    2 .pack of needles (for when I run over them pesky pins)
    3. regular foot for when I have to do HST and stuff you cant do with a 1/4 "
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    4. my "Purple Thang"
    5. brush for cleaning out the machine (try to do every time I change bobbins)
    6. cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea
    7. usually have scissors hangin' around my neck
    8. my little screw driver to take off the cover to clean my machine
    9. an extra wound bobbin

    If I left anything out, can't think of right off hand.

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    I keep a satay stick stuck with bluetack to the top of my machine. Wonderful instrument for pulling up loops of bobbin cotton, pushing bulky seams under needle or just being skinny enough to guide fabric right up to the needle without sewing finger. I also have a pair of tweezers for grabbing that piece of cotton that my fingers never seem to be able to catch.

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    I made this neat little thread catcher pin cushion and it is just so handy for scissors, seam ripper, new needles etc etc. I'm noy very good at this but I hope this link works.

    http://www.sewmamasew.com/store/medi...nOrganizer.pdf


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    I have thread, pins, pencil, pen, some paper, all taking up the space next to my machine. I should have a holder or something for all of it, but it just sits there lazily.

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    I have an old table with the machine inside but it is closed up it has drawers so the top one has all my thread, bobbins, small scissors, seam ripper, and some pins. On top of the table I have a pin cushion my glass of whatever I am drinking(usually pop). and the best thing up there, besides my new machine, is a picture of DH and me! I wanted to frame it for my room but haven't yet. I think I like it laying there so that I can look at it. I just love him so much and he is the one that says," the money is in the bank so buy it!" :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I have an Ott desk lamp and a thread stand, a small basket with seam ripper, awl, snips, small screwdriver, thread lubricant, and Hershey's Kisses.

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    Depending on if I am in my shop or on one of the many machines I have strewn through my home. But every machine has extra bobbins, needles, scissors, threader, what ever accessories that were offered for that model and year, and the owners manual for integrity shoveled in the drawers.

    In my shop I have it set up like a quilters man cave!! Flat screen, surround sound, love seat for the guest, magazine rack and a wall unit that I built with an array of machines that I can use in my central bench. My quilting table is 36"x 140" with a Singer treadle mounted under it and the cutting table is 32" x 66".

    I have a cabinet on one end of the quilting bench with all sorts of must haves for sewing, along with manuals and accessories for the machines I have earmarked for use and I have a 2 drawer filing cabinet under the other end so I can store my patterns and other future projects.

    I am adding on another 2000sqft so I will have a place to put all of my sewing memorabilia and vintage sewing machines that do not get used. eventually my shop will look like an old Singer sewing store with the downstairs for my collection and the upstairs for the game/media room. I even have a couple of backlit signs that came off of a Singer store front in the 30's that will be mounted to the front of my shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    I use lots of little things while sewing and like to keep them handy. I found a flatware caddy at Target awhile back and turned it into a Sew Tote! It works well for me. I put some foamular in the bottoms of some of the areas to elevate them, and then some crafter's foam rubber to protect the tips of the scissors.

    I've got multiple scissors, rotary cutters, and even two spray bottles in there, and MOST important, the Seam Rippers! I also made the little pin cushion which buttons onto the end.
    I love that idea.....can I copy???? I don't have a Target up here, but I'm sure I can find something like it somewhere.....

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    A mess!!! I am so not organized! I am always looking for the seam ripper, pin cushion ect.!! Some great ideas on here though! I might have to use some of these tips!!!

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    First and foremost is my stiletto. After that small pointed scissors, pincushion, 1/4" foot, are on the right and hanging to the left is my scrapbag. Near by is a small tray with some ther feet, bobins, etc. All very handy so I can get to them easily. :wink:

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    Well, let's see. I keep my beloved seam ripper, snip scissors, pin cushion, magnetic seam guide, tweezers and a pair of glasses. Sometimes I think I should keep a hammer nearby for those days that the sewing just isn't going as planned. :lol: :wink:

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    My sewing room is only 8.5'x11'. In it, I have a very large sewing/cutting table, A rolling chair, a mid-arm quilting machine with a 10' frame and an ironing board and iron. Basically, everything is close by in my sewing room.

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    I have an old Singer with 3 drawers on one side and cubby on the other to put everything I need. on top is pin cushion which I made , scissors and of course a seam ripper. My Gammill is behind me and 2 tables together to work on a quilt I love my sewing room

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    Quote Originally Posted by patty48
    I love that idea.....can I copy???? I don't have a Target up here, but I'm sure I can find something like it somewhere.....
    Absolutely! My sewing buddy did something similar buying a very cute painted one at Joann's. One thing we discovered is that it seems to work better if the walls of the caddy are kind of deep. Mine is around 5 inches. Hers was only around 4 inches and her tools flop around a bit more than she would like. If you run across some a store, try placing something in it and get an idea of how well the depth will work for your tools.

    Connie


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    I have my old treddle Singer, with my Bernina on top. Then my serger at a right angle. I have nice shelves for all my WIP's. I have a kitty, a TV, Diet Coke, lots of thread snippets, a trash can, and a window to look at the beautiful red mountain.

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    Good idea and very nice. I might look for something like that as my sewing area is cluttered and I can never find things easily.

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