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Thread: what's your solution? I Need a tool caddy for the side of my sewing table

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    Junior Member trugger's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone -
    I currently have a little contraption that has a pincushion weight that sits on the edge of my sewing table and has a little bag hanging off the edge.
    There's one big section (that i put cut threads in) and a few smaller pockets that I put a pen and a stitch ripper in.

    The problem - it keeps falling off!

    Has anyone a better solution?
    Anyone make a tool caddy for the sewing table?

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    I put my small ironing board on a table to the right of me and can use that space to keep my seam ripper in a coffee mug

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    YES!
    Something like that - but, does that land in your lap if you hook it onto the machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I put my small ironing board on a table to the right of me and can use that space to keep my seam ripper in a coffee mug
    Smart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trugger
    YES!
    Something like that - but, does that land in your lap if you hook it onto the machine?
    I was thinking the same thing, I would probably make mine hang from the side of the table using the rubber shelf paper backing and something heavy to hold it.

    I did make one like you were originally talking about to go over the side of the recliner with the scrap bag on the outside and the toolbag on the inside. I use this for hand sewing, etc.

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    I've got a hotpad laying beside my machine and lay the seamripper, stiletto,lint brush, and wooden iron on them. They don't roll off & they're always right next to me when I need them.

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    here is a cute idea that fits on your chair with pockets

    http://maluukkonen.blogspot.com/2010...ool-caddy.html

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    Here's a style that I like - I have a store bought one similar to this....

    http://homeschoolblogger.com/sevensisters/745300/

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    another idea is to take a some placemats, sew to make pockets and part of it to sit under your sewing machine

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    cute idea, similiar to what I was thinking with placemats, thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Lockeb
    Here's a style that I like - I have a store bought one similar to this....

    http://homeschoolblogger.com/sevensisters/745300/

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    Could you add an extension piece to the one that you have to reach under the sewing machine. That way it wouldn't slide off.

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    I use one of those caddies you see at Target and places like that that is for picnic tables. It's supposed to hold paper plates and utensils. I put my small rulers and things in the plate slot and my scissors, unsewers, rotary cutters, and odds and ends in the places for cutlery. It really works well. I also have a snippet bag, but I put the beanbag/pincushion in the drawer and let the bag hang over the side. I don't use the bean bag as a pincushion.

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    I just bought a divided wooded tray at the thrift store
    (15" x 21"). Haven't moved my stuff to it yet, but it has nice compartments and a handle on each side. Will fit on the table beside my machine. I think I'll put some of that rubber shelf stuff in it too.

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    I use a divided basket. It has 3 sections in the front and one large section in the back. I put sippy cups in the small
    sections so my tools don't fall into the bottom. I use the back section for my small rulers. It measures about 6 1/2 x 10 x 5 1/2. It's the perfect size for for my sewing area.

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    I just got my sewing area set up and bought a couple of sets of plastic drawers on wheels that fits under my table. It's actually meant for kids toys..lol. I just roll that out and have it next to me when I sew. There's a bit of room on the top of the drawers and I blu-tacked a cutlery drawer insert onto it and it's great for keeping unpickers in and extra sewing machine feet etc. I don't lose them on my sewing table that way and they are close at hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by trugger
    Hi Everyone -
    I currently have a little contraption that has a pincushion weight that sits on the edge of my sewing table and has a little bag hanging off the edge.
    There's one big section (that i put cut threads in) and a few smaller pockets that I put a pen and a stitch ripper in.

    The problem - it keeps falling off!

    Has anyone a better solution?
    Anyone make a tool caddy for the sewing table?
    I have on of those too. It kept falling off. I went to the dollar store and got some of that rubbery shelf or drawer liner, cut a piece just a little smaller than the bottom of the weighted pincushion section, and, because I was in a hurry, just pinned it with 2 flower pins, one on each end. Doesn't fall off now. One of these days, I will sew it on permanently. :-)

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    Get some of that non slip stuff you use in your kitchen drawers and sew a square to the bottom of your pincushion/weight. It worked for me.

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    That must be the problem! I thought it was odd that nothing else fell off the table... and I didn't put too much weight in the little dividers!
    I will get some no-slip stuff!

    Thanks to everyone!

    I have the sew perfect table and considered this
    http://www.sewperfecttables.com/sewi...es.shtml#pouch
    but then i thought... I have 4 sewing machines... I should be able to make THAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trugger
    I have the sew perfect table and considered this
    http://www.sewperfecttables.com/sewi...es.shtml#pouch
    but then i thought... I have 4 sewing machines... I should be able to make THAT!
    Absolutely! Don't forget the pics! 8-)

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    This may sound silly, but I took an auto accessory bag that you hang over the back of your seat & attached it to my table. They usually have a strap to loop around the seat |& you can add to this. Works great for me & holds a lot of needed things

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    I use the window sill behind my machine for an odd assortment of cups, mugs, glasses, tins and a couple of those mesh organizers with magnets on the side so they clump together, they hold scissors, pens, marking pencils, machine needles, small rulers, wooden presser, seam ripper, and small knitting needle I use for turning corners. Most everything stands like a pencil cup and its always where I can find it. I use one of those sand filled pincushions sold at Joanns with the little pouch that hangs off the table for scraps and threads.

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    i saved some of the carboard tubes from toidy paper. i stick 4 of them into a small coffee can; i can fit all sorts of things into it.

    i also took one of the small cans and put it inside a large one. more tubes go around the small can.

    someday i'll make fancy shmancy drawstring bags to cover them. for now, when i need portable toolishness, i just set the cans into a tote back right-side up and off i go. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trugger
    Hi Everyone -
    I currently have a little contraption that has a pincushion weight that sits on the edge of my sewing table and has a little bag hanging off the edge.
    There's one big section (that i put cut threads in) and a few smaller pockets that I put a pen and a stitch ripper in.

    The problem - it keeps falling off!

    Has anyone a better solution?
    Anyone make a tool caddy for the sewing table?
    how about a strip of velcro on table &bottom of pincushion ?

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    My machine is set up in front of a large picture window, so I use the window sill. I have my bernina accessory box, bobbin towers, pincushion, safety pin tin (it was my daughter's fossil watch box), and glass jars for odd and end things. I try to find something I have around the house to use before having to purchase anything. You would be surprised what you can find when you use your imagination.

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