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    Asking for advice on storage carts

    Last year, I bought the upright 10 drawer wheeled cart. This is the cart with 10 plastic drawers. Each drawer is approximately 2 inches deep and the drawers come in 5 different colors (blue, red, purple, etc...). I know some of the board members have purchased this cart. Are you using it for scraps, quilt books, or tools? I personally find that it is too shallow to hold a lot of items. Just curious about how you are using yours? I'm thinking about buying a Honey-Can-Do 12 Drawer Chrome Studio Organizer Cart. This is the 12 drawer cart with different size drawers and a space on top that can hold a small cutting mat. I have a Z line corner desk in the sewing room. This desk setup has two computer desks joined by a crescent shape corner piece that holds the large mat and sewing machine. I'm thinking that I could use the cart behind the sewing area (forming a U) that would allow me to clear up space for my second machine or give a surface that is easier to cut on. My desk is currently just a tad too high, crowded, and my desk chair is at its highest point. Buying another chair is also something I'm considering but I'm not buying a $200-300 sewing chair. I really prefer a nice office chair. Anyway, I'm curious if anyone has bought the Honey-Can-Do cart and is using it for cutting? Also, any ideas about office chairs? Thanks so much for your advice!
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    My son was getting rid of his and I thought I might use it in my sewing room. As you say the plastic drawers are shallow and the metal frame is not meant for anything heavy like fabric. I think the best use would be for storing threads, patterns or quilt blocks.

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    I use mine for specialty rulers, rotary cutters and extra blades, extras of other things, and my thread. I love it for my thread because it is shallow so I can lay them on their sides and see the colors. No more picking up the spool a bit to find the right color. I have them sorted by spool size and brand. The bottom drawer is all of my really big spools and cones, and then all of my rayons/embroidery ones, etc.

    Be careful with what you put in the drawers. If they are too heavy, then the drawer will fall out of its guides/slots.

    Oh, and I put some of the Command Hooks on the sides to hold my larger rulers too.

    As far as the chair, go to an office supply store and start sitting. I have a great chair that I purchased from Staples. I would have bought it at any price, but I found it on sale for $79, regular price was $160.
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    I have one...waste of money. Wish I did not buy it. I will soon be finding something else.
    Quote Originally Posted by PKITTY1 View Post
    Last year, I bought the upright 10 drawer wheeled cart. This is the cart with 10 plastic drawers. Each drawer is approximately 2 inches deep and the drawers come in 5 different colors (blue, red, purple, etc...). I know some of the board members have purchased this cart. Are you using it for scraps, quilt books, or tools? I personally find that it is too shallow to hold a lot of items. Just curious about how you are using yours? I'm thinking about buying a Honey-Can-Do 12 Drawer Chrome Studio Organizer Cart. This is the 12 drawer cart with different size drawers and a space on top that can hold a small cutting mat. I have a Z line corner desk in the sewing room. This desk setup has two computer desks joined by a crescent shape corner piece that holds the large mat and sewing machine. I'm thinking that I could use the cart behind the sewing area (forming a U) that would allow me to clear up space for my second machine or give a surface that is easier to cut on. My desk is currently just a tad too high, crowded, and my desk chair is at its highest point. Buying another chair is also something I'm considering but I'm not buying a $200-300 sewing chair. I really prefer a nice office chair. Anyway, I'm curious if anyone has bought the Honey-Can-Do cart and is using it for cutting? Also, any ideas about office chairs? Thanks so much for your advice!

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    I have the same one and I use it to store squares that I cut from my scraps. I find the shallow drawers handy and I can sort the squares by colour and size. When I am working on a scrappy quilt I pull the drawers right out and pick what I want. I also have cords stored in some drawers. I like mine.

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    I have one that was a gift. I use it a lot. Each drawer will hold two of the plastic flip-top pencil boxes that you can find at Wal Mart for $1.00 this time of year. I keep needles, crochet hooks, extra machine feet that I don't use too often, small rulers and templates. Those things work well in the boxes in the drawers. I label the boxes, too.

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    I use mine for storing thread accessories Ect. My drawers are a bit deeper.

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    I have one of those carts with the colored drawers. I love it for individual projects, or planned projects. I make a lot of other things besides quilts so it works well for me. I have two other chrome rolling carts that are other sizes. They all have their uses. And I like the kind on wheels so that I can move them closer to where I need them or even just to clean under.

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    I hve one also, and I like it. I have several sewing machines. I keep the manuals for each machine and extra feet and bobbins for each machine in their own seperate drawer. One drawer has my applique supplies, bias bars etc. Another has specialty rulers in it, Dresdan Plate, tirangle, etc. Helps me to keep things organized.

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    I just bought one and love it...sits at the end of my work table by my machine, stores all my embroidery cards and threads as well as my embroidery machine on top when I'm not using it which frees my little table up next to my machine. I just bought my friend one also as I got such a great deal on it!!

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    I had one that I used for my marking tools, smaller rulers, embellishments, rotary cutters, etc. each had its own drawer. I replaced it with a unit that has deeper drawers. Guess what, it's harder to find stuff now because each item no longer has its dedicated drawer. Live and learn.

    You can get a really nice office chair at Staples (or another office supply). Lots of sales and clearance. Just make sure it's adjustable and has no arms or removable arms.

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    I have 2 of those carts and really like them. The one in my sewing room is used for patterns, misc. books I want to hold on to. The other one is just inside of my bedroom closet, next to my bathroom, where I store my brushes, hair dryer (on top) and my makeup items. I solved the problem of the shallow drawers by taking a drawer out above the one where I store the taller items. I really like the idea of using the command strips to hang some of my rulers nt he cart in the sewing room.

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    Thanks to everyone. I didn't think about thread or embroidery floss storage but what great ideas. I also like the idea about the command strips as I have large rulers that won't fit in the drawers. You guys are great and so creative!
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    I bought one and I love it. I keep my scissors, presser feet, threads, blades, even my gloves for quilting, etc. I labeled each drawer and now I know where everything is. Everything fits in there just fine. I even keep some of my fat quarters in it.
    I love it, My drawers are clear. When I first bought it, the drawers were not sliding out that good, but in a couple times opening and closing them, they work fine.

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    I bought two carts, with wheels and three large drawers from WalMart for under $30 total. Found them on the web and they were delivered to the store, no shipping. They are great, and hold a lot. My granddaughter uses one for her craft supplies and I use mine (had to give her one, of course) for fabric.

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    I have one for my rayon emb thread. Since I separate mine by color most of the drawers match the thread so it's easy to see which drawer has what. perfect size for reqular size spools
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    I have one with clear drawers that I purchased at Sam's. Keep it near my cutting table and use the drawers for different size strips. When I need a particular size they are easy to find and see. Love it!

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    I have one of the 10 drawer carts. Really disappointed in the quality. I have scrapbook supplies in it ... no matter what I do it remains wobbly

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    I have one with 20 drawers that I keep scrapbook stamps, knitting needles, and crochet hooks in. I discovered I had a couple of empty drawers I it and am using it for sample blocks I make before deciding if I really like a block enough to make a quilt. I have a silver 5 drawer in between my sewing machine and embroidery machine. The top drawer I keep empty to use for the project I am working on. The second and third drawer have machine feet and other things pertaining to the sewing machines. The bottom deeper drawers have the crochet thread I use for gathering long ruffles, and a UFO that must be finished eventually. With the UFO right beside my machines it does get worked on occasionally.

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    I had that 10 drawer cart and the drawers would never stay on the tracks. My DH finally wheeled it to the curb so some other person could take it home. I bought sturdier white ones and love them.

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    I have two of those carts and I bought them at Sams Club for 24.99.

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    I have one of these and use it for embroidery threads and patterns, It is used more for scrapbooks I have been told. It works great for some things, you just have to decide if you have anything that you want that type of drawers for.

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    All my storage containers are clear and I still label them. I have gotten to where I can just reach and know which drawer I'm at and just pull that one out. I have 2 different chairs as I change my position all the time, it relieves stress on the back and hips and knees. I hate sitting on bar stools, it's just uncomfortable on the knees. I use office task chairs so I can also adjust the height.

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    I bought one a few years ago and ended up giving it away as it was a bit lightweight for holding some items. Try looking in the tool department for heavier units that are sturdier.
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    I have three of these that I use for storage at home and also to take to retreats and sometimes workshops. I bought them at The Container Store. You can take units from one and add to another to make even more stacked units. It's on wheels and has a handle for easy transport and movement. They sell for $41.99. It's called The Busy Box "More versatile than your average toy box, this heavy-duty box has wheels for easy mobility. It features three individual stacking boxes for separating and sorting toys (fabric and notions for me). A large handle makes it easy to roll this box from room to room.

    I can never successfully upload any picture to this page, so you'll just have to go see it for yourself. http://www.containerstore.com/shop?p...47&N=&Ntt=busy
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