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Thread: How do you store Accruquilt dies?

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    How do you store Accruquilt dies?

    OK, I took the plunge and purchased the GO Big; now I am not sure how I should store the dies, especially the long ones that are about 24 inches long. Any suggestions? Is it ok to stack them on top of each other? Do they need to be stored flat or can they be stored on their edge?

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    Accuquilt says to store them on edge. There is a tiny edge label to read what the die is. I use a heavy wire file folder to add stability to the side storage.

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    For long dies, I have one of the wire racks from AQ. It is stored in a tall hamper with a lid. It keeps them dust free. A second hamper holds bolts of fabric and stabilizers.

    Rack

    https://www.accuquilt.com/wire-stora...-cut-dies.html

    Hamper

    https://www.containerstore.com/s/nav...05742&q=hamper

    I made labels for the dies with name and number. Easy to read from the top.

    Other dies are stored in the cube boxes. They were previously stored in a large clear plastic bin.

    Hope that helps!

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    I have been in the same sewing room for over 17 years. It well past the time to redo the flooring, and I finally bit the bullet and did it. I was surprised at how long it took me to empty the room of everything. I didn't think I would ever be ready for the floor installers. When it came time to put everything back I decided I would not be in a hurry. I would find a convenient spot for everything, and I would be well organized when I finished. The difference has made me wonder why I didn't do this job 10 years ago. I love my new flooring (from carpet to plank vinyl), and it is so amazing to work in a really organized spot.
    Here is a picture of how I set up my GO Big and dies, and it is working great. I have a small room so it is not possible to keep my GO Big set up all the time. This way everything is in one place, and the different dies are real easy to locate. I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by juliea9967 View Post
    I have been in the same sewing room for over 17 years. It well past the time to redo the flooring, and I finally bit the bullet and did it. I was surprised at how long it took me to empty the room of everything. I didn't think I would ever be ready for the floor installers. When it came time to put everything back I decided I would not be in a hurry. I would find a convenient spot for everything, and I would be well organized when I finished. The difference has made me wonder why I didn't do this job 10 years ago. I love my new flooring (from carpet to plank vinyl), and it is so amazing to work in a really organized spot.
    Here is a picture of how I set up my GO Big and dies, and it is working great. I have a small room so it is not possible to keep my GO Big set up all the time. This way everything is in one place, and the different dies are real easy to locate. I love it!
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    What a wonderful way to store your dies. I am definitely going to look around and see if I can find something similar to your cabinet for mine. I had several of the AccuQuilt holders but found that they took up so much room for how few dies they stored. I have mine standing up like yours but I purchased foam board (thank you, dollar stores) to put in-between them to protect the blades.
    P.S. Your floor is gorgeous!

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    Hi Janie,
    I love this set up. It is so accessible. I bought my cabinet at Shopko and it was easy to set up. Your foam board idea seems like a good one, too. I am going to the dollar store now. I also absolutely am in love with my new floor. I only tried the plank vinyl because I couldn't find laminate that matched the rest of my floors. Now I am wishing they all were done in the plank vinyl. It is so easy to keep clean, no special cleaners needed, and I love the way it feels on my feet. Has enough of a grain like finish to not be slippery, too. What more could I ask for????
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    What a wonderful way to store your dies. I am definitely going to look around and see if I can find something similar to your cabinet for mine. I had several of the AccuQuilt holders but found that they took up so much room for how few dies they stored. I have mine standing up like yours but I purchased foam board (thank you, dollar stores) to put in-between them to protect the blades.
    P.S. Your floor is gorgeous!

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    Juliea,

    Love the organizing and labeling on the dies! They look great and ready to use.

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    Your storage looks great julie.

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    I store my 24in. long dies on the wire racks - it takes 2 racks, but I had them. And the smaller dies I have bought the storage boxes from Accuquilt. The dies are protected and I have a small sticky note on the outside that tells me what die is in what box. They are neat and I can stack other items on top it if I need to.

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    I don't have many but I put them in a drawer. Maybe they shouldn't be laying down like that? Does anyone know?

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    I store my smaller dies upright on a shelf. For my eight long dies, I found two small racks (for drying or storing dish plates upright). They are next to each other and I lay the upright dies lengthwise across both the racks. It is happy and inexpensive .

    BTW, I like the idea of using labels to indicate the strip widths.

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    They say you are supposed to store your dies standing on the edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I don't have many but I put them in a drawer. Maybe they shouldn't be laying down like that? Does anyone know?
    Susie, The dies should be stored so they aren't stacked on top of each other. The weight can bend or damage the cutting blades.

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    julia9967, thanks for the tip. I have built in shelves on one wall in my sewing room that will be perfect for my dies. I just got a Go Baby so I only have a few dies. At least I can keep them easy to access and won't have to buy anything to store them.
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    Thank you all for the feedback! Now off to see what I can set up.

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    Thanks for all who replied to my question. I had a feeling I was storing them the wrong way but didn't know why they needed to be upright. Tks

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    Before I sold mine I stored my dies in one of those upright plexiglass folder racks.
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    I have never lived in one place 17 years. I do hope to live in our new home that long. Well done on organizing your room after floor installation. Looks lovely

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