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    Ideas please

    I recently bought a new home and have a huge sewing room now. But I can't figure out a way to organize my threads so I can see them and the colors. I would love to see other ideas from the members here to see if something would work in my area or work if I modified it. I haven't gotten everything moved in yet but have enough that I can sew.
    Lynda

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    My entire basement is my sewing room and just about every inch of wall space is taken over with either a design wall, bookcases (fabric) or pegboard for notions and threads. Here's my sewing room. A few things have changed since these photos but not much. Am getting ready to install a larger design wall in the cutting room though.
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    I love the idea of hanging the batting roll on the ceiling. Extra space. No matter the size of your room, you will fill it up.

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    I have 5 clear plastic shoe boxes. I labeled them and keep certain colors in certain boxes. Example - blue/green, black/white, pink/red/purple. It's not nearly as beautiful as Suz in Iowa but it does the trick for me. When I need blue thread, I pull out that shoebox and since it's clear, I first hold it up to see if I can see the perfect color right away. If not, I start unpacking the box until I find something suitable.

    That's my spool threads. I don't have a lot of cone threads, they are just lined up on a shelf.

    I'm also in the basement Suz, but I just have a small portion of it. I'm drooling over your space!

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    I don't like my threads out as I feel they get dusty from all the cutting etc, I keep mine in plastic storage boxes according to type, I keep all the serger thread in one, embroidery thread in another, polyester in another cotton in another etc, it works for me

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    Wow-you have a lot of space and tons of fabric. I would like to go shopping in your sewing room!

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    I like those double sided plastic boxes like the kids use for Matchbox cars but my collection isn't very big.

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    Sure looks like a Quilt shop to me, lucky you.

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    Just to clarify something. My threads and machines are covered up with tea towels (36j x36) when not in use. Took them off to photo the room. Also just recently I picked up a pack of those colored rubber mats that go together like a jigsaw puzzle. The floor is cement so hard on the feet and back. Put them in front of the quilt machine. WOW!!! What a difference they make. The leftovers went out to the rear garage where I play with power tools. Got the mats at Sam's Club.

    Also not pictured are my fat quarters and scraps. Have them stashed under the cutting table in clear plastic shoebox size totes by color and/or width of scrap.
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    Wow great ideas. I don't have many spool threads but since I bought a long arm and am in the process of buying an embroidery machine I will have more. I like the idea of the clear boxes and would love to put them on the wall but I think my walls will be taken up with shelving and machines. One wall is covered with big windows. I have my fabrics in totes with a file of swatches on card stock telling me where the fabrics are located and how much there is of each one. I am loving the bog room since I have always had small spots throughout the house to sew in. Organizing is the hard part and I know as I use it I will change things around to make it more convenient.
    Thank you for the ideas!!
    Lynda

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    Thought for sure that these were pictures from a quilt shop!

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    Your room is better than most quilt shops! Beautiful and productive too.

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    I thought the same thing - that your area could be a quilt store. AWESOME! I SO wish I had a basement. First time I've lived very long in a place without one. Course didn't have one in any of the other places when moving with the military; basements aren't good to have in TX, sadly. I grew up in houses WITH basements; you are SO lucky. Looks SO great.

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    I bought a cart with about 8 drawers in it for my rayon threads, color sorted them, my cotton and polyester threads are on a wall hanging for thread, my serger is in more drawers, I bought smaller totes with drawers for my specialty threads and now my latest thread that I just got a small see thru container for is the new stretch thread from coats n Clark.
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    What embroidery machine do you have? What sewing machine do you use for piecing? Loved your pics!

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    Wow Snooze...can I come hang out in your sewing room?

    Lynda, I don’t have a large thread collection but I keep them in a chest by content... i.e, poly, cotton
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I don't embroider or long arm so my thread collection is minimal. Can't believe I actually said that. It seems that I have too much of everything!
    But not thread

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    That is one gorgeous sewing basement.
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    Lynda,

    EMB threads multiply like rabbits and you will soon have a bunch! You are wise to consider a storage plan in the early stages.

    I started with the 12x12 plastic bins and the white thread holders but soon out grew them. Each tray holds 18 spools and two of them fit into these bins.

    https://www.sewforless.com/item/Isac...ls_/12298/c272

    Now, I use one the wire basket units from con*tainer store with the smaller height drawers for threads. Each drawer is lined with white erase board cut to size. Then I hot glued white golf T's in a grid and each spool sits on a T. Each drawer holds 81 spools.

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    I have one of those plastic rolling sets of clear drawers that I use for my thread stash. Each drawer holds 2-3 colors and one last drawer has all my 'oddball' threads like invisible thread and a few cones of poly (the rest of my thread is cotton).

    I arrange the thread so that from the front you can see through and tell what the colors in each drawer is. The thread itself is almost all from Connecting Threads, which are wound so that you can easily see the thread colors from the top when you open the drawer.

    It works very well for me. It's on casters, so when I switch machines I can just roll my thread cart over to the other machine. On top I have a tray stuck on with double-sided tape that holds my stilettos, quilting gloves, snips, and whatever else I am messing with. It's a nice little work station to have by my machine.

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