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    Library card catalog uses

    I recently found and purchased this lovely old library card catalog set of drawers. I will need to put a wood insert into the bottom of each drawer as there is an open slot with a rod in them. I'll put small tools, fat quarters, thread, notions and such in the drawers to be placed in my new sewing room. Does anyone have other ideas on how to use it? How would you position it? It doesn't have legs or a stand. I just love it!

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    I love it too! I would use it for the same things. How deep is it? If I had it I might make space for it on my cutting table. I'll look forward to seeing how you use it!
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    What great memories that brings back. I remember going to the library and using the card catalog. I'd use it exactly as you intend to use it. What a great find!

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    I miss the card catalog, just showing my age I guess. What a great addition to your sewing room.

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    ​I would love to have it to store my fat quarters in!

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    Love this card catalog. I would use one maybe two drawers just for that.
    magazine ,(patterns) year title book. speed up the process of looking through each magazine or book.
    the rest will make great scissor nooks sewing feet.

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    REmember using these to research term papers. Don't forget to use a drawer for chocolate stash!!

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    I would leave some empty, they fill up eventually! Very �� nice!

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    Divide up your scraps as you are cutting, reds here, blues there. I love it too.

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    I love it, too. I've often wanted one for this very purpose. And I'd put it on top of a dresser, at a height that's easy to reach and also low enough that I could easily peer into the whole drawer. Maybe keep certain widths of strings in a few, in addition to the ideas you have in mind.

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    what a lovely piece of furniture. I would probably fold some fat quarters to fit in the drawers.
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    Oh, you were so lucky to find that! I've been hoping to find one of my own.

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    Lucky you to have acquired such a treasure! Color me green.

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    Like your ideas but I like the idea of sorting scraps by color into different drawers, too, like ragamuffin suggested.
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    luv your new find!!!

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    What a fabulous item! I have a suggestion about those drawer bottoms. If you don't want the hassle of cutting wood to fit, you might try something I saw it in a blog on updating antiques and thought was terrific.

    Cut foam core board to fit and cover it with fabric. Each time you open a drawer, but will see something cheer-y rather than just a piece of wood. One sheet of foam core will be more than enough.

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    Really nice piece. If you have room on a table I would set it there so it is handy for you. Otherwise maybe mount it on a wall to keep all of your tools in. Also your FQ, like Tartan mentioned.

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    What a great find. Your ideas are wonderful. Even the fat quarters idea is great. However, I don't think you need any more ideas, because drawers have a way of filling up themselves. I don't know how they do that?

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    I love it! If it were mine, I'd be tempted to use it to keep my collection of buttons in. Each drawer could be labled as to color or type it holds. I'm gonna have to start looking for one! 😀

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    I'm jealous! I love it too. Just think of the millions of hands that have pulled those drawers. Sometimes I'd run the drawers back and forth because I could not think of what I was going to search for! Don't change all the drawers and don't change them too much. If you ever want to sell it, I am right here!

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    I have been writing on index cards. I have a metal rings with them on it and I write different sewing notes, quilting ideas,
    Names of thing to look up on internet like food, quilting, sewing, embroidery, crafts, etc. When my index card get to big I put them in a index card holder. This would be so much better. I do put index card holder with a theme for each. Thanks for sharing looks great!

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    Wow. What a find. Lucky you.

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Size:  116.6 KBhere is mine - a wonderful gift from my wonderful husband. It is on wheels, and it fits fat quarters very nicely! I took out the wire rod from the drawers, and lined them with thin cork under the tools, and plain fabric under the fat quarters.
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    Beautiful piece of furniture. You could probably cover the core board with felt for the bottom of the drawers. Enjoy.

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    When I worked at a library in Missouri, a woman came in and had lost her keys somewhere in the library. We found them a couple of months later........in the card catalog. She had used them to mark a place and then forgot she had done that.

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