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Old 06-01-2018, 02:36 AM
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Hi all,
So, (sew?), please share one of your favorite organizing tips or strategies with us. And, if you are really feeling brave, one that may have felt flat.
I haven't done this yet but I'm thinking of repurposing a tall, freestanding jewelry armoire to store sewing notions in, using each drawer for a different notion or type of tool.
Happy Stitches!
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:23 AM
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Get lots of boxes, bins, bags and dump all your stash in to them... any which way, any size and any color. It doesn't work! I'm in a real mess!
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:56 AM
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From the grocery shop I have plastic lid clear screw top jars ( sold housing mini tomatoes) when empty I have one for each color of all the small items. They can be stacked so I have row of four and more on top. The top row are the colors I use most. Now I see what I have and is in easy reach.
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I keep this cookie sheet to the right of my machine. I have recycled chocolate clear boxes to divide the areas and keep small things from moving. The best part is I can move the cookie sheet when necessary without having to move a million little things. I have my machine needles, extra bobbins, machine feet, straight pins and safety pins, special pens and marking tools etc.image.jpeg
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
I keep this cookie sheet to the right of my machine. I have recycled chocolate clear boxes to divide the areas and keep small things from moving. The best part is I can move the cookie sheet when necessary without having to move a million little things. I have my machine needles, extra bobbins, machine feet, straight pins and safety pins, special pens and marking tools etc.Attachment 595320
This is a very smart idea.
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Old 06-01-2018, 07:00 AM
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A very simple organization strategy .... project boxes!

One for each project, whether active .... or as I accumulate what I need for it.
I keep adding fabrics, notions, pattern switch ideas embellishments etc. without discrimination.
Once I am ready to work on the project I go through what's there and make decisions.
Everything stays in there til the project is totally finished.
Sure avoids the upset when I discover a fabric I used in stage one, has been used for something else,
...... and then later I want to use it again. OOPS!

Same topic ...
Worst decision ... different shapes and sizes of these boxes did not stack well.
Best decision ... eliminating some, so that I have all the same and they maximize space best.

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Old 06-01-2018, 09:36 AM
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Each machine gets its own Yazzii bag (or some other zipper pouch ) for its attachments. Each project gets its own Art Bin box. Since I don't have a dedicated sewing room (just one side of a multi-purpose one), things generally get put away or at least nicely consolidated for visual calmness... however a quilt in progress (being actually quilted) stays out and under the needle. I guess the key is keeping it all neat but still ready to go when that free moment happens.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:36 PM
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Similar storage tips as mentioned above. Each sewing machine had it's own box for the extra feet. Needles are kept organized in a small plastic bin. Embroidery threads are organized on golf tees glued onto dry erase boards.

I use a double stack tackle box for sewing notions by my machine.

Fabric is re-folded and measured when I get it home. Attach a small sticky note with measurements on each piece.

I keep a list of rulers, stabilizers, embroidery threads, and accuquilt dies on my phone/ipad. Easy to check at store to prevent duplicates.

Embroidery designs are listed in alpha order by year. They on a separate hard drive in alpha order also. I keep a master notebook of all on-line designs purchased.

Machine manuals are downloaded onto PC along with serial numbers.
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Get rid of everything you don't like or use. Don't try to organize meaningless stuff. Pare it down first.
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:17 PM
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DH's motto is "A place for everything, and everything in it's place." I joke that my motto is "Everything is someplace." He doesn't think it's funny ... which makes it even funnier to me!

I do find his motto is very helpful, though. When I decide to clean up the craftermath, it goes much more smoothly when I know exactly where everything goes. I try to do the craftermath control when I finish each project, but when I get more than one project going at a time, it can be chaotic.

I also try to keep fabrics together that I intend to make a quilt or something with, but often end up raiding it when I need something for my current project. It's okay, though, because those fabric collections are often ones I gathered up from the sale table.
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