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« on: November 30, 2004 12:37:00 AM »

Okay, I am about brain dead with trying to figure out what to do with 400+ sewing patterns.  Currently they are all stuffed in boxes and it's starting to overflow in my closet.  Anyone have some creative ideas on how to store them?  I can't hang them as my closet will spit them back out at me and I've tried the "binder" approach and can only fit 10 to 15 or so in the binders (besides, having 40 binders around is worse than the boxes.)

So, if anyone has an idea, I'd love to hear it...and so would my closet!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2004 03:02:56 AM »

filing cabinet and hanging files.

I keep all my historical stuf that way (about 300 odd patterns)

we got the cabinet for about $40 surplus at the local university.

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2004 07:29:30 AM »

What about small vacuum storage? I say small, because that way you have better control over the patterns not being damaged. It would probably save a lot of room.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2004 10:35:02 AM »

Ooh, thank you all for your ideas... Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2004 09:02:06 AM »

I do the hanging file thing too..except I'm too cheap to buy a file cabinet, so I just use those stackable plastic crates.  I label the files for designer or style to make it easy to look for one like "coats," "purses," "Anna Sui," etc...  It's much better than throwing them all in boxes like I used to.   
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2004 02:01:43 PM »

the cabinet was something my father bought for me back when I only ad 80 or so patterns.

Now I have three or the four drawers very full, the top drawer has some of my referance pages (printed lists of supplier names and addresses for beads and trims and what not, mostly old and should probably be tossed when I move again)

I know the crates you're talking about (I have several of those too, for sorting projects) I can get about two and a half 'crates' worth of hanging filed patterns in a drawer (I was curious and just checked) so for me the cabinet has more than payed for itself.

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2005 08:38:59 PM »

My collection of patterns (prob'ly a couple hundred) are currently stored, crammed sardine-tight into three vintage suitcases.  Takes up little space, but accessing them is a pain in the a**.

So i created an index.  Used digi camera to take a quick shot of the front of each pattern, and printed out thumbnails on the computer (9 to a page).  I have them arranged in a binder by decade, and then other categories like mens, accessories, lingerie etc. 

On each thumbnail, if it wasn't clear I wrote down the date and the size. Threw all of these into a binder which I keep on my bookshelf.  Easy to browse the patterns now, and if there really is something I want, then I can dig into the storage.

(When I buy more patterns, I take pics, print thumbnails, cut them out and paste them onto pages for the sections they fit.)

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2005 05:04:07 PM »

Have you seen this?  Filing cabinet organizer:
http://www.clotilde.com/cl/product_group.asp?g_id=331000&catalog=CF04

Not so useful for me, though.  Rather than trying to make the pieces fit into the tiny envelope it came in, I place them in large manila envelopes and paste the flattened original envelope to the outside.  I just store them in a large Rubbermaid container, which can easily slide underneath the bed.  You could also just as easily stuff them into a filing cabinet as well.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2005 04:21:00 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I got a four drawer file cabinet from the hardware store where I work (they were going to throw it out!  Shocked )  That file cabinet organizer looks mighty nifty, Crafty Chris!  My patterns are much happier now!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2005 05:45:44 PM »

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21671.msg178940#msg178940  <= here is my sewing pattern storage solution
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