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« on: January 06, 2010 02:28:59 PM »

I'm getting a (slightly) better idea of how I'll organize my fabric, but I was wondering how others organize other sewing supplies?  Do you have a commercial sewing box, or something more personalized?  Did you make something?  How many compartments/sections?  More than one sewing box?  What about things like zippers and buttons?  And are you able to find what you need when you need it?

« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010 05:37:34 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010 07:40:49 PM »

I store mine in separate boxes: one for thread, one for zippers, one for elastic, etc. The ones I have lock together with ridges on the lids so they don't topple over when stacked. They're clear so everything is easy to find and each box stacks easily on every other box even though they are a few sizes, so I can fit them in different spaces if I need to. They're similar to these: http://www.spacesavers.com/iris-1-6-stacking-box.html
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010 08:36:14 PM »

I hate throwing away those plastic tubs, you know the kind that sour cream, butter and yogurt come in.  I also hate reusing them for food, so I use them to store pins, buttons, etc in.  To store the tubs, I put them in an old wine rack, the kind you set on the counter, the tubs don't fit in well but it keeps them organized.

« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 09:24:00 PM »

I'd love to have everything in one single place, but haven't found a proper solution that satisfy me.  I have a sewing box that is like a little table, it's got a flat drawer too and somebody gave it wheels at some point of its life.  I repainted it and refurbished it and keep most of my haberdashery and notions there.  On a shelf it has at the bottom I keep a plastic caroussel of small drawers where I keep beads, embellishments and the likes and also a wooden box where I keep scraps.  Then recently I got tired of finding myself having to move things from the top of the table to be able to get stuff from inside the sewing box, so I made a small handy box where I keep the essentials (needlebook, threads, pincushion, scissors...).  It lives on my big table and helps me find everything really quickly.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010 06:52:03 AM »

This is an area where I am somewhat organized!!!
I have a serger, and 5 sewing machines...  So not only do I have regular thread, I also have serger cones, and since I sew in the master bedroom, I need to keep it all together.
I have 2 hanging wooden thread racks, 1 for serger cones, and 1 for sewing thread (I just recently found this at a thrift store, and for $2 I couldn't pass it up!!!). 

On my sewing table I have 2 plastic 3 drawer organizers, which have all my "supplies" I have those labeled so that I reach in grab what I need and start sewing. 

I inherited my mil & gmil's thread and quilting things....  Those are in their original vintage sewing boxes, which are stacked beside the sewing table.
For Xmas my husband bought me a bobbin organizer that stacks, so if you need more stacker's you can buy them.  I think the box said Clover on it.  It's great because out of 5 machines only 2 have the same bobbin size!  I do have another little bobbin box I was using, so I will put that in my trailer as I have a sewing kit there too.
Underneath my sewing table I have 2 tall plastic 3 drawer organizers with all my elastic, Velcro, interfacing, scout badges, and whatever else I can fit down there!!!
I keep my buttons in a button organizer I bought at a trade show, and I also have a button box, and a zipper box.
All my cutting mats, hand quilt hoops, and cardboard cutting mats are stuck in the closet....
I realized that I have a bunch of patterns hanging around on the sewing table, which could be moved to my pattern file... I also have a basket with ribbon, and any other "stuff" I might need while I'm sewing!

Now, I gotta go organize so I can sew this afternoon!!!

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010 09:36:47 AM »

Weeeellll if you take a peek at the bottom row of my GIANT Expedit "wall of fabric" you'll see teal colored bins.. yup most of it is crammed in there... I have them organized mostly by category. One has shipping supplies and stationary, the next one has "hard" notions (buttons, extra bobbins, extra machine needles, various glues, snaps, grommets, purse frames, extra pins, purse making findings latches, magnetics, closures... blah blah) the next bin I store soft notions (zippers, ribbon, bias tape piping, cording, laces etc etc) the next bin I store odds and ends and stuff I use to maintain my machines and just general crap... the last bin I like to store my soft and slippery fabrics in, like chiffons and such since they tend to slide right off of the fabric shelves when stacked. Other than the fabric and the stationary bin I pretty much just have it all tossed in there, but I try to keep "like" things bunched together, i.e. rubber band packages of bias tape and pipings have smaller plastic containers for buttons and snaps. The bins are specially made to fit perfectly within the cube section of the shelving unit. If you can get one I would DEF recommend an Expedit they are the BEST.. check craigslist if you don;t have an ikea close by.

 I also have two sewing machine cabinets that have little drawers, each drawer has a general category of stuff in it that pertains to THAT workstation and the machines I use in that area, i.e attachments for the Hsqvarna the Necchi Supernova and the Serger are in one desk... the other desk houses stuff for my Other necchi and Other Singer. Top drawers are always for sissors, seam rippers, "turners", measure sticks, marking pens and other things I typically need in a flash the other drawers holds the less frequently used stuff like the various foot attachments and cams used for decorative stitches.

I'll go back to the other thread and answer your question about my pattern stash..... 80)

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