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Hints for the sewing room

A place to share your tips and tricks on anything related to sewing, organizational tips for the sewing space. Shortcuts for sewing, piecing or quilting. 

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Setting Up a Work Space

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Peggy Stuart May 27. 14 Replies

If you have a dedicated work space, how do you have it set up? Here's what my friend Joanie did with hers:…Continue

Tags: design, workspace, studio, quilting

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Comment by Ellen Pearce on September 20, 2015 at 6:33pm

Looks good. I love a room with nooks and crannies.

Comment by Sherri Eley on September 20, 2015 at 11:12am

This drawer unit is my latest IKEA find.  I purchased it because I thought it would fit neatly under my sewing table.  And it would have but I forgot about the metal cross braces running down the underside of the desktop.  So fortunately I had this little cubby hole which is right behind where I sit when I am at the machine.   I then used the plastic drawers that used to hold some of the things I now store in this for strips for my stash.  

Comment by Sherri Eley on September 20, 2015 at 10:54am

Finally after a year I have completed my ironing surface.  All by myself,  with a little help stapling the fabric  from my DD .   I really wanted to put a frame of 2x2's on the underside of the ironing surface,  but my DH po pooed that idea.  So I went along.  But I wanted to angle the front of the board to eliminate the sharp right angles and he thought that unnecessary too. But I wanted ot ,  so  i got out the saw and trimmed it myself.   This will be great for pressing backings and quilt tops.  Not to mention while piecing I can if I want pull it closer to the machine as it is on casters... Bur I like to get up after each step,,,, keeps me from sitting for such long periods of time and at least I am moving around.... 

Comment by Sheila Craft on August 7, 2015 at 12:58pm

Nice space, Lea! I have to chuckle because, like me, every horizontal surface requires something on it! I made a big "L" shape so that I have room to quilt and then I just had to go & "put stuff" on it.

Comment by Ellen Pearce on August 7, 2015 at 12:20pm

Looks pretty good to me.  You have a nice size room.  

Comment by lea on August 7, 2015 at 4:51am

005.JPG my sewing space, usually a real mess.

Comment by Ellen Pearce on June 30, 2015 at 4:31am

I bought the noodles at our CVS for $1 each at the end of the year.  I also have used them for embroidery designs for the center of a quilt block or wall hanging.  You can stick pins easily in the noodle if you need to.  It makes them easy to  store and also keep covered.  I have nosy, lazy cats who love to find a pile of fabric or a project to sleep on.  Noodles are so comfortable.  This wasn't my idea but one of those tips from somebody. Thank you somebody.  

Comment by Linda Christianson on June 30, 2015 at 4:08am

I have been thinking about the noodles. I am glad it can work. I will try to buy what is left at the end of the season. Did get to go through three storage boxes of quilts. If I try to sell them, having them hanging would make it easier to see. I was really surprised when I was getting my quilts ready for someone that I have gone purple crazy, ( the color she said no to). I still have enough fabric for one more. I have been able to sew in my sewing room and not just use the longarm. It does help to sit at the area to see what you need and what you don't. I know I have lots of scissors, but every work station needs one. All the tools can be problem to have them where you need them. I see lots of ideas, I think many people have problems with that issue.

Comment by Ellen Pearce on June 16, 2015 at 10:17am

I couldn't find anything about Qsnap shelving either.  I cut a snoodle-those pool noodles into width the length of hangers.  If you have hangers from the drycleaners you can easily slide the snoodle on the hanger.  If you use plastic hangers, you need to cut the snoodle so it will slide over the hanger.  I use these for longer wallhangings.  Those noodles are really cheap at the end of the season.  My really small wallhanging are on skirt hangers.  I don't keep many quilts so I just bag them in pillowcases and store them wherever.   

Comment by Sheila Craft on June 16, 2015 at 9:36am

Linda - I have very limited space in my home. Most of my quilts are stored in closets; but, I do have a few that I made to hang on the walls. I use a curtain rod for one of them and then I have a bunch of small ones for the kitchen that I just have 2 pushpins in the wall and a piece of dowel rod that I slip through the hanging sleeve . The dowel rests on the pushpins. Easy peasy - & Cheap!

Lea - Never heard of Qsnap shelves. Where do you get them?


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