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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 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?

Comment by lea on June 16, 2015 at 3:53am

My sewing space has lots of Qsnap shelves, they are very strong, inexpensive, if/when I move they are coming with me.. An easy shelving to move, very handy..

Comment by Linda Christianson on June 15, 2015 at 5:56pm

 I do have a question. How do you store quilts? I have hung some,but the weight is too much. Where do you find hangers that don't cost $5 a piece or more? Some day soon I hope to have pictures of my sewing area. I will try to clean an area and take pictures before it becomes a work area again.     Judy Martin's blog has some great ideas on her sewing area, but I did not see a longarm.

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 13, 2015 at 4:33pm

We were originally going to put it on the ceiling, Vicki; but, the more I thought about it, the less the idea appealed because the room does get warm in the summer (even though it's a north facing room) and I was afraid that if I turned the ceiling fan on, the light would sway (vaulted ceiling) and then I'd be on the floor with vertigo or something (I get horrible motion sickness...). So, putting it on the wall behind my machine was the work-around and it proved to be a great idea. I did have a clamp on LED light but, the darned thing didn't put out nearly enough light.

Comment by Vicki Fox on January 13, 2015 at 1:40pm

These are all great ideas Sheila. I have the overhead lights on the ceiling fan, an adjustable arm lamp that clamps onto the edge of the table where my machine sits, and a touch lamp on a small table next to a rocking chair (which is piled with quilts that need to to be finished). The adjustable lamp kept falling over so DH fixed it so it is bolted to the table.

Comment by Ellen Pearce on January 4, 2015 at 9:51pm

Sheila, I like overhead light, too.  I moved a bookshelf near my sewing table so I could put a swivel arm lamp that I can reposition when I'm hand sewing.  I'm trying to keep the floor space as uncluttered as possible because my room is small.

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 1:17pm

Now to figure out what to do with a couple of things that really don't belong in here, make a light & airy valance for the window and I'm all set.

 

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