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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 lea on Saturday

Wine cooler on right sew mess n lft

LEave it that way

Comment by Ellen Pearce on October 31, 2015 at 7:58am

Thanks, good idea.  I don't like the gloves either.

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 31, 2015 at 7:08am

This is not a hint for the sewing space but rather the sewing.  I found this on a machine quilting site somewhere.  It is working well for me.  I do not like wearing the quilting gloves,  because I find I am always taking them off and putting them back on,,, to do something or other. Using small pieces of rubber shelf liner is more convenient for me.  

Comment by Sheila Craft on October 23, 2015 at 5:32pm

Great idea for the pins. I have to be careful where I set magnetic stuff as my machine is a computerized one. I actually just have a small tin that I've had for years to keep most of them stored in.

Sherri, I love your rendition of a big board. I wanted to make something like that so that I could just put it on top of my cutting table but, since I can never seem to keep the cutting table cleaned off, I'm having to rethink that plan. ~sigh~

Comment by lea on October 17, 2015 at 5:41pm

I agree with you Sherri Ely, those sharp corners would either rip your skin, shirt or poke through the ironing fabric.. Not good, stick to your guns is best.

Comment by ranchmom/OR on October 12, 2015 at 11:35am

Oh, that is a great idea, next time Ranchdad goes to harbor freight I will have to pick one up.  

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 12, 2015 at 10:17am

Learned this trick from my friend in SC.  A magnetic bowl for pins.

It is easier than trying to  stick the pins I remove as I sew, into this bowl than finding an open spot on the pin cushion.  This can be purchased at an auto supply store,  or Harbor Freight where mine came. 

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.... 


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