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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 Sep 30, 2020. 25 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

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Comment by Sherri Eley on August 27, 2020 at 6:03am

Been a long time,  since I even checked in on this group,  I am not a good administrator... But I did clean and rearrange my room.  It was getting so cluttered I could barely walk across the room without tripping on something. So I moved out one big piece a buffet type chest.  PUt that on the dining room wall that separates my sewing space from the rest of the house.  So still have easy access to all it holds. This allowed me to move my large dest under the window,  which I now use as a cutting table.  It used to be where I put my machine. Now the machine goes on the counter under the window.. If I am doing a bed sizwe quilt I move the machine back to the large dest... MOre room for quilting large.  

I need change every so often to keep me motivated. Motivated to work on projects, motivated to keep the space clean... and organized. Unfortunately that part doesn't stay with me long.   

Comment by Gmakitty on November 30, 2016 at 8:28am

wow!!!!!!!11 its been awhile since I visited here... since my last naotaion I got a long table, it fold up and is resin.. it is in my bedroom and now I can use it, of course have to clear it now and then as it has become a landing place for other things, but I am happy with it,,,, Am processing table toppers and runners, folks have been gracious enuf to assist me in directing me to the tutorials etc, but their input on how to do things... the one I am going to start Thursday or Friday, is going to be lovely, the pix of it was so dark, i emailed the maker and she was nice enuf to send me a lighter copy of the pix....sew now I am ready to go./ Enjoy what ever it is you do, know I care Gmakitty

Comment by Sherri Eley on November 30, 2016 at 5:07am

This is not a sewing room thingy. I was looking for things in my basement to use for organizing my kitchen. Found this Pant's hanger and it worked for organizing my rolls of foil, wax paper and plastic.  I took the metal strip off one of the boxes and hot glued it to the bottom cross bar for easy cutting of the paper.  it is hanging on the back of my basement door. Still need to come up with something to stabilize it.  Maybe cup hooks or maybe I can find something at the hardware store to attach to the door to keep it from swinging around everytime I open and close the basement door.  But thought this would also be a useful way to organize spools of ribbon in the sewing room 

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 18, 2016 at 8:45am

Sorry I have neglected keeping up with this group.    Much like my sewing space needs a good cleaning and reorganization.  It's a gloomy day here in OH but the good thing is it is cooler.  I finally got the doors for my cabinet painted.  It's been over a year since I painted my space.  But my dear son ,  who likes to paint finished them for me. But when we went to hang them found they are just a hair smaller than they should be. So now we will have to add small pieces of wood around to opening to be able to hang them.  Now a true master carpenter could probably make these work.  but don't have one of those in the house. An electrician and a millwright,  but no carpenter.. Just my luck. I am sure we will get them finished,  because I would like to see this house and move into a condo.  Tired of walking down two flights of stairs to get to the laundry.  But I will need a condo with a space I can use ( with a door) for my sewing place.  I am tryig to purge the rest of the house in case my DH agrees to my wishes to sell.  But cannot even consider purging anything from the sewing room.  I guess that means I have to use up most of my stash or lose it.  

Comment by Sheila Craft on April 17, 2016 at 4:49pm

Sherri, I saw that somewhere, too. I haven't tried it yet but, plan to on my next quilting project. I have the lightweight Fons & Porters gloves that are very comfortable but, yes, I'm always taking them off & putting them on, as well. I also have two of those hoop things but, they're a bit cumbersome. I have a roll of that liner somewhere - I'll have to cut off a few pieces. Thanks for the reminder.

Another good hint, Gmakitty! Thanks.

Comment by Gmakitty on March 9, 2016 at 8:02pm

good evening.... just dropped in to see what is new and add my 2.5 cents worth.... I have  no sewing room, my sewing machine sits on the kitchen table.... I am fortunate to live in a community where there is a large table in the laundry room where I can cut, pin , or what ever my fabric, bue I cant sew in there.... I learned something  about stitching usint a double thread, cut your thread to twice the length you want and the put it thru the needle, make you first insert up, then when you go to make the second up stitch go thru the loop and you will have it secured without  a problem//// /smile gmakitty

Comment by lea on November 21, 2015 at 11:20am

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~


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