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I have a ton on my hard drive as well. But this stack had been there for years and started ten years ago. Hadn't looked at it in years either. So happy to give it to a new quilter. Lots of ideas in there. CArol

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I usually just download quilt patterns to my hard drive. I only print them when I make them.

Now I do print off recipes and have a lot of those! But I never seem to make them.
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I've been binging and purging my desk top. There was a pile of papers on top of a bookcase that I just pulled and went through. They are copies of quilt patterns and bags that I have printed off over the years. I even found one old one from Jo Kramer from years ago. Who knew I followed her way back then. At any rate, there is a new quilter in the mix and this is all going in a bin for her. She will love pawing through all the patterns and maybe find a few she can love. It feels good to have gotten this far. Still more to do. I have an awful habit of printing off patterns and then I may or may not ever make them. They just accumulate. CArol

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I didn't watch her video.


This has been fun, even though I hardly followed through on any cleaning. At least it got me to think about things in my sewing room, and I cleaned it up in my own way.

Finding another series to follow would be fun.

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I watched the video of her room and closet. She needs to go through the list. This has been fun. Need to find another something. Carol

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Yes, I got my hair cut and thought I would update it.

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You got a new picture Nancy! I think we just need to decide to get rid of it. Carol

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Yes, we all do have too much stuff. I was only able to see the top-half of the blog, which didn't go into any details on the "getting rid of." The bottom half was an ad for signing up to have access to her resource library.

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Getting rid of extras. Well we all have them. I put lots of things in a box to mail and then this weekend, retrieved some of it out to use for the tester quilt. I had a huge pile of light aqua 2 1/2" strips and thought to use them for the background in the quilt. Already cut out and ready to sew. Carol

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Bonnie Hunter commented on a new book "Love Your Creative Space," which I plan to purchase. I hope it gives me some new ideas.

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I'm glad you like your ironing station. I think I would like an ironing station and a new worktable, but my main problem is where to put them in my sewing room! Also, there is the occasional ironing of clothes, so I would need something shaped like a traditional ironing board. Maybe I can figure something out.

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I'm enjoying my new ironing station that I purchased last month. I need to make a new cover for it. The one I have is looking shabby and I had a beautiful bolt of blue, lightweight duck left from my design days that I could use for it. Need to look at the free one that I posted under free things.
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I use those clear plastic art-bin type satchels and big plastic bags to keep my projects together. I guess it's just a habit I'vetrained myself to do. A long time ago I was able to find 2 gallon-size ziplock bags (maybe at Target?) and some that were even larger - they could hold a queen-size quilt top + backing fabric + binding. Then I store them on a bookcase shelf and they are dust free.

I only have one small table top left to declutter in my sewing room.

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I have difficulty with keeping projects together. I spend time searching for things that I just had my hand on. Like those civil war blues I haven't found yet. (I just had a thought of a place to look) yesterday I was working on Getting Ziggy and needed two more red HST. I was sure I had more of the same red but could not locate it anywhere. So two blocks are slightly off but they are in the bottom corner and I'm sure, when quilted with an orange variegated thread that I plan to use, they will blend in. I like to add off things to my quilts anyway. Makes them not perfect. Carol

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My husband isn't handy that way, either. He missed that gene, as his dad and brother have done woodworking.

My cutting table has fold up leaves and has casters, so I can roll it around to move it away from the wall, if necessary. It is 36" high and I bought it at Jo-Ann's many years ago. Now they make one that has a platform for storage underneath. But mine is sufficient.

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If I had a handy husband I could ask for something but that isnt available. My cutting table is like the one pictured in the middle with brown top and 9 cubby bookcase on the side. Each side of mine has a bookcase. I got it from Pottery Barn or something similar and it has served me well. At least 8 years I've had it. And it is 36" tall. The center opening section stores a lot of junk. I need to get into that and clean it out. I know I have some Downton Abbey fabrics in there that I ordered for a sew along and then I didn't like the pattern provided. Oh, well. I should probably put it on Etsy and sell it. Carol

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Its not just tall stuff. I have a shelf that houses bolts of fabric, maybe a dozen that I've accumulated. When I was sorting recently, I had one large bin positioned in the hallway. Any time I found something I didn't want to keep, it went in that bin. Now I'm wondering, where is the bin? Do I still have it somewhere? I think I moved it to another spot out of my sewing room to a spot in the hallway. I thought I had gotten rid of it but since I havent had a guild meeting, I know I didn't take it there. Sigh. Its always something. Carol

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It’s a never ending battle! I just cleaned up my overflowing totes on the floor. They did go back to the floor, though. Some stuff I just move around from one surface to another.

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I have a junky mess on my sewing table. Too much stuff stored on it. I have a bin with 3 sections that holds nothing useful so why is it sitting there? I need to use it or pitch it.

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Yes, those are some unique and cute idea. The most unique thing I have is my grandfather's old tool box. Under the lid are 3 hinged trays that pull up where I store pens and marking tools.

The front drops down to reveal 2 columns of drawers - each column is a different width. The rowers of drawers vary in depth from shallowest to deepest. I store various quilting supplies in them - templates, safety pins, my quick clip tool, those small clips to hold binding in place, etc. It's about 9.5" deep x 16" wide x 16" high.

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Some cute ideas for storage today. Carol

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I use it as well! Small scraps, bits & pieces.

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Oh I do that too Carol!

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1. Track more (at least 21 days)
2. Lose 2.1 pounds, at least. (I gained weight in February--this has to stop)
3. Continue to exercise 3 to 5 times a week
4. Work on organizing sewing room better.
5. Continue to put together my Grassy Creek tops and get ready to quilt them.
6. Quit mindless snacking.


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We all need ways to store fabric scraps. I have a bin right next to my chair at my machine. Its called a trash bin. Anything smaller than 1 1/2" or odd piece goes in there, regardless of color. Carol

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Linda - what I forgot to mention is that it starts in bins or totes and then become overflowing into piles! LOL!

I don't mind attaching the binding via my domestic machine. I sew it onto the back of the quilt first, and then bring it to the front. I usually use a decorative stitch on the front when I sew it down.

Today I'm able to see her blog. I prefer not to use printables - I keep a quilting bullet journal instead to track various things, and I use it every day.

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Nancy, I sew the bindings onto my quilt using my 16. Did you know you could do that? I just use the foot and put it to the edge of the quilt and it sews 1/4". Sometimes the line gets a big wobbly but it sure is handy to do it that way. Carol

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I hadn't really looked at this before because I'm not motivated to clean my sewing room-LOL!
But, I agree on furniture Nancy. My sewing room would not take one more piece of furniture!
And the floor of my sewing room seems to be where a lot of the overflow goes, unfortunately it's not in bins like yours, It's in piles. I am working toward cleaning up a few pieces everyday. Perhaps I'll get there yet!

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My March goals are:

1. Track more (at least 21 days)
2. Lose 2.1 pounds, at least. (I gained weight in February--this has to stop)
3. Continue to exercise 3 to 5 times a week
4. Work on organizing sewing room better.
5. Continue to put together my Grassy Creek tops and get ready to quilt them.
6. Quit mindless snacking.


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Nothing came up for me, either! I think I have all the furniture my sewing room can hold. I like my wall of bookcases - that way I can see what I have. When I had other cabinets in the room, I would put things away and forget about them.

Thursday and yesterday I sewed the binding on the 2 charity quilts from my quilt club. Then I cleaned my sewing machine. I removed the throat plate and bobbin holder. I have a Viking with a drop-in bobbin, but I could remove the bobbin holder. There are "cut-outs" in the bobbin area, so I could really get my brush down in there. Moving the hand wheel moved the cut-out so I had access to a lot of the "innards." I probably spent about 1/2 hour. Batting creates so much lint! I also put in a new needle so it's all ready for another sewing project.

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Oh, I have those open bags and totes as well Nancy. How do we accumlulate so much stuff? Today is supposedly about furniture for your room but nothing came up when I looked for it. Yesterday at the LQS I saw a real cute cabinet on wheels with 1 drawer and cabinet with 3 drawers in it. About 18 by 21" and bright colors. $179 plus $50 to put it together. That is a ridiculous price and would only take up space on the floor. I am also the person who hates putting things away because when I do, I forget them. Carol

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Always! In decluttering by space, she forgot the FLOOR. The area under my cutting table and in front of one of my bookcases is a prime place to put things I don't know what to do with. They are in open totes or bags, so they are somewhat confined, but they do get to be overflowing.

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I could sure use some of this once again. CArol

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I agree - why label?

I also was wondering about Amy. I don't think she has posted on any forum this month.

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Printable labels for containers. If you can see through the container do you need a label? Where is Amy this past month? Carol

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I agree. I keep track of my quilting progress in a spreadsheet. When a quilt is finished, I create a Word document about it. The most important parts of the document are the photos of the quilt and any notes I write about. This Word document has helped when I've entered my quilt in a local quilt show.

I've started to keep a composition book as a journal, in which I keep track of the number of hours I've spent on a project.

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I'm just not into printables. Once something goes into a notebook, I forget about it. Then I discover it 5 years later. Carol

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I fold mine and put them in a really big ziploc bag or a bin on a bookcase shelf. I did an inventory in January, so I know where they are. The closet in my sewing room has clothes hanging on the rods - no room for quilts.

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Excellent article today on storing finished quilt tops. I usually just fold them up and put them in a bin somewhere. And it could be years until I quilt them. Trying to catch up with them this year.
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I have very little (almost none) decor in my sewing room. I would prefer to hang quilted wall hangings. However, I don't have much wall space.



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Decorating the walls is not something I have much room for. I do have some artwork and a wall hanging and design wall but when a closet and a 6 foot sliding door are taking up space, you cant hang much else.
Tampa is a 6 to 7 hour drive from our home depending on traffic and the way we go. Orlando is similar distance. Jacksonville, 5 to 6 hours, Atlanta, 6 hours and New Orleans is 5 hours. Pensacola is 1 hour and Mobile is 2 hours. But P-cola and Mobile dont offer much. We live in the boonies you would say but not really. A beautilful area where vacationers come and traffic is at a standstill now. Carol

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I've rearranged a few things, but have kept the location of the bookcases along the one wall and the location of the sewing machine. The bookcases do provide a lot of storage, especially with those ArtBin type satchels. I bought several from The Container Store online. One time I even found something similar at Sam's Club.

The best idea you had was to put my sewing table under the window. I love the light.

I have to be careful where I put things, especially my cutting table. Since my room is in the basement, the concrete floor is uneven in several places. I even have to be careful with rolling chairs, as they will roll. Putting a throw rug under the chair helps, but I can feel the unevenness in my lower back muscles when I sit.

I clicked on other link in the post to some more layout ideas.
Here's the room from the post: www.sylviasstitches.com/2014
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And here's the room several years later:
www.sylviasstitches.com/2014
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Here's another link from the post. I have always used graph paper and furniture cutouts to plan my sewing room.
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Anyway, I think it is fun to see how others arrange their rooms. Clutter is something we always are fighting with.

How far of a drive is it to go to Tampa? The IKEA I prefer is in Charlotte - about a 4 hour drive.

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Well, Nancy, we have already done this for your room. But you've moved things since then? I did it for my room as well and moved my cutting table, switching with Platypus. Its much better. Still have a mess but it is better. I could still use better shelving and get rid of the hodge podge set of bookcases I've accumulated. We dont have an IKEA here, have to go to Tampa. There was a woman here who would go to Tampa regularly to get Ikea pieces. But can't remember how to do it. CArol

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I have my batting stored in a bookcase in another part of the basement. I do need to organize my batting scraps, and combine them.

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Some good ideas for ruler storage. At one time I used a belt hanger, except mine was more rectangular than round. It worked great until the ruler I wanted was in the middle or on the far end, so I had to remove a lot of rulers to get the one I wanted.

I've also seen mounting Command hooks on the side edge of your worktable.

I need to go through my rulers and remove duplicates. I started with one brand, and now prefer another.

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I guess you can never have enough options for ruler storage. My rulers were leaning against each other on my cutting table and I finally got a basket and now they are propped in the basket. A lot handier. I like the peg board idea and when you dont have a hole in the ruler, using a clip. Carol

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I create quilt kits, and store them in bags or boxes. When I did my inventory of UFOs and kits, I numbered my storage boxes and indicated on the list which box the project is in so I could find it later. I keep the storage boxes and bags on my shelves. Yes, it took time to set this up, but I did this in January, and now I have my system and it is easier to maintain.

I do like her printables. However, I have set up my own system in a graph-ruled composition book that I use as my Quilting Bullet Journal. In it I have my UFO and WIP lists, lists of kits I've purchased, and list of quilts I'd like to make. I keep track of the days I quilt or sew. I have a page for each project I'm working on; I keep track of the hours I've worked on a quilt, cost of materials, etc. I also write down my thoughts on the Pat Sloan's videos, etc. My quilt journal works for me.

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Welcome back, Carol.

I keep my sewing machine needles in drawers. For my domestic machine, needles that still have some life in them are stored in a tomato pin cushion with each section labeled as to size. For my Sweet 16, I have a needle book where I will store used, but still good, needles. I just put in a size 16 last week, but the thread I want to try next requires an 18. So I'll store the 16.

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Organize your sewing needles. Who thought to do this. I have one drawer in my table that holds the needle case I'm currently using. Mostly 80/20. Then I have 2 stackable drawers that are small, with 5 drawers each under and a very larger stackable drawer I bought at a yard sale that holds a lot of purse accessories that came with it. And beads etc. But in one of the small stackable drawers, I keep needles, a variety of sizes. I thought the use of a weeks pill container is brilliant. Its a large one. I'm glad to be back. Carol

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Amy - thank you! I sound more organized than I really am. LOL!

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Nancy, you sound very organized!

The bulk of my books and old magazines are on one of those wire racks with multiple shelves. It is very sturdy and can handle lots of weight. I do have reference books that I use more often closer to my machine. I found that those baskets that make up the rolling carts are nice to contain a group of books/magazines/binders. All of those items can stand upright better with a little help.

I have just one magazine subscription left but might let it lapse next time it comes due. I like to keep up with trends by looking at current magazines, but I am finding more on the internet and less in the magazine. I am currently going through other magazines that I have stored. It is much easier for me to part with them! I do still look at my old magazines. My tastes change and I might end up getting rid of something I want. With that being said, someday I will start to do something similar to what you are doing Nancy. I am collecting magazines at a much slower rate now. I find that they repeat themselves after a period of time--maybe redo the same pattern in different fabrics.

Some of the large size shoe boxes work very well for pattern storage.

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I have a tall, narrow bookcase for my books.

As for magazines ...

At one time I kept all my magazines, and stored them in either plastic or cardboard magazine holders. However, the took up space on my book shelves, and I went through a period where they piled up because I didn't read then right away. So I decided to go through them and tear out the articles and patterns that interested me. I still have a backlog of magazines to go through, Current quilt magazines I haven't read yet are in my office.

Articles and patterns I have torn out and saved are stored in sheet protectors. They are then filed in a portable file holder/case. However, I'm running out of space in that. I'll either put them in a bigger file tote or another portable file case. I think I like the file cases better than a tote, because they are easier to store. I have roughly sorted my articles and patterns into broad categories, but I think I will sort the patterns further, such as by size - table runner, wall hanging, etc., or by type/design such as star patterns, Christmas, etc.

I have stopped many of my subscriptions, and now only receive 4 different magazines.

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Nancy, we think alike! I am into less clutter too. Less to collect dust, less to maintain and more space to create!

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Luckily my rolling drawers are only about 3" deep, so the dividers fit perfectly.

She does give some pretty ideas, Right now, I'll settle for a less cluttered look, rather than something so color coordinated. While color coordinated is pretty, I think it would take too much effort to get my sewing room that way. Most of my furniture is white, except for a faux antique-finished sewing cabinet and an old brown TV/VCR cart used for storage.


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Nancy, I use some of those rolling carts too, but most of the drawers are too deep for dividers. I do use containers too. Silverware ones are nice like you say. I tend to use what is handy or fits. Sometimes I just don't use them because the actual container takes up too much space. She gets creative with the idea of wrapping boxes in paper to make them look cute and coordinated. This month's calendar has been nice for getting pretty ideas.

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Today is drawer dividers:

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I could have used this post yesterday, when I cleaned out and organized a plastic rolling cart that has 6 or 7 drawers. I did use drawer dividers that I had elsewhere and weren't being used. I like the kind that come in different sizes and can connect together. They are usually made for silverware and kitchen things.

The drawers are about 12" square or so. I have one drawer for my Viking Lily accessories and manual, one for my Sweet 16 accessories, and one for my old Singer Futura. Another drawer holds sheets of stabilizer, another holds old marking supplies from my dressmaking days, and a third hold glue baste-it, glue, glue sticks, etc. Since it is on wheels, I can roll this cart to whatever sewing machine I'm using. I've had this rolling drawer a long time!

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Very nice ideas but I don't use enough of that sort of stuff to have it open. I have most of it in boxes and could really sort some of it down now. I used to make doll clothes. I still might make a few more in the future, but I keep way too many supplies for just in case! In time, I will sort more of it down. Meanwhile, I need to keep it in boxes so it stays dust free and no chance fading.

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Today's organization focus is ribbons and spools.
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I don't have much of either, since I quilt and don't do other crafting. When I sewed, I kept bits of lace trims, seam bindings and hem tape in old pattern boxes. I still have the boxes and that's where I still store left over pieces. Any craft ribbon I still have is in a cabinet on the other side of the basement, in a clear shoe box. I cleared out a bunch of craft ribbon earlier for my chorus' yard sale in early March. I put 5+ ribbon spools in a waste basket-sized plastic bag and marked it $2-$3. A real bargain!

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Me neither.

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Fabric bins would not work for me either!

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Number 5. Use fabric bins for storage. Fabric bins are cute but they dont really take the place of organized plastic bins, all the same size. Carol

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True Nancy, you just have to do what works for your space. I keep certain styles separate from other styles. This can complicate things and also causes a mess when I go on a hunt for a specific color.

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While she’s showing how she folds fabric, perhaps the idea is to just fold your fabric for storage. After all, the topic is clean your sewing room.

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Can we stand yet another segment on folding fabric? I think there are a gazillion ways and it all depends on where you keep them. She offers a free printable to wrap around your fat quarters. She has done an enormous amount of work on this project but I guess, once done, it can be reused over and over. Carol

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My thread is in plastic thread containers, and then the containers are on shelves. My sewing cabinet has a drawer for thread, so my main piecing thread goes there. Early on I labeled some bobbins with a Sharpie (mine are plastic) with a C for cotton or P for polyester. As I've started to use Aurifil, I've labeled some bobbins with A, or B for a fine bobbin thread.

I have a "donut" shaped bobbin holder for my Sweet 16 bobbins.

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I like the serger, especially for bags. But I am into so much piecing, it is hard to go back to it. And quilting as well. Pat Sloan sure has a lot of thread. I use mostly neutral aurifils to piece with. I will use up a bobbin until its gone. If I run out, sometimes I just sub another neutral to run that out. I have plenty of bobbins. Carol

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I have several drawers of thread. For most of them, I use one or more drawers for a specific manufacturer. I also have a large spool rack that my hubby made for me. I have one small tote/container made specifically for thread that I keep polyester threads in (used lots of different colors when I did more applique). Drawers work well for me as they are not deep drawers. I use a lot of thread. There is some on top of my desk too--one or two basic color cones. I do have serger thread, but it is very old. I thew away some thread that I had in a cabinet earlier this spring as it was very old and weak (some of it came with estate stuff that dad bought me). I'm glad I did that. Carol, I don't use my serger much either. I don't even think the tension is right now and it is not threaded. It was a very early model serger and I never bonded to it even though I did take some classes.

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We talked about thread recently but ways to store it. I like the cardboard box with the nails through it idea. For a limited budget.
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Here is a video on cleaning your cutting mat with an eraser.


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I am still using the original foot on Platypus. I'm too dumb to know there might be something else. I bought extras for the serger but not used any of them yet. Not even used the serger much lately. CArol

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Nancy, I use an empty prescription bottle for my upstairs machine that I quilt on too. It is downstairs that I use a coffee can.

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I store the feet for my Viking Lily in the box that attaches to the machine bed. I don't use most of them. I have only bought the darning/quilting feet and an edge foot, which I use all the time for piecing. My walking foot and quilting feet I keep in a drawer in my sewing machine cabinet.

I bought more feet for my Sweet 16 - a sure foot, a glide foot, and a set of feet with 1/4, 1/2 for echo quilting. I keep them in their cases in a drawer.

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I like all this conversation. We are learning a lot from each other. Carol

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I have very few extra feet for my newer Bernina. The extra feet are ones I mostly bought for actual quilting. Since I have very few that don't fit in the storage case that came with the machine (it is a very awkward case but I want to keep all the original things together so I do keep using it), I keep them in a drawer with other quilting supplies. The drawer is in the cabinet for the machine.

My older Bernina (90's) has lots of feet. This machine is in my piecing area and main quilting area in the basement. I have mechanic boxes with multiple tiny drawers in that area nailed to the wall behind my machine. Extra feet are one thing that I keep in those type drawers. I have other little spots on the desk too that I keep the feet in. It works for me.

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here is a topic we havent discussed. My feet are in the bottom of the case that attaches to the machine. I keep them safely in there so most of them, I havent even used. The larger ones go in the drawer of my table. One day I should get these out and use them, one at a time to find out what they do. www.sewmucheasier.com/a-quic
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Mostly I use walking foot, regular presser foot, zipper foot, binding foot occasionally. Someday I'll peruse them and find out what they do. CArol

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Carol - thanks for finding this calendar! It looks like it will be fun or enjoyable.

I use a prescription bottle to hold all my discarded pins and needles. I haven't filled one up yet. It sits within handy reach of my sewing machine. I do sew over pins, so I will discard the ones that get bent.


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I use different needles for different things. I put a check over a machine needle that is still sharp but used when I need a different type needle for a different project. I put the date that I change rotary blade on top of a blade container.

To discard sharps, I use a small sized coffee can with a small slit in the top. It can hold multiple types of sewing sharps. Label and duct tape it securely shut before disposing in the trash.

The calendar Carol found looks like it might have more good tips. Thanks Carol!

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I found a list with Patchwork Posse. The first one is trashing your needles. When I replace my needles, I use one of the discarded needle packages and I put an X on the front of it. That way, I know that all the old needles will go into it. And I can pitch it out when its full. Keeps them safe that way.. Some other ideas are old prescription bottles and tic tac containers. I like the discarded needle cases as the needle fits perfectly in there. Carol

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The new iron came. It is not great. I expected it to get hotter (it is 1400 watts) without steam than it does. It doesn't leak and it does do a better job with steam. This one was not very expensive so if it doesn't last very long it is o.k.

Everyone's studio seems to have different needs at different times. This has been a nice topic.

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