How do you spring clean your sewing space?

comments (8) April 16th, 2010     

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_nikki_ Nicole Smith, contributor
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Do you overhaul your sewing space this time of year? Share below how you spring clean your sewing area.

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ruthdolllover writes: I don't have a sewing room. I use a table which drope leaf sidesconceal four chairs. I open one side and both for cutting patterns. Iuse one of the chairs which I pull out for sewing.Ihave a hair dressers move about to store all sewing supplies and such it has drawers and pockets on the sides. This works out great everything organized all the time. My fabric is stored in collapsible bags. I can move everything from room to room. Even the table is on wheels. I use plant stands under fabric bags, they are on wheels also. I sew mostle in the kitchen where the table is. Every thing put away when time to cook. [email protected]
Posted: 8:56 pm on May 26th
dreamie writes: I didn't think I had anything to add until I reread the column just today.

Right after the start of the New Year, there was a really great sale on supplies for organizing your home. I picked up a 3 drawer stand made of canvas which is on wheels. I lined the drawers with heavy cardboard to give extra stability.

I didn't have a specific use in mind when I bought it, but it didn't take long to realize it was perfect for sewing notions. Living in an apartment I don't have a lot of extra space, and this is just perfect. I keep it in my bedroom but can roll it out right next to my sewing machine when I need it. (It was a real deal at $10.)

One of the reasons I started sewing in the first place was to learn how to get organized (no, I am not kidding, that gene was not in my make-up by any means.) So I am extra proud of myself for thinking of this.
Posted: 7:33 pm on May 2nd
deemail writes: If i waited till spring, they'd have to dig me out....i tidy for about 20 min every morning, folding fabric and putting back on the color-coded shelving, taking a trash bag and moving all round the room collecting everything from fabric scraps to yesterday's luncheon paper plates, and then sweeping the floor, then i can start making it messy again!
Posted: 10:59 pm on April 20th
Sewista writes: Oh, I forgot the most important part. With every piece of fabric I ask myself, "am I ever really going to sew this?" If there is not a real possibility it gets passed on. This question can really help you make some wise culling decisions.
Posted: 8:35 am on April 20th
Sewista writes: I LOVE to organize, my sewing room in particular. It gives me the chance to review what is in the stash and get re inspired for the next round of sewing.

It takes me 2-3 days to get done. I go thru books, fabrics, just about everything. I refold, chuck, and move things around. I find it so inspirational. Because I am one of those anal sewists, I don't do well in disorder so having things organized frees my brain from distractions and puts it right into creativity mode. It's great fun.
Posted: 8:33 am on April 20th
txdrling writes: I change my room and supplies when I change from apparel to quilting. Putting away the items I rarely or never use and organizing the items I will most use. Cleaning with anti static dust wipes along the way. Sometimes I have to clean in order to rotate my fabric stash. It takes days, I pull everything out of the room into another room in my house and then put it back ask I want it. I find this much easier than shuffling things back and forth. I also make a list of the things I need so I can take it shopping with me once I am through reorganizing.
Posted: 5:00 pm on April 19th
Darlene1234 writes: We moved and boy did that ever involve a spring cleaning of my sewing room. When you move every single thing in the room, you look at every single thing. I was absolutely amazed at what I had! I wouldn't recommend it very often, but it sure clears out the clutter, organizes supplies, finds duplicates and puts all the fabric away in colour and type order.
Posted: 3:33 pm on April 19th
wooth writes: I reused my swifer wet wipes box and put most of my small accessories for sewing in it including buttons, scissors, black and white thread, zippers, measuring tape, etc. I also used a ziplock back to put my buttons in it. It's see-through which makes it easier to look for specific buttons.
Posted: 12:49 am on April 19th
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