Friday, December 2, 2011


Some of the things I do to help me be more successful and organized while I am sewing or quilting involve visually knowing where things are. Organizing is really not my thing, I just like to make stuff, but if I don’t stay organized I do go a little crazy trying to find stuff. I realized a long time ago that I am a piler not a filer. This helps me know what kind of organizing will work for me. If I file something away I can’t remember what I filed it under, but if it is in a pile somewhere I seem to know just which pile it is in and can go right to it and locate the thing I am looking for. I guess I am just a very visual person.
Same thing goes for my sewing supplies.
So while I am working on projects it helps me if I store the threads I am using like this.
I keep the thread that I am using along with the bobbin thread in this little basket that a student gave me. It fits on top of the drawers  right next to my sewing machine and is in easy reach.
What helps you stay organized. I hope you will share your secrets with us.


Terri Stegmiller said...

I have a basket like this that I use for the same purpose. Very handy!

Stray Stitches said...

I just recently added a lazy susan beside my sewing machine. I can easily get to scissors, pins, bobbins, rulers, marking pens and more with just a spin. I wish I had done this a long time ago as it keeps my side table some much more oraganized.

Anonymous said...

I have a clear plastic table extension on the left side of my machine. Under it I keep a rectangular wooden bowl with my marking pencils, the package of needles that are in my machine currently, tweezers, purple thing, seam ripper, etc. I also have a small wooden box with a hinged lid that you can see through that I keep all of my packages of machine needles, my pincushion, and a bobbin ring. When I'm working on a project, I pull the threads and put them under the table where I can see them and reach them easily. If I do a test sample of a stitch or something, I put that beneath the table as well, so that I can refer to it by just looking down through the table.

Frieda said...

Thanks those are all good ideas.

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