It’s February! We are experiencing the coldest weather of the season. In other parts of the country the winter has been mild and beautiful. I am not sure about you, but this always seems like a good time to organize, clean and update. We have decided to take this opportunity to do a little blog clean up and update. We’re busy working on some new designs for the blog and a great new newsletter. Along with those updates we are each trying to make our own sewing spaces more efficient and usable. This is the hardest part of the winter for me and the renewal and renovation helps me to get through it.
I would like to take you on a tour of my little corner of the sewing world. I decided that I really needed more room, so I moved into the finished area of the basement. I do have lots more space, but I am still trying to deal with the lighting issues that come with being below the ground.
I had an old computer cabinet that was stuffed to the gills with fabric. Totally disorganized and jammed in. I held the doors closed with a rubber band. Whenever I was looking for fabric half of it would come out and it seemed I never could find exactly what I wanted so off I went to buy more. That needed to STOP! After much searching through blogs and Pinterest, I decided on this cube option. My hubby was kind enough to come to Menards with me where we settled on 2-9 cube storage units. He added a 4 foot x 4 foot top and secured it all together. The casters make it easy to move around, because when our entire family comes home we do need to use that area for sleeping a family. My sister came and helped me wrap and organize fabrics. The first side has all cottons and corduroys. The second side has flannels and fleece. Some of the cubes also hold extra sewing supplies and miscellaneous stuff that you never know when you will need at a minutes notice.
The top of the table is big enough for me to be able to cut on and also deep enough that I don’t need to worry about my embroidery attachment having enough room to maneuver. Under the table is an open space so I can slide my stool under when I don’t need it and also large enough to hold my knit fabric tub.
I hope you are not all judging me on the amount of fabric I have accumulated. I have carefully avoided showing you the closest that houses all of my quilting fabrics. That is a subject for another day. Already this system has helped me to find suitable fabrics and sew from what I have.
The other problem I was having, was that I could never find needles when I needed them. I would buy a couple of packages when at my JoAnn’s and then they would disappear. So I collected all of the packages as I cleaned and went through things and now have them all in one place. This basket sits on top of my sewing table and I can easily change needles when the need arises. In all honesty, I must admit that I am still missing an unopened package of 20 bobbins.
The last change I made down here was to sew up new curtains. The windows are small and were covered with dark green and white checked valances that I made when the room was originally finished 15 years ago. These white see through valances let much more light in and are a welcome change. The walls still need painting and the light fixtures need updating, but for now they work just fine.
Happy Sewing, Donna
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