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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > confession time - how tidy is your sewing space? ( Moderated by Deepika)

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confession time - how tidy is your sewing space?
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Date: 11/18/12 3:17 PM

I've looked in admiration at the lovingly arrayed sewing spaces some people have posted photos of here on pattern review. The time and patience some people have dedicated to cataloguing all their patterns and fabric is amazing.

On the positive side I don't have that much fabric in my stash (small chest of drawers) or too many patterns (one hat size box). But my true passion is sewing, certainly not tidying.

Inbetween projects I make a half hearted attempt to clear the space behind my sewing machine, pick up fabric scraps, put away no longer needed threads etc. Due to the amount of mess I create with thread ends I dont see the point of vacuum cleaning round my table regularly as it looks exactly the same within a week.

This table is in my bed room, so has no impact on the rest of the house (including my housemate). So, please confess and make me feel better!! are there any others out there like me?

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Date: 11/18/12 3:26 PM

Sorry to disappoint, but my sewing room is very tidy. But, I'm retired with all the kids grown and gone, so my whole house is tidy now.

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Date: 11/18/12 3:31 PM

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But my true passion is sewing, certainly not tidying.


Well I'm with you there!

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I dont see the point of vacuum cleaning round my table


Vacuuming??? I think that's the thing my DH does sometimes. Certainly not in the sewing room. I sew with a small bin between my feet - all scraps and threads go straight in there which helps with the mess. I do clean up between projects - make sure patterns are put away, scraps thrown away etc.

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The time and patience some people have dedicated to cataloguing all their patterns and fabric is amazing


I do have a stash of fabric and patterns (working my way through the fabric). I had to organise them so I could find whats there. It was time consuming initially, but if and when I add any new patterns or fabric in the future (haven't bought either for a while) it's quick and easy to add.

My small, overcrowded sewing room with its mismatched furniture is rarely tidy and is certainly not worthy of photos.

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Date: 11/18/12 3:50 PM

Mine is only clean between the projects. I can't start sewing unless my room is pristine :)

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Date: 11/18/12 4:03 PM

I am allergic to dust and keep my house clean -- but not necessarily uncluttered!

My sewing space is 90% put together as of last night. I've kept dust control in mind as I set up this space.

I have doors on the sideboard-like piece that holds my stash, my thread is in a big plastic storage box as are my patterns. Projects in grocery sacks are migrating to boxes that are more easily dusted. And I have a wood floor that I can run a vacuum or Swiffer over

Will I need to keep my machines tucked into cabinets or stored in carrying cases to keep the dust down?

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Date: 11/18/12 5:15 PM

Mine is more tidy than any other part of the house because I don't mess it in the first place. Really - I guess I am a bit (more than that) OC about keeping fabric scraps picked up and trashed and everything in its place. Maybe because for decades and decades I sewed in the dining room or living room and the area had to look fairly decent all the time, so I picked up. My Mom had that too until she was older, then she let it all hang out in a very very large bedroom/sewing room - she had piles of fabric everywhere and her sewing machine cabinet in the middle!I have a small space now where I actually have several machines set up, and consider myself blessed to have the space, but it's not the "sewing room" - it has multi-purposes. One problem with fabric scraps being behind things for a length of time and getting dusty etc., is that bugs (silverfish...yukky) LOVE that sort of thing, and I really don't like seeing them running around at all.

TYPOS again - oh how they plague me....
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Date: 11/18/12 5:44 PM

Mine right now is not very neat. I've been workiing on a couple of different projects and I have a few stacks of fabrics here and there. One project is a flannel quilt that is of the most lovely, thick, soft, squishy material....but the teensy little fibres tend to get airborne and tickle my nose. Other than that, I love to work with flannel or any other highly textured fabric, like wool or fleece.
My stash needs some organization. I have some on shelves in my big closet, some in plastic tubs. I'm thinking of going to Target for a wall-cube-unit so I can actually see what I have and get those tubs off the floor!

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Date: 11/18/12 6:02 PM

Tidy? I'm working on it! Really! Was well past time to sort, toss, & organize the whole room again. DH set up extra shelving & helped me very nicely to get started.

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Date: 11/18/12 6:15 PM

I have a clear path from the door to the sewing machine and serger. The rest of the room is a fire hazard.

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Date: 11/18/12 6:23 PM

That's where my sewing room is. LOL Made the horrible mistake of allowing dh to look around in there last night.He is looking for closet space. Silly man. Will be taking a photo for evidence, but my space is full floor to ceiling, wall to wall, closet, attic and drawer. I DARE him to find closet space in my Gal Cave.

Full and not so tidy, it's no wonder I sit down in there and fall asleep. My brain overloads.

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