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A very daft question about how to bring all of your, well, stuff to sewing class.
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Date: 7/12/14 8:04 AM

Hey there! I'm going to challenge the "there are no silly questions" subtitle of the thread. I'm taking my first sewing class (in, er, an hour and a half), and I'm all packed up to go, but realized that my notions packing could use a little (a LOT) of work. I was snooping around the forums to see if anyone has a good "here is how you bring all of your crap from point a to point b" post, and alas, I've come up with nil.

Any ideas? Right now, I'm using a good old-fashioned brown paper bag for my fabric and pattern, and a shoe bag for my notions and tools. (Classy broad, party of one.) I imagine that after I start cutting things out, and the ball gets rolling, this will become unwieldy. Any advice? There is probably an obvious solution here, but I can't seem to think of one. Maybe I should sew a little muslin pouch for my cut garment pieces, get a large envelope for the cut pattern, and some sort of zippered bag (or bags) for the notions and tools? I'm not even going to bother carting over my sewing machine, as I have a vision of myself in the middle of the street surrounded by my sewing paraphernalia and a busted bag.

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 7/12/14 8:13 AM

how exciting.

after you have been you will be filled with ideas, but just to get you started I would suggest:

**a small craft/tackle box with a handle OR
**some kind of bag you can sling over your shoulder if you are carrying in your s/machine AND
**ziplock bag is a definite for your pattern/fabric/interfacing

You might be happy with a drawstring bag made by you!




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Date: 7/12/14 8:37 AM

I'm totally flipping out! (I love sewing and I love school. The two are coming together. Gaahhhhh!)

Thanks, sewbusy888. The shoulder bag thing is genius. A tackle box, you say? I like it. Will go on the hunt straight after class.

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Date: 7/12/14 5:12 PM

I found a really cool toolbox that looked like an oversize tupperware container in a LIDL sale and thought it would probably do well as a current project container. It has a plastic tray that fits in the top with various sections that I think I should be able to use to put equipment in . It also has a main compartment that is big enough for the material/unfinished garment as long as it isn't that large.
Then the sewing course ended after i'd used it once so not sure exactly how practical it really was. Certainly seemed to be, in fact main reason it wasn't absolutely ideal was that I picked up a metal yardstick at the same time (got pretty lucky on the same shopping trip , finding both things from different sources) and then had to maneuvre both of those and a shoulder bag around. But otherwise I think it would have been great.

It might be close to the tackle box that there is a suggestion for above if I'm picturing that right. This is from a shop in Ireland so I'm not sure the same thing would turn up in US.
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Date: 7/12/14 5:23 PM

I just bought this really cool toolbox ,not for classes but for all the accessories and tools that are shared by my Babylock and Brother machines. Think screwdrivers, stilettos, bobbins, needles, seam ripper, glue, tweezers, brushes, feet, nets, spool holders and on and on and on! I have this smaller size toolbox for the accessories for other machines as well.
These are great; they're sturdy and store easily. Either of these would work well for transporting accessories and notions to classes.

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Date: 7/12/14 5:34 PM

I saw there were patterns for a sewing machine carrying bag that they had made up versions of around in the local fabric shop. So you might want to look into that if you're thinking of having to transport the sewing machine too.
I used to use a trolley case as in luggage for transporting my machine to classes earlier this year.

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Date: 7/12/14 6:22 PM

I bought a toolbox to keep most of my notions and tools. I can throw in the thread colors I'm using for my project. I use a tote for the fabric, pattern and other items needed like zipper, buttons, elastic, interfacing etc. I have a plastic grocery bag in the tote to put scraps in. Sometimes I also throw a separate bag with extension cord/surge protector. I found my toolbox in Home Depot. I expect the class will have an ironing board, iron and cutting station unless they indicate to the contrary.

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Date: 7/12/14 6:39 PM

Years ago when I was in college, I was taking a tailoring class on Monday and Wednesday and a painting class on Tuesday and Thursday. I was so poor I couldn't afford gas for my car, and I lived off-campus. I bought two metal tackle boxes, really cheap (had to be waterproof) and set one up with painting supplies, the other with sewing notions. I mcgyvered a frame on my bicycle so I could pop a tackle box and my back-pack into the front basket and strap either a plastic garment bag to the back or a LARGE portfolio to the side. I must have looked pretty comical, but it got me to and from college each day.
In support of tackle boxes -I still have those cheap metal boxes, I keep woodworking and electrical tools in them now. Both of my good plastic sewing tackle boxes are by Plano. They are made of much sturdier plastic than the sewing boxes I see in stores. They are designed to withstand the occasional drop off the back of a pickup, and they don't spring open (shedding all contents) if you tip them over in the bottom of the boat...or quilting studio.
I have one box that stays packed with all the essentials and it goes with me from one sewing machine to another at home, as well as to classes and quilt guild.
As far as transporting cut but not sewn pieces, I recommend a large flat envelope made of flannel on one side and oilcloth on the other. Three feet by three feet would not be too small for me, but I'm a plus size and my cut pieces are usually plus as well. Slip the pieces into the envelope, then start rolling at the opening with the oilcloth on the outside, ending with a side that has at least two ties and a long handle. This makes a nice secure rolled bundle to sling over your shoulder. Once you've started sewing things together, transport them in a zippered closed-bottom garment bag.
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Date: 7/18/14 0:23 AM

Ahh, I've been remiss in keeping up. Thanks so much for your suggestions.

I'm thinking I might combine all of your ideas, and do a metal tackle box kind of situation for tools (I, very luckily, live all of five blocks from where my lessons are held) and take sings2high's suggestion on the oilcloth-and-flannel rolly-uppy thing (which I'm sure is the designer-approved term) for cut fabric pieces.

LuceLu, would you believe that there is no cutting table? I didn't see an ironing board, either. (It's a class at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, which is general use arts instruction studio, and not sewing-specific.) My instructor assures me that she keeps those things in her car, but I am bit concerned, and at the risk of begin *that student* will likely show up with an iron, a portable ironing board, a cutting mat, bed risers for my wee desk (spending three hours bent over it did a number on my back, last week) and the kitchen sink. So, this week, I'll probably bring my backpack, sewing machine bag, and some enormous wheeled contraption.

Have any of y'all tried a tailor's roll? I've only ever seen the one at Merchant and Mills (this guy) and it is a) gorgeous and b) obscenely pricey. It looks like it might be more sensible that my current "throw the crap in the bag and run" approach, and the tiniest bit more flexible (literally) than a box-box. If I find myself with free time, I might try to make one out of waxed cotton, just to see how it would work.

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Date: 7/18/14 0:40 AM

gorgeous and obscene!!!! yes



I would go ahead and try the waxed cotton.

I think I might give this a go - thanks for the inspiration

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