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Ceiling hook for big projects (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 10/3/03 2:59 PM
This was in this month's Threads magazine. I think it's such a great idea, I'm going to set one up in my sewing room! If you are working on big projects with a lot of yardage (gowns, home dec, etc.), put a hook (you can find them in any hardware store) in your ceiling, preferably attached to a joist. Take a double length of strong cording and put knots in it at several intervals so you have a series of "loops" in the cording and hang that from the hook. You can then hang any large projects from the cording at the appropriate height so you can sew the fabrics while keeping the bulk of the rest of the project out of the way. Once I install it, I'll post a picture. This would be very handy for hemming large projects like wedding gowns and draperies. I wish I had known about it when I was making my slipcover!

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Sew it seams said...
Hi Ann. It is much easier to hang a wedding gown while hemming it. I used to sew in my basement and it had one of those plastic covered bike hooks in a conveniently located spot above my machine. Now in my sewing room, I have a closet rod doweling installed under a shelf just to the right and above my machine that I hang my dresses from. Either way, it is a huge "load off". Welcome back. We've missed you.
10/3/03 10:32 PM
Sew it seams said...
oops! I meant that the rod is hanging above and to the *left* of my machine.
10/3/03 10:35 PM
costumecarol said...
I just installed the ceiling hooks, but used a big decorative chain hanging from it. Chain can be purchased by the foot from your local hardware store. one Hook is over the sewing machine, and one over the serger.
10/8/03 6:37 AM
SewVeryTall said...
I just read this, and what a great tip...thank you! I'm about 4 steps away from hemming a floor length slippery satiny robe, and this hook will be so helpful [any of my floor length garments have oodles of fabric, I probably won't even need the cording or chain with my height and an 8' ceiling, lol]. This is going to be wonderful to use! Thank you again, Ann!
6/24/04 7:34 PM
ms.gerri said...
Wedding dress watch out what a great idea. what a bother they are to hem, and do anything else too. So much fabric so little space. will be adding that to my sewing room
6/26/04 12:03 PM

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