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Message Board > Miscellaneous > I'm moving, have too much fabric ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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I'm moving, have too much fabric
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Kim Winson
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Date: 6/15/04 11:42 AM

As I am writing this, I am heaving a big sigh.  I'm moving in 6 weeks, from Tampa to Durham, NC.  I'll be going to grad school--the last, and much anticipated, leg of my education!  My problem is that I have too much fabric.  The fabric is literally spilling out of their storage boxes!  I've gotten rid of as much as I'm willing to part with at this point--desperation might kick in soon!  All of the fabrics I have now I am either in love with or were so "expensive" I feel guilty about giving them up.  And then there are the fabric leftovers.  For some reason, I have an even harder time parting with these leftovers!  They are large enough to make another garment, but I'm either stuck on what else to make out of them or, again, I feel guilty about giving them up.  

What would you all do?  I've thought about pre-cutting garments and then just putting them in a "to-sew" box.  This method has worked okay for me before--I ended up tossing out a few UFOs whose styles had become dated.  I've promised myself that I can keep any fabric that will fit into the boxes, so I just need to either "pre-cut" about 5-8 fabrics or get rid of them somehow. If I do sell them, I think I would rather put up a classified here on PR--I just don't want to deal with eBay right now!

Thanks in advance!
Kim

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Date: 6/15/04 12:44 PM

Oh, Kim, getting rid of fabric friends is so hard!  I'm not moving but am trying to reduce my stash.  I have decided to keep only the fabrics I really, really love.  Quite a few  expensive fabrics ended up in the Sell Box because they simply no longer fit my lifestyle.  There is no point in hanging on to them so that DS can sell them for a quarter at a garage sale in 50 years!  

It's easier if you just don't dwell on money spent in the past - it's gone and that's that.  I don't do well precutting too many garments - I seem to lose interest in them if I don't stitch them up right away.  But if it works for you then by all means do it.  They will take up less space than yardage.

As to leftovers....well, if the size of your stash is a problem, they probably shouldn't make the cut.  Whenever space is at a premium only your most beloved items should be kept.  Remember, there will always be more fabric! :biggrin:

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Date: 6/15/04 1:57 PM

Don't be silly, fabric makes great packing material!

If it's a storage problem is there someone who you can leave it with for a while?

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Date: 6/15/04 2:13 PM

Without doubt, keep the fabrics you love; you know, the ones you would kick yourself about twenty years hence if you gave them up.  If any of the expensive ones fall into the dearly beloved category, keep them, too, but expense alone isn't a good reason to hang on to 'em.  The remnants may be symbols for you of good memories or symbols of thrift, but symbols and memories don't require storage space--and sometimes it's best just to lose them, anyhow.

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Date: 6/15/04 2:28 PM

I am with Stitch--I have used fabric more than once to pad things when moving.  Why waste the space with newspaper?

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Date: 6/15/04 2:43 PM

When I moved, my husband and I agreed to only 600 pounds of my fabric stash; 30 pounds of ribbon and misc; 60 pounds of buttons; and all of my glitter, sequins, beads, etc.  Sounds like a lot, but I had to give away 40% of my fabric, 1/2 of my ribbon and 20 pounds of buttons.

Here is my advice:
 Prune your stash.  Decide how much you can take - lets say 1/2 of your stash or x amount of pounds.  Get moving boxes that show you visually how much you can take.  Pack by selecting out only your favorite pieces and put them in the boxes.  When the boxes are full, weigh them.  When you reach your limit, stop.  Any piece you haven't packed, shouldn't be any of your favorites.  If you have a heart attack over any left behind peices, find a likely place to stuff it-pack those boxes tightly!

I wouldn't cut things out, because you are starting a new life and may be overwhelmed for the first 6 months and won't want to sew what you thought you would.  Plus new climate and new surroundings means your tastes change!

To get rid of fabric, there are several ways I discovered:
1. Theatre departments of a school love trim, uphlstery and fancy fabric
2. Charity sewing projects love cotton for quilts and blankets, knits and flannels for babies
3. Freecycle (www.freecycle.org) connects people who need to get rid of stuff with folks who would like it!  (I have been a freecycler for 18 months have given and received great stuff including fabric!;)
4.  Have a relative (my sister and mother will do this for me) hold the fabric until I get settled.  I pack a box and send it through the mail. Make absolutely sure that you are not paying more in postage than the fabric is worth!  I have also mailed fabric to myself in care of the department I was starting with - ASK permission from the secretary FIRST.  Secretaries of an academic department can make your life very unpleasant if they feel you are taking advantage of them!

To sell fabric, ebay is one of the quickest ways, but the classifieds here would also work.

Finally, take only what you love. Leave your old life and your old, unloved fabrics behind. You will arrive with only the things you love!

Good luck

Mary

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Date: 6/15/04 9:04 PM

BTW, kb, you're moving to the textile-producing region of the country.  When I lived in Greenville, SC, I could always find good fabric at great prices at the (usually unmarked but in phone book) textile factory outlets.  It's a good way to replenish your stash should you have to leave some behind.

Using the fabric as packing material got most of my fabric from NY to CO.  Then, 6 mos later, I went through my stash and threw out a large garbage bag full of scraps.  Wish I could've done that bit of surgery *before* the move...  so does my sainted DH, hehe.

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Date: 6/15/04 11:07 PM

Kim,
im not moving,,,, but i will be having a yard sale on july 3rd. what i've been doing with my fabric is sorting through ALL of it, and yes, i have some fabric in the pile that i hate to just give away at yard sale prices. but every few days, i go back thru. the  big huge buckets im keeping them in and sort through them again. and by doing this, i realize that since they sat in the "to keep" buckets, that i really wont miss them that much. so i drop them in the yard sale boxes. and i dont go back thru. the yard sale boxes, or else i would be putting everything back again.  :blush:  i walk by the yard sale boxes everyday, and feel good about knowing i wont have so much to dust out here in the country by getting rid of some of it. (knick knacks, + fabric) i really had to be hard on myself. some of the items were gifts from my kids and other members of my family. but the dust is getting too hard to fight and we're sneezing all the time from it. so i just keep telling myself its for our health. as for the fabric, i just have to take a big deep breath and let it go. its starting to take up too much room. Room that i could make use of. i wish you luck on your move. a new start for you, with less fabric to take up space there in your new place. besides you'll have fun shopping there where theres alot of fabric !!! just think of all the new pieces you'll get there... :tounge:

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Date: 6/16/04 11:31 PM

Thank you all for the thoughtful replies!  What an excellent idea to use my fabric as packing material (literally!;).  I'm now able to separate the emotion from my decisions (well, mostly) and I've been able to concentrate on the fabrics that I  *love*.  The toss/sell pile is getting larger (yay!;) and I've found a new home for them--a co-worker who is an excellent sewist is going to take her pick.  Anything leftover will either go on sale here or it will go to the local independent fabric store (they have free sewing classes to low-income individuals and they always need fabric.).

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Date: 6/17/04 10:26 AM

Quote (kbwinson @ June 17 2004,00:31)
The toss/sell pile is getting larger (yay!;) and I've found a new home for them--a co-worker who is an excellent sewist is going to take her pick.  Anything leftover will either go on sale here or it will go to the local independent fabric store (they have free sewing classes to low-income individuals and they always need fabric

I'm glad it worked out for you. I'm sure your co-worker will be thrilled to get some "new" fabrics. My ASG chapter has a trading post and it's always a thrill to pick up some new fabric or some patterns. I'm also glad that you are thinking about community service for some of it, too. I think you will really enjoy NC, and rest assured, you will have plenty of opportunities to add new treasures to your stash!

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