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In a perfect world, how would you store your fabric?
fabriclady
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Date: 3/24/10 3:42 PM

Hi Friends!

I've been given the opportunity to provide feedback to a storage company in regards to craft and fabric storage. Just wanted to reach out to all of you for ideas. I have some of my own I will be providing them, but wanted to make sure all voices were heard? Any ideas for new products to help with fabric storage? Any ideas to modify current storage products...plastic/cardboard/etc? Are you using a storage piece in a unique way that the rest of us could benefit from?

Please give me your ideas!!!
Thanks!!!!

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Date: 3/24/10 3:49 PM

I wrap my fabric around cardboard and keep it in a china cabinet.

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Date: 3/24/10 4:07 PM

My favorite fabric storage containers are the clear plastic bins from Target. I like being able to see what's inside without opening every container.

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Date: 3/24/10 4:17 PM

Cool, dark, bug and rodent free areas

Ability to have light and good visibility when it's time to get it out of storage....

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Date: 3/24/10 6:09 PM

Breathable storage boxes of some sort. I have my fabrics in storage wrapped around a cotton sheet, and then in big tupperware boxes. The sheet is to help protect the fabrics from the plastic itself.

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Date: 3/24/10 6:12 PM

In a perfect world, I would have a bigger house and in that house would be an area the size of my current house and that is where I would store all of my sewing stuff. That way I could have a real house and a sewing house.

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Date: 3/24/10 7:01 PM

Quote: CathySewing
In a perfect world, I would have a bigger house and in that house would be an area the size of my current house and that is where I would store all of my sewing stuff. That way I could have a real house and a sewing house.

ROFLOL!!! Yes!!! Although my house is tiny, so I'd need a house 8x as big, with a sewing house 3x as big as my house. I was JUST thinking that if I lived here without my spouse or children (it's been that kind of week...) it still wouldn't be big enough.

Speaking of small spaces, I wish I had a more concrete idea to give you. I just know I need some organizational genius that is somehow "space saving". That could mean a cool way to store fabric and patterns, etc, deep, (in a deep closet or under the bed) and keep everything tidy, clean, and easy to retrieve and see the contents when I want. I currently use banker's boxes, and it is a bit of a chore to stack and slide them all, looking for what I want (or what I didn't remember I had).

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Date: 3/24/10 9:28 PM

I too use plastic bins and it is a chore to find ones that can take patterns, especially the larger patterns like Jalie. So clear stackable bins that are Jalie pattern sized (these could also house Threads and Burda magazines), and regular sized patterns (think long and narrow) would be nice. Much like the bins used by comic book collectors.

As far as fabric, I like the shape of those under bed boxes because I like to store my fabric with as little folds as possible but they are a bit too big and they do not seal well enough. I would also like them to be deeper as I would not store them under the bed. I have had a flood in my basement and THANK GOD I store stuff in bins.

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Date: 3/24/10 9:41 PM

Ideally, it would be great to store fabric on cardboard rolls. You wouldn't ever get those permanent creases at the fold on the bolt (you see this on denim a lot) and you would only have to iron it once.

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Date: 3/24/10 10:47 PM

Currently all my stash is on folded on shelves or in clear sealable plastic containers. The containers have protected the fabrics from fading, dirt and dust and I'd imagine moths too if they were a problem in my area. Some of my fabric are in "space saver bags", those vacuum bags used for storing out of season clothing. This is probably a bad idea when it comes to wrinkles and creases though. :(

I second the idea that rolls are the best option. If you visit garment/ fabric districts you'll see the professionals roll everything.

Problem for us home sewers is that our yardage usually isn't sizable enough to work with a roll concept. Nor is our home sewing spaces. Fabric on rolls generally require us to cut everything with full pattern pieces as well which means as home sewers we would either translate "fold" pattern pieces into full pieces, or end up unrolling fabric to cut anyhow.

When I get to the point where I have a fashion collection in mind, and a few fabric choices per collection, I intend on installing a roll rack similar to what you see at the interior fabric stores. I'll be able to access all fabrics for the collection without folds ect to be a problem. Pattern pieces would be made more production style with no folds as well.

For home sewers, IDK what the best suggestion would be. I see people use many different methods, all of which usually are because it suits their sewing space best or their need for the fabric. Some people hang fabric on hangers in a closet. others have shelving and everything is folded, some have plastic sealable containers ect.

I think to better meet people's needs, the better question would be "what does everybody sew." For example quilters can easily store their fabrics because most all of it is cotton and either cut in small yardage, or they have purchased an entire bolt. Garment sewers have a much harder task because fabric contents and prints/weaves vary depending on the intended use or season's colors. Yardage varies as well depending on what we intend on making with it.

When it comes to storage, what works for a knit may not work for a woven. For example hanging fabric on hangers is a bad idea for any fabric that'll warp with the weight. Cramming fabric down into a plastic container will set in wrinkles and creases.

In short I guess there really isn't a perfect answer to how to store fabric other than not having a stash in the first place. I will say if somebody devises a plan that works for all fabrics and meets the needs of garment sewers, crafters and quilters.....they will certainly have a million dollar idea.

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