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Message Board > Men Who Sew > For those who use "non standard" Sewing boxes / baskets ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 9/27/12 3:52 PM

Hi All,

I didn't know in which forum to ask this, so I put it here.

I have been looking at sewing boxes/ baskets for a while and, frankly, they are ugly, over priced and under-sized.

For those who use non-standard or designated sewing boxes/ baskets, what do you use?

I have looked into the possibility of using tool boxes with the removable tray, tackle boxes, the multi-compartmented items typically meant for screws, etc,. but I cannot seem to make up my mind.

Then I question how large an item I should have, or should I get several smaller boxes?

Decisions, decisions.

So, if you use non-standard items for your sewing supplies, I would be very interested in hearing what you use, the size(s) you use, and how you choose to organize your sewing supplies.



Many thanx,



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Date: 9/27/12 4:17 PM

ArtBin Super Satchels, and a few other brands of plastic, but NOT Plano any more because the box I bought with that brand in the tool box section of KMART gives off some sort of mist like stuff that collects on the inside of the lid and it also smells very strongly - not a bad smell but I just don't think that plastic has the same nice archival qualities as things made by ArtBin so I stopped storing thread in it after about a week when I noticed the misty stuff. I have loads of ArtBin. Super Satchels, the bobbin boxes and the small and larger compartmentalized boxes you see at Joann's.

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Date: 9/27/12 5:40 PM


Designated plastic shoe boxes for only $1 work great for lining up your elastics, bias packs, trim. Save your own shoe boxes for the same. I prefer fabrics in stacks by type/color on the closet shelf so I can see what to work with.

Walmart's fish dept. has more useful boxes for storage than crafts. Various sizes meant for fishing lures, with changeable dividers, work great for sorting your buttons and thread. And various tackle boxes if you need something for travel.
Buy one of their $5 "hemostats" for tying lures. It's like a long medical one, only cheaper and great for grabbing to turn tubes, push out collar points, etc. Then a shelf-sized 3-drawer plastic cabinet for all those other little things you will stash, all easy to take out to another area for your project.
Just stay neat and you won't be called a Hoarder, as on another Thread, just a Collector of Couture!

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Date: 9/27/12 7:27 PM

I have a range of containers for sewing supplies. They range from old fashioned sewing baskets to recycled salad containers.

I like tackle boxes where I can adjust the size of the spaces. Then I can make space for long items as well as smaller items.

I tend to use the tackle boxes when I go to classes.

I have shallow boxes from Ikea that are great for machine feet.

I have peg boards above my sewing table and have small clear plastic bins hanging on them.

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Subject: For those who use non standard Sewing boxes / baskets Date: 9/27/12 7:54 PM

A covered reddish basket from the thrift store for keeping the usual immediates next to the machine, and what's needed to pick up and go with me for handsewing in another room.

Plus all the other neat stuff already listed.

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Subject: For those who use non standard Sewing boxes / baskets Date: 9/27/12 7:58 PM

My little red basket is 10-12" across, 5-6" high.

Now I'm considering naming her (like ships are feminine).

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Date: 9/27/12 8:11 PM

I use a heavy canvas tool tote. It's easy to transport, flat-bottomed, with plenty of pockets and straps for all my tools of the trade. Also, it's easy to find them!

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Date: 9/27/12 8:53 PM

I use a cart for notions that get used frequently near my sewing machine and a parts cabinet for machine related items like needles, pressure feet, bobbins.

I've got more pics on page 18 in Photos of Your Sewing Space.

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Date: 9/27/12 9:19 PM

Could you please give a link address to Your Sewing Space to view more of your pix, as I can't seem to find it. Thank you.

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Date: 9/28/12 0:09 AM

I have a cart a bit like Warbler's next to my sewing machine, but for the immediate use stuff (basically what I need to go out to sewing group), I keep in Hobby Box. I confess I got the largest partly because I knew I'd need it (and it holds enough, but just, for sewing away from home), but mostly because I love spring green and the inside tray is that color so needing a container ended up being my reason to give in on the purchase! LOL That being said, it works really well for me and I'd likely buy it again if I was in the same situation.

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