I wish I could claim some of the ingenious ideas for my sewing room storage techniques I use as some of just pure out-side-of-the-box-thinking which to me is nothing more than genius!
Here are a few ideas to share that I've read on other blogs or stumbled across....
Pattern storage solutions:
What do you use? I've tried a four-drawer file cabinet which worked but since it wasn't in my actual sewing space didn't' work quite as well for me as my cardboard comic book storage boxes that are in constant view--yes I am a visual learner. Can you believe that manufacturer's build boxes for comic books? I had no idea until another reviewer (sorry, I don't remember who you are or I would give you FULL CREDIT for your genius idea!) posted this on her blog for a storage solution for an abundance of sewing patterns. I just need to take a few minutes to make cute labels for the boxes!
Next up sewing machine needles: I have to admit to two phobias, one is not related to sewing at all and one is! I must change the dish cloth I use to wash dishes/clean the counters and tables every time I need to regardless of the last time I used it. Yes, I know crazy in some people's mind but I hate musty-smelling cloths or the idea of bacteria growing in a dish cloth that will wipe my counters or tables. How do I deal with this phobia? I have a LOT of dish cloths and that works for me!
Phobia number two is a fresh needle in my machine for every project. Now maybe some of you don't think this is necessary but I've had more than one sewing machine technician tell me the best way to prolong the life of your machine is to use a quality sewing needle and to change it regularly. My tradition is to change it with every new project and along with that task, I also clean the bobbin run and oil the machine. Too much? Well, it makes me feel better when I hear my Bernina purr after a cleaning and new needle I think that yes, I too like to be well fed and pampered, enough said no?
If you've read my blog, you know I mainly sew garments but occasionally create a quilt. To keep my special sewing projects separate, I put my quilting projects in separate containers away from my garments.
For my upcoming garments, that is the ones that I have finally cut out and am committed to, those are stored in individual containers. I finally decided that I spend too much time at my cutting table deciding which pattern to use for a fabric and 99% of the time I go back to my original instinct. Just to save time and keep myself moving forward in an effort to reduce my every growing stash, I cut out and prepare the pattern pieces and fabric, put in a container with a lid along with the pattern instructions and those garments are one of the next ones in line I reach for when contemplating what to sew next. No over thinking necessary!
I would love to hear how you organize your sewing space! Do share!