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This video makes a really simple clean finish much more complicated than it really is. DON'T DO IT! THERE'S AN EASIER WAY!
All you have to for a clean finish is:
1. Before sewing the seam, press each layer of fabric 1/4" towards the wrong side (by folding over as you sew,finger pressing or iron if you need to)and edgestitch.
2. Then, sew your seam normally to join the layers (with the 1/4" taken out of the allowance. So, if it's a 5/8" seam allowance, sew 3/8").
3. Press the seam. You're done!
You can use clean-finish for any fabric. For heavyweight fabric it will add bulk to the seam, so you probably don't want to use it in that case. It's one of the old methods used before serging was used, so it's naturally bulkier than serging and more time-consuming.
Greenberg & Hammer has sadly shut down. I have no idea where to find another supplier that had as an extensive range of supplies as they did.
Atlanta Thread Supply is another one not mentioned here. They have more professional products, and more specific to garment sewing.
I hang a Clear, Plastic Over-the-Door Shoe Rack on the wall next to my sewing machine. I can see all regular notions I need, and grab it without getting up from my chair.
Old zippered comforter cases, the kind bed sets come in, store fabric by type (knits, fleece, etc).
I take cardboard greeting card trays and use those as storage for notions, patterns, etc. These have cut out handles on each side. I only know about these because I work at a popular card shop. Since they regularly throw them out, they're free :)
My work table is an old retail table that displayed folded t-shirts,from a going-out-of-business sale. Because it's meant for display, it's low and good for short persons. And it has two full-length storage shelves beneath it, which is where I place my card trays of notions and comforter cases of fabric.
A flat cork bulletin board is used for pattern manipulations and stored in the closet.
Also, at my school, people use tackle boxes, old train cases, or small suitcases to hold all their sewing notions. Some use a small basket for things needed at the machine.
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