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Another chance at organized sewing room

Elaray | Posted in General Discussion on

Last week my 15 year old daughter got her leg broken playing soccer. The break required surgery and she is recuperating in my sewing/guest room because it has a TV. While converting the sewing room back into a guest room, I realized I had way too much sewing equipment and paraphernalia! I’m playing with the idea of streamlining and reorganizing the sewing room when she moves back into her own room. I must admit, I’m apprehensive about getting rid of some of my sewing stuff, even though I haven’t used some of it in years!!

Here’s where I need your help. What are the notions and equipment you could not live without? What are the notions and equipment you wish you hadn’t bought. Chances are I have some of the same things and your input will help me do an effective purge.


I sew, therefore I am

Edited 10/6/2005 7:32 am ET by Elaray


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    paddyscar | | #1

    The notion that I bought, but never got the hang of, is the hem marker.  It was a stand that had a ruler and a container of chalk with a gadget to mark the hemline of a skirt.  Eventually tossed the whole thing except the ruler part.

    I really don't want to think about this question too much, because I might be forced to take action and what would I do with a neat, streamlined sewing room? :))


  2. Jean | | #2

    You are scary!  (just kidding, of course)

  3. suesew | | #3

    Wow. I use my hem marker almost every day - not exactly the way it was designed to be used - but it helps me mark other people's clothing. I bought and have never used the point turner that looks like an ice pick scissors style. There isn't too much else I'd give up willingly.

  4. mimi | | #4

    I regret nothing (except letting my husband encroach in my space)!  I usually avoid mulitple pieces of the same thing except scissors and I am not into multiple machines/electronics.  Maybe you just need a reorganization?


    Edited 10/7/2005 4:00 pm ET by mimi

  5. Elisabeth | | #5

    I hope your daughter is healing well. I suppose she is watching sewing shows on the television? What to get rid of, what a good question. Sometimes some of the smaller items don't seem worth getting rid of even if they don't work for their intended purpose. Some task often comes up way in the future that the item is just right for adapting to.

    Well, two current disappointments in my sewing room are the simflex thing that expands and contracts for spacing buttons etc. Great concept but it isn't very accurate and is not long enough for a whole shirt front of buttons anyway. I consider it a waste of money. And a plastic styling design ruler that is not made to flip over so I only get curves in one direction plus I don't feel the curves work well for me anyway. More waste of money.

    Multiples of scissors, thread snips, seam rippers, seam gauges, chalk markers, measuring tape, pins, needles, and basting thread feel necessary to me so I am not walking in circles to get the item from the last place I used them. Now that I am thinking about it, I guess those are the things I really couldn't live without.

    How about telling us what kinds of things you have that you might be questioning? It's always fun to "visit" another's sewing room and we can give you some specific opinions.

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