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whatsewever | Posted in General Discussion on

I am looking for an online company that supplies reasonably price pattern storage boxes.

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  1. Crazy K | | #1

    I just checked Nancy's Notions website and they have pattern boxes.........3/$12.98.  I have them and they work great.  I have way too many patterns so have them in numberical order and divided i.e. 'mens', ladies, childrens, toddlers, etc.

    I think Clotilde carries them as well.  Her website is http://www.clotilde.com  and Nancy's Notions is http://www.NancysNotions.com   Good luck!!

    Kay

    1. whatsewever | | #2

      Kay,

      Thanks for the info.  One of our stores had them on for $2.00 each but I was to late.  By the time I got around to it they were sold out. I wanted to buy a 12 and the ones that were left I was going to put odds and ends in.  I will check the sites you listed.

      Jan

      1. dollmarm | | #3

        HI whatsewever and Crazy K I wanna' find plastic one for patterns  -  I am trying to get away from all of the cardboard.   I live in an older home and my sewing room in the back room that is cooler.  I have been looking and not seen what I like.  Do you know any other sites and or any others stores that might have theseSincere  thanks,  :~) tera

        1. Palady | | #4

          After seeing my daughter using them, I opted for the Sterilite files.  1896 fits patterns quite well.  1892 or 1894 for those patterns I make myself for various sewing projects.

          http://www.sterilite.com/Category.html?Section=Storage&ProductCategory=42

          The portability of the cases is a plus for me. 

          If you're a "coupon"  person, you can purchase them at Joann's using theirs.  You have to be mindful because sometimes they'll be on sale for 20% off and this invalidates the coupon.

          Me

           

           

           

          1. dollmarm | | #5

            Hey  thanks !!!  I like that #1896  I have some large envelope ones and that would fit best.  I try to get to Joanns at least once a month.  I live out in the country.  I was getting the sale ads with the coupons and then they stopped - I guess I need to see why I not. IF fact I bought my dress form from them several years ago and it was a floor model they were selling and I used my coupon and had a better savings.  I am a sale nut according to my neice - she says I sniff them out.  :~)  Thanks again I will keep my eyes open  -  With Walmart taking their material out of most of their stores - I have to go farther for my fabric and etc...  I am so so disappointed.  They are totally re-doing the Walmart near me and it is a mess - so un-user-friendly !  I so enjoyed looking at the fabric & sell items in their craft dept.  They also carried so many things that the craft stores do at a better price.   Oh my mother-in-law used an old suitcase for storing patterns.  She didn't have many - she quilts alot more.  I have lots and was in a thrift store and found 14 for $5.00 and many never even open the package - there was only one size too big and it can be cut down and there were several childrens patterns that I use to make the grankids when they get older.  (tehehehee my first is still in the over - u might say)  My daughter's dr. appt is tomorrow and she will let us when we can expect this new little  one.   :~) 

            Again thanks,  :~) tera

          2. fabricholic | | #6

            I was going to say Wal-Mart has the Sterlite. I use those and cardboard boxes I got from Hancock when they were on sale.

          3. dollmarm | | #7

            Great I will try the Walmart on the Way to Hancocks - we have one Walmart in Fredericksberg, Va that didn't get rid of their sewing and crafts stuff and that was is near the Hancocks - they are about an hour from me.  Thanks.

            This Walmart in my little town is under-going such change it is a mess and it is unsettling my son, so we have to wait till all is completed.  I need to get back there to return some things I got him - but it is such a mess.   I went one Sunday afternoon while my husband was home with our son and everyone was complaining of the mess and the disorganization everywhere.  I got a few things and left and went to the crafts store & Target.  It is a shame that we have to go to Craft and Fabric stores for what we need.  :~( OH well atleast we do have them.  :~) 

            Thanks for that info.  I will see it Target has them too.  I am finding the short boxes that too do not hold much I would love the taller and they be longer too.  I love storage I can see through.  I have many in my sewing room for my different projects and each are labeled.   I have this one that like a truck - I really like this one even though I can not see through it - I keep my quilts material  I am working on it that one.   We have one of those - what you call -tiger rooms - where You store all that you're not sure you want but not sure you wanna part with  and they are in boxes and I am so so ready to clean them out - most is my hubbys craft book and hunting books and car book and .....  then our daughter left stuff in there too.  I think I am getting the spring fever !   RAHOOO !!!!!  We all need it ! I have my son's stuff in those ones that roll under the bed and he clear it up at night and rolls it back up to store until the next day.  Great for Lego's !! OH to wiggle the nose to get rid of collected stuff.  Thanks again, I will keep my eyes peered,  :~)  tera

          4. fabricholic | | #8

            I didn't find the ones at Wal-Mart in the fabric dept. They were in the plastic container dept. Good luck!

          5. dollmarm | | #11

            Well you know - that is why I not find them !  :~/  go figure huh  ! Thanks for making that clarification there for me.  I will check out the plastic area and look for them.  I, like, needed them yesterday.   I didn't realize just how many patterns I have until I took them out of the area I had them and was sectioning them.  I want to list them so I would know what I had and how best to find the one I need for whatever project next.   I love to mix and match different patterns to make something new.  Thank you my dear,  :~) 

          6. fabricholic | | #12

            You are welcome.

          7. Palady | | #9

            >> ... JoAnn's ... once a month. ... was getting the sale ads with the coupons and then they stopped - <<

            If I understand correctly, when a customer falls short of going into a JoAnn's, and leaving their label, at least once a month, their name gets dropped from the mailing list.  I drop mine off at the register w/o making a purchase.  This has been acceptable so far. 

            Next time your there, look near the register for the form you can complete to hopefully get the sales brochure again.

            Thank you for going to the Sterilite site.  Those files may fill a need for you.

            Me

          8. dollmarm | | #10

            Thank you, now I know why I haven't heard from them and the next time I go in  I will re-sign back up.   Then I guess I will have to force myself to buy atleast something there once a month.  teheeheheehee  :~)   Thanks again ,  :~) 

          9. Palady | | #13

            >> ... force myself to buy ... <<

            Unnecessary to buy, just drop off your mailing label at the register.

            Me

          10. dollmarm | | #14

            OH,.....hey,  I know - that's was just a funny - I know I do not need to buy.  The Joann closest to me is in the next town,  so I have to plan to go there.  Too I really never need to force myself to buy anything in a Craft and or Sewing Store.    I love my crafts and sewing.  It brings me pleasure and personal satisfaction when I sew/make something for myself and or others.   

            One thing about Joann's - they carry a host of things for any Craft and that great.   There are always displays and ideas everywhere so it would not be hard at all to buy atleast one thing.   Thanks my dear,  I had really forgot about the coupons after a while and then I had to look for something there and then thought - oh yeah I am not getting them anymore.   So I am glad that I now know and can clear this up.  Hope your day is great,  :~)  tera

          11. sewelegant | | #16

            :~) tera        What does this mean?          sometimes you use a slash mark.   There are a lot of little codes being used in these threads and I usually finally figure them out, but this one stumps me.  It looks like a smile, but the tera?                Thanks, M.A. (my initials)

          12. dollmarm | | #18

            I am so use to texting my sis and we use interesting signs - :~) is my smiley face :~/ is a oh well and or a I stumped or u got me and or just puzzled tera is a name I go by on line.(sorta mixture of my first and middle name)   I have 3 different emails for 3 different groups and or sections - I have a crafts, memberships and co. email and then I have a family one and then I have that friends from around the world.  MY niece once was in a chat room and somehow (I was told) she add all her address and I was blasted by a lot I didn't care for so I had to totally clean house so to speak and I set up new email, site and names for all.   I hope I have explained all if not let me know   :~)  P.S. dollmarm is a name my daughter gave me.  Our favorite movie when she was little was 'Little Women' and she called me marmee/marm and it has stuck plus I am a doll collector. when I was a very little girl I had all the Barbie's and my grandmother made all their clothes and a little girl would visit her grandparents&come over to play barbies on our back porch and one late evening she ran in and stole them and lied and her grandparents took up for her.  When my husband saw some of the re-makes of the ol'fashioned Barbie, Midge and etc - he, our daughter bought me several for Christmas and wow years later - I have a collection of the ol' ones.  Then, my daughter in her teens made me a plague with little wood pieces in the form of a doll to hang over my dolls in my Craft Room.  SO I am called dollmarm/dolly marmee - my daughter will soon be a marmee   :~)

          13. JeanE | | #26

            I have a suggestion for pattern storage.  I have mine in a file cabnet in # sequence.  They are in the instruction sheets with bands around them 2 to a folder.  The envelopes are in loose leaf notebooks in poastic sleeves.  The books are in categories.  Baby, Toddlers, children, teens, women, and men.  When I need a pattern I look in the book that I need and pull the pattern from the cabnet.  I never throw away a pattern.  You never know when you might need just that pattern.

            JeanE

        2. whatsewever | | #15

          After I received your email I was out and went to Walmart to see if they had and plastic boxes that would fit patterns but they didin't have any.  I also checked a coupld of catalogues but they didn't have anything either.  They were all to big or not deep enough.  It's a tough one.  I am going to start carrying an old pattern envelope with me so when I am in a store I can check the boxes to see if the pattern will fit.  Sorry, I couldn't be more help to you.

           

          1. dollmarm | | #17

            HEY I was out at Target last week and was looking and was wishing I had one of my big envelopes with me too.  I found the same thing with the different sizes.  I still looking and haven't found what I wanna eventually have.  Thanks for your help!  I know it will hit me when I see it - will let you know when I do!  :~)  tera

          2. whatsewever | | #19

            I will also let you know if I find anything that holds a large Vogue pattern as well as the smaller patterns.  Happy hunting.

             

          3. dollmarm | | #20

            that's a deal my friend,  :~)

          4. sewelegant | | #23

            :~) tera, thank you for the explanation, Dollmarm.  I do think the nose effect adds a lot to the smily face.  I am not into the text message way of life (yet) but have learned never to say never.  

            As for the pattern storage question, I think I have tried them all.  I find it almost impossible to throw a pattern away, especially if it is a craft pattern therefore I have ended up with an impossible collection that outgrew all the smaller storage boxes.  My solution was to purchase several of those large cardboard closet storage boxes (you could substitute any kind of box) and cut two pieces of cardboard for dividers.  I can insert three rows of patterns this way in each box and I have 4 boxes.  So that I do not have to go through the boxes to find what I want, I put each pattern in a quart size plastic bag (not the zipper, too bulky) with the picture on the direction sheet facing up so I can see the pattern number and the contents.  The envelope, I put in one of the cardboard pattern storage boxes like we see at JoAnn's.  All the patterns are in numerical order and all the envelopes are categorized in the box with divider cards I fashioned from manila folders and labeled dresses, blouses, pants, etc.  There is more than ample room for all those envelopes in the one box and it is my pattern catalog.   Since the plastic bags hold a lot of air when they are zipped up, I first lay them on my ironing board over a towel for padding and use an old sewing machine needle or an awl and punch holes randomly so the air can escape when the bag is zipped.  This helps tremendously in storing the patterns efficiently.  After the box is full I write on a 3x5 card the pattern numbers held in that box... not all the numbers, just say, 1900 - 4099 and tape it to the outside of the box.  The quart size bag I prefer is made by Presto.  It seemed most economical and they have one that is not closed with a zipper.  My oversize Vogue patterns end up in the back of the box where they can overlap and find room, but I still only put the appropriate no. ones in the appropriate box.  The patterns all fit right side up so are easy to find.

          5. dollmarm | | #25

            I had them in  boxes for a while and we live in an older home wth my Craft/sewing Room and stuff in the lower corner of the house where it is cooler.  I have mostly Rubbermaid Storage bucket and then I have the one trunk with quilting stuff in and I wanna try to stay with plastic and or use a couple of my file drawers.  When my daughter moved she left this desk that was too big for her to move and I have the drawer section that I have some files in.   There are so many ideas that you never know which one suits your own fancy or clicks and then .... you say that's the one - I wanna do that !  I have too boxes in a room that I am still going through from the last move and we have been here 3 years.  Life just keep us all in so many directions that it is hard to just stop and work on just one.. Thanks and take care,  :~)  

          6. beecha | | #27

            I use an old fashioned blouse chest to store my patterns. Most of these are about 24 by 15 inches and 28 inches high with three drawers.
            Normal size pattern envelopes will fit upright in three rows across each drawers and the large Vogue envelopes sit sideways, two rows to a drawer.
            The chests can often be found in secondhand shops.

          7. whatsewever | | #28

            Thanks for the info.  I have received so many responses that it sure gives me a lot to think about when finally making my decision as to how to store all my patterns.

          8. whatsewever | | #40

            Another great idea but space is my problem.  My room is a combo, computer and sewing.  All my furniture except my bookcase and a couple of small units will be dismantled and send off to the dump.  I have a desk and dresser in the garage waiting to be painted and when they are done and place into the room then I can decide if I can fit anymore furniture in.  I am keeping an open mind in regards to everyones ideas.

        3. whatsewever | | #29

          I have been looking when I am out and about and came across a good plastic box.  It is a Rubbermaid Keepsake box.  Size 18.3 " L x 9.1" W & 6.8" H.  I estimate that it would hold about 30 regular size patterns placed on there side.  It is acutally for photo's.  In Canadian it is priced at $9.98. 

          1. dollmarm | | #30

            hey neat, thanks I was thinking I was going to have to look outside the "sewing world" box so to speak !

            I am thinking about one that will hold alot more like one of their large longer boxes so that I can keep quite a bit more and or keep the sectioned better.   I was out at Goodwill lastweek (one of my son best places to shop) we check out all the ol'videos - DVD player too complicated for him to still know how to work well) SO while he looking at the videos and I am checking out the craft stuff that ones donate.  I found a really neat oversize black weave bag for carrying small craft projects$3 and patterns were .50 and some never used and even opened.  I found 16 for self,hubby, others and craft.  Then they had 4cross-stich craft frames for $2.50 as a set.  SO you see I keep increasing atleast my patterns.   I love mix mix and match & esp when they are this cheap !

            I will check that out this week when I get out to the store and will let you know what I come up with.  Thanks so much of thinking of me and letting me know :~)

          2. whatsewever | | #31

            I love a good bargain.  I just got an email from another gal and she got an used pattern for her curtains at Value Village.  I have so many patterns that I don't look in the stores very often, just look at my stash.  I went online to Vintage Patterns (if you have been to that site it's a must - 1930 to 1970) and found one of my Vogue patterns is selling for $65.00.  Was I surprised to see the prices of the vintage patterns.  I really didn't give much thought to old patterns.

            I hope you find some suitable boxes for your patterns.  That is on hold for me until I redo my sewing room.

            Cheers,

            Jan

             

             

          3. dollmarm | | #32

            It really should be for me too,  With all the talk in the posting on organization I gain some really new insight of how much better I should organize my place.  I have so many different projects going and then our daughter expecting her 1st baby.  I just have so many patterns that need my attention.  It has been a while that I needed or even looked in the pattern books but did so when I was trying to find one to design those jacket pieces into pants/capri's.  The last 2  x's I have been in Goodwill some one has donated a large Rubbermaid bucket full of them. What looks sad is they have never been used.  Now it may be where some stores have donated some of them too.  Most are quite older but some styles never go out.  Many that I bought there were extra pieces I wanted to add to mine and some for my hubby when I get the chance to do for him.  (he is very very picky, tall and needs longer than the norm) Duluth has been the only company he likes to get certain things.  He has to have pockets in all shirts and those side pockets on his pants.  He really needs a 'man bag' - but will not !!  :~)  We will be remolding the back great room (hopefully soon) where my Craft/sewing center is in.  We have those old big glass sliding doors and they need to be replaced.   So when that project starts I will have to totally re-do my area.   It will probably be shut down and then I can look at how I want to improve it all.  I many ideas swirling in head.  I will look tomorrow at several places - let u know what I find,  :~)

            WOW I never knew old patterns could be worth so so much !  Thats a thought iffin' you never need one and you wanted some extra cash - wow!!  That's like my dolls - hubby says hey what I can get for that one and I say no way I do not have them for their cash value - they have history and sentimental value.  Some I have sold and will do with some but most you have are treasures.

            Take care and enjoy where-ever and whatever you are working on, :~)   

          4. Ocrafty1 | | #37

            Wow!  I just  checked out that website.  I have a fortune in my closet, just in '40's and 50's patterns. LOL   How would someone find a market for them unless you open an online store?

             I inherited some 'expensive, signed, vintage costume jewelry' with many pieces that have been appraised at more than $100 each, but dealers will only give 40% of the value, same with local auctions (you don't usually get the value of the items) and similar items are selling for nearly nothing on eBay.  If I could sell them I'd have enough $$ to get the new sewing machine that I desperately need. Any suggestions???

            BTW: Here's a link to that vintage pattern site, for anyone who wants to check it out.

            http://www.sovintagepatterns.com

            Deb

          5. Bionerd | | #38

            Why don't you do Ebay?  There's a huge market for vintage patterns especially the 40's and 50's.  My husband is selling his dad's camera equipment-it's bit of a pain to list, pack ship etc. but it gives you a huge audience, and if you use Paypal you know you will receive payment for your items before shipping.  Pattern Review also has a classified section as well.  Good luck.

          6. whatsewever | | #41

            The old patterns are worth a lot but as you say how do you sell them and get there true value.  Thanks for posting site for the old patterns.

            As for storing them, we have had so many good suggestions.  I am going to check out one more avenue, the stores that sell gift boxes.  Those paper good stores with party supplies, etc. might have something that could be used.  The next time I am in the state that is what I am going to do but in the mean time I will check out the paper stores here. 

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    artfulenterprises | | #21

    Just a little note with a different flavor....although everyone on this discussion had great handy hints...here's mine. I haunted thrift shops til I found an old 4 drawer lateral file cabinet which I purchased for a piddlin' amount (maybe $20 ??). Then, I inserted folded corrugated plastic dividers (bought a sheet of the stuff and scored and cut it into the right size pieces) and voila! I have the perfect substitute for the pattern file cabinets in the fabric stores. Holds my whole archive of commercial patterns!Then, for the final perfect touch....I spray painted it a metallic purple. Couldn't BE more perfect. LOL

    1. whatsewever | | #22

      That sounds like a perfect soluation but I just don't have the room.  I will shortly be starting to dismantle two pieces of furniture and giving away my big desk so that I can get a wee small corner unit for my computer and bring in the two small pieces of furniture after I paint them for my sewing and storage.  I had planned to put the paper storage boxes on wall shelves but the price for the boxes is high.  I am not dismissing anyone suggestions because so far they are all good.  I think after the new/used furniture is in place I will have a better ideal of what and where I can put pattern storage.  Thanks a bunch. 

    2. dollmarm | | #24

      Hey such a grand idea !!  I have a file cabinet in great need of a make over and never thought of my patterns. My hubby had got this for me at a sale to organize my sons' paper and reports I have to turn in each year and I have still yet to get this like it should.  I can use atleast 2 of the drawers - oh yeah who am I kidding.  I am with you all on keeping too many patterns, but there is atleast one thing in each that I wanna keep for some reason and or another. I even have some very old Barbie doll patterns I had when I was little. - not all the pieces but some.  Thanks again for the idea !  Love the color.  :~)

    3. whatsewever | | #39

      Your idea sounds like a very good solution to file patterns.  I must say that the price is right.  My biggest problem is space which I have very little of.  After I demo my computer and sewing room I wll be able to make a judgement call as how to store my pattern.  In the mean time I am keeping all of these ideas that everyone has been kind enough to share.

  3. Ocrafty1 | | #33

    I have been having the same problem as the rest of you. I've checked every store that I could get to: discount, dollar stores, and all the chains...nothing that would hold more than a few patterns; and I have way more than 200.  The only thing that came close was an 'under the bed' container made by Sterlite...and that still is not what I want....I have to put the patterns on their sides to make them fit, and then have only 1 'row', with others put in in groups of 5 or 6. Too frustraiting and not practical!

    I have a suggestion.  I am going to email the Sterlite company and ask them if they can come up with a product for us. There definitely is a need and a market for this. I will suggest that the boxes are deep enough to hold normal patterns that have been put into a 'baggie', after they've been used; that they hold 2 rows of patterns, and that they have a removable center divider, which would make them usable for other than sewers.

    I went to the Sterlite home page and found this address.  I suggest that we ALL contact this gentleman and ask for his help.  They say there is power in numbers...and that is one thing that we do have.  What do you think?

    Deb

     

    Mr. Abhay Ghiranikar

    Head Commercial

    E-mail

    [email protected]

     

     

    1. dollmarm | | #34

      E X C E L L E N T  IDEA !!!!   Brilliant   I  like  the  way  you  think !  "the squeaky wheel gets the oil' !

      I will email him too ! Thanks for that great idea !  I have been frustrated as well.   I do not want several  different containers and or different sizes.   I would like to house as many of my patterns in one large long deep Clear box so I can see what is inside.  I am getting rid of all my cardboard and most is already in Rubbermaid long buckets.  I have the long Sterlite container that fit under the bed - for socks and hosiery.  I loves these for my sons room.  He has too many Lego blocks & pieces - this is perfect.  I have another one for his GI-JOE collection and then Star Wars.  The only problem with the ones that fit under the bed is they are too short for the patterns.  IT would be great to have a deeper one for the patterns and I love the dividers.  I was thinking just yesterday of how to make some for my sock and hosiery one. 

      I hope you get a great response to this ! I will email him too. :~)  P.S let us know what response you get back from him and I will let you know also.

      1. Bionerd | | #35

        I was at Costco yesterday and purchased a set of 2 plastic boxes that didn't have a label but the name on them is Iris.  Dimensions 22" long, 7.5" high, 9" wide.  The boxes have two dividers and comfortably hold 45-50 patterns. They are perfect for "normal" sized pattern envelopes.  I reorganized my patterns yesterday and am very pleased.  My large Vogue envelopes are in magazine dividers from IKEA which I cut off 1" from the top so they can fit on my closet shelving.  Good luck-this has been a huge source of mess and frustration for me, but things are now looking good!

        1. dollmarm | | #36

          Thanks for this information of these container. In fact,  I had already planned to go to Costco tomorrow.  I have to return some items and go to ATT/Cingular store to exchange a bluetooth. So I will check that out.  Hey have you seen the smaller sizes for shoring your shoes.   I love them !!If I can remember there are 14 in a set.   I used some for socks or winter hosiery. But I finally put all my socks and hose in the long under-the-bed with wheels. I am trying to get rid of all cardboard.  We live in an older home and in the country and we ever so often seen mice droppings (when they get by Miss Kitty) ! eekkkkk............ 

          I am really wanting the taller ones for my Vouge and other Pattern jackets. I was looking at an extra drawer in the file cabinet after one suggested it, but there's not enough room as I need more room for paper work. Again thanks I will check out the containers and let you know.  :~)  I am also going to another Joann's close by the Costco and see what they have. 

        2. dollmarm | | #42

          I went to Costco and they were cleaned out of so so much.  Mondays are not a good day to go there.  My hubby went in Sunday afternoon (he is remolding a townhouse) and needed some things and he stated it was a zoo there - there were so many people.  He was going to do my shopping for me, but said it was no way. He left. Anyway I saw a couple of container and they were more for Scrapbooking storages' and food containers and such.  There were many empty holes. One worker stated they were unloading their big trucks but didn't know when it would all get on the floor.  I did find out that Mondays and Wednesdays are days that they get their biggest deliveries at the one near me.  I was unable to get to any Craft stores - our AC was dying and I had to be home for the AC man to check it out - :~(  We have to replace it.   We knew this was coming for it is over 20 yrs. old and there is a leak in the main unit.  So...............  Have did ever seen that Trunk that Rubbermaid had out many years ago?  It was blue with dk' blue latches in the front.   I have one that I used in our travel to store my fabric.  I have several quilting pieces and etc.. in it and it is a perfect size! I would love to find more like this.  It looks like a trunk but is plastic.  It is sturdy and it opens as a trunk would.  Just thought to see if you and or anyone else has seen them again.  I think I'll do a search...    :~)

          1. Bionerd | | #43

            Unfortunately I don't shop much-it seems my family always has something else for me to do with my "free time"" HA!   I was at Costco because we were out of cat food ( a major emergency), cut down an aisle to avoid the backup at the cell phone kiosk and stumbled upon the plastic storage boxes.  It was way more fun to organize my patterns than do the taxes  and file mail.  My new philosophy is to buy things when I see them rather than ever thinking I will go back and get them later.  I hope you find something that will work for you.  The envelopes can get so shabby if not stored well.

          2. dollmarm | | #44

            U are so right with all that you said ! I have my patterns in a shelf and they are semi-protected but .........   Hopefully soon we will start some remolding here before the fall  and I know I will have to pack up some things to move so not to get a mess.The best time to find things is when you are not so much looking for them.  Although I have been seeking out for some time how to best re-organize it all so it is easier to access and not have to move so many containers to get to the one you want.   I have many ideas to play around with and many great suggestions for this group.   Thanks for being a part of them.SO whatcha' sewing?  :~)

          3. Bionerd | | #45

            Actually not much ! (but at least my patterns are organized).   I purchased a new sewing machine in December (Sapphire 850) which I then returned for the Platinum 775 which I like much better.  I have made a couple tops and  knit dress which looks nice.  I cut out a pair of pants last weekend but have not yet begun the sewing part.  Work is taking up way too much time :)  If it was up to me I would be sewing all the time...sigh.   Patternreview.com at least helps with my fantasy sewing life.  

             

          4. dollmarm | | #46

            Hey thanks for that site I will have to check them out tonite.  I like to sit up at night after all have gone to bed.  I am making a Counted Cross Stitch Announcement for my new grand-baby coming next month so I am not doing any sewing except for looking.  I want to do a quilt top for the Crib but will wait to see what they baby will be.   Oh I love Sewing fantasy.  I have many great ideas, dreams, wish and desires all w/in the mind.  My sister and I text each day and sometimes we teasingly talk of your fantasy island and what we wish to be doing - it give us a laugh and a lift and then it's back to reality :~) 

          5. Bionerd | | #47

            This is so true-I think women have so much demanded and expected of them that a rich fantasy life is a necessity.   We are the ultimate multi-taskers.  Congratulations on your future grandchild!  What a wonderful time in your life.  As the parent of a 13 yr old, I wonder if that's a day I will ever see :)   It will be great fun to make little tiny baby things.  GTG-making brisket to take to my MIL this weekend ( and doing laundry, cleaning, packing, working on work from work and nagging my son at the same time !) 

          6. dollmarm | | #48

            WEll the hardest part is that my daughter and son-in-law moved several states away to be near his 7yr.old Autistic son.  I have a box of goodies that I have some of her baby things I saved that I am sending to her and then we will go down when the baby comes.  I am starting the Cross Stitch and then will fill in the name as soon we know which one she has.   SO many are sewing & making things that we were waiting to see and then get what is needed.  I want to make a the Twin bed quilt top w/in the first year.  I know what you mean with all the many task we do.  We just need to find that battery back-up so we can stay charged to be the all that all need us to be.  Meet ya in that Fantasy Sewing Relm,  :~) 

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