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renovate sewing area

JudeM | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello everyone,

During the winter months I am planning a sewing room renovation.  My biggest issue is how and where to store my fabric.  I want to protect all fabrics from dust since I am notorious for collecting fabrics I like, and not utilizing them for quite a while.   Right now my fabric is all over the place, in bins and on shelves, in dressers, rolling drawer containers, and sheet and comforter zipper bags.  Each storage unit is housed with like fabrics.  I am in the process of cataloging my fabrics to avoid any future,  “Wow!  I forgot I had this piece!”  Any and all tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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    JunkQueen | | #1

    Jude, SewSlow67 just organized her extensive stash. Go to this thread: Organized My Stash - AT LAST! and read post #1. There may have been additional comments and refinements after that first post, I can't recall, but organization is her middle name!

    1. twreeder | | #2

      Hope you and everyone else will be safe from Gustav.


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        JunkQueen | | #3

        Thank you. We are hunkered down and not likely in physical danger. We're housing some refugees from the Beaumont-Port Arthur area where evacuation is mandatory. We may be without power for a few days but are on high ground and won't have any flooding. We have generators so we'll have fans to stave off the heat and can protect the food in our freezer and fridge. Peanut butter sandwiches will be the order of the day. If the water supply isn't interrupted, we'll be okay. (That is fresh on my mind because last week our septic system failed and we were without flushing toilets until we could get someone out here.)

    2. JudeM | | #4

      JunkQueen, thank you.  I saw that idea and liked it.  As a matter of fact, I was asking my husband's advice about the thickness of the paper stock I would use in the binder, when he suggested another idea which I am going to try:  I bought 2" x 4" labels.  I am going to fold them over just the top area of a swatch (so the swatch can flow freely below), punch a hole in the folded label and display the samples by fabric type on a silver ring, similar to fabric swatches you see in furniture stores.    I will be able to write details on the labels.  Separately I will keep a journal of all of the garments I make.

      I have another question:  I heard someone talking about using fishing line in skirt hems of shear fabric, I think to make the skirt more flowy.  Have you ever heard of this?  Do you know how it works?

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        JunkQueen | | #5

        Jude, I've never done it myself, but it sounded interesting, so I googled it. Here are the results of my query "fishing line hem skirts": http://tinyurl.com/6d9ma2There is some good information that I'm confident I'll find a use for.I hope this is helpful. There are likely many others here on the forum who have done this and can give first hand information.

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        artfulenterprises | | #6

        I've used Trilene (fishing line) in the hems of "butterfly" sleeves made of organza for 3 bridesmaids dresses. Worked beautifully....I had a foot that fed the line under the needle so that it made a nice clean application using my serger and a baby hem stitch. It works on regular sewing machines as well...just use a small satin stitch. Using the proper foot would be a huge help though. There are feet that will feed both the fabric and the line into the machine at the same time. You'd have to ask your dealer which one to use for your machine.

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          ThreadKoe | | #7

          This is often called a Lettuce Leaf Hem. It works really well on knits and lingerie as well. Cathy

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            artfulenterprises | | #8

            Yep...you are exactly right ThreadKoe...thanks for filling in the blanks of my postmenopausal memory bank!

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            ThreadKoe | | #9

            Is that the problem with my swiss cheese memory? Some days I can hardly remember my own name! Then a little bit of trivia pops up from nowhere. Glad I could be of help. Cathy

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            JunkQueen | | #10

            LOLOLOL Threadkoe. Yep, that describes it well, and it only gets worse for us HotMamas, so called more for our post menopausal condition than anything else.........

          4. rodezzy | | #11

            ROFLOL swiss cheese memory.....that descibes it well....

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            ThreadKoe | | #12

            Glad you and Rodezzy got your daily giggle from that one.....I will be in the middle of something and the mind goes completely blank for a minute. Lost in Space. Hot Mama. Works for me. LOL Cathy

          6. Ocrafty1 | | #13

            Giggle, giggle, guffaw, guffaw!  That is the exact description of my memory!!!  It use to be Baby Swiss...now its more like the one the mouse crawls in and out of .......LOL!!!!


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