Welcome to my sewing room. Grab a chair & pour yourself a cup of morning Joe! It's cozy in here, so I hope you stay for a bit!
Today I am going to share with you some sewing room tips that will save you time & help keep you organized while you are sewing.
I am a lover of all things organized. I love to organize things & I am pretty good at time management as well. If I think I can improve on organization or cut down time on a project & work more efficiently, I try to find a way to do so.
My first tip, is bobbins. I use to fill my bobbins as needed. My bobbin would run out, I would unthread my machine so I could use that same spool of thread to fill my bobbin. Rethread my machine, & pop the newly filled bobbin back in. Silly right? It is & once I realized I could & should fill several bobbins at a time, all with the same color thread & have them handy by my machine, I was going to cut down on time! So I will spend a few extra minutes filling up bobbins with a couple spools of thread.
How many colors of thread do you use? I use to color coordinate all my threads with my fabric. I liked it. But when I am sewing up orders like it's a production line, I am wasting time switching out threads. Now, I use a whole lot of white thread.
Does your house have one of those shelves with the 9 bins? Of course my boys had one. We organized cars, books, figurines, weapons, bouncy balls etc in all the bins. Eventually, they grew out of it & I realized it was easier to shove it in the toy box & sit on the lid. As I thought about getting rid of it, it dawned on me that I could use it to organize my sewing stuff..... & there was a lot of it!
Scraps. Large scraps, small scraps.
To put it simple.... I have
lots tons of fabric scraps.
I bought recycling bins from IKEA. I keep one under my cutting table & as I am cutting the scraps slide right into the bin. I empty this often & pass the scraps to my talented girlfriends that love to make quilts.
I have a HUGE recycling bin for my larger scraps. I use these pieces when I need a small piece of fabric, which never seems to happen. I had an Open House for lil' alice & people were more than welcome to take all the scraps they wanted.
These are some tried & true tips that work for me.
I'd love to hear what great tips you have that you use on a daily or weekly basis!