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With no time to scavenger hunt for the right color thread, needle and/or button, a quick change out of your favorite dress and into a less flattering dress is your only choice.  And then the dress will hang there for months to years awaiting a simple fix. But it doesn't have to be!  Create for yourself a perfect space for mending and sewing.

Make It A Pleasant Place to Work

Stop running around wasting time looking in shoe boxes, kitchen and bathroom drawers or through a tin cookie can full of needles, pins, thread and thimbles to find sewing essentials.  Discover how to create and organize a sewing room and learn ways to make your sewing room more efficient and a room you wouldn't mind spending more time in.  Even if it's a corner of a bedroom create a space with all you need available to keep your clothes in tip top shape.  And maybe you'll even find yourself wanting to expand the "sewing" to include some fantastic little sewing projects.

"A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place" Is the general idea when deciding to organize your sewing room or workspace.  Although this may seem like a mundane and tedious task, it's worth it.   Pay attention to details like sorting and separating the different sewing accessories such as needles, threads, thimbles, buttons, zippers and lace all in different colors and sizes. It's the end result that makes taking a little time to organize the sewing room worth the extra work.  Women with a sewing hobby attest to the convenience of having a well organized sewing room and provided us with a few helpful tips to get it in tip top shape.

Organizing Sewing thread - The easiest way to organize threads is by getting a wall mounted thread rack.  These racks are very convenient and a space saver since, mounting a couple thread racks saves shelf or plastic container space.  If a thread rack is too expensive then try purchasing convenient plastic containers or even baby shoe boxes are space savers and a frugal option to store threads.

Organizing Sewing patterns - Finding a place to keep the patterns organized is a great idea.  Patterns can be neatly organized in a simple 4 inch three ring binder with clear plastic sheet protectors.  This will save tons of space and money plus ideal for finding patterns quickly.  Organize the patterns according to style and put each pattern package in a sheet protector inside a notebook. This is a frugal way to organize sewing patterns, iron on stickers etc.  And labeling the outer notebook spine is a cool way to categorize the pattern notebooks.

Organizing the Sewing machine workstation - The area around the sewing workstation usually has the most clutter and disorganization.  Finding cheap plastic mini drawers with small compartment sections built in, is great way to organize sewing machine essentials like bobbins, stitching pattern plates, different size needles, stitch removers and threaders. The stackable properties of mini plastic drawers makes them easy to store on book shelves, on top or underneath of the sewing table and is an ideal way to organize the workstation.

Organizing sewing trinkets and tiny accessories - Arts and crafts stores have these nice plastic trays with a cover that have multiple mini sectioned compartments.  Some of these plastic trays also have more than one level of squared compartments in different sizes.  These are ideal for storing different types of buttons, safety pins, straight pins, beads, studs and other decorating items.  Labeling and stacking these plastics trays are easy and don't take up much table or shelf space.  Neatly bundle and store zippers, elastic bands and other materials and save drawer space with a kitchen utensil organizer.

Organizing the Sewing Room - Remember once you find a place for everything then you have to put everything in its place.   This means maximizing wall, floor and table space.  Having two bookcases in different sizes is ideal.  Use a short three shelf bookcase closest to the workstation (sewing machine). Here is where organizing plastic containers, fabric notebooks and photo albums can be easily accessible.  Then use a larger four or five shelf bookcase for patterns, sewing books and other plastic containers.

Since a coat rack can be stored in any corner of the room, using a coat rack to hang unfinished and finished projects puts a nice touch to organizing a sewing room.  For the finishing touches, get yourself organized by hanging up a corkboard and calendar.  Also use a carousel desk organizer to keep up with scissors, sewing pencils, writing pens, measuring tape and other on-hand items.

Now that the sewing room is organized, the next time you need to quickly fix garments or spend a quiet Sunday afternoon making clothes or gifts, the sewing room is an efficient clutter free workspace you really appreciate.

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