Organizing your sewing stuff using a Dymo label machine

Keeping some kind of order in an ever growing stash of sewing supplies is a constant challenge. And for someone like me, who is not naturally orderly, it’s even more so. My impulse is always to trow everything in one big box. But that modus operandi makes for very annoying work, it’s no fun spending precious sewing time rummaging through every box in search for that seam ripper/elastic/button/whatever.

The best system for me is a dedicated place for everything. And with a little help from my dear Dymo label machine and small storage units, I’ve managed to develop a pretty good system over time. Nowadays Dymo has very hi-tech labeling machines, but I much prefer the look of the old school model that is still sold today. It’s a bit cranky and unpredictable, and you need to press with a firm hand, otherwise the letter might come out half done or even blank. But once it’s done it creates a great uniform look that doesn’t fade over time.


  • LisaB
    April 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    My father had one of these label makers when I was a child, and I loved playing with it. A few years ago my DH bought one for me as a sentimental gift. I've used it to label my sewing supply storage units just like you. Great minds think alike. 🙂

  • Laura
    April 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Oh, I can just feel the bumpy letters underneath my fingers looking at your photos. I have a new Brother p-touch labeler which I use all the time, but your post is making me nostalgic for the old kind.

  • Johanna
    April 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I love hearing that you guys were also obsessed with the Dymo as child. I was too, I didn't own a Dymo but really really wanted one. But now I do – that's one of the best thing about being a grown-up!

  • sewing spots
    April 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    You're so organized! Looks good.

  • Johanna
    April 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    It's just because I have to. I am somewhat messy and impatient and my sewing space is so tiny (just a corner in the living room) so there is no room for spreading out the mess. I need all the help I can get!


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