Keeping our notions, tools and patterns organised is such a Sisyphean task, isn’t it? Once we think we have things figured out, we are faced with another storage challenge to solve. And sewing is a pretty equipment heavy activity, so it’s really hard to keep it manageable.
I’m always experimenting with different ways to keep my sewing stuff organised in a manner that is intuitive and requires little effort to maintain. I still haven’t figured everything out, but I do have some systems that have served me really well. So in this video, I share my top tips for organising things like thread spools, sewing machine needles, patterns, buttons and what type of storage solutions that work best for me. Most of these tips are also really budget-friendly, which is a nice bonus.
I’ve also blogged about some of the storage solutions I talk about in the video:
Organising my buttons (I have had the same system since 2009!)
Pattern Magazine Organising System
Do you struggle with organising your sewing stuff too? And what have you found works for you?
Bambi ChandlerJanuary 7, 2020 at 5:10 am
I like your needle storage so simple. I have mine in a basket so I rummage thru. But when I use a needle I keep the pack next to my machine so I know what type of needle I’m using. If I switch needles but know that the needle is still good, I put it back in the pack backwards so the flat part is up.
Kathy ZachryJanuary 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm
My BERNINA 790+ slows me to keep track of which type and size of needle is in the machine. If I haven’t used the needle very much, I save it in a tomato pin cushion on which I’ve labeled the different wedges. I use a small hardware box with small drawers to organize needle packs, safety pins, snaps, etc. Plastic drawer units organize my threads – I have one small unit just for white threads and cotton threads. I collect small decorative covered baskets from antique shops and store specialty threads in them on a shelf. (I had to make a cheat sheet as to what was in each basket since I can’t see what’s inside at a glance.)