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How to keep your sewing space organized

By Guest Blogger Helen Spencer from the Blog “HelloSewing

You can’t expect to be efficient at your work if you aren’t organized properly. If both your work area, tools and materials are in a big ridiculous pile of mess without heads or tails, you won’t be going anywhere soon. And don’t try to justify that behavior by saying it’s a creative mess. You’re not fooling anyone.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been really tidy, strict and methodical. All of my toys had their place where they’d stand when I weren’t using them, I never allowed myself to be greasy or stained and I always responded seriously when someone would talk to me. Since that kind of behavior is something very atypical for a small child, people would usually find it funny and laugh. As I grew older, it turned out that my peculiarness came in very handy in various situations. The diligence helped out in school, the tidiness helped when I started living alone and the systematization helps me with my work on a daily basis.

Anyways, you don’t need to be weird like me but as a sewing enthusiast and practitioner, you should definitely be well organized. If you don’t know how, fear not, for I am here to come to your aid! Having said that, allow me to help you keep your sewing space organized with these useful tips and tricks. Let’s begin!

Use Binder Clips

These bad boys provide you with an easy solution for all those things that just love to get tangled all together and make your life a living hell while you desperately try to unravel them. From elastic straps of material to narrow strips of fabric, just roll them up into a circle and clip them with the binders and you’re done. Now you can put them anywhere you like and they won’t intertwine as soon as you avert your eyes from them.

Use Jars or Pill Trays for Buttons

Buttons should be stored together in a sealed container because you don’t want them rolling around your house causing mayhem. So, you should choose either a jar for that, or a pill tray. Jars are transparent so you can put all of your buttons inside of them and you’ll still be able to choose certain ones with ease since you’ll see them right away. But you can also use a pill tray and sort your buttons by appearance. For example, put all of the red ones in one tray, all of the metal ones in a different tray, all of the big ones in another tray and so on.

Use Cardboard for Trims

We all have a ton of leftover trims from various sewing projects because it would simply be a shame to throw them into the garbage. They can be used for to sew something cute in the future after all so keeping them around is a logical thing to do. But if you just toss them into the drawer or a box, they too will probably get tangled together. Besides, you can’t really see all of them clearly if they’re in a form of some big ball.

That’s why you should cut out a small piece of cardboard, wrap the trims around it and secure them in place with a pin needle. This way you can easily store them and you’ll be able to see all of them individually without even touching them.

Use Canisters for Tools

This one basically explains itself. Get some cups, jugs, mugs, small plastic cases or something similar and put your seam rippers, scissors, needles, and other tools inside. Not only will they be more accessible this way, but you’ll also improve your sewing workspace safety by avoiding accidental injuries while searching for them.

These tips should be enough to make your workspace decently organized. Trust me, as soon as you implement them, your efficiency will improve and with it, the quality of your projects as well. Let me bid you farewell with some wise words from Benjamin Franklin. “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”

Ask the Experts – Embossing & Adhesives

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  I can’t get all of the embossing powder off my project before I heat it.  What do I do?

A:  First be sure your ink is dry before trying to remove the excess.  Once the ink is dry, you can use a paint brush to remove any extra powder.  Lightly, tap the project on a surface and be sure to tap the back of the project which will, also, help.  Using an anti-static bag before you stamp is a great way to keep this from occurring, too.

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Ask the Experts: Stamping & Adhesives

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I can’t get my tape runner to add any tape.  Is there something wrong with it?

A:  If it’s a new runner and you know it’s not empty, first check that you are holding it correctly so the end that has the tape is down on the paper.  It’s easy to grab them and have them upside down. Next, check to make sure there is tape on that area of the roller.  Sometimes used tape runners will have an open spot where there is no tape.

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Ask the Experts: Stamping & Embellishments

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I love the look of shading in many of the cards I see, but I’m not good at coloring stamped images. Is there a way to get that look without coloring?

A:  The new Spellbinders 3-D stamps will give you just the look you are wanting.  These stamps have the shaded areas already done for you so that all you have to do is ink it and stamp the image on your paper.

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Ask the Experts: Embellishments & More

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: Some of my dies leave marks on the edge of what I cut.  Is there a problem with my die cut machine?

A:  Some dies will do this because of the tension that your die cut machine has been set at and there really is no way to avoid it.

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Ask the Experts: Creativity and Precision

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I have trouble keeping things lined up especially letters.  Is there anything I can use to help me with this?

A:  A centering ruler is a great tool to have for getting pictures, letters and even stamped images centered on your project.  They help you to find the center of what you are placing and are see through so you can get it in the perfect spot on the project underneath, too.

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