Enter for your chance to win a Gidget 2 sewing station!
9.12.2012

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Connecting Threads and Arrow have teamed up to offer you a very exciting giveaway. From now through Sunday, you can enter to win an Arrow Gidget 2 Sewing Table with Wheels!

When it comes to sewing stations, Arrow’s furniture is some of the best. This Gidget 2 station is no exception! This station is a sturdy table that offers freearm and flatbed sewing for the bigger machines. The steel locking legs offer a strong base, but also allow for the table to be folded up neatly for easy storage. With a velcro strip to secure the legs in space, and two wheels on the side of the table, this station is perfect for taking to classes, retreats, or accompanying you on a family roadtrip! I love how convenient it is. 


(photo courtesy of arrowcabinets.com)

Now on to the fun part! If you would like to win your very own Gidget 2 sewing station, all you need to do is post a comment telling us what your favorite sewing room organizational tip is. We will pick our winner on Monday, September 17th. Good luck!

Rules: Sorry, this contest only applies to residents in the contiguous United States. No purchase necessary. One comment per person, please. To be entered, you must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. Contest ends at 11:59pm PST on 9/16/12. Winners will be selected on Monday, September 17th. Your comment must be on this post to be valid.

 


1036 comments

  1. debbie steffan - September 12, 2012

    PUT IT AWAY AS SOON AS YOU ARE FINISHED WITH IT

  2. Rachel Riley - September 12, 2012

    My tip is to completely clean up and put away items between each project. Not that it always happens in my house….

  3. Lillian VanderKuur - September 12, 2012

    Always remember to use the safety lock on your rotary cutter when you stop cutting. That way you don’t accidentally cut yourself when getting it back out to use.
    Refold your cut fabrics when you finish cutting them or your cutting table will become a mountain of fabric.

  4. Ceil - September 12, 2012

    Have little bins for scraps at the ready so you don’t have to wonder about what to do with them or end up putting them where you’ll never find them again! I have bins for lights, mediums, darks, and different size bins for each too so I can put little scraps in one, strips in another and larger scraps in a third. These 9 bins keep me organized and make it easy to see when I have enough for a scrappy project!

  5. Lea - September 12, 2012

    Make sure that everything has a “home” in the room and put it in it’s home when not in use. I also keep every project in its own plastic container so that I can work on one thing, then another and find everything I need for each project. I use a label maker so I can easily read what’s inside of every container without having to guess!

  6. Pat F from MA - September 12, 2012

    I keep all my interfacings and fusibles rolled and stored in one of those ottomans with storage. They are near at hand, out of sight, and I can rest my legs when I am doing hand sewing.

  7. B J Elder - September 12, 2012

    Have supplies you use regularly easy to get to and visible – fabric, embellishments, etc. Use clear storage tubs, open shelves, etc. The less work it takes to find things the more time you have to sew and create, and the more you want to. But the most important thing… keep that jar of chocolates near by!

  8. Kelsey - September 12, 2012

    I keep a little basket next to my machine. In there I keep an extra spool of white thread, a few extra bobbins, snips, my seam ripper and extra pins. No need to go searching for things I use all the time!

  9. Linda Christianson - September 12, 2012

    Since I love to sew I have big collection of thread and fabric. This is how I keep them so I can find them quick. The Rubber Maid storage drawers have shown to be the best way to keep my thread, elastic and lace dust free. For my fabric I use kitchen cabinets with doors on top and pan drawers below with cloth bins to keep fat quarters and jelly rolls.

  10. Theresa Ingram - September 12, 2012

    On the wall behind my quilting room door, I asked my husband to screw several 2-1/2 inch boards. I organized my quilting stencils according to size and attached several screw-in-hooks, leaving the required spaces between the screws. If the holes do not match, I will use a single hole punch to make it fit. They do not curl and are all in the same place.

  11. Regina - September 12, 2012

    Storing projects and supplies in containers (boxes, clear plastic, etc) that are the same shape and size makes them easier to stack, unstack, store, bring to the workstation, put away, take on the road, etc… and don’t forget to label them. I use clear containers with a folded index card on the INSIDE – written to show through – that way when I change projects in that box, I just change the card.

  12. Sharon Buford - September 12, 2012

    I have a little storage about 12 X 24 with 4 drawers that sets next to my cutting table. I put my supplies for cutting, small tools and rulers in there so I always know where they are. (PS it is made for scrapbook supplies)

  13. Jill - September 12, 2012

    Put UFO in clear boxes, on eye level shelves to remind you to finish them. Thanks for the chance on this wonderful giveaway.

  14. Julia Hanussak - September 12, 2012

    I like to hang many of my tools on the wall in my sewing room. I hang my rulers,scissors,rotary cutters, quilting hoops and anything else that will hang flat on the wall! I can find everything with a glance and it works well for me since my room is small and has little floor space for bins and cabinets.

  15. Kris - September 12, 2012

    Cool table! My fave tip is using the back of vinyl tablecloth as my design wall. It’s so easy to take down when I need to transform my sewing corner back into part of the family room.

  16. Connie White - September 12, 2012

    I have projects and scraps in clear plastic storage containers that are labeled on the front and also a picture of the project inside that I can see. They stack easily so projects can be worked on easily. I also have my rulers hanging on the wall so they can be reached easily.
    This table is so cool…..it would be a fabulous addition to my sewing area. Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

  17. Carol Wadkins - September 12, 2012

    To keep “projects in progess”, once cut, I use ziplock bag(s) for each size cut and number them to go along with the instructions. Along with putting a swatch of each fabric (numbered) on the page I am following….. or if it’s my own pattern, I still will use the swatch and number method……
    Thanks!

  18. julie w - September 12, 2012

    I bought a old entertainment center (the kind from before tv’s went big and flat) from a thrift store at a bargain price. My charm packs fit perfectly in the video rack drawer, lower drawers hold interfacing and freezer paper, books on the upper shelves, projects behind the glass where the electronics would have been, and my serger in the lower cupboard. Believe it or not I still have an old monster tv in the tv space (but it could easily hold bolts of fabric) Everything looks beautiful in the warm oak that matches the rest of my furnishings.

  19. Jean - September 12, 2012

    I store my quilting stencils on a tie hanger. It has several hooks on it and I can hang a number of stencils on it without them getting bent. I just put the hang it up on the rod in the closet.

  20. Jan Smith - September 12, 2012

    Cut up left over fabric, from project you just finished, into strips, squares, or rectangles in any size you want. They are then all ready for a scrap quilt project of your choice at some later day and time.

  21. Cyndi Duffin - September 12, 2012

    I asked my dear husband to put hooks on the side of my cutting table and I use these hooks to hang rulers. It is WONDERFUL!!. The rulers are off the floor, cutting table, sewing table until they are needed. I can put a variety of sizes on each hook. All the rulers are easy to find. Great use of space for little cost!!!!! He used the 3M Command type hooks so I can change them when I get a larger ruler or cutting template!!!

  22. Vicki Meyer - September 12, 2012

    When folding and putting away new fabric, I fold the fabric in half twice. The first fold is with salvedges together, then I fold again. After folding the fabric, I roll it on an 8 1/2 ruler. I then stack it in my fabric closet with like colors. When I need a fabric, I unroll the length I need and cut with a rotary cutter and a 12 inch ruler.

  23. Patsy Servadio - September 12, 2012

    I use the small binder clips that you get at office supply store to hold my binding in place.

  24. Deb W - September 12, 2012

    I hang a shoe organizer on the closet door that is in the sewing room. It just hung on the wall before I had the closet. It has 20 compartments to hold everything from starch cans to inter facings, extra garbage sacks etc. My daughter now has a Cricut and I plan to have her make me some decorations and labels for the compartments to match the redecorated sewing room.

  25. Christine Hawthorne - September 12, 2012

    My tip is, keep all quilting tools together in large sewing cabinet. Quilting tools: marking pencils, safety pins in a cookie tin, masking tape, templates (cookie cutters), & bicyle clamps.

  26. Shelia - September 12, 2012

    Last year I bought a “china cabinet” at a yard sale worth the money. I use the bottom as storage for quilt boooks that I don’t use that often, the drawers have rick rack, lace etc…. The top with glass doors on it I have FQ’s, F8’s, small started projects, threads, etc.. My son was replacing the doors in his house and I asked him to save me one, He thought I was nuts but with DH’s help I covered it in cotton batting then a layer of insul-bright and finally cotton ticking I had left over from making feather pillows. Dh had a set of metal sawhorses he never used so we put the door on top of the sawhorses I now have a 72 inch long pressing surface, if I add a mat I can cut as well.
    Thanks CT.

  27. Kim Johnson - September 12, 2012

    I keep a small fishing tackle box next to my sewing machine with all my necessary feet and tools in it. When I’m off to take a class or sew with friends, I can just pick up the box and go. I know I have everything I’m going to need right there.

  28. Beth I - September 12, 2012

    To help me find patterns in magazines or books that I someday want to complete, I use the small “flag” post-it style llater, with a small description on it, sticking out the top of the magazine or book. Makes it so much easier to find months later.

  29. Connie Coll - September 12, 2012

    To prevent quilting magazine stacks, (and I had a LOT), I remove the picture and instructions for the quilt and place them inside clear page protectors and then put them in binders. Then I recycle the magazines. I have also done this with knitting and crochet patterns as well. When I want a new project to do, I simply pull out the binders and flip through the pages. I can then take this with me to shop for fabric as all of the requirements are right there for me to see.

  30. Cathy Garrett - September 12, 2012

    Give everything away that you no longer need or will use to someone less fortunate than you. Avoid clutter.

  31. Karen Barrie - September 12, 2012

    Design Wall…My husband place 2 command hooks on top of 2 door frames. He got a pvc pipe that could lay on top of the hooks. I had a large piece of fannel which I made a sleeve at the top, slide the pvc pipe thru it and hang on the hook. When I am done …or company is here I just take the pole and felt down…No one sees the hooks !!! Simple and cheap to make !!!

  32. barbara corbitt - September 12, 2012

    see thru plastic totes. That way you dont have to dig through them to see what is inside. For a cheap design wall, you can use a table cloth that has a flannel backing. Save prescription pill bottles to use as needle holders or for bobbins. Use a small trashcan with a plastic super store bag in it. As you cut quilt pieces, drop your scraps in the bag, you can use them as a scrappy binding or for refrence if you need more fabric. If you have all youe blocks pieced and laid out the way you want them, start with the last block in the row and stack them with the first block of the row on top pin a piece of paper on the top block indicating which row it is. You could also pin a piece of paper on each blo k indicating its position in the quilt, ie row 1 block 1, row 1 block 2 etc. babscorbitt@gmail.com

  33. Deanna Johnson - September 12, 2012

    I plug a light on the same circuit as my iron so I know it is off when I leave the room. It has an auto shutoff but that doesn’t completely turn off the iron.

  34. Sarah Miller - September 12, 2012

    I bought a clear shoe holder, the plastic kind that hangs over the door, and I put all my smaller fabric scraps in color order, it is useful, inexpensive and nice to see all my fabric.

  35. Margaret Downer - September 12, 2012

    I keep a 4ft table beside my chair at the sewing machine with a cutting mat on it so all I have to do is turn and cut.

  36. Lisa Garrett - September 12, 2012

    I love the rolling carts with see thru plastic drawers for storage.

  37. Dorene Kemp - September 12, 2012

    I purchased a small metal cabinet (12×21)with several plastic drawers at a home improvement center that was meant to hold screws, nails, etc. I painted it, and store all my buttons, each color in a different drawer. The dividers separate the sizes. I have enough little drawers to hold snaps and other small notions. Very handy and efficient.

  38. Cindy Radtke - September 12, 2012

    And it has wheels, too. Would this ever make my sewing/quilting life easier! With my limited mobility and being unable to lift much, this would be the perfect win for me. Thank you CT for a chance to win something so useful!

  39. Dorothy - September 12, 2012

    I use plastic crates to sort my quilting books by subjecg and them put them on shelves.

  40. Anne Quade - September 12, 2012

    I used empty pill bottles to put my bent pens and old needles in. When they’re full I just throw them in the trash!

  41. Kimberly Whispell - September 12, 2012

    I have two walls of peg board, I hang anything & everything on them, looks just like a shop, I can see what I need when I need it. I have my rulers, patterns, buttons, and thing I can hang is on there.

  42. Jean Fritz - September 12, 2012

    I keep a 3 hole punch in my sewing room so when I print a pattern from the internet I can immediately put them in a binder so they don’t get misplaced!

  43. MK Menzies - September 12, 2012

    I found a great way to reuse/recycle the small square plastic cake containers! After I enjoy the cake, I use the container to store my fat quarters. They make it easy to see my collection, store on top of each other and include the pattern I plan to use with each fabric colletion!

  44. Kathie L - September 12, 2012

    have. Shoe box to collect 2.5 inch strips when I have some leftover fabric.

  45. Cat Lady - September 12, 2012

    I keep a three-ring notebook next to my sewing machine that has holds plastic sheet protectors. In the sheet protectors I place any important papers (or copies), such as basic sewing machine maintenance info, needle size charts, standard packaged batting size charts, how to calculate and make continuous bias binding strips, thread color charts by manufacturer. I also keep the directions on how to use some of those specialty rulers I have purchased. That way, when I need to access some information I know were to locate it quickly.

  46. Sue Erdreich - September 12, 2012

    I keep my fabric in cabinets with glass doors, so I can see what I have, but the fabric stays clean and dust free!

  47. Jane - September 12, 2012

    I always iron my pattern paper before pinning it to the fabric. That way I don’t have to fight to keep it flat.

  48. Cindy Radtke - September 12, 2012

    Wheels on it!! I’m all for anything with wheels to make moving around easier as I cannot lift much of anything. Add mobility issues and WOW would this be a fantastic win. It would make my life so much easier, especially with the amount of sewing/quilting that I do. Thank you for another wonderful give away. This would be my organization tip, a table just for sewing on. (I don’t have a sewing room)

  49. Sheddy - September 12, 2012

    I keep a plastic bin under my cutting table to throw scraps into.

  50. Louise Walther - September 12, 2012

    Use a small free standing wine rack to store rolls of stabilizers, interfacing, fusibles, etc.

  51. Diane Fama - September 12, 2012

    I cut up all the leftover fabrics from my projects into strips and place them into large zipper closure clear bags by color. They stay clean and neat, they pack really well because you can open the zipper closure a smidge, roll the bag tightly to get the air out, and even flatten them so they fit on a shelf or into a bag for travel. I find that organizing them this way, I use them when I am looking for a particular color when working on projects of any type. My scrap basket no longer consumes as much room (It was out of control!) and I can find what I need much faster. I also find they are great to take to workshops that I teach. No more lost pieces!

  52. RANCHMOM - September 12, 2012

    I store my fabrics in drawers by size, 1/4 yard cuts, fat quarters, fat eigths, 1/2 yard, 1 yard and so on. When I Know I need a 1/2 yard I can go to that drawer and choose my fabric, this way I know I have enough. Within the drawers or chest I try to color cordinate or store by fabric lines.

  53. Christina Reeves - September 12, 2012

    To help with organizing my sewing room I have a peg board on the wall behind my cutting table. I am able to adjust the hooks to allow me to hang various size rulers, cutting tools and I even have stencils hanging there. I also make a copy of the pattern I am working on so that I can mark off the various pieces as I cut them so I don’t skip any or duplicate them in error. Once I have the pieces cut I stack them in a plastic container which lettuce comes in. The plastic containers have lids and I can put the pattern in it as well as all the cut pieces including the binding and everything is together until I can start the project.

  54. Janet - September 12, 2012

    I love having pegboard on the walls-there are all kinds of hooks and bins to organize all the little stuff hard to keep track of!

  55. S Brown - September 12, 2012

    I use an old pincushion to store once-used but still good sewing machine needles. Use a permanent marker in each segment to designate the size of the needle (9, 11, 12, etc.).

  56. Joan H. - September 12, 2012

    I use clear plastic containers to store my fabrics according to color. when I need a scrap of a certain color, it is so easy to find. As soon as I purchase a new kit, I cut out the pieces and store the whole project in a clear plastic bag so when I am ready to work on it, it is ready to go !

  57. Sherry - September 12, 2012

    I have several 3 ring binders. One has quilt tips and any BOM I think I might do in my next life:), one has purchased patterns that are Southwest or Christmas, one has purchased patterns with any other themes, and one has patterns from magazines or patterns I have downloaded. The front of each binder has a piece of plastic with an opening at the top so papers can be inserted. I print out the list of what is in each binder, and insert it in the front of the binder. Everything is in the order I have inserted them in the binder. If I delete or add patterns, I go to my computer, and add or delete the pattern in the correct category, print it out and insert it in the appropriate binder.

  58. Brenda - September 12, 2012

    I use a wooden shoe shelving unit to store fat quarters, jelly rolls and quilt projects. I also use square cloth bins to keep my kits separate from the material and easier to just go to and start sewing.

  59. Pam - September 12, 2012

    I use the bottle totes from the liquor store to organize my rolls of tear-aways and diaper boxes to sort my patterns. Freebees all!

  60. Jamie - September 12, 2012

    My best trick isn’t rocket science, I just straighten everything up when I finish a project…put the scraps in the scrap bin, fold up larger pieces and put them back in my stash, and vacuum. It keeps my space as tidy as I can manage.

  61. Laura Harlow - September 12, 2012

    So many good tips! My favorite tip is hire someone to organize, but since I can’t afford that I just do many of those already suggested. Fabric on shelves or in plastic bins according to color or project is really mine.

  62. Sharon Mershon - September 12, 2012

    I have clear plastic tubs on a gorilla storage shelve. It makes the fabric stored easy to see and holds alot of tubs in a small space.

  63. Karen - September 12, 2012

    The rack my husband made me of dowels one for every roll of stablizer

  64. Nancy D. - September 12, 2012

    I’ve got my stash sorted by sizes and colors. Anything larger than fat quarters are wrapped on those comic book cardboard supports. They’re all sorted by color and set up like books on shelves. I makes it a lot easier to see the colors and prints than when they’re stacked on top of each other. The FQ are sorted in clear plastic bins by color as well. Then I’ve got separate bins for scraps.

  65. Amy Hazlett - September 12, 2012

    I save the square boxes that my scrapbooking materials come in and I use them as project boxes to keep my quilting projects separated from each other and clean and tidy.

  66. Jennifer Hope - September 12, 2012

    wow, what perfect timing….after an exhaustive search for a missing Social Security card so that my son can get his learner’s permit to drive, I have decided to organize EVERYTHING in my house… esp. the room that needs it the most – my office/craft room..(BTW, never did find the SS card but found lots of projects that need completed)

  67. Jeri Lively - September 12, 2012

    I use a clear drawer system to store my fabric in. I label the drawers for precuts, quilt kits, and yardage. I use grip it hooks on the a white/cork board to hold tools, cutters and rulers.

  68. Jeanie Johnson - September 12, 2012

    I love my peg boards. I have one over sewing area for sewing items such as scissors, rotary cutters, odds and ends and have one next to cutting table for all my rulers. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  69. Evelyn Ledesma - September 12, 2012

    I keep a roll of 2 inch wide blue painters tape in my sewing cabinet drawer, before starting my days sewing I take a generous section and make a loop, sticky side out and set it up within easy reach. I drop all thread ends onto the tape. Thread ends stay put and its easy clean up at the end of a sewing session.

  70. Cindy Chrisler - September 12, 2012

    I use an empty prescription bottle to store used sewing machine needles, broken or bent pins, and other small sharp objects until it is filled and ready to throw away. You can put on the safety lid to keep contents from spilling, and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck when taking out your trash!

  71. Ruth Berke - September 12, 2012

    I love sorting my fabrics and putting the fabrics and patterns for projects into plastic storage containers. I have a lot of projects waiting for their turn!

  72. Peggy - September 12, 2012

    I store my “in process” projects in stackable plastic storage boxes with handles. This takes up minimal floor space and makes it easy to grab & go with a project.

  73. Laura - September 12, 2012

    What great tips! I keep my projects in clear plastic stacking boxes, so I can find what I am looking for easily.

  74. Kim Andrew - September 12, 2012

    Organize? What be this organize? Seriously, I have never had an organized sewing/craft room. I put things away when done, keep the dust down, carpet vacuumed and that’s the extent of it. It’s just more fun to root through everything for a project. HA!

  75. Netta - September 12, 2012

    I have a self adhesive magnetic strip attached to the front of my sewing machine where I can keep a small stash of pins up and out of the way until I need them.

  76. Chris Eilts - September 12, 2012

    All my projects go into a plastic see-thru container, preferably one with handles – so easy to stack! I also make a note in each if the project is for someone in particular.
    I keep a plastic bucket close by and toss extra pieces into. Will then occasionally cut them into strips, squares, etc and bag up for a scrap quilt or donate to an assisted living center – they love ‘em!

  77. Ruthann Audritsh - September 12, 2012

    I set up a file on my computer and save electronic downloads in folders. When I’m looking for a pattern, I search the folders and print off the project. Keeps track of the many projects and patterns I have.

  78. Pauline Houle - September 12, 2012

    I’ve purchased different size fabric collapsable (should you empty one) boxes to store my material. Large ones for the 1 plus yardage and smaller ones for fat quarters, etc. This allows the fabric to breath.
    I also draw out on tracing paper, patterns I’m interested in making then sometimes color in the patterns so when I’m in a quilt shop I pull it out of my trusty 5X7 plastic pencil pouch and can look for what matetial I need. Easier than bringing magazines/books around with me.

  79. Joy Kidwell - September 12, 2012

    Painter’s tape! I use several layerrs as a seam guide; a small piece above my needle tells me which one is in the machine;I mark which block goes where on the tape and put it on the blocks when I’m putting them together and when I quilt I use it to mark straight lines to follow.

  80. MarciaW - September 12, 2012

    We like to put everything back in it’s place so can find it when have a chance to sew. Luckily, our sewing machine has a detachable compartment for our presser feet and bobbins. We use empty plastic wet swiffer containers to keep pieces together for in progress projects. We can spot that blue bottom and the top is clear. It is just the right size for hexie pieces too.

  81. Yvonne Hamilton - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tool is one of those key organizers that hang on the wall….only I use it to hang scissors & rotary cutters.

  82. Diana Haas - September 12, 2012

    I have shelves with bins on every available wall.

  83. Dawn M Hollingsworth - September 12, 2012

    I put my fat quarters in a rolling cart, batiks in one, misc. in others. Also keep little sewing notions in one of the drawers. My yardage-cut fabric is kept in tubs, organized by “size”. All pre-cuts are kept in their own tub. Patterns are in a basket. Scraps are in a box waiting to be sorted. Now, they all need to be organized by room!! :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  84. Marla hogan - September 12, 2012

    I just rearranged mine. I have a separate cabinet just for fabric. I put all my projects in their own large ziplock bags to keep each project seperate. (if they can fit)

  85. Dixie - September 12, 2012

    I use a blue rubber Bobbinsaver storage ring for my bobbins with cotton thread, and a red ring for polyester thread.

  86. Lindsay Hermecz - September 12, 2012

    I have a plastic portfolio that I keep small scraps of all my fabrics in, organized by color, that I can take with me on shopping trips so that I can easily match fabrics I’m thinking of buying with ones I already have.

  87. deb - September 12, 2012

    I am canadian and would love to win this table what if I pay the shipping would I still have a chance??
    favorite tip is to keep all UFO’s in sight and close at hand this way you can see what you are working on pick it up at anytime.

  88. Jill Sanders-Waldie - September 12, 2012

    I used a bookshelf under my big board ironing board to hold totes of fabric and projects. I also had shelves built across the width of my long closet in the room to hold books, etc. The shelves are adjustable.

  89. Rhonda - September 12, 2012

    I am a bit anal in my sewing room. My favorite organizational tip is to always tidy up before leaving. This ensures a desire to return.

  90. Dwanee Howard - September 12, 2012

    When finding a pattern that I know I just have to make, I purchase all the required items including embelishments and put them into a clear bag. The clear bags are stored in plastic bins according to holiday or season. For additional fabric over 1 yd, I recycle the cardboard left over from empty fabric bolts. I cut them in half giving me twice as many fabric holders. I then store the bolts on vertical shelves by color.

  91. Nancy simonds - September 12, 2012

    I removed the sliding closet door in my sewing room and my husband made me a counter height cutting table that holds a large cutting mat. I also have shelves on each side to hold baskets of fabric and projects and supplies.

  92. peggy - September 12, 2012

    well now that you ask….all those pesky rulers that find themselves in odd places and never where YOU knew you put them….I have way more than will fit in those neat little wooden holders….SO my hint is…..a Metal Plate Rack that hold 2 or three plates…they fit in just fine…and for the little ones metal letter files…
    also if you are a serger user and loose the little scrap catcher….a BASEBALL hat with the bill under the serger works great.
    happy stitching

  93. Roxanna H - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tip is to put things back after you are done with them…now if only I would use this tip!

  94. Mary Ann - September 12, 2012

    Zip lock bags…what did we do without them. Sew handy for taking small projects in your purse to storing large projectson a shelf. I use all sizes to keep my projects organized.

  95. Lauren Eberhard - September 12, 2012

    The best things in my sewing room are 2 double sided plastic thread containers. At a glance I can see all my Essential threads and quickly choose the color I need for each project. Can also see which colors I need to reorder. Suggest these thread storers for everyone.

  96. Barbara Klaver - September 12, 2012

    I collect the clear boxes that salad greens come in. I sort my precut scraps in them and they fit nicely on shelves and stack neatly. And they are free!
    Barbara

  97. Helen Stewart - September 12, 2012

    I store my fabrics by color in plastic rolling carts-easy to roll under my cutting table to store out of way.

  98. Cindy - September 12, 2012

    I like having my fabrics sorted by color. I’ve placed them in shallow totes so every piece can be seen at quick glance and stacked in a closet so out of the light. It’s been my best system for simple access to the stash.

  99. Cindy Garaas - September 12, 2012

    I built a wall for tools with pegboard. You can buy various sizes at DIY stores and attach thin, long pieces of wood on the back running vertical and horizontal and buy different size hooks for tools at those stores also. Then just hang all your rulers, etc. Most of them have holes for hanging. You need to put the thin, long pieces on the back to keep the pegboard away from the wall so hooks can be inserted through the back. I have a sewing room in my northern house and also in my snowbird house and that was the first thing installed. Well, after my cutting table which is a pub table – perfect height. Buy them in “damaged” rooms as they are cheaper and maybe they only have a scratch.

  100. Margaret - September 12, 2012

    I use the matchbox cars plastic carrier for my spools of thread. I use one side for one color and the other side for another color. This works great for me.

  101. Carolyn Landers - September 12, 2012

    A couple of years ago, money was tight and I needed a cutting table. Cutting on my dining room table table cause my back to hurt. We had an old banquet table outside and I brought it into the house, cleaned it up and had PVC pipes cut about 7 inches long. I had one place on each leg of the table and then added the little round carpet protectors under the PVC pipes, This extended the height of the banquet table so that I no longer had to stoop too low to cut. Well that table worked so well that I am still using it 5 years later!

  102. Cheryl Avery - September 12, 2012

    I save the clear zippered plastic bags that pillow cases come in. I keep a needle book, folding scissors, needle threader, quilt clips, pins in a plastic box,a seam ripper, thread and anything else I may need for my current portable quilting project. I just grab & go and know my portable sewing bag has everything I need. The bag is more sturdy than a simple zip-lock type bag.

  103. Karen Stump - September 12, 2012

    I have two sets of cabinets with Glass doors that serve to hold notions, threads, and supplies. My other cabinet houses books, and little baskets of Patterns. My favorite organizing tool though is my “tool kit” it has scissors, a few pens, pins, needles, basic thread colors, french curves, chalk (I sew clothes and quilts) and any small tools that are helpful to have right by your side when working. Everything has its place in the tool box and its easy to grab and go. This is the single most useful tool i have since it keeps so many things handy. Very useful for running to classes or a girls sewing date.

  104. jane - September 12, 2012

    I’m trying to use Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Users System to stay on top of scraps & keep them organized.

  105. Mary S - September 12, 2012

    I’ve recently utilized the closet to store more of my stash that didn’t fit in my large white cabinet and have all my threads in thread containers and then wonder where did I put everything. Sometimes being organized lets me be unorganized :)

  106. Kate Schloemer - September 12, 2012

    I few years ago my husband and I were full time rv’ers. If you lived in a RV you know space is precious. My husband worked on puzzles for a past time, while I quilted. Because we needed to share a table I decided to buy myself a table for my sewing machine. I needed something that I could use for cutting out fabric and also use for the sewing machine to set on. I also needed something I could fold up and put away. I purchased a Arrow table. Best investment I ever made.

  107. Rebecca McFann - September 12, 2012

    I Cut up my scraps right away and organize them by size or strips, they are handy when I need a little something, or just in the scrappy mood.

  108. Sharon - September 12, 2012

    I have severaldifferent pincushion, one for hand needles,divided by size;one for sewing machine needles also divided by size; one with quilting pins, and another for general pins.
    this was I can pick the right one at a glance

  109. Gretchen Kohls - September 12, 2012

    Wonerful prices – even better fabrics! It’s like Christmas for a six-year-old when I see anything with Connecting Threads connected!

  110. Sue Kirk - September 12, 2012

    I have a small tote to put left over binding in, I try to cut the bigger scraps into 3, 4 & 5″ squares and I put them in small totes by the size of the square. Whenever I feel like making a scrapy quilt I pick through the squares, and use the left over bindings. Makes me feel thrifty!!!

  111. Linda Smith - September 12, 2012

    I have a 5-shelf metal storage unit and then sort my fat quarters and halves in plastic bins by type of fabric (Christmas, batik, reds, etc.). I have another bookcase in which I have all of my various quilting magazines sorted by date and name of magazine in the upright plastic magazine holders.

  112. Sharon D. - September 12, 2012

    I am currently in PA for several months and my home is in NE. Before I left I organized my way too large stash in tubs and carts by type of project (holiday, batik, etc.)or by type of fabric (kids, minky, batting, neutrals). I made a full inventory list numbering the tubs to bring with me so my friend that is watching my house would be able to locate something if I needed it sent to me. With me I brought a few smaller tubs of projects, a travel tote for a large cutting mat where I also store my rulers, an ironing cart with storage underneath and a tin box I got at a quilting retreat with miscellaneous supplies. I could really use a traveling table for my machine – I miss my space at home. I have to get creative on where my machine can set when I want to sew or quilt.

  113. diana tomlin - September 12, 2012

    I would love to have this gidget 2 sewing table with wheels. it would make it some much easier to go to the quilting classes.

  114. Judy Foister - September 12, 2012

    I have my fabrics organized by groups: 30’s, civil war, thimbleberries, moda’s, etc inside cabinets with doors. My projects are in clear storage containers stacked neatly beside my cabinets for easy access to the current project that I am working on. I am determined to complete many of the ufo projects during the next year. My threads are stored in plastic containers next to my sewing table making easy access to a large variety of thread. Perhaps my most convient working tip is that I have my sewing area setup with a sewing table for my Berina Sewing Machine and another sewing table beside it for cutting and trimming, and bookcases with lots of books behind me, file cabinets with my magazines in order by name and date, and an ironing board on the left side of the sewing table “left-handed”. I have a scrap box that I cut strips and squares and store in a rolling plastic container with many drawers for the scrappy quilts that I enjoy making. I have a featherweight in a traveling bag for our quilt club’s weekly “sit and sew” sessions. I’ve retired from work and I am having a ball in my golden years. I can always make room for new tools!

  115. diane - September 12, 2012

    wow, since I am a fabriholic I have a closet full, bins in other closets full and shelves full and still I see something new that I just have to have. I have curtailed much but it almost hurts to not get something. Since I have starting using my stash to make and remake clothing articles. This station would be quite handy for my small habit room

  116. Marie Newport - September 12, 2012

    I store all my fat quarters and smaller scraps in a hang-up shoe organizer. It doesn’t take up much room, can hang in the closet of my sewing room, and allows me to see everything at once. I have one for everyday fabrics and one for Christmas fabrics, sorted by color, of course. I think I’m a full-fledged fabri-holic…anyone else need a serious intervention?!

  117. Cherylann McGuire - September 12, 2012

    I have a large closet with floor to ceiling shelves installed where I have my quilting fabric sorted by color!

  118. Mary Ann - September 12, 2012

    I keep my current projects in plastic storage containers on the shelves in my sewing room. It is so easy to pull out the project I want to work on and everything goes right back in the container when I’m done sewing. Since everything I need is in one container I can easily pull a project for a sewing day at friend’s house or for a retreat.

  119. Joy - September 12, 2012

    I put hug a floral shoe bag on my door.. it has clear pockets.. I love it I put all my frequently used tools in there. I also keeps all my fabric markers, small rulers, rotary cutters. there are so many things you can keep in there.

  120. Judie Harron - September 12, 2012

    I purchased two storage cabinets with shelves which hold most of my sewing and quilting supplies and fabrics. I organized the fabrics by bolts, measured yardages, fat quarters, charm squares, and scraps. One section of each cabinet has a place to hang quiltops ready to be hand or machine quilted; the second cabinet has a section which holds two side by side rubbermaid storage units with drawers to hold most of the rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, and other notions. I make myself put things away at the end of a sewing day, so I always walk into an organized space which invites creativity or a return to my current project! I would love to win the Gidget 2 sewing station… so compact and portable… thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest.
    judieharron@yahoo.com

  121. Ruth C - September 12, 2012

    I have a metal cart with shelves and wheels that is perfect for storing my bobbins, machine feet, and other gadgets that I use a lot. On top I have pencil holders for seam rippers and marking pencils. Best of all, I can move the cart to wherever I am sewing!

  122. Cindy - September 12, 2012

    In my sewing room I have a 6ft closet with sliding doors and little wall space to hang a cloth design wall.
    To solve this problem, I mounted a white, vinyl roll-up blind above the molding. Simply unroll it, clip a design cloth to the blinds and I have an instant design wall that can be rolled up and out of the way, when not in use.

  123. Cy Swendsen - September 12, 2012

    I don’t have the most orgnized sewing room even with all the shelving, plastic bins and roling plastic bins! But I do LOVE the pegboard thread holder that my hubbie mad me. Where there are pegs but no thread I hang my embroidery machine hoops!

  124. Diane Culliney - September 12, 2012

    I like to recycle. The clear plastic containers that grapes and salad come in are great for storing scraps or fat quarters. You can see what’s inside. I also have used clean meat trays to hold pieces of blocks while I work on the blocks. It is all free.

  125. Peggy Franz - September 12, 2012

    I like to have several quilt projects going at the same time. I prefer big blocks of some sort and find that pizza boxes size 16, 18 and even 20 keep the parts flat and they stack great. Just put your notes on the outer edge and tape a picture on it as a reminder of which project it is.

  126. Darlene Staley - September 12, 2012

    My new favorite organization tip is the use of comic boards to fold my fabric and create mini-bolts. I love the neatness of it. A new bookcase is on my wishlist after we move to display the bolts in full glory. Will make finding fabric for a new project a lot easier with less wrinkles to iron out. Would love to win the portable sewing table. Thanks for a chance!

  127. Jo Anna Cupp - September 12, 2012

    I use a gaget lazy susan to hold my rotary cutters and scissors and pens at the sewing table it keeps a lot at my fingertips

  128. Marlene Lorentz - September 12, 2012

    I have a pincushion with an attached thread catcher that I made that is positioned on the right side of my sewing machine. Also, a friend gave me a cup that has pockets all the way around that holds all of my smaller things like seam ripper, scissors, tweezers, pencils, etc. close at hand beside my machine.

  129. Carol Crawford - September 12, 2012

    one of my tips is to have an extending antena like rod with a strong magnet on the end. So easy to pick up dropped pins. Never put it off for later. There is also a rod with tiny pinchers on the end that is great for picking up dropped Buttons. Don’t even have to get up. Always good to keep with the sewing table. The one with the wheels really looks splendid.

  130. Carol Crawford - September 12, 2012

    one of my tips is to have an extending antena like rod with a strong magnet on the end. So easy to pick up dropped pins. Never put it off for later. There is also a rod with tiny pinchers on the end that is great for picking up dropped Buttons. Don’t even have to get up. Always good to keep with the sewing table. The one with the wheels really looks splendid.

  131. Carol Crawford - September 12, 2012

    one of my tips is to have an extending antena like rod with a strong magnet on the end. So easy to pick up dropped pins. Never put it off for later. There is also a rod with tiny pinchers on the end that is great for picking up dropped Buttons. Don’t even have to get up. Always good to keep with the sewing table. The one with the wheels really looks splendid.

  132. Cindy Ronksley - September 12, 2012

    After I iron fabric strips for a quilt, I use a simple plastic clothes hanger to hold the strips until I am ready to use them.

  133. Marilyn Moss - September 12, 2012

    I use clear plastic bins to put my fabric in so I can easily see what’s in it. I also sort my fabrics by color or if I’m collecting fabric for a particular project it all goes into one smaller plastic bin.

  134. Janis - September 12, 2012

    I have clear plastic totes that my fabric is in. I lay the container on it’s short side and fold my fabric so I get 2 rows of fabric side by side in it. They are then put on metal shelving. I can see what I have in each by looking at the ends or sides of the totes. I have my patterns in the smaller clear totes with handles. These are also kept on my shelving. Some day I will put my fabrics on comic book cardboard and then put them on my shelves. Then it will look like I have a mini quilt shop.

  135. K. A. Sorg - September 12, 2012

    Several years ago, my husband and I lost our home to a fire. When I started furnishing my sewing room/office, I wanted to start out organized. My two favorite things in my room are my magic drawers and my peg board. The peg board hangs on the wall behind my sewing machine. I hang my thread on the hooks and have the matching bobbin hanging right below it. I can also hang scissors, etc. My magic drawers are also a favorite as I can sort out my supplies, put them away, but see easily into the drawers and if I need the bottom drawer, it is no problem!

  136. Starr Barnett - September 12, 2012

    My husband finished a room above the garage, and one long side has four layers of shelves. All my fabrics are stacked by color, the whole length of the room. I love the easy access.

  137. Maggie R. Kelley - September 12, 2012

    When organizing, I start with color and place the fabric specially folded to fit in little shelf boxes for shoes that I have purchased from a from a place like Home Depot. These units attach to the wall of the room. When starting a project, I scan the colors and pull what will work well together for the project. When done with cutting for the project, I save all the scraps and cut them in 2.5″x4.5″ and 1.5″x9.5″ and stack them in a box I keep for projects that I use in making scrappy quilts that use that size of cuts, never wasting my favorite fabrics. I have less in my trash can when I’m done, and usually another project is nearly ready just with the scraps after cutting for the 1st project. Waste not want not!

  138. Judi R - September 12, 2012

    Wow! I am grabbing all these great tips as I must be the most disorganized one here! I do use those nifty satchel style plastic boxes for each project in progress! It makes it easier to have everything together when I only get a few minutes to sew and to take a project to a sew in! I really would love to win this Table as I teach at a free sewing club for kids and I could use an adjustable height table (or 4) that we can store .

  139. Catherine Buckingham - September 12, 2012

    Magnets are great for pins I have several. I keep a list of my quilting projects on my phone and if I need to match something I take a picture with my phone. Also take pics of projects I want to do.

  140. Fran Sheehan - September 12, 2012

    I keep all my fabric on shelves with each color having its own stack. I also keep my fat quarters separate on a different shelf. All large cut peices from projects go into a large tote and the smaller peices go into a medium size one. I then know exactly–well almost–where everything is.

  141. Linda Smith - September 12, 2012

    I use spool holders that my husband made to hold my thread,
    he need to get busy they are almost all full, also use clear plastic tubs totes for some of my fabrics, easy to see when needed.

  142. ellen harper - September 12, 2012

    My motto is a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I use a variety of bins, shelving, drawers and such, mostly I store like to like but the most important thing is to put things away as you are done using them. Once in a while it is helpful to sort and replace various items, that way I can see what I have, what I have forgotten I have and donate to the thrift shop things I will longer can use.

  143. Brenda Worthington - September 12, 2012

    I have stacking drawer units. Each drawer neatly holds two rows of fat quarters. I have them all arranged by color and/or project. That way I can see my fabric at a glance when I’m choosing fabric for a project.
    I have a variable height ironing board so I set it at seated height right by machine so I can turn and press without having to get up as many times while I’m sewing.

  144. Barbra - September 12, 2012

    I use those large plastic shopping bags from fabric and grocery stores to store individual projects. Makes it easy to get a particular one out to work with at home or take to a group meeting.

  145. Carolyn Ivory - September 12, 2012

    Best tip: I use 40% off coupons and watch for sales on the see-through plastic storage containers and drawers at our local fabric store. Just today, there was a 50% off sale plus a senior discount of 20%. Maybe I have enough drawers now… maybe.
    The see-through bins hold my projects – fabric patterns, specialty rulers until the project is complete. My stash fabric is held in see-through, roll-around drawers that fit under banquet tables that I use to cut fabric.

  146. Barbara - September 12, 2012

    I always wanted to try out one of these portable tables. Thank you for offering such a great prize.

  147. Karen H - September 12, 2012

    I buy the clear plastic 12×12 boxes on sale and made a cabinet that they slide in – I keep my current projects in there so I always know that I can get to them quickly and everything is together so I can get right to work

  148. Carol Gray - September 12, 2012

    I buy a lot of skirts so I reuse those plastic hangers that have the clips on the ends to hang up quilt blocks in progress so I can back away from them to get a better perspective. It gives me the opportunity to see if my contrasts and color choices are good before I continue making the blocks.

  149. Kari Bies - September 12, 2012

    I travel a lot and this would be so nice to be able to take places to have a great place to sew!

  150. Suzan Olinger - September 12, 2012

    I like to use 2 gallon size ziplock bags for projects. This allows me to keep the pieces, extra fabric and thread all together. When I am ready to work on one of the projects it is just grab and go. When I am done with a project I cut my scraps into 5 inch squares. This siz eseems to work great for piecing or appliqué.

  151. Elishka - September 12, 2012

    Um, I need some sewing room organization! Right now the bed in my guest bedroom (aka “sewing room”) is covered in fabric, and I sew on my kitchen counter! To transport all my sewing accessories between the sewing room and kitchen, I have an old toolbox that I put all my goodies in, that way all I do is grab my machine and toolbox and I’ve got everything I need!

  152. Christy Foster - September 12, 2012

    I use a rubber welcome mat to keep my sewing machine pedal from sliding on the floor.

  153. Ruth Anglin - September 12, 2012

    I keep my current class projects in plastic bins with labels along with any special tools I may need. When I’m finished with my “homework” everything goes back in the bin ready to grab on my way out the door to my next class.

  154. Hattie - September 12, 2012

    I leave my pincushion next to my sewing machine so that when I’m pulling pins as I sew, I can pop them right back into the cushion. Also, I have a set of mini-drawers right next to my machine where I keep my thread and bobbins.

  155. Veronica - September 12, 2012

    I use the clear, double-sided plastic Hot Wheels or Matchbox car cases to store my spools or threads. They’re the perfect side and I can see through them. I have them all labeled with my Dymo labeler for polyester and cotton threads.

  156. debbie shaw - September 12, 2012

    Lots of small baskets holding projects I am working on.

  157. Samantha - September 12, 2012

    My neighbor actually told me this one. She keeps all of her UFOs in pizza boxes! They stack really nice and depending on the pizza box size you know how big a project you have going. Cheap and easy. All you need is a bit of acid free paper to wrap your project in before putting in the box. :D

  158. Fran - September 12, 2012

    I have used the plastic hinged project boxes for a long time, but a couple years ago I bought three of the seven-drawer craft chests and started labelling everything! And, sorted my scraps by color so I could find what I was looking for quicker. I’m going on a week-end retreat in November, and that little table would be perfect.

  159. Karen Nelson - September 12, 2012

    I just signed up for a weekend quilt a thon at the local church-
    I need one of these wonderful collapsable table!
    Hope I won!

  160. Hillary jackson - September 12, 2012

    I keep each project in a separate plastic bin. Easy to find everything that way!

  161. sheri gleichauf - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win the table, I can always use space for another machine setup

  162. Carlyn Brandt - September 12, 2012

    I travel alot with my sewing machine and this table would make it so much more enjoyable once I get to my destination.
    Thanks for offering this as a free gift.

  163. Judy Covell - September 12, 2012

    Shelving for my fabrics instead of boxes makes it so easy to find what you are looking for. We did a whole long wall in shelving and put all my crafts by catagory and fabrics and freed up tons of floor space.

  164. Karen Tupper - September 12, 2012

    My sewing room is on the second floor of our cape-style house so it is tucked under the eaves. Upon entering the room, on the left is a closet with double-sliding hollow core doors. So there isn’t much room on that wall for anything else. What I did to create my design wall was purchase some curtain wire from Ikea and then hung a plain, white, cloth shower curtain from it. Now I can slide my “design wall” in front of my entrance door when I’m in my sewing room and need the full width or slide it just over the closet doors when I don’t need as much. And I still have full access to my closet storage space behind the curtain. Love it!

  165. Anne Johnson - September 12, 2012

    Wow! What a wonderful portable table. It would be great to take on weekend trips and vacation. I would not have withdrawals from not being able to sew when I am away from home. Thanks for the opportunity.

  166. Janet Yatska - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tip for the sewing room is I got pieces of pipe and 2 closet shelf rod holders and mounted them on the wall to hold my big rolls of batting, keeps them up and out of the way.

  167. Alice Callahan - September 12, 2012

    I use the plastic shoe boxes to sort my strips. When I finish a project I cut my small scraps into strips and squares. I label the end of each box showing the width of the strips in that box and stack them on my shelves.

  168. Mary Alice - September 12, 2012

    I use pant/skirt hangers to keep current projects I want to work on front and center. I clip the printed instructions, templates, ziplock bag with cut fabric pieces all together with the hangers and hang them from my wire shelves to remind me what to work on before starting something new. The hangers are also great for holding printed instructions hung from the (unused) cone thread holder beside my machine. No more shuffling papers to find my next step; just glance up and continue with project.

  169. Gene Black - September 12, 2012

    My best tip is to keep like colored fabrics together – then when you know you want to use a yellow, you only have to look thru the yellow section of fabrics.

  170. Lisa H - September 12, 2012

    Wall mounted thread rack with all colors of threads and matching already filled bobbins sitting on top of each spoon for quick and easy project starts.

  171. Cathy B - September 12, 2012

    I keep a basket for all my 2″ square scraps and a basket for my 1 1/2″ stripes. This way they are sported and cut, all ready for a scrappy project. Would LOVE to win this giveaway!! thank you.

  172. Deb Praus - September 12, 2012

    Was just shopping on your site when this popped up, good thing it saves my basket! My best tip is these clear plastic containers (Target $3.99) they are about 10 x 13 x 3 and I keep projects in them. I put the pattern, fabric and anything else I need inside. When the mood strikes or going quilting, I have something at the ready. I glued little chalkboard paper labels on the front so if I need to buy anything, I write it on there. I can see it at a glance when shopping!

  173. Jacqueline - September 12, 2012

    My favorite has been the mini-bolts to organize my fabric. I used to fold it onto shelves – now I put it on comic book boards like mini bolts of fabric – I can see exactly what I have and its organized by color and type and fabric line. LOVE! <3

  174. Brenda Leo - September 12, 2012

    I recently recycled a bin with 20 draws from my husbands garage for my KamSnaps, and purse hardware. It’s perfect having them within reach, I don’t have to move several plastic bins now to get to what I need. I can see thru the bins and there is room to label each color for the snaps.

  175. Mary White - September 12, 2012

    My son found an old Elementary school cubby unit that is perfect height for a cutting table. It has 16 cubby holes on each side of the shelf and my 26×36 inch cutting mat fits on top. I use the cubby to hold patterns, jars of buttons, and all the little things that clutter up my work space. The cubby spaces are the perfect size to hold printed patterns I find on the computer. Cigar boxes fit perfectly in the cubbies, also!!

  176. TLF - September 12, 2012

    I just looked at one of these in a catalog today. I would love to have one!

  177. Barb - September 12, 2012

    I tape an ECLIPSE mints metal container to the left end
    of my sewing machine above the needle area to keep my sewing tools handy during stitching. I cover the tin with contact paper and tape the open lid with blue painter’s tape.. one of my favorite sewing necessities. It holds my clear 6 inch ruler, seam ripper, stylus and pens- both marking and writing.

  178. VLAbney - September 12, 2012

    I have an artist’s turntable organizer that holds so much of what I use… Pencils, pens, nearing tools, anything that is tall and narrow and fits in the compartments. It is a life saver for me.

  179. Brandy Marti - September 12, 2012

    My favorite is to keep all of my projects in little baskets so I know right where they are.

  180. cecelia - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tool is the 12″ scrapbooking plastic boxes. They are perfect for storing my quilt blocks while I work on a project. Very helpful since I work on multiple projects at once.

  181. Patsy Nielson - September 12, 2012

    I love the idea for a wall shelf for thread storage. My thread supply is in major need of a better organization method! Would love a nice sewing table too.

  182. Terry Tumlison - September 12, 2012

    I like to use stack-able plastic drawers to organize my notions.

  183. Barb - September 12, 2012

    when I cut my bindings for my quilts, I press them and accordian fold them and then put in a bag which hangs on the front of my machine. As I need it I can just keep pulling the binding out of the bag a little at a time and it is not on the floor or all messed up. Makes it so much easier to put the binding on the quilt.

  184. WendyAnn - September 12, 2012

    I’m using 12×12″ hinged plastic scrapbook paper storage boxes to keep my many projects separate. They are big enough to hold extra fabric, patterns, cut pieces, and pieced blocks nice and neat.

  185. Louise Bruce - September 12, 2012

    My favorite thing to do in my sewing/quilting room is to shelve my fabric by color, that makes it a lot easier for me when I start a project….and to use foam board to wrap my fabric on , you can make it what ever size you need and stores real well on shelves….thank you for letting us enter….

  186. Pat Black - September 12, 2012

    I love my fishing tackle box.

  187. Ethel Lytton - September 12, 2012

    I love this little versatile table. It would be an awesome addition to my small sewing room and the ability to fold it and store it would be helpful to me. My tip is to have fabric stored in color families so you won’t waste time. I have my fabric stored on shelves in a closet in stacks of varying colors.

  188. Cathy B - September 12, 2012

    Hi, my favorie is my boards. One dry erase, one bulletin board. Keeps ideas insight as well as deadlines. As a have a small art business, I need to keep this information in sight.

  189. Mary Ellen Brandau - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tool is my pegboard wall. I keep many rulers of all different sizes there. I also keep all my thread on racks attached to the peg board which makes them very accessible.

  190. Barbara Lunde - September 12, 2012

    If I need to make one piece of batting out of several small pieces, I simply stitch them together using the serpentine stitch on my machine. It crisscrosses the pieces, is easy to do and I’m done in no time at all.

  191. Carmela Garcia - September 12, 2012

    Wow! This looks really neat! Just think, it would fit almost anywhere and I could take it with me when I visit my grandchildren and sew for them!,

  192. Mary Val - September 12, 2012

    I make the binding for my quilts as soon as the top is completed. I store them wound around the cardboard flats that fabric is wound on at the quilt shops, or on the cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, with the end of the binding pinned to secure them. They stay neatly pressed, with no fold marks; they can be stood upright in a corner out of the way. Any extra binding is rewound on the flat for use on a future project. You can put several bindings on one flat or tube, and easily see what you have.

  193. Amanda F. - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tip is to store thread in a cool, dark, dry place so that it will have a longer shelf life. Who knew thread could become ruined by too much light exposure?

  194. Carol Randall - September 12, 2012

    When we moved into our new home, I had the decision/choice of putting our chest freezer in the family room or my sewing room. While not crazy about it going into my sewing room, I liked the idea of it in the family room even less. Into the sewing room it went and I’m glad I made that decision because it makes a wonderful work surface for me. I do all my rotary cutting on it and usually all of my applique’ tracing.

  195. Melanie Myllymaki - September 12, 2012

    great piece of sewing furniture!

  196. Tamie Powell - September 12, 2012

    Wow, this is such a great table!How handy this would be!

  197. Jeannette - September 12, 2012

    I keep two large boxes under my cutting table to take larger scraps when I’m cutting (one for light, one for dark value). Between them is the perfect place for my rulers to stand up and be instantly available.

  198. Mary - September 12, 2012

    This looks great I’ve never seen one before and I could REALLY use this in my sewing room and on retreat.

  199. Penny Smith - September 12, 2012

    We just downsized our home. I went from a full sewing room to a small corner of our master bedroom. This portable table would be a wonderful help in my limited sewing space. Thanks for a chance to win!

  200. Barbara Lunde - September 12, 2012

    If I need to put several small pieces of batting together to make one larger piece, I use the serpentine stitch on my machine to connect them. No hassling with hand sewing, done in a jiffy.

  201. Rina - September 12, 2012

    I use the plastic containers that salads and roast chicken come in to store my HST’s.

  202. Andrea - September 12, 2012

    I like to do watercolor quilts and I like to use a pizza box for my small 2.5 squares. It allows me to keep my darks ,lights and mediums each in a box. This way it allows me to see how dark connects to medium and medium to light in a colorwash effect. This work so well going to quilt bee’s and quilt-athon weekends

  203. Cathy Koester - September 12, 2012

    This would be great for retreats!

  204. Ali M - September 12, 2012

    Hmm thats hard, but I keep all my projects in see through plastic bins with labels on them with the current project it has – that makes it easy to pull out whatever I want to work on without searching too hard.

  205. Mindy Day - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organizational tip is that I’ve hung a curtain rod on the wall in my sewing room and hung a large piece of cotton batting to use as my design wall.

  206. Linda Stovall - September 12, 2012

    I always install sheets of pegboard that I have painted a favorite color, on the wall behind my sewing machine. On that I can hang lots of tools, patterns I am working on, even thread spool holders, so my threads are at my finger tips. I use some shelving on walls to hold boxes I have labled and I use cloth shoe organizers on the back of doors to hold fat quarters, or fabrics to be used together. I keep individual kit materials in paper bags that I label, so as time goes by, I don’t forget what I want to do. The Gidget 2 would be so perfect for my very limited space,

  207. P J Miles - September 12, 2012

    If you could see my work room, you wouldn’t think that I can organize but I keep to do projects in stacking plastic boxes that stack. I can just grab a box and go or do.
    No searching for all that is needed.

  208. Jennie P. - September 12, 2012

    I like to put mini sticky notes on my fabrics to remind me how much yardage I have along with the name and collection of the fabric.

  209. Diane Higbie - September 12, 2012

    I use toilet paper rolls for several things. I roll binding on one after it is ironed. They are great to keep cords tidy and neat. I sometimes cover with fabric so they will look nice and are functional.

  210. Kelly Hartmann - September 12, 2012

    Hanging closet organizers for folded fabric.
    what a effecient sewing workstation. I would love to add to my sewing room so I can teach my grand daughters to sew the way my grandmother taught me.

  211. Betty Gracie - September 12, 2012

    I have the perfect spot for the table.

  212. VickiT - September 12, 2012

    My sewing room is a smaller 9×10 room so once I added a sewing table and a cutting/storage (very large) table into the room along with my large desk plus two bookcases I had no storage area to speak of. Because of that I went ‘up’. I had my husband install multiple shelves on three walls in the room up closer to the ceiling. Two of them connect in a corner so it appears that one is a very large “L” shaped corner shelf. The brackets I chose to use to support the shelves have a ‘hook’ which is made to hold a round bar. At the time we installed them I had bought a large amount of batting from the fabric store which emptied the roll so I asked if I could have that roll it was wound on. I put that roll onto the round bar on the brackets so it was out of my way. When I needed batting, I just unrolled what I needed. The bar on those shelving support hooks are also the same size you would use for hangers so I can hang clothing I am making or things that need to be mended also.
    On the shelves as well as underneath my tables I have everything stored in clear storage containers/bins I purchase from The Container Store. These bins have a slight indentation on each lid to enable stacking of each one so they won’t slide when stacked. I can stack two high on my shelves so I have a large amount of storage area up above that I can just look at each bin to see what’s inside since they are clear. I did put a label on each anyway just to make it quicker but the bins all being the same type work really great because tehy are meant to be stacked. On my bookshelf near my machine I have thread storage boxes for all my machine embroidery threads as well as more storage bins from the same store and the same type as the others. This style bin I buy come in multiple sizes from small all the way up to under the bed storage containers so I have a multitude of sizes I can buy and each will stack with the others. The oblong (called shoe boxes) will stack on the larger bins two wide and the smaller bins can stack even more. I really love this style storage bin because of the way they all work together and the fact they are clear, plus the big thing is they are not expensive at all and the lids snap on so those won’t slide off either. And nothing gets dusty either.
    Between the shleves which are up and out of the way and the storage containers on the shelves and my bookshelves I have a very large amount of ‘stuff’ which is out of the way and neatly stored so I can find it quickly. I love it as it really helps in this small room, plus it looks so much neater since they are all the same brand/style containers.

  213. Alice Bonnell - September 12, 2012

    When I’m working on a project, I keep it all on a hanger. It could be uncut fabric, strips, a top, a backing, or sandwiched top…whatever stage the quilt is in! Then I keep all small pieces, the pattern, etc. in a clear plastic bag which hangs over the top of the hanger. Everything together and not lying around. I hang the projects in the closet of my sewing room.

  214. Paulette - September 12, 2012

    I use narrow DVD or CD racks to hold hundreds of fat quarters. They are only six inches deep, so they take up very little table or counter space, and hold a LOT of fat quarters. Makes a nice looking, colorful wall too.

  215. jill - September 12, 2012

    I keep small pieces of a project together in a ziploc bag so none of the pieces get lost or misplaced. I can keep the bags with projects or on shelves. Sometimes I will tack them up on my bulletin board.

  216. Connie - September 12, 2012

    My best tip is…..when completing a project I clean my surrounding sewing area; put all threads, pins, material away, then I can start a new project with a clean slate. This helps to clear my mind and rejuvinates me.

  217. Lorie - September 12, 2012

    I continuously reorganize my space because I work in a multipurpose room of my home and I keep getting shoved around to different areas of the room. I’d love to have this table as it is so portable I could move it downstairs to work when my 1st grandchild comes to sleep over at Grammie’s. I could “set up shop” anywhere and not have to lug the gigantic, heavy 6 footer that I use now.

  218. Arlene Rhein - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational thing is to collect Strawberry containers. This is the large plastic container that you buy strawberries in. I use them to put small projects in. they are clear, snap closed, and keep things in one spot.

  219. Erin Marie - September 12, 2012

    I have all my scissors & rotary cutters in a large mug on my desk, and my pens, markers, seam ripper in a smaller mug next to it. Easy access, easy to find (when I put the things back), and out of the way.

  220. Julie B. - September 12, 2012

    I have 5 opaque plastic 3 drawer storage containers with fabric sorted by colors or theme (Halloween, Christmas, Americana). However, I have more fabric in my stash then I have room in the storage containers. I have one large plastic tub with only Asian fabrics & patterns. I have my quilt magazines grouped in holders by company, month & year with my favorite patterns “flagged” with a sticky note. It would be great to win the table. Thanks for the chance.

  221. jill - September 12, 2012

    Thank you for offering this table as a prize. It would be very handy in my sewing room. I also wanted to say that I keep ongoing projects in tote bags and keep them hung on hangers in my closet. That way, I keep fabric, thread and instructions all together!

  222. Bonnie Stonebraker - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win one of these. Would be great for one of my machines that currently sits on my cutting table! Thanks for the chance to win!

  223. Carla V - September 12, 2012

    This would make sewing so much fun! I would be able to take my sewing anywhere in my home.
    cavjav at cox dot net

  224. Sharon - September 12, 2012

    Cool organization idea is using canning jars as containers for small items, such as binder clips, notions, spools etc !!!

  225. Christine Sherman - September 12, 2012

    I’m fairly new to quilting and sewing. My favorite tip I have found so far is using the comic book cards to put my fabric on, I just love this!

  226. Joyce Cloud - September 12, 2012

    when I sew I use my dining room table or a small tv tray table sure would love the chance to win one of these tables

  227. Jarda - September 12, 2012

    One of my favorite hints is to attach one of those sheets from the lint removal rolls to the side of the chair I am working at to put all the snippets from my sewing. Like reverse applique thread snippets.

  228. Angie - September 12, 2012

    Store all my fabric in totes for seperated by each quilt project that I have. Even after I finish a quilt I keep all the left over material & scraps together just put them in a smaller totes.

  229. May Collins - September 12, 2012

    I purchase an 8x11x2 clear plastic tackle box for about $5.00 at WalMart and keep it by my machine. It has little dividers so I can make sections the size I need. I have my machines tools, many different types of needles, all of my pressure feet, and lots more sewing gadgets I use often.. It saves so much time to have all my needed items within reach. I also purchased a smaller version to carrry needed items with me when I take my machine to a class or a Sew-IN.
    I can not express what winning a new machine and sewing table would mean to me but I sure hope I have to.

  230. Arleen Miller - September 12, 2012

    My husband built one wall rack and one floor rack for my stabilizers. The sides are 1×6 with a hole drilled in each side to slide a dowel in, with a peg to keep the dowel from turning until I want it to. The stabilizer is wrapped around each dowel and lies horizontally. Then I found dollar store snap braclets that I snap around the product and label what it is. If the roll is to big I use that marvelous magic clear tape that sticks to itself and I can write instructions on that. I also use the tape to wrap around my thread spools to keep the dust off.

  231. Lisa Crail - September 12, 2012

    I work with many different pieces of fabric. I have hundreds of folded pieces of fabric organized on a shelf primarily by color shades, but I also have stacks organized by holidays, animals, sports, etc. It’s a must – – – to be able to see all the fabric at once!

  232. Jeanine Williams - September 12, 2012

    I love storing my fabric in cubbies using comic boards to wrap fabric around! Looks so cool with the fabric displayed like books … Vertically.

  233. Phyllis Meyer - September 12, 2012

    My newest tip is stackable metal baskets for projects already cut and waiting to be sewn or unfinished projects (if you put those too far away, you might forget about them).
    Best tip – Keep On Quilting!!

  234. Nancy Smaltz - September 12, 2012

    Just emptied some containers of prescription medications; and realized that they make great containers to put any sharp objects into for diaposal (old machine needles, damaged or unsharp hand sewing needles and pins, etc).

  235. Karen Brannam - September 12, 2012

    Since I sew in the master bedroom, my tip is to put things away at the end of the day. (I would have a great sewing studio if we didn’t have to sleep in here!!)

  236. Connie - September 12, 2012

    One of the ways I organizie is when I order fabric for a project, the thread, pattern and any required notions are put in a project bag immediately. Color stacking fabric keeps me organized by using shelves, clear plastic boxes.

  237. Lola Bryant - September 12, 2012

    I have fabric for several quilt projects and keep everything, including the pattern, together in a plastic tote or shoe box. I write on the outside with a dry erase marker what the contents of the box are so I don’t have to take the lid off to look – I have several quilts planned with 30’s fabrics and can’t tell which project just by the fabric. I also wind my folded, ready to apply binding around bathroom tissue rolls and then when applying use one of the free-standing tissue holders. Works like a charm.

  238. Megan - September 12, 2012

    My thread catcher. It’s the perfect place to put all of my cut threads so they don’t go everywhere. And it has a pin cushion on the top to keep them handy!

  239. May Collins - September 12, 2012

    I purchase an 8x11x2 clear plastic tackle box for about $5.00 at WalMart and keep it by my machine. It has little dividers so I can make sections the size I need. I have my machines tools, many different types of needles, all of my pressure feet, and lots more sewing gadgets I use often.. It saves so much time to have all my needed items within reach. I also purchased a smaller version to carrry needed items with me when I take my machine to a class or a Sew-IN.
    I can not express what winning a sewing table would mean to me but I sure hope I have to.

  240. Wendy H - September 12, 2012

    Favorite tip for organizing has to be using Sterlite drawers, large & small. This leyt me maximize vertical space for threads, tools & notions. Critical since I don’t have a proper sewing room, only my machine has a guaranteed spot.

  241. kris - September 12, 2012

    My favorite thing right now is I have small lunch sized paper bags taped around my work surface to all kinds of stray threads, scraps and so on just fall into them where ever I am. No mess…well not so much of a mess! :)

  242. Caro - September 12, 2012

    I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 which would fit beautifully into this table! The best part of all is that my husband and I travel in our camper, and I can fold the table up and get it out of the way while we travel. Anyone who has a travel trailer will realize what a godsend a table like this would be.

  243. Trisha Freitag - September 12, 2012

    I take a photo of each completed project and store them in a folder on my computer. Once every so often I print them up and put them in a picture book. This way, when I am making things for the grandkids, I don’t use the same fabric I used for them in the past year (I tend to buy things like knits in bulk so they might get the same print a year apart for a shirt or pajamas).

  244. Ann - September 12, 2012

    I keep an old prescription bottle by my sewing machine
    for dull or broken needles. It’s a safe way to store them until they are thrown away.

  245. Cathie Berkley - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tip for my sewing room is floor to ceiling shelving in my sewing room closet. I have all my yardage stacked by color and can see everything! I had it in boxes, etc. but I needed TO SEE IT! It’s nice too to get rid of the boxes – much tidier than before : )

  246. Gidget Shenefield - September 12, 2012

    I use zip lock baggies for my projects to keep them organized.. then put my projects in separate project boxes..

  247. Christy - September 12, 2012

    3-Ring Notebook to enclose instructions for proposed and/or completed projects

  248. Lynn Sullivan - September 12, 2012

    I have a work table for cutting and planning that is 4 x 8 and I have put it on Bed risers so I do not have to bend over, plus I have to Walls in the room with shelving and have Legal size storage boxes, that fit perfect for fabric and the boxes are marked by color.

  249. Deb Richey - September 12, 2012

    I store all the pieces to my quilting projects in 2 1/2 gallon bags. They’re big enough to hold blocks so my project pieces don’t get lost… not that I’m guilty of juggling multiple quilt projects at a time… :D I also have clear plastic shoeboxes with my notions all separated and labeled so if I need a 12-18″ zipper or some elastic I know exactly where to go… If it’s clear, I use it because I can see inside of it. I used to use boxes and tins but I didn’t like that I couldn’t see inside them – and the clear ones are so much prettier sitting on the shelves.

  250. Gail Martin - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizing tip is clear plastic containers stacked with different fabric catagories like scraps, separate colors and so on..

  251. Amy - September 12, 2012

    I love to use an extra big ironing board that is square. I wouldnt give it up for ironing yardage OT is great!

  252. Patte Jones - September 12, 2012

    I bought a covered-wire picnic silverware holder with a handle when they closed out the summer things at JoAnn’s a number of years ago. It holds two medium rotary cutters, one for paper and one for fabric, a small rotary cutter, extra blades, a wooden iron for paper piecing, seam ripper, six inch acrylic ruler, small pair of scissors, a large pair of fabric scissors and a large pair of paper scissors. It is easy to pick up and carry to wherever I need it. And if I always put the things back I never have to search for anything. Love it.

  253. Beulah - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organization tip: I save clothes hangers…[the ones with the double clips that come from discount stores ‘free’ with purchases] and use these to hang my fabric stash and works in progress. This eliminates many undesired wrinkles and folds while keeping fabric and projects within easy reach.

  254. Brenda FSW - September 12, 2012

    Organization is definitely a weakness for me. I tend to start a project and continue another before cleaning up from the first until I get to the point I can’t stand it any more. Then I organize everything and put it away just to start again. I do keep my fabrics together by color. But if I was lucky enough to win this table, I would give it to my mother. She is currently using a table that my father built. I suggested that she let my husband cut it so that she could recess her machine. Since his death, she’s unwilling to cut the table. If she could have a table that she could lower her machine down to elbow height, sewing would be so much more comfortable for her.

  255. Maryellen - September 12, 2012

    I use those 3M removable hooks to organize things on the wall, from a ring of stencils to rulers and more. Shelves of magazine holders can store all sorts of things, and pencil caddies are great for scissors and rotary cutters. Look outside the “sewing organizers” to find some products that work for your needs.

  256. Judie M - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win this sewing table…I have a a very small sewing area. this would fit just perfect.
    I have been looking for one this size and I couldn’t
    belive it when I opened my emails from Connection Thread
    and saw this contest…they must have been reading my
    mind and knew that I wanted one.
    I also love the fact that you can get a extension table
    if you need one. That is just so great.
    Winning this would make me one happy quilter. !!!
    PS Thanks Connecting Threads for all you great tips and
    your great selection of beautiful kits and all your wonderful fabrics. I can’t wait for your next fabric catolog and new line of kits and fabrics.

  257. Rhonda Utermoehlen - September 12, 2012

    My Peg board, everything is visible and in front of me.

  258. Susan Louis - September 12, 2012

    If you have a bare wall use a long strip of stick on velcro and affix to the top of the wall. Sew the accompanying piece of velcro to the top of a large piece of flannel or flannel sheet (which might be cheaper). Affix the flannel velcro to it’s partner on the wall and voila you have a terrific design wall that can be taken down to be washed or when not in use.

  259. Sharon Hawes - September 12, 2012

    I would love to have this table so I’m not having to move one machine when I need to use another! My tip: I keep a tall kitchen trash can with a swinging lid by my cutting table for those scraps that are too big to just throw away. It’s so handy when I need small pieces for appliqué or I’m ready for a scrappy project.

  260. Marji McAdams - September 12, 2012

    I love my big plastic see-through tubs. I love that I can sort my fabric’s by colors and types put it into these tubs. I don’t have to open everything to find what I’m looking for. =]

  261. Anne J. - September 12, 2012

    I don’t have a sewing room, but rather a closet. Fabric is stacked on shelves in the closet or in bins. Cubes on the top shelf of the closet hold books, boxes with specific projects, and containers with threads and tools. One cabinet rolls out of the closet to go with me wherever I set up the sewing machine to sew. When I’m not working, everything can go back in and I can close the door.

  262. Joyce Kellogg - September 12, 2012

    I have two book cases in my sewing room and I store all my fabric in them according to color. I fold them as close to fat quarters as I can; they are easy to see and use this way. I also have a tension rod across the top of the book case with a fabric curtain that can cover the fabric and keep out the light.

  263. Vonda Eggleston - September 12, 2012

    I found a pattern about a year ago for a threadcatcher. I made myself (and many others since) one. It has the weighted pin cushion that sits on top of the table & a trash bag that hangs down. I couldn’t live without it now. I use it ALL the time. It would look wonderful hanging from this sewing table.

  264. Virginia M. Zajesky - September 12, 2012

    I buy desk organizers–eg. a combination pen, pencil, ruler, stapler, paper clip holder that is approx. 9 X 12 at the dollar store. Since my Janome has a large table, I simply fill the organizer with seam ripper, rulers, pens & pencils, cellophane tape, sharpeners, rotary cutters scissors, chop sticks, scewers, etc. and slip the organized tools until the little table. All is conveniently available when I need it.

  265. Linda Bee - September 12, 2012

    I get craft totes to store all my notions. I love my bed risers to raise up my cutting table.

  266. Peggy Mlynek - September 12, 2012

    The best organizational tip for me is to get rid of what I do not use. Keeping something because I might use it some day is a waste of valuable space.

  267. Nancy Hines - September 12, 2012

    I collect empty fabric bolts, cut them down to 13 inches, wrap my fabric around them and put them in book cases like books. They fit perfectly, and my book cases have adjustable shelves, so if I need to I can use the full size bolts for 4 yards or more of fabric. This way I can see all my fabric, and I feel like I am in a fabric store when I go in my sewing room.

  268. Sharon Howell - September 12, 2012

    I bought a regular desk at a garage sale for $10. I then had drawers to put my supplies in, and I set my machine on top. If I need a plain surface for something, I can set my machine on the floor. I also do this if I know I’m not going to be sewing for a while. It makes mending so easy, because I can sit in the chair and have all my supplies at hand.

  269. Sherry Bousley - September 12, 2012

    My husband put two bathroom vanities together back to back, and I found a huge oak table top at an auction…makes the perfect cutting table with loads of storage! I also use a kitchen “appliance garage” in the corner of my desktop in my sewing studio to house my serger when not in use.

  270. Carol Bourque - September 12, 2012

    I like to pull fabrics from my stash for projects I want to work on. This way, I won’t use the fabric for another project. I put the fabrics and the pattern in a clear bin and then put a label on the end of the bin so I know what project is inside. I can then stack the bins up and see at a glance how many projects I have ready to start and what they are. It helps keep all of my “UFO” projects where I won’t forget about them!

  271. Heather M - September 12, 2012

    I stay organized by purging often! Sometimes it means putting stuff in a bin and in the closet, sometimes it means getting rid of it altogether. Less junk=neater space.

  272. Carol in E TN - September 12, 2012

    I like to keep my fabrics organized by color. I have bookshelves from Big Lots. I have folded fabrics there, plus I use shoebox plastic containers to keep projects in with my jelly roll, charm pack and anything else for that project. Keeps me from searching for what I need!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  273. Donna Christian - September 12, 2012

    I use a 6″ x 24″ ruler to fold my fabric around once nice and tight {like the bolts of fabric at the store}when it is all flipped on the ruler I pull out the ruler and fold the whole “bolt” in half and store on a shelf. When I need to now how much yardage is on the “bolt” I only have to count the folds and multiply by 6″

  274. Diane - September 12, 2012

    I use the clear plastic cup that comes on Costco detergent bottles next to my sewing machine and next to the chair I sit in when I do hand applique. It’s perfect for all the little threads and snips of fabric that seem to pile up so quickly when you sew.

  275. jean perkins - September 12, 2012

    I use an over the door shoe organizer to display my bits of ribbon and lace. The organizer fits on the back of my sewing room door, and the see through front lets me see all my treasures when I’m looking for the perfect finishing touch on a project.

  276. Susan E. - September 12, 2012

    My son moved to another state and asked us to store his entertainment armoire for him. I started using it to store my quilting supplies and fabric. I could open the doors when sewing and have easy access to everything, then close it up when finished and everything was out of sight. It held all sizes of plastic tubs and containers full of fabrics, kits, threads, rulers, cutting mats, etc. When my son took his armoire back, I missed it and found another one to replace it. I like how my “portable sewing room” can be stored away when I need to use the space for other things–like visits from my grandchildren.

  277. Claribel - September 12, 2012

    My tip is to use the scrapbook paper 12×12 storage containers to store completed 12 1/2″ blocks (or smaller) until they are all ready to be sewn into the quilt. It keeps them flat and wrinkle free until I’m ready. Also, it helps to tape a picture of the quilt I’m working on on the front of the storage container, as I’m usually working on more than one project at a time.

  278. Sheila Nichols - September 12, 2012

    I used to store my fabric in card board boxes until my brother gave me a book shelf that he no longer needed. Now my fabric is stacked neatly on the shelves, red together, blue, purple, and so on. My threads are stored in a plastic tackle box. My strips and squares are stored in plastic bins. And I sew and cut fabric on plastic folding tables.

  279. Ann Hayes - September 12, 2012

    I got an old ironing board from freecycle. Hubby picked up a scarp board from a building supply place. We put that on my ironing board with my cutting mat. I used this for a right good little while. When we were ready to build a “real” cutting table, we went back to a building supply place. We got a board off the shelf and enough posts to put four the four legs with four supports in between. The supports were added using metal things made for this purposes. Now the table is custom to MY height and comportable for ME to use as I was able to adjust the height of the ironing board. And was sure of the height as I used it for solon. And the new table is real, real sturdy. I can lean on it as necessary as I work, and use a lot of pressure while using rotary cutter.

  280. Sandi - September 12, 2012

    I keep a list taped to the door of the cabinet where I keep all of my hard plastic templates. It keeps me from buying duplicates.

  281. Judy Williams - September 12, 2012

    I have downsized so my sewing room has to be in the master bedroom, so this table would work well in there, since I could use all the help, since the room has gotten so much smaller now…………..

  282. Lori Hiedeman - September 12, 2012

    I found five interchageable cabinets at a garage sale; one with drawers, two with open shelves, two with shelves and glass doors. I put these in my spare bedroom/ sewing room. They are a great addition to the room, allowing lots of room to store my growing fabric stash.

  283. Diane C - September 12, 2012

    My husband built me cabinets that hang along one wall and shelves along part of 2 other ones. It has really helped with organizing fabric.

  284. Pocahontas - September 12, 2012

    Everything in my sewing room: shelves for fabric sorted by color (really helpful for me), cubic shelving for smaller boxes under my cutting table, bookshelves my husband built for me, overhead light set up by the same wonderful person, etc. etc.

  285. Susan Louis - September 12, 2012

    It is sometimes more comfortable to tilt your sewing machine towards you by slipping wedges underneath the back side of the machine. It especially works well with the Singer Featherweights and aids in taking the stress off your back when sewing.

  286. windy - September 12, 2012

    i use clear plastic pencil boxes to keep my sewing notions in to take to class. ez to locate just what i need.

  287. Mary Frakes - September 12, 2012

    3 ring binders and a 3 hole punch to keep patterns, tips, quilting motifs and more organized and easy to find.

  288. Donna Jones - September 12, 2012

    I purchased an overthe bed storage rack used for dorm rooms. My sewing table fits underneath it and I have great storage on the shelves. I clipped a clip lamp to the wire shelve, I can direct the light where I need it.

  289. Barbara Wiggins - September 12, 2012

    My best organization in the sewing room is the pegboard I installed. My collection of embroidery thread, rulers, scissors, etc. are on the board. The thread makes is colorful and Happy.

  290. Gayle L. - September 12, 2012

    I love the shelves that I have installed inside the closet in my sewing room that lets me see right away what projects I have going and also to I have those projects in the plastic 12″ square plastic boxes that I got from CT. I put my fabrics as well as my patterns into those plastic cases and store them there when I have just got to put something up before finishing it.

  291. Brenda Hulsey - September 12, 2012

    Right now my favorite gadget is a plastic storage tote on wheels for scrapbooking. It is the perfect size to put 12 1/2 inch blocks in while you are working on a project. I keep the pattern (book or leaflet) fabrics, notes and any blocks made in the handy drawers while putting a label on the outside with tape marking what project is in the box. I keep my ufo’s that I have started in this storage unit and can easliy see what project is in it! Now to just finish some of the ufo’s so I can start some more!! LOL!

  292. Julia Rockwell - September 12, 2012

    I use a file cabinet to store all my quilt magazines, I take the hanging file folders cut them about 2inches from the top and insert them in the center of the magazine then file them.

  293. Linda E in AZ - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organizational tip is to have shelves and bins and rolling carts and a chest of drawers to hold threads, bobbins, and notions, etc. Then the main thing is to put everything away in its place BEFORE starting on the next project (which will generate its own pile of things to be put away later).
    thanks!

  294. Sheila - September 12, 2012

    My husband put up a tool peg board for all my rulers, cutters, special tools. They are out of the way and out of little hands when not in use. Also use an old vinyl table cloth from the dollar store for my design wall. Has felt/flannel back that works great for my pieces to stick to.

  295. Cindy Kirk - September 12, 2012

    I have many projects going at one time and I find that clear totes are a great tool to keep my projects organized. Using a sharpee marker I can write the name of the quilt on each tote and when the project is completed all I need to do is simply use a “magic eraser” to erase the name of the quilt done to the new one. This is the smae method for organizing my stash in general- my collection of fabrics is quite extensive and larger totes work great and by marking for blues, reds, etc. with the sharpee it saves me time in pulling fabrics for a new project as well as for storing them!

  296. Deanna - September 12, 2012

    I have two small boxes on top of my thread case in which I place the thread I’m using at the time in one and scraps of fabrics that are usable in the other box. When the project is finished, I have everything in one place for easy clean up.

  297. Rhonda - September 12, 2012

    I love this. It goes anywhere. Great for quilt class.

  298. Karen - September 12, 2012

    I love my cork & magnetic board. It hangs over my machine and I can pin my instructions to it. Put my notions on it. Use the magnetic part for all kinds of storage.

  299. Mary Bennett - September 12, 2012

    I keep my book in milk crates turned sideways so when I need to move them they are quick and easy

  300. Therese Williams - September 12, 2012

    While I’m the seamstress, I can already see my artist husband trying to ‘pinch’ this amazing station from me! My organizational tip: In a spare room where we work, I used two 5-Tier Wire Shelving Units in black, 72″H x 36″W x 14″D placing one against a wall in a corner of the room with one end touching the adjacent wall; I placed the second shelving unit on the adjacent wall and up against the first unit. I then took a Celtic Tapestry/Bed Sheet/Wall Hanging, 72H” x 108W” in a coordinating room color (black on cream) and attached it to the top of the shelving using approximately 12 Mini Claw Hair Clips in a coordination color, black. The tapestry fit perfectly across the front and sides with no alterations needed. It’s quite beautiful and resembles a painted cabinet when you walk into the room; you’d never know that behind it are storage boxes filled with fabrics, paints, crafting supplies, neatly organized on the shelves. And to jazz it up, I topped the shelving with various beautiful handmade baskets collected over the years that also substitute as storage containers.

  301. Christine - September 12, 2012

    I use a “bear” honey jar for used needles. The lid pops up and there is a single hole to insert needles. It even looks cute.

  302. Joan Errington - September 12, 2012

    Instead of throwing out furniture; I recycle and use it in my sewing room. I have a dresser that serves as my storage for material, a bookcase that my dad made for my notions, an old desk for my sewing machine. Which is a bit unsteady at this point so the table would be great. Have a wonderful day everyone.

  303. Sharon Binter - September 12, 2012

    I love a dry erase board to draft blocks and to record number and types of pieces necessary for a quilt. Then as I cut the pieces I check them off on the board. The board is also a great tool for practicing free motion quilting before doing the actual quilting on my machine. My board is mounted on a wall with hooks and is easily removed when I want to use it. I would love to have this table to use both in classes and when I’m at our park model during the summer.

  304. Janice - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizing is closet drawer bins under my big board ironing board. I have 12 drawers in mesh material that glide in and out. They hold many projects in progress and it is all organized. Now the space under my ironing board is used wisely.

  305. Joan Gunter - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organizational tool is a small white board where I write notes to myself and keep myself from forgetting important things.

  306. Sharon - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization thing right now is reusing the clear plastic bags with the zippers that you get bed sheets in to hold each project supplies, pictures, instructions, fabric, thread. They are like my own quilting kit.

  307. Teresa Holloway - September 12, 2012

    I put my fat quarters in rectangular baskets, organized by color or collection. That way I don’t have to reorganize my whole stash!

  308. Mario - September 12, 2012

    Prescription medicine bottles. Remove the labels, they come off really easily and you should take them off anyway. Don’t throw them out. You can use them for bobbins, small thread spools, needles, those great binding clips and all other sorts of notions, and you can see through them.

  309. Betty H - September 12, 2012

    My favorite is a kitchen island re-purposed into a cutting table. It is 24″ wide, perfect for a large cutting mat, and I have access to three sides for easier cutting. On the sides there are drawers, one with dividers that holds my cutting tools and another stores small rulers and templates. Underneath it has cabinet doors for hiding stacks of fabric and open shelves for stacking clear project boxes with ongoing UFOs.

  310. Maryann Young - September 12, 2012

    Storage is always a problem in the sewing room. Patterns are always a problem. They never fit the envelope after opening. I also trace the sizes of multiple.-sized patterns or patterns from booklets and magazines. Using the gallon plastic zip bags keeps the envelope or magazine with the pattern pieces. No more looking for the pieces that match the pictures.

  311. Fredricka Brown - September 12, 2012

    I love organization files by pattern, sub-file by template, sub-file by color.

  312. Barbara Shafer - September 12, 2012

    Use use an eyeglass case (the hard ones that snap shut) for my sewing notions that I use when whip stitching my binding. It comfortably holds my needles, thimble small spool of thread and small scissors. All I have to do is change out the thread and I’m ready to bind my next quilt.

  313. rhonda elvin - September 12, 2012

    I have a neat jewelry box that works awesomely for my sewing notions…all the little drawers for bobbins etc. I love it. It looks pretty and it is functional. :)

  314. Lucy - September 12, 2012

    To be “green,” I repurpose items for quilting/sewing organization in the guest room–starting with a sad but sturdy double-pedestal desk left in a neighbor’s yard marked “Free.” The formica top is the right height for cutting; then the heavy desk holds my 1951 Husqvarna without vibrating (a real pain with the older machines). With 7 drawers, I have one each for cutting tools, rulers, thread, needles/pins, misc. notions, patterns, and fabric. and “works in progress.” The old dressing table from Mom’s bedroom suite is perfect for Featherweight, and offers 7 more drawers. Also love to use boxes/tins that are too good to throw out–but I’d love to have just one “new” item in the room, too!

  315. Cathy Labath - September 12, 2012

    I take the very small scraps (too small even for crumb quilts) and threads out to the garden to use as mulch or throw them in the compost pile. Not quite sure how that keeps my sewing room organized…I guess I don’t have any small scraps laying around in it – one less trash can!

  316. Donna Coakley - September 12, 2012

    When I start a project I put everything I have collected for it so far in a 2.5 gallon zip lock bag. I keep a sheet of paper at the front, inside the bag, listing the items that I still need. I might list, for example, thread, batting, and backing fabric. Then, when I see something at Connecting Threads that I want to buy, I grab my bags and sit at the computer to shop. My projects stay organized, I buy what I need, and I usually get to the $50 and free shipping bonus.

  317. Deanna Carveth - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational sewing room tip: hmmmmm. I keep a binder of interfacings and batting products I have used for various projects. I take a piece of binder paper and staple on the interfacing, the directions for use and whether I loved or hated it and why. The binder lives next to my patterns. This way I don’t keep wasting money and have more for fabric!

  318. Cindy B - September 12, 2012

    One of my all time favorite tips for my sewing room is to keep an empty big basket or tub on a high stool next to my cutting station. I tend to pile a lot of extras I need when cutting and the basket is saves me from a cluttered cutting spot.

  319. Pat Nickless - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizers are those boxes that look like pretty books! You can hide all kinds of things and make your room look tidy in an instant!! Woohoo! Pat

  320. Katy P. - September 12, 2012

    I like to store by printed paper patterns in binders and accordion files with labels for type (e.g. Christmas, Paper Piecing, Appliques, etc.). When I want to start a certain type of project, all I have to do is go to that section of the binder or file.

  321. Lois Simmons - September 12, 2012

    I use metal shower curtain hooks to hang rulers & square up rulers on an over the door towel rack. I keep all rotary cuttersand scissors in clear plastic shoe box on shelf in closet.

  322. Jackie Koslowski - September 12, 2012

    I have beautifully organized fabric. I fold it in half twice, then use my 6.5″ ruler to fold over the length of the fabric. It makes neat bundles that are all the same size. I store it by color in cubes that I have in my what used to be the closet of this bedroom that I have taken over as my sewing room. I took the doors off of the closet so that I can visually see all of my supplies. I love my sewing room, but sure would love to have a Gidget 2 Sewing Station so that I could get rid of this plastic folding table that is now the surface for my sewing machine.

  323. joelle - September 12, 2012

    What organization? This is my goal in life, and so far I am a miserable failure. Do you think there is hope for someone who is at the end of the runway in terms of time left? Ack!! If only I had a tip.

  324. Guadalupe Ramirez - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organizational tool is a clothesline. I can hang any fabric that I’m working with. Completed quilt blocks are hung up to admire, and inspire until the project gets completed.

  325. Cindy B - September 12, 2012

    One of my all time favorite tips for my sewing room is to keep an empty big basket or tub on a high stool next to my cutting station. I tend to pile a lot of extras I need when cutting and the basket saves me from a cluttered cutting spot.

  326. Susan - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip for my sewing room is to put everything for a project in some type of clear bag with a closure and then store it on my shelf until I’m ready for it. I use ziploc bags for smaller projects, sheet set/blanket/comforter bags for larger ones. Most people don’t save these so I always ask people in my family to save them for me. When I get a quilt pattern and fabric, I store them all together so I don’t have to go looking for the pattern or wonder which fabric I am going to use to make a particular pattern. Works for me and it fits my budget!

  327. Sue K. - September 12, 2012

    I use those clear plastic zipper pouches you get when you buy blankets, sheets, pillows, and/or comforters for putting on-going projects in. This way when I go away to sew I can put everything I need for that project in the clear bag including the material, thread, pattern and anything else I need. I find it easier to keep my stuff together when I am on a sew-weekend or class. The clear plastic makes the stuff easy to identify as mine.
    When I am home, I can keep it all in the bag without forgetting about it and it becoming just another lost UFO.
    I just love the look of the Gidget 2 work station. It is small, portable and very function able. It would be perfect for the small space I have to sew in which already includes a computer desk, art table, and ironing board. I would LOVE it!

  328. Kelly McAllister - September 12, 2012

    I use cheap laundry baskets to keep all project supplies together. I keep the patterns, material, notions and any notes in the basket so that I can easily pull one and get started right away. I limit my baskets to five so that I have to finish one before starting a new one:)

  329. Kelly Crosby - September 12, 2012

    I put small rulers in plastic sheet protectors, along with the instructions for using them. They are put in a 3-ring binder so I can always match the tool with the instruction and nothing gets lost!

  330. AJ - September 12, 2012

    I have pegboard on the wall so everything is hanging and within reach.

  331. Kathy - September 12, 2012

    I keep page protectors next to my sewing machine. When I find an article , a pattern or quilt idea I put them in a page protector and then into a 3 ring binder divided by category. I keep only what I need from magazines thereby eliminating the need to save the entire magazine.

  332. Sherry E. Riggs - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tip is to make a thread catcher out of your favorite fabric, keep it next to your machine or cutting table and use it!

  333. Leonore - September 12, 2012

    Organization in the sewing room is a tricky process. I store tools, small equipment, zippers, seam tapes, etc. each in a separate, labeled, clear plastic shoe on shelves. Small projects are also organized this way. When it comes to larger projects, I use larger clear plastic labeled boxes to keep things together. For long term projects like BOM quilts, I place finished quilt blocks in new, clean pizza boxes! You can get these free, if you just ask. I ususally have more than one BOM going so these boxes are labeled too. I guess my key suggestion would be to separate, label and then sew!

  334. Lisa - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tool is my metal cabinet I use to hold all my fabrics. It helps me keep things from totally getting out of hand.

  335. Cheryl - September 12, 2012

    My organizational tip is a long high shelf over my sewing area. I can set my tools up there so they are handy go grab instead of searching for them under my quilt! I set another two tiered shelf on top of that to store more tools like a dish of safety pins, all my sewing machine attachments, a container of scissors, a calendar, thread, a container of pens, my chocolate, plus many more items. Works like a charm!

  336. Leslee - September 12, 2012

    I seem to have collected a large assortment of plastic templates over the years, and most of them come with directions. I purchased a large notebook with plastic zipper compartments; now I can label and organize them in one convenient place.

  337. Gay Sommerfeld - September 12, 2012

    I put my patterns in a plastic sleeve and put into binders labled by type of projest (aprons, totes, placemats, etc.

  338. Kathy Hannig - September 12, 2012

    I am still working on the organization of my sewing room, but my favorite thing that I use to organize so far is a suggestion from my friends, clear plastic tubs to keep each color of fabric seperated in.

  339. Maria T. - September 12, 2012

    A small caddy that holds scissors,rotary cutters, rippers,tape measure, all kinds of things I need or might need when working on a project, they’re easy to get out of and handy to keep close by.

  340. Barbara Forslind - September 12, 2012

    I have a wooden bucket style silver ware and napkin holder used for the picnic table that was given to me by an Aunt many years ago. I have recycled it to the sewing room. It holds scissors, rotary cutter, pencils, scratch paper, small rulers.

  341. Kristan S. - September 12, 2012

    I have a very small sewing space. My machine sit next to the computer. The notion are in a 5 drawer plastic bin with my iron on top. My bed and ironing board make up the rest of the sewing space.

  342. Rosemary Passer - September 12, 2012

    I use plastic bins and 2 gallon zip bags for my sewing projects. That way you can see through to what is inside. I also keep my threads sorted by color on a custom made holder.

  343. ellen sowins - September 12, 2012

    I work on a small scale–one thing at a time–then pick up after myself before starting something new–I try to keep fabics stored by color and try to keep each future project’s “stuff” together-pattern and fabric etc. so that when I do start i don’t have to tear everything a=in my room apart looking for something.

  344. Connie Jewett - September 12, 2012

    What a great take along or use in any room if I’m not wanting to be in my sewing room. Awesome job!!!

  345. Serena Zentner - September 12, 2012

    When I see a pattern I like I start putting the fabric I need into a ziploc bag with a label that has name of the magazine, pattern name, and page number on it. Then as I find material that matches, I add to the bag. That is the ONLY organization I have in my sewing room. :)

  346. Ginny Sommarstrom - September 12, 2012

    I’m not very organized, but I have managed to put all fabrics I’ve collected for each future project into separate clear plastic storage boxes. By folding the fabrics so that they are in a standing row and ordering them by tone, I can tell at a glance how many different fabrics I’ve collected so far. For example, in my “black & white” box, I can tell that I need more lighter toned fabrics. I’ve got lots of mid-tone and dark ones already.

  347. Roxann Bennett - September 12, 2012

    My husband was shopping with me at IKEA and found me a fat quarter tower, which I love. He purchased it so that I would be inspired by looking at all the colorful fatquarters. It is a Benno DVD Tower. It takes up 7″x7″ of floor space and is 80″ tall. You can set it on the floor or you can hang it horizontally on the wall. Shelfs are adjustable. It is amazing how many fat quarters fit in it. It can also be used for books, templates, rulers, a variety of uses.

  348. Grapenutrn - September 12, 2012

    My tip is using my old suitcases from the 70’s without wheels for fabric storage. I also use a file cabinet for keeping loose paper patterns handy and easy to locate!

  349. ellen sowins - September 12, 2012

    I work on a small scale–one thing at a time–then pick up after myself before starting something new–I try to keep fabrics stored by color and try to keep each future project’s “stuff” together-pattern and fabric etc. so that when I do start i don’t have to tear everything a=in my room apart looking for something.

  350. Carrie - September 12, 2012

    I have my fabric stored in “garage style” plastic cabinets. When I start a new project, I start to shop in my cabinets. One can never had too much fabric or gadgets. Winning this Gidget 2 sewing station would make my sewing room even more complete.

  351. DonnaH - September 12, 2012

    I have so many different machine needle types on hand, I labeled a number of tiny plastic bags (small baguettes) with permanent marker clearly spelling out type and size of needle packs contained inside. Now I easily know when I’ve reached my last pack of that kind of machine needle.

  352. Robin Cole - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tip is to keep a pair of scissors by each machine, that way you are not trying to always “hunt” for scissors, they are always by the machine.

  353. Jeannine Z. - September 12, 2012

    I mounted 4 wooded thread racks on a fabric covered a piece of plywood.This way I can keep my embroidery and general sewing threads separate.This way I have art on the wall and save draw/counter space. At a quick glance I can see what color threads I have.

  354. BETTY WESTMORELAND - September 12, 2012

    I keep all my projects Im working on in see through totes,helps keep my cut quilt pieces and that quilt pattern together. Also my small embroidery scissors I keep on lanyards they are easy to spot and hang up close by. Ihave a kitchen island as my cutting table.

  355. Kathy Usher - September 12, 2012

    I took an old cabinet home when my grandmother died. It’s probably from a kitchen and has drawers below, a pair of small utility drawers above that and then shelves on top. It was probably made close to 80 years ago or so. I left the old paint and the notes she wrote inside the cupboard doors. I stack my books and yarns on top, fat quarters, charms and folded smaller yardage on the shelves and patterns plus larger yardage in the drawers. I keep the cupboard doors open. It’s so pretty!

  356. Bonnie Whittaker - September 12, 2012

    Use big storage bags for projects, with pages of quilt,directions and size, in binder pages to keep in binder, and drawing of quilt with the colors I’ll be useing. Then after that I grab another that I have already prepared in the same manner. Thats for the stash fever quilters…LOL

  357. Arlene Caterino - September 12, 2012

    I work in a small space & do not have a desk for my machine this would be a wonderful addition to my sewing space. All good for classes.
    Thank.
    katlady

  358. Lynn Hill - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizer is a metal silverware divider. When you are sewing strips you just cut your strips and separate them in the divider to keep them neat and tidy and in order.

  359. Mary Duffel - September 12, 2012

    I live in a very small house with limited space. I sew on a 6 foot plastic top table and keep a smaller table to the left for organization. On the side table I keep 3 or 4 rectangular plastic totes (11 X 14 X 3 inches). All totes stack. — Finished quilt blocks go in one tote. Works-in-progress blocks go in another with pattern. Matching materials for upcoming blocks in a 3rd box. And fabric assortments from which to select future blocks in a slightly larger tote. — It’s like magic at your finger tips ! You can see what you’ve accomplished and what is ready to work on when for you have a moment. No hunting, no sorting. It’s all there ready for you. Such a time saver!

  360. Linda VP - September 12, 2012

    My tip isn’t really about organization, but comfort. I put bed risers under my table legs to raise up my table to a comfortable height. No more backaches when cutting:) I also mark the patterns I like in my magazines by folding over and making tabs out of those numerous address labels we receive.

  361. Ruth Pasley - September 12, 2012

    One of my favorite organizational tools is an apron with pocketts across the front. It keeps all my tools handy whether I am sitting at a machine or quilting on my longarm.

  362. Margaret Niesen - September 12, 2012

    I would love to have a seperate sewing room. What sewer would not? But sometimes we have to share our most loved sewing space with other folks, other rooms, or just not enough room. A neat little Gidget sewing station would be a simple solution to complex problems.

  363. Linda Steffensen - September 12, 2012

    I hang my rulers on a metal circle (an old belt hanger), in the closet, using metal shower hooks! Works like a dream!

  364. Karen M. Schultz - September 12, 2012

    I use decorative hat boxes and tins to store projects. There is plenty of room in them for patterns, fabric, notions, etc. This way they are kept together and are clean and away from the light and look nice on a shelf at the same time. Much less clutter this way!

  365. Charlotte Casey - September 12, 2012

    I use foam swimming pool noodles (available cheap from the dollar store) to store quilt projects in process, blocks, completed quilt projects and ironed fabric. You can just roll and hold together with a pin or two. Everything stays neat, crease and wrinkle free in a very small amount of space because you can easily cut them to whatever size you need and store them standing up. Also great to transport things to class or show and tell.

  366. Delyne Nunez - September 12, 2012

    My favorite way to stay organized is… PEG BOARD! I took a large piece and painted it the same color as the walls of my sewing room. It looks amazing! And everything I need is hanging right in front of me ~ I even used the screwdriver holder to store a few tootsie roll pops for my granddaughter, Lexi!

  367. Becky Grosser - September 12, 2012

    I use my wrought iron dress from to display aprons and bags as I finish them.I have a wonderful craft room but NEVER enough tables and this would be great for using on the screened in porch!

  368. Louise Peeler - September 12, 2012

    I put my cutting mat and an ironing station next to each other on a craft table and am able to switch between the two and have extra room if I need it in cutting. I use ziplock bags all the time to store like items and projects all together.

  369. Denise - September 12, 2012

    We put a long shelf above my pressing table to hold rulers, pins, etc. Underneath the shelf we installed several LED lights to brighten the area. I’ve set up the electrical outlets so if the lights are on that means my iron is also on.

  370. robin - September 12, 2012

    I have an old CD cabinet with my fat4’s in it. I can easily see what fabric I have and it doubles as a colorful decoration!

  371. Karen L. - September 12, 2012

    I use an old wooden rectangular kitchen table with a mat on top for my cutting table. It has two drawers that I can stash my cutting tools and measuring devices in to keep close at hand. Also, there is space under the drawer area to keep plastic bins for holding smaller cuts of fabrics and yarn. A place for everything; everything in its place.

  372. jackie bethea - September 12, 2012

    I used to keep notebooks of information about patterns and fabrics, but now I scan everything into my computer along with information like quantity and washing instructions. I am at my computer frequently so this is makes life easier and leaves more storage space for my stash!

  373. lillian cook - September 12, 2012

    i use baggies to put small items in such as lace,needles, clips to hold quilts while quilting then string them on a coated window rod. you use the eye screws to hang and you have these items handy over your sewing area. Close to use but not in your way

  374. Linda D - September 12, 2012

    Right next to my cutting table I have three drawers that hold 1.5,2.0,and 2.5 inch strips. Under the cutting table I have nine shoebox-size drawers labeled by color where I store folded fat-quarter or smaller pieces of fabric. I try to cut and store my scraps as I rotary cut my quilt. I adore my scrap collection and use it all the time.

  375. Milinda Shay - September 12, 2012

    I keep a bowl on my sewing table where I throw scraps that I will later use for quilting.

  376. Wendy O - September 12, 2012

    I use a rack that hangs in the closet (was used for my daughters clothes when younger) to store my fabric. Each cubicle/shelve host a different color.

  377. Jo ONeill - September 12, 2012

    I sew in my ‘guest bedroom’. One half is a guest bed and the other is sewing central. I built an ell shaped sewing area comprised of two old small 3 drawer bureaus in which I store some (but not all!) of my stash by color and an old treadle base. Add a piece of masonite for counters on which I have my cutting mat and an old piece of marble on top of the treadle base for my machine. But I think my best hint is the repurposing of a kitchen organizer. It is a rack that I have hung on my wall near my cutting mat. I stash my rulers here and they are organized and easily accessible. Good luck to all!

  378. Melody Medina - September 12, 2012

    I collect vintage wall pockets and mail organizers that I hang on the wall around my sewing table for markers, rulers, scissors and patterns. It is my way of organized decorating.

  379. Sandy Geisler - September 12, 2012

    I keep my sewing room as organized as I can get it because it is small and I have a full size hand quilting frame in there also.. I took the doors off of the closet and have one of those closet organizers in it. My fabric is stacked according to colors. I use plasitc totes to keep ufo’s in and backings in etc. They stack nicely under the frame. I hung flannel using a shower rod across the closet and I can pull that shut and I have a design wall. I have two sewing machines and a serger in there. I use a couple of pieces of paneling to lay on top of quilt frame and it is handy for cutting etc. Small room requires organization.

  380. suzymcq - September 12, 2012

    Right at my feet I keep a bucket trash can, it looks like a pretty painted bucket, for my sewing trash. It’s sturdier than a regular trash can, sort of looks decorative and it’s large enough for lots of sewing debris!

  381. Julie Beecken - September 12, 2012

    I like to take quilting classes to learn new techniques or for making gifts. I have a dedicated tote box with a handle on top where I keep basic sewing supplies, machine needles, neutral thread, a rotary cutter, pins, etc. that I will need in class. This box is big enough to also hold the fabric that I need for the class, so I can have everything ready and on hand. After the class is over, I have plastic bins that I use to store the project and keep everything together until I can finish it.

  382. Stephanie Pasch - September 12, 2012

    When I purchase new sheets or blankets, I keep the zipped plastic bag that they come in. They keep projects (fabric and pattern) together really well and I can see, at a glance, what the project is.

  383. mimilyn - September 12, 2012

    I like to use gallon size zip lock bags – I can put a pattern with all the cut pieces and just pick up and work. they store easily in a file rather than having containers all over taking up space.

  384. Diane Thayer - September 12, 2012

    I like to use 12 inch scrapbook container boxes to keep each quilt project organized.

  385. Janine Jensen - September 12, 2012

    My friend sewed me a mug bucket, it holds all my handy notions and mini snipping scissors. I’ve since gone on to make them and gift them to my many sewing friends, they are very happy to organize with them.

  386. Sylvia Baker - September 12, 2012

    I have a large dining table on risers for my cutting mat. I also covered a half sheet of 1/4″ plywood with a layer of batting and topped with muslin for an ironing mat at the end of the table. So much better than bending to cut and press!

  387. Kathy Melcic - September 12, 2012

    My sewing room still has full control of me-it hides items and doesn’t release them until I no longer need them. But I had shelves built in the closet-reinforced so that they can hold fabric stacks which get pretty heavy. I like looking at the colors when the doors are open. I separated the stacks by color, a few by holiday. I finally decided that since the closet was full to brimming over I need to concentrate on completing projects and have been doing our guilds 12-4-12 unfinished items for the last 4 years. Still have a full room so I need to work faster and harder if I am going to empty some of the drawers. I would love to win the GIDGET table. Take care
    Kathy

  388. Joann - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizer is a plastic crate with wheels that goes easily from my closet to dining room where I sew.

  389. Pam Crane - September 12, 2012

    I don’t have a real good tip, but I do try to keep my stash organized on shelves by color. I fold my fabric in half and then wrap it around my six inch ruler so the fabric is pretty much the same size on the shelf. This helps to make it look nicer.

  390. Melody - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational trick is to keep the pattern, thread and whatever else I need to do the quilt in a pillow case that I have made with a picture of the quilt pattern and who it is for and what occasion it is for pinned on the front. This way the fabric breathes and I know when I pick it up that I will have all materials onhand.

  391. Ann Smith - September 12, 2012

    Roll fabric instead of folding and store in a wine bottle holder. Looks very pretty, too and the fabric is in sight to use.

  392. Cheryl K. - September 12, 2012

    I have limited space in my sewing room. I use the cloth file boxes to store all of my quilting magazines and books. This way I can locate a book or magazine hwne I need a pattern.

  393. Karen - September 12, 2012

    I have two areas for all quilting supplies. The basement room has my hubby’s old drafting table that is slanted so I can sit while I do most of my cutting; I also have a kitchen center isle with drawers and shelves to use as needed and a large bookshelf built into the wall that has become my stash storage area where everything is sorted by color. My machine and serger are upstairs in a room with my computer. I have cupboards for storage in there and the closet has been redone to hold wooden shelving to store quilting books and magazines that I want to save.
    My favorite tip is to have a basket or two near your sewing area and one near your cutting area where you keep your tools used while working on a project. An extra basket is there to hold scraps.

  394. Henriellen S. Kibler - September 12, 2012

    I am an old woman and I am very messy. I do genealogy as well as quilting. My sone fixed me up with a wonderful L shaped desk for my two monitors and keyboards. Now I need a good table for my sewing machine. At one time I owned 6 sewing machines. Not all of them really worked well. Now I am down to three that work. One is an embroidery machine. I have yet to really learn to use it. Mostly I use the dinning room table. But since I have a family of 21 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and two more greats on the way this month I need a smaller table for my sewing machine.

  395. shannon - September 12, 2012

    my husband mounted me some peg board on a wall half i have in my sewing room. it holds all my rulers and scissors within easy reach, and i have yet to lose my scissors :)

  396. Jackie OBrien - September 12, 2012

    My rule for myself is I can only place projects that I am currently working on on my cutting table. That keeps is easy to clear to actually cut on!

  397. Sherri Reece - September 12, 2012

    I never leave the room without making sure I can just “step right back in” the project when I return. Only one project out at a time.

  398. Carol Kohlscheen - September 12, 2012

    I use samll rectangle food storage containers, to organize all my quilt notions, like marking tools, scissors, safety pins. I also use a folder for cards and have all my needles stored so I can pick out easily.
    Likewise I have a small note book with plastic bag installed with taped edges to store all my plastic applique templates. I keep my fabric stored in colors, fat quarters in underbed storage boxes.

  399. Sue Hunt - September 12, 2012

    Hi, I have to share my space with the computer room. I keep my fabric and thread in those clear plastic drawers. I try to keep them organized by color in the fabric drawers and the thread in their drawers.

  400. Janey Cook - September 12, 2012

    Fabric mania disturbs my creativity so I have my fabrics stored in clear plastic containers by color and fabric-type with one big container for smaller scraps from on-going projects. All are placed on store-bought metal shelving with wheels so they can be moved easily. How I love things on wheels!

  401. Tina Remondini - September 12, 2012

    I like to have 2 tables that form an L shape to help me hold up my quilts as they get bigger so I’m not battling to keep them from pulling as I sew :o) I’d love to win this table because I can’t reach my arm that lets me lift my pressor foot up for appliqueing and such….my legs are too short and the table I have is too tall LOL

  402. Peggy Moller - September 12, 2012

    I have nice storage boxes for my thread that also hold the bobbin so that my colors stay together.

  403. Lorraine Mooney - September 12, 2012

    I belong to 3 groups that make charity quilts. Having this table with wheels would make it so much easier to travel with my machines to the group meetings. It has to be a steadier sewing surface than many of today’s folding banquet tables that bounce all over from the vibration of the sewing machines. Great inventions!

  404. Sally Crosby - September 12, 2012

    When finding new projects that I want to try while I am on the internet, I print off the project, put it in a page protector, and then store it in a 3 ring binder……I buy the page protectors and binders this time of year when they have the school supply sales.

  405. Mary D of OKC - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing/quilting tip is my storage of thread. My husband does woodworking and built me stackable boxes with 3 columns each to store my thread. I have 100% cotton in one area. Cotton/poly in another area. Specialty threads in another, etc. all sorted by the rainbow of colors. This saves me so much time. Also, when you run a sale I know what I’m low on to purchase.

  406. Sandy A in St. Louis - September 12, 2012

    I love using plastic file boxes to keep projects in. They are great for storing everything I need for the project. When I am ready, I just grab the box I want and start working!
    Thanks for the great give away!

  407. Debi Pennington - September 12, 2012

    I use Rubbermaid bins for most everything, but I am seriously considering buying open restaurant style shelving with wheels to stack these on. I’m getting too old to try and move 10 bins just to get to one on the bottom two rows back.

  408. Debra M. Connis - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip for my sewing room is, I have an over-the-door shoe bag, on my closet door. It has 42 pockets, and I store my ribbons, twill tapes, label maker, crochet thread, and any other little items that can get easily lost. My sewing room is extremely organzided. It can almost be considered OCD. Thanks for the opportunity, to share my tip.

  409. Bonnie H Bailey - September 12, 2012

    I keep each different unfinished project in a separate shopping/tote bag with all the fabric, thread, patterns, etc. needed to finished that project. Each one is hung where I can easily retrieve it. Each tote is labeled.

  410. Pat Stratton - September 12, 2012

    I retired two and a half years ago and began quilting. I have turned an extra bedroom into my sewing room. It is a room with a very high ceiling and huge windows so the light is excellent to sew with. My best organization is the way I separate my stash of fabrics. They are in bins sorted by size; then color. I am able to find what I need easily. I use scrapbooking cases for each project that I am working on. This way I can work on a project, put it aside, and work on it again with no effort in locating it.

  411. Elizabeth Anguiano - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip is to keep all my quilting materials in “Banana Leaf” baskets on bookshelves. This keeps the shelves from looking cluttered and they are easy to pull out and look through when needed.

  412. Pat C - September 12, 2012

    I have modified kitchen cabinets with custom ‘counters’ between them to furnish my sewing room. Perfect height, perfect setup and lots of storage all for reasonable $$$.

  413. Karen Carpenter - September 12, 2012

    i have a couple wooden slot holder for all my cutting rulers. it was such a wonderful addition to my room. now I can always find what I need. of course I have to remember to put them back.

  414. Shannon - September 12, 2012

    I guess my organizational tip is nothing ingenious, but I always use magnetic pin-catchers instead of traditional pincushions because I don’t have to take the time to stab pins back into some stuffed thing, I just sort of hurl them toward the magnet and they fly to it. Or I just toss all the pins onto whatever work surface I’m using and then clean them all up at once by just hovering the magnet over them for a second.

  415. Bonbon - September 12, 2012

    It would be great to win this.

  416. Martha Johnson - September 12, 2012

    Great ideas for organization. I try to keep up with scraps by cutting them in 2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 5″ and store them in plastic shoe boxes. Anything over 18″ gets cut into 2 1/2″ strips. I try to put sewing tools back right away after using so I don’t lose something.

  417. nancy mott - September 12, 2012

    I have found that a metal pencil case allows me to keep essential tools near the sewing machine but not loose that can be pushed off on the floor.
    My granddaughter comes over to sew and it would be wonderful to have her machine on its own table —- start her out right!!

  418. Pat Chesley - September 12, 2012

    I have my machine on an old interior door that sits on 2 two drawer filing cabinets. Also on the door is a tv and a clamp on lamp. In the filing cabinets I can neatly store patterns, directions, graph paper, extra baggies, extra pencils, etc. Everything is right there.

  419. MarilynW - September 12, 2012

    I have my fabric stored by color in square fabric drawers of matching colors (closetmaid) that fit into the modular cubicals. I stacked two lengthwise so that I have sixteen drawers. So to find orange fabric, I go to the orange drawer. All of my specific fabrics, i.e., batiks, novelty, baby, patriotic, reproduction, holidays, etc. are in labeled plastic bins on shelves.

  420. Barbara Crawford - September 12, 2012

    I recently had to give up my 950 square foot office to a small backporch ,to be able to live at my moms house, and help to take over care of my invalid mother . So I put up grids and pegs to keep everything in its place. This table would really work out because of the size and the the folding and rolling ability to roll .

  421. Linda Gordon - September 12, 2012

    Since my sewing room is my dining room table, I keep everything in clear plastic storage boxes. I can move them easily when it’s time to clear the table for supper, and I can stack them so I can easily see what’s inside.

  422. Ginny - September 12, 2012

    I am pretty well organized, I have all my fabric on shelves, colored coded.I have all my thread hanging on peg boards.along with notions, Stencils , scissors. And any thing I can hang on peg boards I do. It is also great for rulers.Don’t forget you can paint these. And they are sooo nice. Make your self a pin cushion that is a great help.If you have too many supplies and you need space, consider creating a sewing basket gift to give to a friend or family member. You can provide them with all the basics, to get started and free up storage space at the same time.

  423. CJ Reed - September 12, 2012

    I use clear plastic bins to keep all of my unfinished quilt projects at the ready. Additionally, I incorporate many of my art tools (from Artist’s Club) for quilting. This table would be great to use going to classes ! Hope I win !

  424. Janet Doby - September 12, 2012

    My husband built me a sewing table shaped like a U, out of premade kitchen
    cabinets. With the drawers turned to the outside, I have a drawer for rulers, cutting tools, and other supplies.

  425. becky m - September 12, 2012

    hmmm.. I’m not the most organized person. but I guess my best tip is to put sewing patterns in a zippy plastic bag once they have been opened and then file them in their bags. They never fold back into the packaging!

  426. Caroline Embleton - September 12, 2012

    My husband built shelves up high around two of the walls. I keep my patterns and things I don’t use so often up on those high shelves.

  427. Barb Jolly - September 12, 2012

    My best tip is to store fabric by color on foam board.

  428. ginger - September 12, 2012

    I like to store my pieces of fabric under 1 yard folded right side in, by color, in rectangular baskets, in an old cabinet I found by the side of the road one day.

  429. Deb J Lewis - September 12, 2012

    What a great looking table! It could be used anywhere inspiration strikes. Deb

  430. tracy_a - September 12, 2012

    so, um, does spreading all my favorite fabrics out on the floor count? No? Hmmm. Well, I do keep all of my square/rectangle rulers in my bag that I take to quilt with friends – then I always have the right size with me – and I hide a spare roll of neutral tread there too so I won’t run out when I am sewing away from home.

  431. Vernita Krull - September 12, 2012

    I use a metal and wood top workbench for cutting table. Also use a microwave cart with drawer and doors under the top cutting area. Rulers in the drawer and cutting tools..batting, starch, sewing machine oil, etc behind the doors. Under the workbench clear tubs with on going projects. I have a metal small drawer cabinet for zippers, buttons, snaps, small objects needed.. Then I collect lg plastic jars to hold ribbons, coloful buttons, to place around the room to bring in cheer.. Love to have a place for a grandchild to sew with me, so have double everything but ironing board.

  432. Julie Smith - September 12, 2012

    Wow; I don’t have a great organizational tip. Right now, I use a modified school desk as my sewing station. The top drawer has small plastic cases with feet, needles, and thread. The middle drawer has patterns and an “inspiration folder” (I see pics, I want to make it, I tear it out and put it in there). The bottom drawer has some fabric that I “kitted up” myself. I use a big plastic bag, put in the fabric and pattern or inspiration idea, and when I need a quick fix, I pull out my little kit and make something. :)

  433. Kim D. - September 12, 2012

    Clear plastic bins, the kind with lids. You can organize anything if you have enough clear plastic bins. :)

  434. Diane Bachman - September 12, 2012

    I use a shoe holder on the back of the door to my sewing room to hold jelly rolls & a rotating office desk organizer beside my sewing machine for scissors, seam ripper, bodkin, buttons, safety pins, stiletto, etc. It keeps everything right at hand without taking up a lot of space.

  435. Bonnie S - September 12, 2012

    I built a shelf unit that houses the plastic underbed totes. They pull out like drawers. I would love this table with wheels!

  436. Marie - September 12, 2012

    I like hanging my fabric on multi hangers for hanging skirts. I like it because I can organize the fabric by complimenting colors as I select fabrics for my projects. The multi hangers hold six different yards of fabric or several fat quarters.

  437. Claudia Burns - September 12, 2012

    I want a Gidget so bad!!

  438. Kristine C. - September 12, 2012

    I totally need this table in my new (smaller) home. I’ve been wanting to set up a table in the master bedroom and this would be just right. Before we moved across the country, I completely organized my sewing supplies. I was already organized quite well, but knowing I’d be moving to a smaller space, I put all of my fabric into baskets and all of my threads and notions into a stacking organizer for super easy access. I am working out of a master bedroom closet now, so I am easily able to find what I need and put everything back quickly. Because of my limited space, I am focusing on scrap quilts from my stash!

  439. Megan - September 12, 2012

    My best tip for organizing Would have to be te way I keep all my scraps. I keep them organized by color in a file box. With a seperate file with all my blocks that I made and didn’t use. That way whenever I need a scrap I am ready to go. And that’s often… I love my scrappy quilts!! :)))

  440. Judy pahs - September 12, 2012

    I have limited space in my sewing room. I keep all fabric in clear bins labled and sorted by colors. I use a wiggley table right now that also holds my computer. I think I need the Gidget 2 !! It is a perfect size. I put all my ribbon on a pressure curtain rod and hang it accross the window. They stay neat and I pull only what length I need.

  441. Dorothy - September 12, 2012

    I have a scrapbook cabinet on wheels that has 6 drawers. Each draw holds several different supplies I need for piecing quilts or for my machine embroidery. All my scissors, pins and basting tapes are in draw one. Embroidery notions in the next draw and so on. The last draw is large enough for project sheet and instructions. I also use a portable file box to hold all my embroidery designs in order.

  442. Nancy Powell - September 12, 2012

    I periodically go through magazines, books, fabrics, patterns, etc. and eliminate what I think I will never use, so that things don’t keep accumulating and taking up space. Frees up more space for stuff I want to keep and keeps the clutter down.

  443. ConnieND - September 12, 2012

    I use cd storage towers to stack fat quarters on, plastic shoe boxes to keep jelly roll strips in, I use cardboard cut 6″x13″ to keep yardage on – by folding fabric in half from store bolt, then pin note on how much is on my new mini bolt. These mini bolts fit into the wire cubes (from Target or Kmart) and sewing tools like needles, rotary tools, marking items fit into a 10-drawer unit. My spools of thread are kept in gallon or half gallon jars on a shelf – I know – I have to keep out of the sun – but it looks sooo pretty with all like colors together in one jar.

  444. Maria Sinnott-Chezum - September 12, 2012

    I NEED organization, so I admire all ladies who have wonderfully organized sewing studios. For now, my shelves are stacked with fabric, books, books and more books. I really have to make time and get a system…LOL!

  445. Judi W - September 12, 2012

    So many little things scattered about my sewing room until my husband put up about 3/4 of a sheet of pegboard for me. It really helps keeping things up and yet in sight when I need it. I think everyone could use the Gidget! It looks like a dandy table.

  446. Gloria Gunderson - September 12, 2012

    I use a “bookcase” made to use for CD storage to contain all my fat quarters. If you fold them in half, then in half and then in half again they fit just right on the shelves. Place the folded edge to the outside of the shelf and it is neat and tidy.

  447. Suzanne Sutton - September 12, 2012

    I cut the scraps from my quilts & other projects into 1-1/2, 2, 2 1/2 inch, etc. strips or squares and place them into silverware separators, one for lights, one for mediums, one for darks. The various sizes of the separators keep them sorted by lengths. Perfect way to make scrappy quilts.

  448. Cindy Williams - September 12, 2012

    I have an awesome room for my sewing and quilting! When I got to design how I wanted things laid out I knew I wanted to be able to see my fabrics so I found a bookcase @ IKEA that is 4 cubes high and 4 cubes wide … then I went to the Dollar store and bought the paper covered foam board for $1.00 per sheet (I can get 5 squares out of it when I cut it up) and now all my fabric is wrapped around each square and is standing upright in the cubes (it’s a mini fabric store!!)

  449. bonbon - September 12, 2012

    I use gallon storage bags to keep all my pieces, once cut, as needed, with extra fabric in another bag , and then I keep them, and all pattern pieces, etc, in a green Joanne Fabrics shopping bag, all handy when I am ready to get sewing.
    I use gallon storage bags to keep special rulers and templates in, like my Quilt in a day flying gesse rulers, and my Kaye Wood views and do rulers, along with the instruction sheets, and or special patterns that come with each ruler or template.
    I use carriage bolts with nuts, to organize my threads and bobbins, so when I am working on special projects I can fill several bobbins, as needed, to make the projects go smoother.
    I keep a cleaning supply basket next to my machine, with screwdrivers, brushes for cleaning lint out of my machine, and all those little things we all have at the ready when sewing, including several scissors, and I hang several smaller tools I use the most, like a small scissor, a point turner, a wooden iron, etc, on long pieces of fabrics, left over from different projects, or my favorate ribbons.
    I keep rotary cutters at my machine, and a duplicate at my cutting table.
    I have an L shaped computer station, that has holes for cords, covered with cutting mats, and one of those small plastic drawer containers for threads and needles on one end.
    I love mens small parts containers that they use for screws and such, to keep supplies in
    I also use that fabric shelf liner, under my machine and serger to prevent them from slipping, and underneath my foot pedals as well.
    am I organized, well I am a sewer, LOL

  450. Deborah Napoli - September 12, 2012

    Hi…thank goodness for zip lock bags…as I cut I store quilt parts in labeled plastic zip lock bags (I always re use) then I store the bags in an empty facial tissue box. To the front of the box I place the pattern in a plastic sleeve with tape…then all is placed on the shelf. Being semi handicapped some days are better for cutting than sewing….so there are always 5 quilts on hand to sew. When I have a sewing day it’s zip zip zip. This table would free an area and make my sewing room more handicapped friendly.

  451. Denise L. - September 12, 2012

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite organizational tip – but one thing that I like to do is wrap my fabric around comic book backing cardboards. You can purchase them at comic book stores, and they are acid free. One board will hold at least one yard of fabric. I sort my fabrics by color, and store them in rubbermaid storage boxes. I also store some fabric in recycled plastic lettuce boxes, from the grocery store. Thanks for the contest entry – I’m sure I could find a great use for the sewing table!

  452. Lynn D in NC - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tip, is to have a place for everything and have everything in its place. I also have some shelves for fabric storage, and I keep the fabric upright like books, in color order. I love it. It’s like going to a color library to hunt for what I want to use.

  453. Mary Donoghue - September 12, 2012

    I use forceps while remove thread while opening seams and to help remove unwanted thread from machine embroidery.

  454. Caren Freeman - September 12, 2012

    A peg board on the wall to hang rulers, scissors, thread, and other tools is just the thing to keep you organized and at hand instead of digging through bags and buckets.

  455. Sue Selvitelle - September 12, 2012

    I tape a small paper bag to the edge of my cutting table to catch all the tiny scraps neatly and easily. They always seemed to miss the wastebasket on the floor!

  456. Linda B in MI - September 12, 2012

    Just what I need for the rv…moving to one this winter full time…there goes my sewing room…etc!!!!

  457. Elizabeth H. - September 12, 2012

    I keep all of my fabric (quilting cottons and fashion fabrics) organized by type and then color on open shelves. Except for wools which are organized in a large plastic bin with a lid to protect from potential moth attack.
    Having all the fabrics visible is inspiring, I don’t forget I’ve got something and it allows me to quickly pair up fabrics for a project. For fashion fabrics, I keep a swatch on a 3×5 index card, noting the width and amount that I’ve got and any particular care instructions. These are all stored together in a small index card file box and it allows me to pull out the swatches, pair up fabrics and patterns, and I can take the card/swatch with me to the store if I’m looking for thread, buttons, zipper or a coordinating fabric.

  458. Connie Padgett - September 12, 2012

    I bought a tall cabinet with 6 shelves to store my fabric. I put it in order by colors. Now I can see my fabric and pick what I need without digging thru bins. I love it!

  459. Linda B in MI - September 12, 2012

    Woops, again…forgot my hint…never tell your dh you could live in anRV year round…What am I going to do with all this fabric? That is what quilting friends are for..

  460. Donna Long - September 12, 2012

    Would love to win this for my new “used” Bernina! So excited to make a perfect space to sew.

  461. Amanda Guthrie - September 12, 2012

    I just created a craft table using two 3×3 Closetmaid cubby shelves and a sheet of MDF on top. Perfect height for a cutting table and it gives me a ton of extra storage.

  462. Janice Mc Laren - September 12, 2012

    The best organization tip for me is to clean up after each project. Put everything away that I don’t need for the next quilting session.

  463. Elaine Westfall - September 12, 2012

    My organizational style is to work in one area until everything is piled so high that I can’T see my sewing machine. Then I move to another area of the room or another room in my house. I certainly could benefit from a Gidget 2 Sewing Station!

  464. Beury - September 12, 2012

    found a tutorial for a sewing mat to put under your machine and it has pockets for all the little things I need during a sewing session! perfect for me at home and to take to class:) thx for the chance to win, would absolutely love to have an arrow table.

  465. Ann M LeClercq - September 12, 2012

    I always keep my fabrics sorted by colors. It just makes things so much easier.

  466. Mary Ellen Honan - September 12, 2012

    As I have three (3) sewing machines and a serger, each station has its own supplies (tweezer, small scissors, pins, ruler, stylus, thread catcher, etc.) I made the sewing mug caddies to hold everything. I, also, have one labeled drawer for each machine that has the manual, bobbins, feet, and a maintenence card, that can be pulled out and placed next the machine if needed.

  467. Rita Schiavone - September 12, 2012

    I keep all my fat quarters organized by color in clear plastic bins, the kind with lids. I also keep each project I’m working on in separate Ziploc bags so I don’t get confused!!

  468. Judy - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organization tool is a roll around set of 3-4″ high drawers….they are clear and I can see the kind of tools that I have in them. All my little tools, pins, needles and scissors are up and away. When the grand children come to visit, I turn the pull outs toward the wall so little fingers can’t explore or get hurt.

  469. Eileen Hoheisel - September 12, 2012

    I have 2 pegboards in my sewing room, so I have lots of tools handy. Looks like a really neat table.

  470. Lisa Cox - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip is to use plastic shoeboxes to store all my fat quarters in. I sort them by color and each color has its own box.

  471. hillary moon - September 12, 2012

    I have two storage units with shelves to keep my projects separated and organized.

  472. Beth Navins - September 12, 2012

    I love quilting magazines and the projects they showcase, but after awhile, the number of magazines becomes overwhelming. Enter CD storage boxes and sleeves. I make a card that has the pattern names,theme, and size. Then I use my computer and printer to scan the picture of the quilt, pattern pieces, and assembly directions and put them on a CD. I can usually get 3-4 quilt patterns on one CD…and the box holds 100. Then I pass the magazines on to our local abilities center. I have a laptop in my sewing area, so my inspiration is a click away..:-)

  473. Michele Reutlinger - September 12, 2012

    Organized? Oh, how I wish! :)

  474. Pat Pecho - September 12, 2012

    I use translucent plastic storage boxes from the sporting goods (for tackle) or hardware store (for small parts) to hold my threads. I have separate boxes for quilting, piecing, applique and embroidery threads. Makes it easy to find the right color and weight of thread.

  475. Alice Johnson - September 12, 2012

    I ususlly have several small projects going at a time, each in its own clear plastic 6 qt. shoe box (Sterilite).
    Larger projects are in 12 qt. plastic containers, with lids, of course. In each container is all fabric, thread, pattern,etc. needed for the project, and the end can be labeled with either the name or photo of what the finished project will be. I have a shelf the size to hold the containers, stacked 2 or three high, and the shelf is behind a curtain which coordinates with the window curtains.

  476. Susie Kerner - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win this and could really use it. I use totes for storing fabric.

  477. Rebecca Keith - September 12, 2012

    I didn’t realize that sewing rooms were supposed to be organized, but my favorite thing is zip top bags, I use all sizes for projects and such, and I have my fabric in the large file cabinets that are used in offices with the drawers that are wide rather than deep…I love that I have a special place to keep my sewing though…thanks Rebecca K.

  478. Cheri Barker - September 12, 2012

    I spend a good bit of the year in an RV, my cutting table, sewing table, and ironing board are all my dining room table (36 x 26). So flow organization is critical….as much cutting as possible, as much sewing as possible, and as much ironing as possible. I have limited storage, so keep a ‘quilt in a box’ method going, all the things in need for a quilt in a 2 gallon rubbermaid storage bin. Anything I need for the quilt, thread, fabric, pattern, etc go into that box and that is all the space I allow myself for the quilt with the exception of batting which I store under the bed. A table like this would be a game changer for me. Small enough to store in the RV, yet large enough to allow me to move my sewing machine (stored under the table bench seat when not in use) to it’s own space and avoid the tear down/put away/rebuild process in between phases, except when on the go.

  479. Janet Anderson - September 12, 2012

    I need this soooo much for our RV. I always take my sewing machine and it would be great to have this for setting my machine in so it is easier to sew and the right height!!!!

  480. Erica D - September 12, 2012

    I keep all of my scraps by color in 3 clear 3-drawer rubbermaid bins under my cutting table so I can easily see and access them.

  481. Leona - September 12, 2012

    Clean up after each project.

  482. Lisa S. - September 12, 2012

    I came across some plastic containers on clearance at Walmart. They stack nicely so I bought about 15 of them and organized my scraps by color. I used a label maker to put the color on the box. Now when I am done with a project all the clean up process now includes putting the scrap where they belong.

  483. Eva - September 12, 2012

    I use see through plastic thread cases for all my embroidery thread. That way I can coordinate all the colors. I also use a wooden slot holder for all my rulers which saves so much space. I use a movable plastic tray to keep all my boxes of pins, extra needles another odds and ends that I use doing a project. If I need more space I just move the tray to another area

  484. Bailey - September 12, 2012

    I let my 4yr old daughter sort my scraps into color piles. She learns her colors and momma gets her scraps organized!

  485. Pat Hathaway - September 12, 2012

    To stay organized I like to use plastic boxes that I originally bought for 12″ scrap booking papers. I keep my pattern, cut pieces, and finished blocks in one box and stack it up with the unused fabric so everything in is the same place. There is room to include any notes about what I am doing or need to do, too. Sometimes I use a second box to put the fabric I will use for binding and backing so everything stays together and I know not to use that fabric for another project.

  486. Silvia Andrews - September 12, 2012

    To get organized I used a pegboard, painted it in a room coordinated color, and framed it. I then attached hooks, and baskets for my scissors, thread, and anything else I use while creating my projects. This helped me free up my cutting space.

  487. mary salmon - September 12, 2012

    Hi!
    My favorite things in the studio are baskets…little, med and big. I use them for thread on the ironing board, scraps…I just toss them in…and magazines…I put the threads I am using for a project in a small basket by my Bernina…I just love baskets!
    Thanks for the chance to win…
    Mary

  488. Ruth Paul - September 12, 2012

    Having recently reorganized my sewing space I can say that the best tip is “if you don’t use it anymore, pass it on”. It freed up a lot of space for things I use everyday.

  489. Karen - September 12, 2012

    I just love clear plastic storage boxes. I can keep all of my items in them. Zip lock bags are also a big help in my sewing room.

  490. Judy - September 12, 2012

    Thanks for you recent contest for a Gidget 2 sewing station.
    Judy

  491. Kathy S - September 12, 2012

    Close the door when you are done sewing for the day. NEVER let your grandkids in your sewing room!

  492. NANCY SHULTZ - September 12, 2012

    I have made dowels to hold all my thread, that hang on the walk by my sewing machine. This makes colors easy to find & right at your fingertips. Also use amazing tape to identify each color &to hold the loose thread on spool.

  493. Linda - September 12, 2012

    I have very little room for sewing, since I live in a small apartment. I maximize my space by using open stackable shelves on top of my dressers. These shelves house my stash of fabrics, organized in color order. This allows me quick access to materials, using my bed top to lay out patterns. I also use a simple muslin backed tied quilt laid upside down, with the muslin side up, to cover my bed spread and provide protection while cutting. Double duty–protection and warmth!

  494. Helen Lee - September 12, 2012

    I store fabric in plastic boxes by color. I save the desiccants that come in some types of packaging and drop them in the plastic boxes to prevent any moisture in the box. I just got yet another sewing machine and sure do need a table for it.

  495. Nancy Long - September 12, 2012

    I put patterns I find online in notebooks of different categories, such as Applique, pieced, children quilts, bed quilts, table toppers, etc.

  496. Cecilia - September 12, 2012

    I sort my scraps into certain sizes and then keep them in wire baskets. This way when I cut the strips I can put the where they belong right away. Thank you for the chance to win this table, it would be great for retreats and classes.

  497. Rene Bolton - September 12, 2012

    I have just finished reorganizing my sewing room! Now I can easily find everything! I am currently using a folding table for my sewing machine. The Gidget2 would be perfect!

  498. Deborah Bright - September 12, 2012

    I use a combination of baskets and see through plastic containers. The baskets are for smaller items and the big plastic containers are for fabric. If you fold the fabric correctly you can see the fabric without opening the bins.

  499. Sherry Moore - September 12, 2012

    I like to use pegboard to organize things that will hang up like sissors, embroidery hoops rulers etc.

  500. geraldine sabeh - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tip is “I use clear plastic pill bottles
    to store my sewing needles. On the lid, marked with a
    sharpie pen is the size and I can see all the pacs of
    needles I have in the pill bottle. It is great because
    I use a lot of different types. They fit in the drawer
    standing up and easy to locate what I need

  501. Joye Cox - September 12, 2012

    We just sold our house where I had finally got my sewing room nearly just as I wanted it. One of the items that helped me organize was a sewing desk made from a huge executive desk that I bought from the Habitat Restore for $25. It was large enough to use the middle to right side for my machine and sewing space and the left side held a large cutting mat. In the drawers I kept my rulers,cutting tools, and a variety of notions. Alas I could not take this table with us when we moved so I donated it back to the Restore where I hope another lucky quilter will take it home with her. We are renting a small apartment now and hope to buy another house soon. Then I will need another sewing table and the Gidget looks like she would fit the bill! Thanks.

  502. Sydney Von Flue - September 12, 2012

    I’m tall so my husband made me a cutting table with 3 inexpensive dresser drawers with a white laminated top. 34″ high 46″ sq. top. Gives me plenty of room for cutting, each dresser has 4 drawers for lots of storage and no more back aches because the cutting table is to short.

  503. Diana Allen - September 12, 2012

    I have all my fabrics sorted by color on a shelving unit. Then I have plastic bins for my charm squares, and 2 1/2 inch strips,labeled telling what is in each, and are easy to see into with out opening. Lots of containers to hold, pins, pens, and odds and ends.

  504. Karen Gifford - September 12, 2012

    I have recently moved from an RV (with most of my quilting stuff in storage) to an apartment. Can’t spread out as much as I did when I had my own sewing room, but thus far, I have cut up a piece of coroplast (like cardboard only plastic) to wrap my fabric so I can store it like books in a bookcase. Another shelving unit holds a number of medium size sterlite containers (with fasteners to hold the lid on) to hold works in progress along with the pattern, so it is ready to go when I am inspired. I also recycle plastic peanut butter jars to hold things like safety pins and thread bobbins (which I wind in advance) in neutral colors. I could really use the Gidget sewing station, since I had to give up my sewing cabinet when we moved into the RV.

  505. Lori H - September 12, 2012

    I keep a trash can as well as a basket for scraps under my machine. I only have a folding table to hope I win!!

  506. Dianna McGregor - September 12, 2012

    I bave a cotton rope strung across the wall with my fabric for the Farmer’s Wife hanging on it. Sorted by color, out is ready to see the fabric when making my choices for a block.

  507. Alison - September 12, 2012

    Draws and hangars for inactive projects and tote bags for active projects. One can never have enough drawers. Clear bins for stash sorted by fiber and color.

  508. Anne Wawzyniak - September 12, 2012

    A basting brush is the best tool to remove lint from your machine.

  509. Barbara Young - September 12, 2012

    I use plastic storage boxes for each project. I have an antique wardrobe that I put shelves in to store my fabric stash.

  510. Pam - September 12, 2012

    the best thing I did for my self in MCM (My Creative Mind~the name I gave to my sewing room) is to have tools (pins and pin cushions, scissors, rotary cutter, mat, trash bags, scrap bags and anything else needed for whatever project I am working on) all my work areas (sewing, pressing, cutting).

  511. Ramona Tankersley - September 12, 2012

    While serving 20 years in the military, my sewing room storage had to be mobile and fit different houses. I like the free standing wire basket units. They can be used in a variety of situations with a hollow core door on top. Clear tubs are great as well as you don’t have to pack and unpack the contents. Flexibility is key!

  512. Barbara Webb - September 12, 2012

    My favorite storage for my embroidery thread is a 3 shelf laundry cart. The type of cart that fits between the washer and dryer. It is a heavy plastic and each shelf has sides. It’s great for rolling to my machine when I’m embroidering and then back to its corner when I’m done. I cover with a piece of muslin to protect the thread from the light. (I actually have two and sort by colors)

  513. Kristen - September 12, 2012

    Baskets for everything. One holds scraps. One holds scraps that are divided by color into individual ziplock bags. The others hold my fabric that I fold around my ruler so they are all the same size. These are sorted by colors, white and black in one, red-pinks-purples in another, etc.

  514. suzan stegall - September 12, 2012

    I use my sewing room to hide Xmas presents in. My girls all adults now all end up going into my sewing room for various excuses. With allthe large pieces of material and plastic stack boxes, presents are overlooked and easy too find.

  515. Erin - September 12, 2012

    Hmmm.
    My sewing area tip is:
    have a mini iron and mini ironing board just to the right of your machine so that you can “piece, pivot, press!”
    Cuts down on quilting time by not having to get up and walk to your ironing station over and over again!

  516. denise fatzinger - September 12, 2012

    My little organization tip is photo boxes. I’m a multi doer I do so many projects at once so I store them in photo boxes with a simple label. They are so inexspensive like 2 dollars at michaels. And boy I travel with my sewing machine and gthis table would be awesome.

  517. Jo Anne Kani-Miller - September 12, 2012

    I’m using an Ikea dresser as a fabric organizer/pattern organizer. Different drawers for different things! The sewing table looks absolutely wonderful!

  518. Judy - September 12, 2012

    *I save plastic, empty gum containers to use for storing straight and saftey pins.
    *I use zip bags to keep my bias wound as I sew, without tangling.
    *I keep my fabrics stashed by color for fast access when I need to get to a speific color family of fabrics.
    *I use a kitchen tray for for my gadgets…scissors,rulers,tweezers,seam rippers,ect.
    *Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

  519. Shawna Gonzales - September 12, 2012

    I had old Coca-Cola wood crates that had been sitting around collecting dust. I was in the Home Depot store and saw a Coke display that used 4 wood boxes nailed to 1×4’s standing vertically to hold the bottles. I told my husband that is what I want to do with the crates and he built me one. The other crates we put a shelf in the middle and hung them on the wall. It works perfect for fat quarters, charm packs and thread. Which you can never have to much of!

  520. Stephanie Wilson - September 12, 2012

    I just turned my sons diaper changer into the greatest storage unit with some canvas bins i made for the small stuff. Its kinda great to see it while i sew and remember all the great moments i shared there with my two boys. It inspires me while I create quilts for them to love.

  521. Bagoquilter - September 12, 2012

    My sewing/quilting room is my living room. I have 3 sewing machines, an embroidery machine and my Gammill classic plus. I have a permanent cutting area which I have to share with Oliver my cat. I have all my sewing thread in a couple of containers, my embroidery thread in other and my quilting thread in containers under the quilt machine. My fabric for the most part are on mini bolts that are acid proof and are stored on shelves in a spare bedroom, with reduced daylight so as to not fade the fabric. My fat quarters however are out of control. This little table would make a great addition to mt work area.

  522. Carol Buckner - September 12, 2012

    I love going to retreats. My friends all have their Gidgets. They really help give them more space to quilt.

  523. Debbie - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tip is to keep everything alike together. I have small plastic clear containers for everything: buttons, zippers, snaps, pins and needles, etc. I then keep my fabric colors together on shelves and like colored scraps together in baskets. I sort my books and magazines also-like subjects together. I would love to win the sewing table!

  524. Lois D Hollander - September 12, 2012

    I keep small projects in either large gal 1/2 bags or colored cloth bags for easy pick and go. I enjoy sewing in the car or on vacation. Currently I sew quilts for our church, “Bags for Babies”, and Quilts for Kids, which go to childrens hospitals. I would love to have this easy to go, Gidget, so I could be able to set up and sew easly while on vacation or short trips rather than only hand sewing. It looks as if it would be easy to store or set up in a small space. I would love to have one. Traveling with it would addvertise to others another handy sewing tool. Thank you.

  525. Sharon Roberts - September 12, 2012

    Having always had a problem with tangled threads in my storage box, I decided to try those very small stretchable ‘circles’ that are made for hair (pony tails). It was the cheapest best improvement I’ve made in my sewing room. It stretches to fit almost any size spool and I also use them on my bobbins.

  526. Nancie Roach - September 12, 2012

    I store my embroidery threads in drawers meant to hold stationary. They are sorted by color (reds & orange in one, blues & purples in another, etc.) This way I can easily select the appropriate shade for the current embroidery project.

  527. Suzanne Camp - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tool is I use a utensil tray to easily store my sewing. tools. Everything is handy from seam ripper to measuring tape totorary cutter.all in one tray and it easily stores in a drawer or shelf

  528. Amanda Best - September 12, 2012

    I am not organized at all, but one of the things I do manage to control is my bobbins. I use brand new toe separators (like you use to paint your toe nails) to hold all my bobbins in place. Then I stack them and place them in a tiny chocolate box.

  529. Karen Neal - September 12, 2012

    A large entertainment center (that I no longer use for the original purpose since all TVs are now too large) works very well for organizing books, magazines, patterns and tools.

  530. Bertha Goggin - September 12, 2012

    I try to be organized but it just isn’t my nature! LOL I do have a toy bin – it has three rows of dowels, and plastic bin that sit on them – where I try to keep like colors together, and I have hanging racks on the wall above it – I just need a bigger room!!

  531. Chris Streeper - September 12, 2012

    I am able to store magazines, machine embroidery designs and notebooks in the bookcase in my room. I also use ziploc bags for different projects.

  532. Celia Ambrose - September 12, 2012

    I use an antique jewelry box to store sewing machine attachments near my machine. It’s small, and the box is covered with an ecru damask design with gold thread design.

  533. Sharon May - September 12, 2012

    I use an old book case I found by the garbage and fold my fabric on this. I put unfinished and new projects in old chest of drawers. Scrapes of fabric go in clear plastic shoe boxes and zip lock bags.I love my sewing room even if doesn’t look organized.

  534. Sherry Creech - September 12, 2012

    I am totally not organized. If I were, I would put each thing I use back immediately and my room would not always look like a tornado came through. I also use altoid boxes to store my bobbins. They were great and never accidently open.

  535. Rachel W. - September 12, 2012

    I keep my machine needles in toothpick holders that we get in our travels. I use a sharpie to write the needle number on the lid. I also use school pencil boxes to keep misc items in.

  536. alisa hale - September 12, 2012

    I buy the plastic large three drawer bins that are clear. They help me with my fabric. I have them color coordinated. when I need a certain color I just look at the front of the drawers and know which one I need to get into. It saves me a lot of time instead of going through stacks of fabric or thrown in totes. This also keeps my area clean and organized.

  537. Peggy Mauk - September 12, 2012

    I have several tables with all my stash boxes underneath and quiltin projects on top. My machine sits on top of a table in front of a window for better light. I am fairly new at quilting but can see how easy it is to acquire a lot of goodies. My new favorite store is Gee Gee’s in Yelm, WA.

  538. Celia Boland - September 12, 2012

    My favorite thing is my giant metal desk. 30″ X 60″ and it cost me $25. Big enough to plan projects on, put a stereo or DVD player on the corner and still have room for my machine. The machine can be pulled forward or pushed back out of the way. It also has 6 drawers so it sort of organized me. Unfortunately I can not get it up stairs or take it to classes and retreats.

  539. Judy McLean - September 12, 2012

    I use a see through over the door shoe bag, from the Container Store, to store things like scissors, marking tools, glue, tape, extra rotery cutting blades— all the small stuff. Makes them much easier to find.

  540. jill brown - September 12, 2012

    after a recent flood in my sewing room i discovered that a rod hung ove your ironing staton can come in hand to sort colors for a quilt thats if you dont have a design wall lost mine in this last flood.

  541. Anna Fournelle - September 12, 2012

    What a lot of great ideas and tips. I don’t have anything unique to add other than maybe how I store my charm packs. They are pretty much the only precut stash I have as they are the least expensive to purchase. I write the name along the side of the label and store them in a clear container with a snap on lid. I can see the colors through the side and when I open it I can see the names right off instead of searching through them. Thank you everyone for sharing some great ideas and thank you for the giveaway.

  542. Olivia TenBarge - September 12, 2012

    Mt favorite organizational tool in my sewing room is an antique wooden tool caddy . I put my cutting tools, rulers, scissors and marking pens and tape in it and carry it easily from place to place. All my cutting tools are easily accessible in one open tool caddy.

  543. Grams Ianno - September 12, 2012

    I use comic backing boards to wrap my material around and then stand it up in a bookcase so I can see at a glance what I have before buying any new material for a project.

  544. Leslie - September 12, 2012

    I use a narrow hallway for a sewing room, and there isn’t room, and there isn’t room to set up an ironing board. I was having to sew, then get up and go to the kitchen for every seam. Then my sweet husband built me a mini- wall board. He found a hinge online that would support a small board so that I could put it down when I wasn’t using it, and voila! I can sew and stand up and there right next to me is my ironing board. It works great!

  545. Pat Judd - September 12, 2012

    I like to keep my rotary cutting rules in one tote box so I have less chance of losing them. plus now I am spending more time using them than searching for them.

  546. Nancy Smith - September 12, 2012

    I am the worst organizer in the universe. If my memory ever leaves my I an done for. I use bull dog clips to organize pattens and hang them on push pins. I use belt hangers to manage stencils and small tools. I have baskets galore. Now; my sewing room looks like a horders heaven, but I can still manage all of my boxes of ufo’s and tops that are not quilted yet. I sure hope I live to be 110. My fabrics are in an organized mayhem but I know where ther are

  547. Patricia Gaumond - September 12, 2012

    I save zipper packaging from bought pillow cases, sheets, etc. and use these for storing quilt blocks, matched fabric, etc. I also use them when sending or giving completed quilts to family and friends.

  548. Michele Dawson - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizing tool/item in my sewing room is the metal shelf I installed inside a closet. It holds my fabric neatly and mostly organized by color. Before I had only drawers for this purpose and it never was very easy to see what I had. The shelf solves most of those problems.

  549. Jennifer Sobecki - September 12, 2012

    My husband put two shelves above my sewing table. This puts the tools and notions that I use frequently and arms reach instead of digging it out of a trunk or tote.

  550. Lisa Miller - September 12, 2012

    I got some of those collapsible fabric boxes in every color that fit on a bookshelf so I can organize my stache. I also got some colored plastic bins for larger pieces of fabric. I have a bookshelf for my books. Tubs for my charm squares and jelly rolls and larger ones to put my finished tops in. I keep all unfinished projects in the 2-gallon ziploc bags with the book or pattern that I used. Sounds great but I just started. I just don’t want to take too much away from my sewing. Oh well! That’s life!

  551. Claudia Tam - September 12, 2012

    Would love this table to hold my machine and take to classes.

  552. Judi Durling - September 12, 2012

    Wow–I could really use that Gidget! My ‘spare’ room can become disorganized fast if I am not careful. I use a regular sewing machine and an embroidery-sewing machine; often, they are both out and being used at the same time. Keeping all supplies organized is a high priority so I have thread mounted on the wall and I keep my bobbins and sewing machine feet in color coordinated plastic see thru boxes which are also labeled. I invest in sewing tools/aids whenever I can as having the right tool at the right time really means I can enjoy the sewing process. Table and drawer space is available by way of one large folding table and a second solid wood table, as well as a chest of drawers.

  553. Kathy - September 12, 2012

    I know this is kind of wacky but I for all the rulers and squares and plastic gagets for cutting that I have to have can’t live without, I put a tension rod in my bedroom window and using a set of shower curtain hooks (the old metal ones that are smaller) I string up my sets of squares and rulers. For the rulers and whatnots that didn’t come with premade holes the other half so kindly and carefully drilled holes in them for me. Any time that I need a square or triangle I can easily spot the one that I wanted to use and slip it off the hook. Having them hanging in the window also insures that I won’t break them by leaving them lying around.

  554. Christina Thomas - September 12, 2012

    I use cloth boxes to organize my fat quaters. I fold them all the same way, and line them according to color in the box. Then stand the box on its side so I can see all the fat quarter colores and can pick what I need for a project quickly.

  555. Pam M - September 12, 2012

    When I buy several pieces of material that go well together, I tie it into a bundle with a strip of fabric. This keeps me from using any of it for an unrelated project on a whim and helps keep my stash ready when I really want to start something new. My desk at the moment is used for computer, printer, threads, bobbins, sewing machine, paying bills, etc. etc. I could really use a cute Gidget 2 to spread out a little!

  556. Diane Quigley - September 12, 2012

    I have mu boy friend made me a set of shelves to keep all of the stuff I need when I’m cutting. He hung it over my cutting table. It has hooks to hang all of my rules and stencils from.

  557. Kate Erbach - September 12, 2012

    My favorite tool for organizing is a man’s tool box. It’s perfect for sorting small items like buttons, snaps, etc. I just haul it out and everything is at my fingertips. Plus, it has a carry handle to go with me anywhere.

  558. Tami O - September 12, 2012

    I cut out my strips for strip quilting and hang on my “wall” lines in my room with clothes pins that are color coordinated for easy access and quick quilting for my fast paced life!

  559. Karla - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip is storaging my fabric in various sizes of storage cubes I purchased at Target. One unit has 6 cubes, which is the perfect size for organizing books and flat folds of fabric. Nestled on top of this is another smaller storage cube, which is perfect for holding my fat quarters as well as my tv. All fabric is organized by season and color. These cube units make all the fabric visible and handy to access.

  560. Jill lacock - September 12, 2012

    I am camping out in my dinning room using the table as my sewing table. I have to fit the sewing around my family. I found the use of hanging shoe holders to place my theard and notions is a great help to keep my tools togethe.

  561. Jill lacock - September 12, 2012

    I am camping out in my dinning room using the table as my sewing table. I have to fit the sewing around my family. I found the use of hanging shoe holders to place my theard and notions is a great help to keep my tools togethe.

  562. Jill lacock - September 12, 2012

    I am camping out in my dinning room using the table as my sewing table. I have to fit the sewing around my family. I found the use of hanging shoe holders to place my theard and notions is a great help to keep my tools togethe.

  563. Sue Goodin - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sewing room organizational tip is as I start shopping for projects I keep everything pattern, fabrics and anything else together in a plastic storage container of the proper size (this also makes things handy for grab and go when going on a retreat). If I have everything needed I put that project in one area BUT if there is still stuff needed I keep them in another area ready to grab when going on a road trip.

  564. Pam P - September 12, 2012

    I have an L shaped office desk that I have my machine set up on and on the side I have a cutting mat and cutters to cut fabrics and trim blocks and lay out blocks to see how they look. I have my ironing board set up on the other side for pressing my blocks as I go. Even though the desk is large it is a complete sewing area in a small space. Oh, and did I mention it has 5 drawers to hold all my sewing stuff. Notions, patterns, feet for my machine, thread and I even have a drawer for my current project and I also have space under the desk to store more stuff!!!

  565. Dawn Kay - September 12, 2012

    I would love this folding table. I have such a small space and having this would be of great benefit. I can bring it out when I need to sew and fold it up when I’m done. The biggest benefit would be that I can put it anywhere. I can sit on my couch and sew since I have a bad back and need to sit on soft chairs or a couch.It’ll help keep every thing right at hand and not scattered all over.

  566. Ann D. - September 12, 2012

    I use baby food jars and plastic containers on picture shelves to store my buttons, straight pins,safety pins, quilting pins, small ribbons and trims. Keeps the small sewing items handy and in clearly visible containers. Also use over the door organizers to store my fat quarters to organize them by color and easy viewing. The over the door organizers store many of my sewing tools as well.

  567. Marilyn - September 12, 2012

    I like to use the old interesting canning jars and baskets to hold basting safety pins, zippers, buttons, pencils, rulers, bobbins, threads, etc . my sewing ‘cabinet’ is a hoosier-type cabinet – my machine fits under the roll top – in the event I would ever want to put it ‘away’. I keep the old jars on the upper shelves with the doors open or behind the glass door so that I can enjoy their colors and patterns while they help keep me organized. Several baskets are on top with the ‘current’ projects. I decided on the cabinet instead of an actual sewing table with the idea my ‘someday maybe, grandkids’ may actually have a use for the cabinet, even if they dont sew.

  568. Vickie Welch - September 12, 2012

    I really need a Gidget ! I string spools of thread on a thin copper tube, bend hooks into each end to secure and then hang them on my curtain rods. pretty and space saving!

  569. Judi Jordan - September 12, 2012

    My best organization tool is a pad under my machine that is extended down in front of the machine cabinet with small pockets to hold my marking pens, snipping scissors, tweezers, small ruler, extra bobbins etc. I made it myself and it is so useful and handy to have all my little tools right at my finger tips.

  570. Patricia Van Duyne - September 12, 2012

    I need more room… I have everything set up on my bedroom, thank goodness it’s a big room.. but really… I can roll out of bed and sew…..A pile of fabric here and there… storage bins on wheels… hanging things in the closet……

  571. Anita - September 12, 2012

    I share space with my husband in the computer/guest room. My best way to organize are six drawer plastic rolling carts. There are small drawers for thread and small items and larger drawers for fabric

  572. Barbara Smith - September 12, 2012

    I use my dining room for my sewing room till I get a larger place, and it has huge windows for daylight sewing. Sometimes I hang a new quilt by the window so the other folks in my complex can see. I make extra money this way, and new friends.

  573. Ginger - September 12, 2012

    what a neat little table. My favorite tip is to have cabinets or shelves where you can put fabric that is folded neatly.

  574. Nancy Smith - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win a Gidget 2. It would come in so handy when I go to a sew in, retreat or sew day at our guild.
    Thanks again.

  575. Kathy Hurlbut - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational idea for my sewing room is the cubby I put in my closet which was used at a preschool. It has 9 large cubbies in it and holds a lot of fabric. I purchased clear bins to put my fabric in so I can see each one clearly when searching for just the right color for my next quilt. Love it!!! I also put PVC pipe with caps on the bottom on the legs of my cutting table to adjust the table to the right height for me.

  576. Carol FiehrerCfiehrer - September 12, 2012

    I would love this table for the weekend quilt trips …. What a great way to make travel easy

  577. Ramona - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization for my sewing room is my rolling plastic drawer storage that fit under my sewing table. My thread stash, sewing machine feet and attachments, and all kind of goodies are stored there.

  578. Evalynn - September 12, 2012

    My prayers have been answered! I’ve needed something like this for soo long! What a geneous idea for a sewing table! If I don’t win it, I’ll certainly be asking Santa for it! Thank you so very much for your generous offer here. :o)

  579. Susan Clark - September 12, 2012

    Wow, love to win this – I’m short & I always end up with a stiff back & neck when I go to workshops because my machine sits so high. Hmmm my favorite storage – its a toss up between a piece of peg board that odd shaped rulers, templates & patterns go on and any unused cups or mason jars I find & use for my pens, pencils, thin rulers, scissors & stiletto.

  580. Julie - September 12, 2012

    My best way to organize my sewing, quilting and embroidering is to have 2 rooms in my house. One room is for sewing machines, ironing board and shelving to keep all organized. The other room is my quilting room with cutting table, fabric shelves and hanging quilt layout panel. I have the best time going back and forth to each room and feel very organized. It also helps to have a husband that is a carpenter! I would love this table for my Bernina 830 and then I could sew in the living room!

  581. Jan - September 12, 2012

    I save the approximately 12″ x 12″ cardboard that comes wrapped inside the bigger wall calendars. When I am piecing quilt blocks, I lay out all the pieces for each block on a separate cardboard, then stack them up, doing about four at a time. I sew all the seams I can on one block, stack it to the bottom, do the next, until all four are sewn. Then I get up and press all those seams, putting the pieces back in place, each block on its own cardboard tray. Then I go back to the machine, sew more seams on each block, then back to the ironing board, and so on, until all four blocks are finished. I don’t get the pieces mixed up, and I save myself from so many trips to the ironing board.

  582. Juanita Tongen - September 12, 2012

    My sewing room is on the small side for all my junque.
    I bought stackable rubbermaid type stacking drawer sets. Every time they were on sale I would buy two. Now I have three stacks of two drawers. I can put different types of fabrics, ufo’s, backing or whaterever separated in the 24 drawers.

  583. Marquita Pattesona - September 12, 2012

    I have found that the plastic egg carton bottom makes a good storage for small items. They are small enough to fit in a sewing machine cabinet drawer and you can see at a glance what is in each compartment.
    I also use them for jewelry storage in my dresser drawer.
    Marquita

  584. ann mcride - September 12, 2012

    I use an old eye glass case to store and transport my rotery cutter. My threads are stored in Matchbox car plastic boxs, Easch box contains threads in the same color family. They are see through and stackable. this keeps them organized and dust free.

  585. Margie Macready - September 12, 2012

    I live at the beach so I sew in a guest bedroom when it’s not occupied. There is a cute Woody plaque with hooks on the front on a wall where I sew and I use that for my tape measure and current pattern I’m working on. I use my computer to enlarge the pattern that way I can hang it up on the hooks with yarn or fabric strips and it’s at eye level when using the machine.

  586. Georgia Baker - September 12, 2012

    I love to keep all my fabric color coordinated. When I need that color it is easy to find. I am also a little crazy with my magazines. I keep them organized by date and brand and keep a small steno so if I see something I want to try later I jot down the date and magazine it is in so it is easy to find again..

  587. Danielle Herring - September 12, 2012

    My best sewing room organizational tip is to sort your fabric scraps as you make them. I use plastic zipper bags to sort them by color and print. Then I store the bags in bins that are easy to search.

  588. Nancy Howard - September 12, 2012

    Sure could use that wonderful table!! I have an empty vitamin bottle that has easy open top. I put broken or well used needles and bent straight pins into it. I have taped white paper to it and wrote”sewing machine needles” in large letters. This will alert trash collecters if it falls out that the needles are NOT contaminated. Thanks for all the neat tips this “raffle” has generated! Can use a few of them.
    Nancy

  589. Janet George - September 12, 2012

    I have 3 of the weighted pin cushions with the hanging scrap bag placed strategically around my sewing room. Pins (or a place to put them) are always handy along with having a place for threads & fabric snips. I keep writing pens in a favorite mug from a quilt shop in Canada. Just looking at the mug brings back happy memories of a fun trip! I also keep boxes of various size zip lock bags in my sewing room – very handy for keeping various projects organized & together.

  590. Clare Lund - September 12, 2012

    My best organizational tool is I have a house cleaner come every two weeks and, as she cleans my home and sewing area(s), I have to tidy them up so as not to be totally humiliated!!!!

  591. Jane Coleman - September 12, 2012

    I cut lots of triangles, pair light to dark and stack the pairs neatly near my sewing machine. I use these as ‘leaders and enders’ as I sew projects. I’ve easily accumulated many hourglass blocks for a future community quilt. Also, I use a Pampered Chef tool organizer to hold my scissors, pencils, cleaning brush for my machine, quilting gloves and numerous other tools. It’s a great help!

  592. Barb Longwell - September 12, 2012

    Like most quilters I have many tools that I need at the tip of my fingers. My favorite organizing tool is my 3 tiered circular craft caddy. It has a lazy susan base so pencils, scissors, rotary cutters and marking pens are a turn away!

  593. Maritss Diaz - September 12, 2012

    Thanks for the chance!

  594. Kristy BVarlond - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tool in my sewing room is a tiny little freebee. I buy staples in little plastic trays with a hinge on it. I have several empty ones I use one for needles one for bobbins one for needle rippers, on for rolled bias act. You get the picture. Use them for those tiny objects that can mess up a drawer. They are big enough but small enough for drawers which are shallow and can stack easily. Do not know what I would do with out these free handy little organizers.

  595. Linda Hunt - September 12, 2012

    Storing fabric in open front bookcases saves rooting through drawers and bins, searching for that piece of fabric you know is there – somewhere! If the fabric is sorted by color, you know if you have what you need, right away.

  596. Lisa Pompa - September 12, 2012

    I use small to medium plastic buckets to hold my stash, I have color coordinated and fabric line coordinated my fabrics. It makes it easier to see what I have, and they stak nicely.

  597. BarbaraG - September 12, 2012

    I love an organized sewing room – unfortunately, mine rarely is! But one of my favorite tips is to use one of those little clothes lines you can buy at the dollar store. I can clip my pattern pieces, blocks and patterns to it to keep them clean, out of the way but easily accessible.

  598. Kay - September 12, 2012

    My favorite addition/s to my sewing room are those from the hardware store, like having a set of well made screw drivers to help clean my sewing machines, or clamps to hold down backing and batting (which Connecting Threads has on sale right now!) when sandwiching my quilts.

  599. Kathy Blomquist - September 12, 2012

    My favorite way to organize my rulers is using office mail dividers. I have some big for bigger rulers & smaller for smaller rulers & cutters. Coffee cups are everywhere to hold pencils, scissors, rippers, etc.
    This little table would be great for setting up where ever you are,, home or away. Thanks.

  600. Rhonda Phillips - September 12, 2012

    I guess my best organizational tip would be to get the grown kids out of the house and take over there rooms. I now have 2 sewing rooms. One for fabric and one for machines.

  601. Becky - September 12, 2012

    I have a bigboard ironing board and rather than setting it up on top of an ironing board and wasting the space underneath I placed it on a bookcase and am able to use all of the space underneath for storage.

  602. Cheryl West - September 12, 2012

    I am somewhat new to quilting/sewing so have not accumulated much as of yet! However, I do have several of the plastic project cases that scrappers use – they are great for stacking ongoing blocks and other items. And they stack nicely on bookcases!
    I love the look of this table. Definitely something I could use when I go to quilting with my quilt group at the senior center!

  603. virginia murphy - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip is to cut my scraps into usable strips and squares to be ready when I want to make a scrap quilt. I store them in plastic shoe boxes that are well marked. Color doesn’t matter for scrap quilting

  604. L.S Feller - September 12, 2012

    Since I have several sewing machines (7), I keep the bobbins, manuals and attachments in its own separate tote bag that I have made and labeled with embroidery. When I am ready to use one of them I don’t have to try to remember which uses what bobbin or whether it is a short shank or long shank even though some are interchangeable. This saves tons of time and confusion.

  605. Rebecca McEachern - September 12, 2012

    my favorite organizing item in my sewing room is my cutting table made from an old kids pool table. My cutting mats are on it at all times, so that I can cut when I want. A gidget sewing station would be perfect for my accucut machine. Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

  606. Tammy Kuntz - September 12, 2012

    I love to quilt and have found i spend alot of time looking for things that i just had!! Solution for me: plastic shoeboxes from the dollar store and my labelmaker. Have sorted and organized and labeled boxes with many, many sewing notions and stacked on a tall bookshelf in my sewing room. Easy to see and I know right where things are at!!

  607. Elizabeth Lee - September 12, 2012

    The way I store extra quilt blocks and leftover fabric from the quilts I have made is to put them in a Food Saver bag and suck all the air out, then seal the bags. They stay flat and clean and I am able to see through the bags so I always know what I have.

  608. Deb D. - September 12, 2012

    Because I have a lot of projects that I start and then move on to something else, I purchased several large brown paper bags. I put 1 project, complete with thread, fabric, pattern and anything else to go with the project. This way I can pick up a bag and know that everything is in there anytime I want to work it. And I love the table on wheels!

  609. Phyllis Olson - September 12, 2012

    I put cut drinking straws on my thread spindles to enable me to keep thread spool and bobbin together. I store the thread racks in drawers so desert sun will not rot my thread.

  610. Karen - September 12, 2012

    I would love to win the Gidget 2 sewing station! My favorite sewing room organizer is a Billy bookcase from IKEA with glass doors on it. I wrapped folded fabric around comic book boards and have them standing like books on the shelves. I can see and find fabric easily and the glass door keep my cats from sleeping on my fabric!

  611. tricia - September 12, 2012

    Loved all the tips. I use a lot of baskets and pretty boxes in my sewing room.

  612. Ila K. - September 12, 2012

    The plastic trays from cryovac packages of meat from the grocery store work great for sorting quilt pieces. Run them through the dishwasher to sanitize first. They stack and nest well.

  613. Linda - September 12, 2012

    I use project boxes to hold all the fabrics, trims, and pattern for a particular quilt or wall hanging so it’s easy to find and ready to go when I’m ready to start sewing.

  614. Lois Hagen - September 12, 2012

    Peg board & over the door shoe bags are really great. The shoe holders that are clear vinyl work the best to see all of my tools & spools of thread. Thanks for all of the great ideas, I have a really small sewing & scrapbooking room combined and I’m always look for more storage ideas.

  615. Cyndi D - September 12, 2012

    To keep my projects organized, I use the clear quilting project bags sold by Connecting Threads. This saves me time because all supplies and fabric needed for each project are in one place. I have a separate clear quilting project bag filled with various supplies that I call my away from home bag. This saves me time when I head to a quilting class or friend’s house to sew. I grab a project bag and my supply bag and head out the door. When I get back home, I put the bags back on the shelf and they’re ready for the next sewing adventure. I also take one of these clear bags with me when I go shopping for my project fabrics. This way I can see through the bag to match fabric.

  616. Candy Linder - September 12, 2012

    I purchased (4) 4-drawer clear storage units with wheels. I removed the wheels from 2 of the units and stacked them on top of the two units with wheels. I store all of my small fabric scraps in the drawers, keeping them organized by colors. If a scrap is predomiately red, for example, I put it in the drawer with the reds, all browns together, etc. Since the drawers are clear, I can easily see the color selection in each drawer. When I need a piece for applique, or a scrap for a scrappy quilt, I open my sewing room closet, and wheel out my “scrap drawers” which makes it easy for me to access and select the scrap I need. No scrap is too small for this quilter, so this has helped me to save scraps in an orderly fashion, and makes it fun to use them too. As I use the scrappy piece it also reminds me of the quilt that I made previously from this fabric. “Quilt till ya Wilt!” :-)

  617. BPatt - September 12, 2012

    love my magnitized pin dish, the rolling computer chair speeds up sewing because I don’t have to run to the iorn to press seams.This table would help so I could have a sewing buddy area set up.

  618. Carol Crawford - September 12, 2012

    one of my tips is to have an extending antena like rod with a strong magnet on the end. So easy to pick up dropped pins. Never put it off for later. There is also a rod with tiny pinchers on the end that is great for picking up dropped Buttons. Don’t even have to get up. Always good to keep with the sewing table. The one with the wheels really looks splendid.

  619. Carol Crawford - September 12, 2012

    one of my tips is to have an extending antena like rod with a strong magnet on the end. So easy to pick up dropped pins. Never put it off for later. There is also a rod with tiny pinchers on the end that is great for picking up dropped Buttons. Don’t even have to get up. Always good to keep with the sewing table. The one with the wheels really looks splendid.

  620. Barbara Hilliard - September 12, 2012

    Put everything in a particular place and then be sure and return it to that space when finished. You always know where something is and you don’t waste time looking for items.

  621. Kathy - September 12, 2012

    I got a large plastic (square) storage bin for all my machine embroidery hoops. I keep those I use very little inside the bin and the two or three I use most often sit on top. Takes a lot less room!

  622. Heidi L - September 12, 2012

    Baskets to hold notions and tools; bins with drawers to hold the larger sewing notions, and shelves to hold books and folded fabrics. Having a really great table to keep the machine on is also an important tool !!

  623. Sylvia - September 12, 2012

    see-thru plastic “photo cases” made to hold 4 x 6 photos are perfect for holding rotary cutter, seam ripper and small scissors

  624. Laura Ritter - September 12, 2012

    The best piece of advice I can offer is to label things: especially the different types of interfacings and embroidery stabilizers. You honestly cannot remember exactly what each one is for when you have been away from that particular piece for a little while. Sort them out into separate containers/envelopes/bags with labels. It will save you a lot of time and hassel in the long run.

  625. Catherine Mendell - September 12, 2012

    I have one for my regular sewing machine (14-15″) and love it. Would really love to have one for my larger one. I makes sewing so much more enjoyable.

  626. Jo Doherty - September 12, 2012

    I don’t know what I would do without the shoebox containers I use for all my projects! They stack easily and don’t take up much room. I don’t have a very large room to work in so saving space is very important. My sewing machine sits on a folding table that bounces when I start to sew at more than a low speed! Have always admired these machine tables but couldn’t afford to buy one, being on SS.

  627. Hollie - September 12, 2012

    My favorite organization tip is that I keep all of my projects (patterns, fabric, and thread) in the zipper bags that sheets come in. All of my friends and family know to collect them and hand them over. I also made a hideaway project wall with a sheet and these little knobby things that are supposed to hold your duvet in the corners of the cover. I host screwed them into the wall; they’re clear, so when I take the sheet down they hide on the wall.

  628. Krista - September 12, 2012

    This would be perfect timing as I am making the plans for my craft room!

  629. Wanda Klindworth - September 12, 2012

    I live in a senior apt complex. Earlier this year, I started a class one afternoon a week in our activities room. Since I am still in the beginning stages of quilting, I have learned a lot myself from the other ladies here. I would love to have to win the Gidget 2 to take to class.

  630. Su Scott - September 12, 2012

    BASKETS! LOTS of them. I have baskets filled with everything! Measuring stuff, marking stuff, patterns, little bitty things like thimbles, seam rippers and bodkin. I have baskets by my cutting table to put little slices of fabric (slices of life) to make tiny fabric tassles. I have baskets with fabric and thread. I even have a shallow basket to carry my handwork around the house. Baskets for beads and quilting magazines in the bathroom….my poor husband.

  631. Wanda Scalf - September 12, 2012

    I’m just getting my sewing room organized for I’m starting to quilt again. It’s been years for I was busy getting my girls raised. So far, my favorite thing that I’ve done is add a book shelve and have all my material separated by color and stacked so now I can see what I have.
    I would love to win the table. It would be an awesome piece to add to my sewing room.

  632. Elizabeth T - September 12, 2012

    To organize the various embroidery hoops that I use with my machines, I hang them along the sides of the machine cabinet using Command strips.

  633. Gloria Dailey - September 12, 2012

    I love my magnetic strips that can hold clear-topped metal jars to fill with buttons, pins,clips for holding on bindings, rubber bands and any other small sewing notions–great Ikea product!

  634. Janice Maxey - September 12, 2012

    I keep my fabrics organized by color. Larger pieces in clear containers with smaller pieces in smaller clear containers. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful table.

  635. Carol Karges - September 12, 2012

    Ihave purchased a shoe holder that I have placed over the rod in the closet of my sewing room. I store my material in the pockets by catagory, Christmas, baby, solids, plaids,etc.

  636. Roxanne Hartwig - September 12, 2012

    I organize my quilting magazines in magazine holders by year. It is great when trying to find a favorite pattern.

  637. Loraine - September 12, 2012

    My favorite is an open long necklace box setting in front of my Pro machine containing bobbins wrapped with small hair twists. I can see and get to them instantly and the threads are not tangled. No dangling tangled threads and my small trim scissors sets atop them, easily accessible.

  638. Sue Ann - September 12, 2012

    I have a wire shelf above my sewing space where I keep boxes of scraps for applique and small projects, but the best part is the ‘s’ hooks hanging from the rack that I use to hang all my rulers on. Quick easy access!

  639. Melissa Jordan - September 12, 2012

    I find to keep everything organized I simply put everything away before I start something new. A clean, uncluttered work space will make everything easier.

  640. Connee - September 12, 2012

    Plastic shoe boxes and the larger tubs are a quilters best friend. I keep fabric stored by color and projects with all the fabric, pattern and required notions all together in one tub.

  641. Amy Padgett - September 12, 2012

    I am also a fan of the clear zip lock bags for keeping projects together. Also with my scraps, I found a quilt pattern that calls for over 1200 2″ blocks. So i cut my scraps and color coordinate them as I make them. It eliminates holding on to scraps you don’t need and prepares your squares in advance for another quilt!

  642. Nona Davenport - September 12, 2012

    I’m pretty new to sewing, so I don’t have a good organizational system yet. I have my fabric scraps cut into the sizes I use for quilts, in ziplock bags, neatly tucked in bins. My tools and spare thread and bobbins are in a cigar box. I think it’s obvious I need this prize!

  643. Karen Ocansey - September 12, 2012

    I have rolling drawer carts to organize my fabric. They are inexpensive and easy to use.

  644. Sharon Carbine - September 12, 2012

    My favorite sew room organization tip is to place my sewing machine facing a window. This makes me feel happy and less claustrophobic than I would if I were to face a wall.

  645. Robin Bartlett - September 12, 2012

    My favorite thing to organize my material is a book shelf in my closet. I wrap my fabric around a ruler and then fold in half. That way they are all the same size. I arrange them by color. It looks very neat. Thank you for the chance at the sewing table.

  646. Patricia S - September 12, 2012

    My favorite storage tip would be to use a silverware tray to store leftover fabric strips. When I’m looking for a really quick project to put together, I have those strips ready to sew into a last minute gift for a special occasions. Thanks sew much for this chance to win!

  647. anne - September 12, 2012

    I just use an old spice rack to keep little things like buttons and small parts all in one place.

  648. Andrea Franklin - September 12, 2012

    What an awesome sewing table! Hmmm, my favorite sewing room organizational tip. About ten years ago I had a large four section floor to ceiling Oak cabinet built in my office/guest room. There are shelves with doors on three sections and the fourth is a four drawer unit. I keep almost all of my fabric and scraps here…utilizing computer paper boxes. I had the shelves specifically designed to hold this size boxes. While I love looking at fabric bolts, I also find them to be a bit of a distraction at times, so I like everything put away out of sight when I’m not working on a project. This cabinet is my secret weapon! The computer paper boxes hold fabrics sorted by color, types of prints and type of fabric and are labeled so I can easily find what I need when I’m ready to play and create! I have my ironing board and cutting board here too…while my sewing machine and supplies are in a separate room. Someday, I’d love a bigger room to hold everything…for now this works.

  649. Jean Loken - September 12, 2012

    I place purchased patterns in sheet protectors and then in a 3 ring binder. It keeps the directions in order and keeps them from getting dog eared. For example, my tote directions would refer to a previous step, which was easy to find by simply flipping the page back.

  650. Vicki Dove - September 12, 2012

    I put all my pattern pages in sheet Protectors and put these in a binder with the picture of the project on the front cover. I store the binders on a book shelf for easy access. I would love to win the table, because I take sewing classes a lot and it would be great to take to class with me.

  651. Patti - September 12, 2012

    I use various size clear plastic boxes (from shoe box size for small projects to large rectangular boxes for larger projects) which I label and add any needed info on that label also – in case I still need backing or a specific color. In the box I include the pattern and anything else that’s unusual, but necessary for that project. For very small projects, I use plastic zippered bags (I get mine from Aaron Brothers, but I know you can find similar flat bags elsewhere.)

  652. Angie Terry - September 12, 2012

    I’m a beginning quilter and don’t have a dedicated sewing room. I do appreciate all of tips for storing fabric in CLEAR plastic bins, organized by project and/or by color and LABELED CLEARLY. As my stash seems to be growing a life of its own, I need to heed this advice quickly before I’m in over my head in bags and stacks of future projects!

  653. Beth - September 12, 2012

    To travel with and use in your sewing room – platic containers that snap together, they are interchangeable and you can grab which container you need to take with you. Make sure you label them. For projects reclosable bags and plastic storage you can see through. In sewing room ikea cabinets with glass fronts for material storage. Thank you for this contest, even if I do not win the table I have learned a few new tips from others!

  654. Susan Keigley - September 12, 2012

    My own best tip idea that works for myself and hopefully might help anyone else is to get everything as organized as possible and keep it that way. It takes me less time to put up what I’m using when I’m done than it does to leave things strewn here and there and try to clean up and organize later. I have found that it works on everything else I do, which gives me more time for sewing which I love. I hate cleaning up a big unorganized mess, but it’s so satisfying being organized. It’s simple, just do it as you go. You will love being organized too, a place for everything and everything in it’s place.

  655. Pat Nathan - September 12, 2012

    I use a halogen torchiere light in my sewing room, and this is such a simple thing but it really helps ME when I sew. I use heavy duty magnets to put the design, pattern layout/instruction sheet, or directions for the project in progress, on the lamp pole. I also put a magnet on the pole to hold fabric samples for projects. I don’t lose my instructions, they are easy to see, and kept out of the way of badly needed space on my sewing table. :) (of course, don’t be silly and stick anything on the shade! But the pole part is very handy for this. Barring that, I use a clothes hanger and clothespins to hang my pattern pieces, instructions, cut out pieces, etc, in the empty space above my wire shelving. Keeps everything together and safe! :)

  656. Rebecca - September 12, 2012

    Sewing for 6 children ,quilting,and general decorating/household furnishing repairs, have taught me the wisdom of keeping the most often used tools handy and organized. Every sewing space that I have used over the years always includes a drawer insert for silverware. I keep several sizes of scissors, tape measure, pin cushion, small assortment of hand and sewing machine needles, sewing machine tools for cleaning and adjusting, small tools like stiletto, seam ripper,tweezers,etc, and of course a pencil,washable marking pen, and fabric glue stick. Top drawer access and personal sewing task needs will determine what you will keep handy in your #1 organized sewing tray.

  657. JOAN LOUGH - September 12, 2012

    When our last son left home, my husband put rails up in the closet for me to put adjustable shelves on for my stacks of quilting fabrics which I organize by color. I just shut the closet door and the room looks tidy.

  658. Rhiannon Thomas - September 12, 2012

    I have tried numerous things to keep my sewing room organized and have re-organized it a lot! My tip – hangers… any type of fabric I have 1.5 or more yards, I hang. My reasoning comes from experience. When I compare myself and others, I find more people have space to hang fabric than store totes. Although I do use totes for smaller amounts of fabric (less space taken up compared to ALL fabric).
    I love everyone’s posts! We put them all together and have the perfect sewing space! Thank you.

  659. diana brooks - September 12, 2012

    while i don’t have a sewing room yet as my grankids sleep in it i have several ways to try to keep neat as sewin is done in living room. I keep a large box under the fold out top of sewing cabint to keep fabric i am going to be working on in..i also use shoe boxes for patterns and folder to put printed patterns for paper piecing in.i use ziplock bags to keep small easy misplaced items in and labled and i have a small 3 drawer stand sitting next to the box of fabric…plus there is a small 3 drawer storage box that sits on table where i keep straight pin saftey pin and misc. things i use a lot like my seam ripper and small cutting items..i have 2 small divided boxes that sit on top of that which i put buttons in, a small divded box that holds extra sewing feet i have bought with instructions to use them…i have a small area that i keep this stuff in but its neat and i can find what i am looking for…my cabinet is really old and only holds my very old machine,we had to buy a board to place across the top to hold the larger machines….i would love this table and put it to very good use…oh yes i also have a tackle box that sits under the machine to hold things i don’t use as often. it works well..i keep the smallest trash can sitting under the table near the oppisite legs of the tackle box to put clipping in the little plastic bags from groc works well in it…helps keep thread off the floor and out of the sweeper

  660. Chris - September 12, 2012

    Before I start a new project I clean up my room. Pens in one cup, cutters another, small items another. You get the picture. I put any unfinished projects in clear tubs or ziplocks, easy to identify, with a picture on top. Once it’s all cleaned up I’m ready to go again.

  661. Virginia Davis - September 13, 2012

    I’m a quilter and have lots of magazines and books. I didn’t have a place to store them and instead of a regular bookshelf I purchased a small wooden park like bench and painted it in a garden theme and my books are placed on the seat standing up and I can clearly see the name on the spine and can find what I want in a flash. To finish the garden look in my sewing room I painted a tree on the wall where I hang birdhouses and had my husband built mini picket fence valances. Now I feel I’m in a garden when I sew.

  662. Martha Domke - September 13, 2012

    I have a heavy duty chrome shelving unit. Plastic boxes hold notions like rick-rack, bias tape, and cording. Little plastic drawer units hold elastic, special thread, needles, and other sewing needs. I plan to get larger clear plastic totes for my fabrics, and divide it into clothing fabrics, and quilt fabrics, and also craft supplies. My daughter could use a nice sewing table. At the present she is using a tray-table. She is currently sewing for her 4 year old daughter who is sooo very excited with every outfit her mom makes.

  663. Sandra Copeland - September 13, 2012

    My husband and I both quilt and recently moved and had to downsize. We use plastic containers, enclosed shelf cabinets that we bought at Walmart but that could be bought at that type of store and then in 1 bedroom, my husband built a set of white shelves that starts above a hide a bed to hold our quilt collection that we have kept and not given to friends and family.

  664. Jill lacock - September 12, 2012

    I am camping out in my dinning room using the table as my sewing table. I have to fit the sewing around my family. I found the use of hanging shoe holders to place my theard and notions is a great help to keep my tools togethe.

  665. Jill lacock - September 12, 2012

    I am camping out in my dinning room using the table as my sewing table. I have to fit the sewing around my family. I found the use of hanging shoe holders to place my theard and notions is a great help to keep my tools togethe.

  666. Debby S. - September 13, 2012

    To hold myself to task, I keep a three-drawer plastic drawer stacker under my desk. In that I keep my next 10 projects or UFO’s. When I finish a project, or empty a drawer, I move the drawers up so that now the bottom drawer is empty. Then when I buy more fabric or patterns (and I can’t seem to help it), I add them to the bottom drawer. In the closet of my sewing room, I keep about a dozen of the same type of plastic stacking bins and in them, are fabrics by color or themes like kids, Christmas, Batiks, 1930’s, whites/creams and 2 or 3 for thangles, foundations, ribbons. On top shelf I keep batting, and to the side, I keep my tops that are waiting on backings or quilting hanging on hangers. On a built in bookshelf, I have 2 shelves of pattern books, (a favorite lingering spot for my friends). In a small basket near my sewing table I keep a dump basket for scraps or “go backs” that I need to refold and put back in the closet after use. My desk has a drawer for scissors, one for rotary cutters, one for rulers. I also have a lovely collection of wool pincushions (and one actually gets used, LOL), the others I just couldn’t live without – just sew cute!!

  667. dawn - September 13, 2012

    I use kitchen food storage containers for my different projects.

  668. Jeanne - September 13, 2012

    I use baskets to keep projects in. Everything for that project is kept in that projects basket. This is a great table to win. Thanks for the chance.

  669. debbie pratl - September 13, 2012

    Color coordinate all fabric. It is so much easier to find a peticular fabric when looking in colors instead of going through every single one taking hours. It has turned into less than minute. hope this helps. Debbie Pratl

  670. kaholly - September 13, 2012

    I keep ‘like things together’. Everything has it’s place. I bag up all projects with their fabrics, and most importantly, I clean up my sewing mess on a regular basis to keep things organized and in their place.

  671. Flo Deibert - September 13, 2012

    I thought my husband was nuts when he bought me a craftsman 3 piece stacking tool-chest to use as my sewing chest but I absolutely LOVE it! The smaller top drawers hold markers,pens,scissors, etc. Long skinny ones hold spools of thread,bobbins,& needles.Another buttons & ribbon for embellishing. Lower long skinny ones are for rulers,templates,& stencils.Slightly deeper drawers hold various hoops for embroidery & hand quilting.Clips for my lamp,& quilting frames etc are in another.The deepest drawers hold bundles of fat quarters & jelly rolls.
    It would be awesome to win a Gadget 2 sewing station!

  672. Kris - September 13, 2012

    I’m a quilter and I had a hard time remembering what fabrics I’d collected for each project. This spring I added wirer shelving to a walk in closet and bought plenty of clear plastic/stackable boxes. Every project has it’s own box and all the pieces I’ll need to complete it so all I have to do is grab a box and I’m ready to go. Right now I have enough boxes to get me through 2014 if I do one project a month…..but I’m still adding on a regularly.

  673. Jean Sarnie - September 13, 2012

    I need to win this beautiful sewing station. I just cannot get organized to the point where I am comfortable sitting down to do a project. I am an “older” sewer and by the time I have to jump up and down getting my things together, I am exhausted and quit. This Gidget 2 would be a start.

  674. Margaret J. Parlow - September 13, 2012

    I get tired of never being able to find my scissors or frequently used tools while I am actually sewing at the machine. I put large cuphooks right on the side of my sewing desk, up at the top, right under the laminated top, so that I can just reach over from the sewing machine and grab what I need without even looking up.

  675. Karen C - September 13, 2012

    Being a recent empty nester, I am in the process of converting one of my kid’s bedrooms into a sewing room. I hung up all of my fabric stash, so that I can see what I have to pick from when I start a new project. I have a couple of sewing baskets-one holds tools/things that I need when sewing, another holds things like velcro tape, lace, elastic, etc. Right now I use an old fold-up dining table for my machine. Would sure love to win this table!

  676. Pat Leece - September 13, 2012

    For quite a while my daughters had a set of wire mesh shelves, basically individual squares of covered wire that you could connect into cubes. Once they were out of the house I “borrowed” them and use them to store my fabric. Right now they are 2 columns wide and about 6 feet high and have 5 cubes in each column. Lets me sort fabric by color and see what I have available so easily.

  677. Jan Smith - September 13, 2012

    Take all your small to tiny scrapes and use them for stuffing any size pillow you would like for your pet, your friends pet, or a pet shelter.

  678. Tammy Carr - September 13, 2012

    In my sewing room I have an antique dresser that I store some of my fabric in that is folded on acid free comic boards. On top of the dresser I have my largest cutting mat that covers the top of the dresser. It is the perfect height to cut fabric on. I also have an older china hutch my aunt had given me and my fabric is also beautifully displayed in it. I also have a book case for fabric and two storage shelves that are 5 shelves high with totes full of fabric. None of my fabric is in daylight and all is kept from dust. On my walls I have peg board to hand all my rulers, cutters, etc. The only thing I don’t have is a table that allows my machine to set flat to the surface, that sure would be a blessing! Thank you for the chance.

  679. Lottie - September 13, 2012

    I keep all leftover pieces of my bias cut quilt bindings in a small “shoe box” tote, and when I start making small items that require binding (like potholders, coin purses, etc.), I dip into the tote for solutions.

  680. Marilyn Faulhaber - September 13, 2012

    Place a bulletin board in your sewing room/studio. Post ideas for your next quilt (including your own sketches)and any photos or magazine pages. I keep charts indicating sizes of quilts, a color wheel and material cutting information. Keep your info. handy and off your work area.

  681. Norma - September 13, 2012

    Use the walls! There’s only so much space on the floor, so go vertical. Shelves, hooks, memo boards, etc etc

  682. Debbie peppers - September 13, 2012

    I quilt everyday. This table would be awesome when I go to my retreats or if I would like to sew in a different room. I would love to win gidget 2!

  683. Melodi Bowen - September 13, 2012

    Pick me Pick me Pick me.. please please .. I moved from a large home to a very small home (for ministry purposes).. this would just be perfect. Thank you for the oppurtunity.

  684. Barbara Straub - September 13, 2012

    I like to keep my “in process” projects separated in the old sheet set clear zippered bags. That way, I can see them easily and I keep these bags out of landfills.

  685. Lucille I. McCarthy - September 13, 2012

    I am a collector and user of scrap fabrics and I prepare the strips by cutting them in various wides and rolling them on the cardboard of the toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. I sort them by light, medium and dark. It is so much easier to work on a project and just grab a roll
    Of color.

  686. Linda Pawlak - September 13, 2012

    My biggest tip for organization in my “Scrappy, Happy Place” is to think “outside the box”. If I see an organization item that I can’t afford right at the moment, I try to find something similar around the house that I can use either permanently or temporarily until I can save up the money to purchase the “real thing”.
    Linda

  687. Susan Black - September 13, 2012

    I tie my scissors to my sewing table with a 2 foot piece of 1/8 inch elastic. They dont get away, and they reach to nearby areas, like my ironing table.

  688. Shirley V - September 13, 2012

    I used two old mousepads glued right side together to keep my sewing machine pedal from moving around. Then the grip side is on the top and the bottom, and is a good way to recycle old mouse pads.
    When making a quilt that had a lot of pieces that required you cut off the triangles on the corners, I just couldn’t throw them away but was not sure what I would use them for. I sewed together the triangles to make squares and then used them for an interesting 2 1/2 inch inner border on my quilt.

  689. Laurie Darrah - September 13, 2012

    After I got in my car accident, I am confined to a wheel chair. I live in a small appartment and would love to be chosen for this efficient sewing table. It would be a perfect addition to my appartment. My sister bought me a machine that I can use a button to sew versus the foot pedal. My passion is quilting. Our funds has been cut dramatically, so I cannot afford many luxuries as my husband has to stay home and take care of me. Please help and choose me.
    Thanks, sincerely Laurie

  690. Aparna Mulgund - September 13, 2012

    I just got my sewing room finished in the basement. I wanted to use an old chest of drawers in the room to store my fabrics. I did not have enough space in the small room, So I used the space that was under the the staircase landing that was being used as a storage closet in the basement and luckily that space is by the sewing room, so i had the chest inserted in the space under the landing with the drawers opening into my sewing room and putting a wall behind the chest and around it on the outside. Now I have a chest of drawers to store my fabrics that is inside the wall and saved my room space for other stuff. The drawers are flush with the wall and I can easily open and close the drawers and the wasted space under the staircase is perfectly put to use.
    I also have a pegboard on the wall above the chest of drawers to keep all my sewing tools and notions in place. This turned out to be very inexpensive way to organize my sewing room. I just love love love my sewing room.

  691. Laurie Darrah - September 13, 2012

    Using nails on my wall to hang my quilting rulers is my favorite way to store them and are easy to grab as I need them. Also I have cute small storage boxes placed on the floor stacked and labeled, as rotary blades, sewing needles, sewing machine needles, and etc.

  692. Linda Breeggemann - September 13, 2012

    I finally have a room that is just for my quilting and crafts. The last child just moved out and even though it’s mine I have very little space to leave everything out when I’m finished quilting and I do Love a clean space to create. I’ve picked up a few small cabinets for fabric and shelves but would love a portable sturdy table to sew on and be able to store when I’m finished.

  693. Renea - September 13, 2012

    I use lots of Rubbermaid clear shoe box containers. I store my scraps by color in them and when I cut out a new quilt project I put everything in the container with a label of the pattern that I am using. (learned this part the hard way). These containers stack so nicely and fit on my shelves. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  694. Donna Leichtenberg - September 13, 2012

    I purchased one of those rolling shoe holders to keep my fat quarters, jelly rolls and small kit projects in until I am ready to use them. It is light weight and would be moved easily to my “new gidget work station”. It holds 28 sections with a flap to cover the front that keeps dust out. I use the front flap to pin on all the neat name tags I get from creative quilt retreats and shop hop owners. They are too pretty and so creative to stick away in a drawer.

  695. Adele Walsh - September 13, 2012

    I had to move out of state due to Hurrican Katrina but was able to create a nice sewing room. I was able to o move much closer to home and create another nice quilting room. When I was able to move back home I jumped on it. I was not able to create a quilting room but I do have a nook in my bedroom that this table would work beautifully in and give me more room to create again. Thank you for this opportunity to enter.

  696. Linda Lovely - September 13, 2012

    I have a design wall with that is hung using the Command hooks with the wire instead of plastic hook. Since the design wall is so thin, I am able to hang my specialty rulers from the same hooks that hold the design wall. It makes it so easy to find. Each hook will hold up to 3 rulers and there are 8 hooks. This eliminated a lot of clutter in my sewing room!

  697. Denise - September 13, 2012

    Gallon size ziploc bags are my most used organizational tool. I can gather the pattern, thread, notions, and fabrics for sewing projects. It is easy to carry to stores while shopping, pieces stay together during transport, and while in the que for construction. When complete, I can store the pattern muslin with the pattern. I also use the gallon bags to gather together all of the pieces that are inspiring my next machine embroidery projects. I keep the project bags in two beautiful wicker baskets, one for sewing and one for embroidery, until their turn has come.

  698. Bonnie Tomlin - September 13, 2012

    Making space: Pull-out couch for grandchildren sleepovers and extra bedrooms for machines, tools, and stash.

  699. Liz Carpenter - September 13, 2012

    My best tool is to make sure I have all my tools needed out for my project before I get started. I take a few moments to read the directions. Set up my ironing and cutting stations if they aren’t already layout all my fabric, cutters, markers etc, and then I can get started knowing that I have a good idea of where to start. I can’t tell you how many mistakes I have made because I neglected to read the directions of my project.

  700. Susan Major - September 13, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip is to keep my fabric sorted. I have a huge closet with movable shelves, so I know if I have to adjust shelving, I’m getting too much of a certain color, usually blue.

  701. Dawn F - September 13, 2012

    I like to use a variety of storage containers to sort my fabric. I sort by color, folding all fabric the same way and “stacking”them behind one another (index file style) – so I can see at a glance what I have. I also use other containers to keep my scraps. I cut my scraps into 2, 2.5, 3 and 3.5 strips/squares. This way they are ready to go when I want to start on a scrappy quilt!

  702. Darlene - September 13, 2012

    I keep a flannel covered board beside my machine to lay out the cut pieces of a block I’m working on. I also keep the picture with it in case my cats have rearranged it to their liking if I have to leave it for a minute. They like to lay on it to keep the pieces in place.

  703. Andrea Cote - September 13, 2012

    I use shelves with clear plastic shoe box size boxes to store my stash of pre cuts! Currently I am waiting to finish a couple Christmas presents but I am eying up the Bookish line for a quilt for myself!

  704. Trish Busby - September 13, 2012

    I put each project’s fabric, thread,and interfacing in individual stacking plastic bins with handles. Stored next to it is my sewing mat/ironing surface combo, my sewing basket and rulers. Grab these and I’m ready to sew in a new place.

  705. Patricia Wolff - September 13, 2012

    My tip involves both organization and safety. I outfit all my rotary cutters with hanging loops (the ball chain is great because it’s sturdy) and then put them on pegs on my pegboard. Reaching for a rotary cutter in a drawer can be a dangerous proposition, even with the blade closed. Your precious cutters are more easily located, too!

  706. Kathleen - September 13, 2012

    I’m very creative and love to quilt, but my sewing room is, sadly, in disarray. My tip is to read blogs such as this one, and maybe, it will help to get me more organized!

  707. Debby C. - September 13, 2012

    I keep the fabric, pattern and pictures of my projects all together in a clear plastic storage box. That way, I have everything together when I can work on them and quickly put them away when it’s time to quit and get back to the real world.

  708. shirley krause - September 13, 2012

    I have my ironing board next to my sewing table. That way I just turn and press. It also becomes a place for my pins, scissors and any extras that I need but are out of the way . I use a large dinning table that give me the space for my cutting and sewing.

  709. Karen Berard - September 13, 2012

    I would love this because I now use my kitchen table to sew on. If I won this (on my birthday) I could keep my machine set up and ready to go.
    Thanks for the chance.

  710. Debra Longobardi - September 13, 2012

    I like to use a clear plastic shoe holder to hold all my small quilting item that would otherwise get misplaced. I have it hung on the wall near my machine. It is extremely inexpensive (best dollar I ever spent)which leaves more money for fabric! 8)

  711. Brook Scott - September 13, 2012

    I like to keep everything that I need for a project, pattern, notions, coordinating thread in a ziplock bag. I also like to keep all my frequently used tools in a caddy that I can move from station to station.

  712. Deborah - September 13, 2012

    I can always use a good sewing table since my daughter and I work together. My best tip….take a day and really clean your studio or sewing room before starting new projects. Put away materials and supplies, stock as needed, put all the pattern books back up and start fresh on your next project.

  713. Joyce - September 13, 2012

    I have just redone a bedroom in order to have a dedicated sewing room. I have my main sewing machine on a desk and a long folding table next to it which has my cutting board and a portable ironing board on it. This makes it so handy to sew and then press!

  714. Chris Martin - September 13, 2012

    I use crocheted baskets to hold cutters,marking pencils, tape measure, safety pins, whatever I am using for projects at that time so I can move from ‘station’ to ‘station’ if I want to use a different machine. I prefer the stitch on one over the other for different effects.

  715. Gail Dooley - September 13, 2012

    I pin my favorite pattern being used at the time to the molding ledge of my sewing room. This way I can look up and see how the pattern is supposed to look when the project is complete. Once I have accomplished all projects using that one pattern, it is filed away in my rolling pattern cart until the next time.

  716. Robin Maguire - September 13, 2012

    During a project, stack the fabrics up in a pile, and when you’re finished, take the time to reorganize your stash when you put them away where they belong, whether by color, size or print. You can also pull out your fabrics for the next project at the same time. This keeps your stash organized, and keeps you familiar with what you have on hand.

  717. Linda Javorski - September 13, 2012

    I love using clear plastice containers for storage. I aslo use my label maker a lot. Then I know whats in each container.

  718. Diane Sullo - September 13, 2012

    For free motion quilting, I draw on Press n’ Seal. I then place the Press ‘n Seal on my quilt and quilt away following the design. I can see thru the Press n Seal and I peel it off after done.

  719. Maggie R - September 13, 2012

    I live in a small apartment so my storage has become a real challenge because I have so much fabric. At the present time my bedroom looks like a fabric store with wall to wall shelving on two walls and a portion of the third wall. The heavy duty shelves on one side holds the fabric. Smaller shelves on the opposite side hold plastic baskets in a multitude of sizes that hold everything from patterns to precut fabrics strips. I am currently working to make quilt blocks or tops to sell to reduce this mountain of fabric!

  720. Terresa E - September 13, 2012

    To keep sqares pressed and neat until put together. I use skirt hangers.

  721. Elaine Caissie - September 13, 2012

    I use a standing shelf that was probably intended to hold CD’s or DVD’s to hold a whole lot of sewing related items. Shelves are 5″ high and 5″ deep, great for a lot of small tins and containers holding small items like buttons, beads, scissors, rotary cutters, etc. Nothing is behind anything else and everything is in plain view.

  722. Nancy - September 13, 2012

    After finishing a project, I always straighten up my quilting room – sort and store leftover fabric, put all my tools back where they belong, etc. If my space is neat and organized, it is much more pleasant to work in – and avoids the frustration of not being able to find the exact right tool I need for my next project.

  723. Joni B Gage - September 13, 2012

    I tape/pin finished picture and portion of directions on which I’m working to the wall/curtain in front of me at eye level. I store all fabrics and pattern in a clear container to make getting started much easier. Tape pattern with list of all required materials on front/op of container. Sure do need a table made to hold sewing machine instead of using the dining room table.

  724. Joann O'Sullivan - September 13, 2012

    Don’t throw away your empty wrapping paper rolls. They are perfect for rolling projects to fit under the arm of my machine.

  725. Pat Mommsen - September 13, 2012

    I use the 14×14 clear plastic storage cases made for scrap booking to store my current sewing projects. They are just the right size for keeping my cut out project, pattern pieces, and notions in one place.

  726. Nancy A - September 13, 2012

    I covered a TV tray to make it a portable pressing table. It sits right next to my sewing machine. When I need to press a seam I just swivel my chair to left and press. No jumping up to go to the ironing board to press seams. Saves loads of time.

  727. Jacqueline - September 13, 2012

    I use the large binder clips at the end of table by my sewing machines and use them as sissor holders..they are always point down and close when needed…I also use smaller binder clips for smaller sissors

  728. Meghan - September 13, 2012

    I recently purchased a commercial kitchen type shelving unit. I have 3 sizes of clear plastic containers to store things: uncut fabric, projects, and miscellaneous pieces. This is helping me to avoid sprawling throughout the entire house with my quilt projects. My husband may keep me yet…

  729. tammy k - September 13, 2012

    my favorite sewing room organization tip is to have my fabric sorted into drawers by color.

  730. Flo Bradbury - September 13, 2012

    I like to keep everything close so my sewing machine table, ironing board and cutting table form a triangle making it east to move from one station to another. I also save all 1/2 square triangles of all sizes and I will eventually make a quilt from all my pieces

  731. Lynn Johnston - September 13, 2012

    I have my fabrics sorted by colorway into totes, I can easily choose coordinating fabrics.

  732. Joy - September 13, 2012

    I use a metal magnetized parts bowl like auto mechanics use for my pins and other metal ‘stuff’. No more pins all over the floor to be stepped on.

  733. Jennie Steward - September 13, 2012

    I try very hard to keep organized in my sewing room. One thing I do is clean it thoroughly once a week so it never gets completely crazy in it. I go on several retreats a year and this table would be so awesome for traveling! Thank you for the chance to win it!

  734. Patricia Biskie - September 13, 2012

    Keeping things organized saves me time and frustration. I keep fat quarters in one area and larger (up to 1 yd.) pieces folded next to them–all in cubbies. Anything bigger gets put back on the cardboard pieces that fabric comes on (usually they give them away). They then stand up on shelves by color/type just like at the fabric store. I measure my fabric before putting it on the cardboard and pin a sticky note with the measurement on the edge of the fabric to keep it secure. If I use some of the fabric, I change the measurement. When it gets down to 1 yard, it is folded and put with that group. This way, I know exactly how much of each fabric I have when planning a project.

  735. Cindy in FL - September 13, 2012

    I have a nice large sewing room but not a lot of wall space so my one wall of cube storage looks inviting and keeps everything organized. I always clean-up and keep the room ready for the creative juices to flow!

  736. Dayleen Eiselein - September 13, 2012

    We just moved and my sewing area is now in a wide hallway upstairs, not in a dedicated room. So organization is essential. I made and ironing station on top of an old changing table and use the drawers underneath for storage of buttons, zippers, extra thread and other notions. It works out great!

  737. Janie - September 13, 2012

    As a beginning quilter, sort fabrics by color and value so it’s easy to choose what works – but I only have 27 fabric peices so far. I place projects together in plastic bags so they can be easily retrieved as focus changes. This table would provide easy useable space between quilting and other projects.

  738. Debbie Taylor - September 13, 2012

    I try to keep my sewing room organized, but I could use more help. I have an old chest of drawers that I keep scraps in and odds and ends. The Gidget 2 would make a nice addition to my sewing room and assist in better organization.

  739. Gail Boyd - September 13, 2012

    I love the sewing tips I find on your website but, it’s hard to remember them when a need arises. Now I copy the tips and put them into a tips file on my computer using the base idea of the tip as a file within my tips file (i.e. within my tips file there are other files such as; storage ideas (this is broke down into: fabric, books, threads, rulers, etc.), rotary cutters & scissors, lighting, etc. You probably get the general idea. It works like a charm!!

  740. Cokie K - September 13, 2012

    I have lots of shelves in my sewing room. I stack my fabric, so that I can see what I have at a glance. scraps are kept in plastic shoe boxes and I keep ongoing projects in flat storage boxes that stack. Thank you so much for the chance to win this incredible, traveling sewing table. I love the wheels.

  741. Sharleen Odell - September 13, 2012

    I teach sewing and quilting classes and always encourage newbies as well as the ones that have experience. As I say you are never to old to learn new things. That is what sewing and quilting is all about learning and having fun. Getting with friends and just having a fun day where you can let the stress go, not worry about the kids and just have down right fun. Since I have a Series 8 Bernina model the “New gidget workstation” would be perfect for me to show off. All of you have fun

  742. Anne Jackson - September 13, 2012

    I keep a large apothecary jar on my cutting table and put all the selvedges from my current project in the jar. If I need to find a particular fabric, all the information is right there for me. Plus, it makes for a colorful “decoration” in my sewing room. Would LOVE to win this table as I do quite a few retreats every year as well as classes. Thanks!

  743. Jo Stires - September 13, 2012

    It would be nice to have this table. I could move it from room to room, depending on where I want to sew.

  744. delia patronski - September 13, 2012

    never won anything, I will be so blessed to win this
    great portable sturdy table and everything that comes with it. (talent and wisdom I assume come with it.)

  745. Patty Pfeifle - September 13, 2012

    My second machine is stored in a closet and when I need it, I have to do some rearranging in my sewing room to use it. The Gidget 2 would allow me to keep it set up and would save me some time.

  746. Alison - September 13, 2012

    I am new to sewing and embroidery so any and all tips help. I currently keep any ‘in progress’ sewing projects in a one gallon ziplock back with any pieces that I have cut out and the pattern. I also have embroidery designs that I have stored on my computer with a picture of the design so that I can view the design without hooking up my machine.

  747. Crystal Johnson - September 13, 2012

    I covered a 2’x 3′ lightweight ceiling tile with flannel and use that as a portable design wall for layout of quilt blocks and auditioning of additional fabrics. When I have made my choices I then move them to my large design wall. The portable tile I have leaned against the wall on a folding table so that I can easily see it from my machine and cutting area.

  748. Sharon H. of Tenn - September 13, 2012

    I have very little room for all my fabric so I keep them in rubbermaid storage totes , which I can than stack. I use the clear ones so I can see what in each. This rolling table would be great. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a nice and useful item.

  749. lindakay - September 13, 2012

    I stack clear plastic tubs that store batting, yardage and kits, then use a lightweight closet door on top for my cutting mat area. Plastic stacking office cabinets are for fat quarters, scraps, threads, tools and other small items. A Gidget 2 sewing station is a great size to fit in my small office/sewing room. No more computer and sewing desk sharing.

  750. Crystal Flemmer - September 13, 2012

    My best organizational tip is pretty simple. I try to put things back when I’m done with them. When I don’t, I end up with a mess that I can’t find anything in.

  751. Joyce - September 13, 2012

    This table is perfect. I have a small home with 4 people living in it, so no sewing room. But this table would allow me to be able to sew when needed, then put away when i need the room…

  752. Laura Borley - September 13, 2012

    This looks like a great little table, perfect for traveling to quilt shows. One tip I can share is, if you’re like me and find inspiration in magazines or online, print/rip out the article/pattern and place in a clear sheet protector and keep them together in a 3 ring binder, saves space and easy access.

  753. Claire C Miller - September 13, 2012

    I purchased, over time and on sale or used, double door 5′ pantry’s with shelves. By dividing the width, I was able to fold and stack my fabrics by color value. When you would open the doors, just looking in you knew what you had. I also found a tall narrow pantry and was able to do the same thing by placing small baskets inside with my fat quarters. On top I was about to stack clear plastic containers with my charms, etc. Yes, it took place over time, but it was so worth the trouble. Especially when on a tight budget. But it made keeping track of my fabrics so much easier and I was not spending extra money for fabrics that I already had and couldn’t find.

  754. Darald Haedt - September 13, 2012

    I love to quilt so I have to keep an organized closet. My wife is always complaining if I do not. I have an upstairs bedroom so guest will not have to see it when they come. I only buy what I need for a project so I only have left-overs. They are easier to organize. I guess it is a guy thing.

  755. Jan Brege - September 13, 2012

    When we downsized to a two bedroom condo the first thing I did was remove the shelf and bar from the large closet. I then put in tall shelving units for my quilting stash,sorted by color. I placed two folding tables (one 30″ x 72″ and one 24″x 48″) on bed rizors for cutting and ironing parallel to where my machine sits in front of the window ( for daydreaming). The bed rizors are my best tip, they make cutting and pressing easier on my back. I then got a piece of slat board and see through holders from a going-out-of-business store to place on the wall above cutting for rulers and cutting utinsils. The twin (grandchildren) bed is used for designing and storage. I use a inbox shelving from my teaching days for supplies and patterns at one end of the cutting table and rolling shoe storage for fat quarters under the ironing table. Plastic boxes and store zippered package containers hold my ongoing UFO’ s under the cutting table. Now all I need to do is keep every thing in it’s place when a project is ongoing.

  756. Nurseli - September 13, 2012

    Underbed storage. Unfortunately, my quilting room is in my bedroom now so I had to put most of my stash under my bed in rolling bins.

  757. LAURA MARTIN - September 13, 2012

    I HAVE A WALL IN MY SEWING ROOM WITH A 4′ BY 7′ PEG BOARD MOUNTED TO SROEW MY RULERS, PATTERNS, TOOLS, ETC. THEY ARE ALWAYS IN SIGHT AND HANDY TO GET TO. NO MORE HUNTING FOR WHAT I NEED.

  758. Jan Mokosak - September 13, 2012

    I arrange my sewing area in a “U” shape with my cutting table on one side, the machine in the center and my ironing board on the right. I use a 4′ long, adjustable height table for cutting so my 24×35 cutting mat fits perfectly with a little room to spare. This arrangement puts everything at my fingertips. When cleaning up I take a couple used dryer sheets, place them under my feet and slide my feet around the floor to pick up thread scraps, pins, lint etc. I currently use a long table to set my sewing machine on so the possibility of having the Gidget 2 Sewing Station is exciting. We travel south in the winter so it would also fit perfectly in our mobile there and could be folded away when not in use

  759. Dawn J - September 13, 2012

    this looks like a great little table, I have limited space and I have a storage unit that consists of old crates that I stacked on top of each other nailed and stained and I have my fabrics organized by color also a file cabinet where I store my quilting patterns from magazines. I also store Free Patterns that I’ve printed out in clear plastic in the file cabinet, some in binders. Always looking for new ideas and space savers.

  760. Tracy Johnson - September 13, 2012

    Just what I need! Actually I need 2 of them.

  761. Donna - September 13, 2012

    I use stacked wooden crates as shelving for all my quilting needs – fabric, notions and patterns. When I need more storage space, I just add another wooden crate.

  762. Ann Woodhead - September 13, 2012

    I made myself a “Pockets To Go” organizer by Atkinson Designs. With the fabrics of my choice, it’s beautiful to look at and the pockets really hold a lot. It lives next to my sewing machine and is so handy. When I go to a class, all I need to do is grab it and add it to my tote with the rest of my fabric and I’m all set to go. It doesn’t tip over in my tote the way a mug would.

  763. Donna Sykes - September 13, 2012

    I wish I had a sewing room! I have my sewing machine set up in my bedroom which is just a small area. I have to be as organized as possible if I want to find anything. I have a plastic cart on wheels that has 6 or 7 drawers that help me to keep my sewing notions organized. I would love to win this table!!!!!

  764. Terje Goldston - September 13, 2012

    My favorite organizational tip for my sewing space is to take five minutes after each sewing session to replace all of my tools, threads, fabrics and clean out my trash containers. Then, when I come back to sew a gain, everything is neat, organized and inviting. When my space is organized I am so much more likely to come back to sew often.

  765. Cynthia Harper - September 13, 2012

    I would love to add this to my sewing room, it would fit nicely in between the 2 bookcases I have,which stores my fabric,I have clear bins and they are labeled with the fabric name and colors. Plus I’m in the process of using the small bedroom next to my sewing room to make it a creativity and info center, it will have a cutting table along with filing cabinets that store my patterns, and quilt magazines, and a large design wall I’m making .

  766. Jayme - September 13, 2012

    My favorite organizational tool is my pegboard hanging by my sewing table. There is a large variety of hooks that accommodate all of my different tools and everything is easily accessible and right there for me to see, plus it keeps it from clogging up my table. Even my wooden rack for holding spools of thread is hanging on my pegboard.

  767. Sue Wendt - September 13, 2012

    I keep scraps of like colors and theme in zippered plastic bags. They are easy to grab and use for small projects like baby bibs, pot holders, and such. Often I use those scraps to finish out embroidery designs I’ve made with my emb. machine.

  768. Linda Bailey - September 13, 2012

    I keep different projects in labeled plastic boxes. When I want to work on a project I go to the bookcase and I can see it, without looking through a 100 different boxes. (Yes a 100).

  769. Joellyn Partyka - September 13, 2012

    I keep my UFO’s in those fabric crates, so I know right where to look for them. When I finish a project I take the leftover fabrics and cut them into strips either 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, or 3 1/2 and put them into boxes so I have them ready for making other quilts.

  770. Kathy Biciocchi - September 13, 2012

    I keep my overwhelming stash sorted in clear plastic bins, by like colors. I also have special bins for Christmas fabrics, juvenile prints, pre-cuts, planned projects awaiting a start, and quilt tops awaiting quilting. Now all I need is time to finish things! This is a lovely sewing table and I would love to win it. I am currently sewing on my old kitchen table in my sewing area of my finished basement. A sewing table that is the right height would be wonderful for my back!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  771. Carla - September 13, 2012

    I’m just starting out with quilting but, have a very orginized closet with all of my different fabrics. My supplies are stored needly in my desk drawers (with dividers) that my sewing machine is on. Current projects are stored on my book shelve in a plastic bag so that when I’m ready to get started with sewing, all of the pieces are in one conveinent place.

  772. Helen - September 13, 2012

    I’m always trimming threads and cutting off odds and ends of fabric as I quilt. A great way to keep those bits and pieces from ending up on the floor is to use empty tissue boxes, I love the square boutique type, as a mini trash can. I have one on my cutting table, near my sewing machine and at my favorite sewing chair. They are portable and just the right size!

  773. Denise T. Vinson - September 13, 2012

    I reuse the plastic clear jars from mayo and coffee – then I store my thread in them- one color per jar. Depending on the spool size you can get 10 or more spools in each. I keep them on custom made shelves,my husband made for me. It makes a beautiful colorful accent to my sewing room. This way the thread does not get dusty or tangled and I can see what I have. Also I cross stitch and use a plastic clear jar to store my threads in while I’m working on a project; then I don’t loose any. Oh, the jars are perfect to keep small notions in while traveling or going to classes! Have a Great Blessed Creative Day!

  774. DonnaMiller - September 13, 2012

    I would like to sew somewhere beside the kitchen table, which is not at all convenienet. This would allow me to sew in peace without picking everything up and being constantly interrupted for other use of the table. It would be too good to be true.

  775. Kate Hames - September 13, 2012

    I am trying to change a bedroom into a sewing room. The Gidget would give me a chance to provide a seperate sewing station for my daughter. A great idea for more room to sew together.

  776. Michelle watts - September 13, 2012

    Hello,
    Having sewn for the past 35 plus years, the best organizational tip I live by is by the end of my sewing day I give myself only 10 minutes to clean and put things in there planned spots, then I walk away. My sewing room is always very clean and organized.
    Thanks, I hope this tip works for everyone as well as it had for me.

  777. Debby Hughey - September 13, 2012

    I like to sew whenever and where ever the inspiration hits me. So having a portable table would allow me to create in my yard, on my front porch, at class, or even at a sewing friends home. The table is perfect and a well thought out design.

  778. Elaine Litton - September 13, 2012

    I use hanging files to store my fabric. I cut them in half and they are the perfect sized for fabric folded in quarters lengthwise. I can sort my fabrics by color in the hanging file crates and stack them.

  779. Patti - September 13, 2012

    Having my ironing board close by is my favorite thing so I just roll from the sewing machine over to the iron. I would love to have the portable sewing station to change from room to room.

  780. Pam Rice - September 13, 2012

    My favorite way to organize is to buy these storage units from the Joanna.
    They $15, now they are $5. They are just right to hang from a rod. Some are big enough to stash 5 or 6 yards in them. Some are small enough to add all your gadgets. Like your quilting tools, sewing feet, pinks, quilt markers, etc. They come in all kinds of bright colors and 3 different sizes.
    They are perfect for the precut fabric quarters.
    Now I need this great machine give a way, to do the work on. PAM RICE

  781. Barbara Orr - September 13, 2012

    I use a 5-drawer plastic organizer to keep all of my threads and stabilizers neat and clean. Each thread drawer is marked with the type and weight of thread. I also use a large piece of clear vinyl fabric over the top of my sewing area when I’m machine quilting to aid in sliding the bulky quilt top under the needle.

  782. Patricia Smith - September 13, 2012

    I put shelves in my sewing room closet and sort fabric according to color. On the floor I have a box for unwanted scraps or even larger pieces of fabric that I give to either a quilting guild or some other organization that is making quilts for homeless, fire victims or the police department (and they use them for the children in the case of domestic violence). It’s easier to “let go” of scraps when they go for a good cause.

  783. Marilyn - September 13, 2012

    I sew in my dining room at one end of the table. It is extended to full length. One end is for the cutting board and the other for the machine. I am a quilter and have a fairly large stash. I had my brother build shelves in the small bedroom across the door wall (7′) in two units. I sort my fabric into type categories..Calico’s, stripes & plaids, novelty, large florals (I love), background fabrics, etc. I tried the color sorting and it just didn’t work for me.
    I really could use the table to get me off the dr table so I can close it to regular size and eat dinner there instead of on our laps.

  784. Kathy Osterby - September 13, 2012

    With limited room for an ironing board I found one that hangs from a door! Just pull it down when you need it and it folds back up out of the way when done.

  785. Michel Jones - September 13, 2012

    I am in the process of searching for a new machine. The
    Janome Horizon is calling my name. I will need a table
    on which to set the machine up. This sounds perfect.
    My sewing area is limited and at the present I sew on a
    503A Singer. I use plastic stack drawers(clear plastic) for my fabric and they work great because I organize by color. I collect old Christmas Tins and use them for zippers, bindings etc. They make an attractive display.
    Last but not least, I use gallon glass jars for small objects that don’t seem to have a home and for ones I use
    all the time.

  786. Phyllis - September 13, 2012

    My favorite organizing tool is using the plastic boxes that are advertised for storing scrapbooking papers for storing my fabrics for a project. It will hold all the fabric, the pattern and thread for one project. If I go crazy and buy tons of fabric…I use two boxes for the project. The boxes are see thru so when you are searching for a certain project it is easier to find. Since I am a “fabriholic”, the boxes stack very nicely in towers….yes I have that many projects to do! The boxes close tightly so if the tower spills over due to height..everything stays inside!

  787. Sandy kuhlmeier - September 13, 2012

    I would love to win this great table, maybe with my machine set up, I will be more inspired to use it every day.

  788. Linda Drazy - September 13, 2012

    This table would make a great addition to my sewing room. My favorite tip is to keep a small bag taped or attached to your sewing table to place your scrap threads or other trash in. Very handy when bringing your machine out to sewing class.

  789. Janis Lindsey - September 13, 2012

    This would be perfect for my sewing room. One machine is on my cutting table and has to be moved when I cut. The other is on a file cabinet, not much room there. You have to say sewers are very innovative when it comes time to sew,but to have a dedicated place for my machine would be wonderful.

  790. Alice - September 13, 2012

    I put all the fabric and instructions in a labeled box until I am ready to start the project.

  791. Janice Fish - September 13, 2012

    During machine embroidery I use alot of colors. I have made flag markers out of straws and tape/labels. I cut the straws in half, add labels marking 1 to 20. When I pull thread colors for embroidery, I put the straw in spool hole identifying the order the tread is used.
    For regular quilting/sewing, when working on a project, I keep the thread spool and bobbin together by setting the bobbin on top of the spool and putting a golf tee down through both the holes in the bobbin and the spool. This keep them together. Can be temporary or permanent storage depending on your other storage needs for these items.

  792. Patsy Carpenter - September 13, 2012

    I have been wanting one of these so badly– I am sewing on a very rickety table on a cement floor–egad!
    I would say my design wall & the plastic hinged boxes for keeping my projects together is a must in my sewing room!

  793. Donna Grochow - September 13, 2012

    I wish I was organized!! Tip 1 – read all these good posts and dig in. Tip 2 – Set a goal, have a vision of what your perfect sewing room would look like. Tip 3 – Enjoy your space!!

  794. susan marsh - September 13, 2012

    I have used these at a retirement home my quilt group volunteers at. They are very sturdy and easy to move about. Sure would be nicer than my old computer desk!

  795. Vicki - September 13, 2012

    I think the clear plastic boxes that let me see what is inside and hold all materials for a project would be one of the best organizational tools. I would love to win this table because it is portable and looks sturdy.

  796. Mickey - September 13, 2012

    I use little drawer cabinets (that are found in home improvement stores) to orginize/label all my threads by color. I have several attacted to the wall beside my sewong table. It makes finding the exact color a snap.

  797. Pat Dittfurth - September 13, 2012

    I have a small area to quilt in (my son’s old bedroom) and a large stash of fabric and accessories for quilting. I bought plastic containers I can see through, measured all my stash and placed it into my containers labeled: ‘less than a yard, 1-2 yds, 2 yds plus,fat quarters,just scraps, etc. These containers are stacked in the closet where at least I can actually see what I have. This makes coordinating my fabrics much easier. I am using my grandmother’s old oak table (over 100 year old) to cut my fabric on and have one small sewing table. For now, this works. In the future I hope to put shelves in the closet to allow me one ‘go to’ place for all my sewing and quilting needs.

  798. Carole Lee - September 13, 2012

    Fortunately, I have a room that I can use for my sewing (unless there are guests in our home) and my best tip is using extra-large ziplock bags to keep my projects together and organized. Also I keep fabric snipets from my current project pinned together in my purse, in case I need to add a “pop” color or pick up backing for the project. A quick folding table would be great to have for my second machine or when a friend comes to sew.

  799. Allison Schaeffer - September 13, 2012

    I am limited on space to my husband put up a bar behind my closet door. Anytime I am working on a quilt or wall hanging I use his pants hangers and hang the project I am working on behind the door on the bar. That way I can view it any time I want, it takes up no space, and it is readily available when I have the time to work on it.

  800. J E Thompson - September 13, 2012

    As often as possible, I find a second use/life for items in my home. Plastic pill bottles hold different type pins (the fit anywhere and are really helpful when travelling). Second hint–Talenti gelato containers are great for storing bobbins, buttons, small thread spools, and ribbons. It’s like looking at gumball machines.

  801. Doris M. Martin - September 13, 2012

    I buy cat food by the case. It comes in flats a couple of inches high. I save these shallow boxes and use them for project boxes. They are easy to stack up and easy to carry to classes or guild meetings. I also use them to sort magazines, clippings, blocks, scraps, fused fabric, etc. The project boxes neatly hide away in bins or closets.

  802. Linda Forman - September 13, 2012

    In order to remain organized, I must see everything I have, which means drawers and cabinets don’t work for me. I purchased a number of very inexpensive trouser racks and hung them vertically on my walls. Each has 12 rods, so I can hang a minimum of 12 fabrics on each rack. By moving fabrics around on the racks, I can see what goes with what, and with the addition of a few spring-loaded clothespins, I attach small pieces to larger ones. Uses are endless, and when I’m not using the racks I can push them…fabrics and all… flat against the wall where they take up no space at all.

  803. Annette - September 13, 2012

    I recently attended a quilting retreat at Lake Tahoe which was great but a little cramped for space at the sewing tables. The Gidget 2 sewing station would be perfect for my next trip.

  804. Alice W - September 13, 2012

    I buy discounted vinyl table covers and used the back of them as design wall. Fabric stick to these felted back very well. I covered most of my open wall spaces with these cheap design wall option (behind my sawing tables too). It is light weight and can be easily put up with few thumb tags. I used one big space for curtrent project. Rest of the space for my design ideas (ubfinished projects). When I have to go somewhere, I just roll it up and take the entire project with me.

  805. Jane Bitz - September 13, 2012

    I have 2 small organizers with 4 drawers in each and casters on the bottom bought at an office supply store. I sort my cut fabrics in them: 1 1/2″, 2″, & 2 1/2″ strips and strings. I make mostly scrap quilts and it makes it easy to pull out the size I need and cut the blocks or half square triangles for any project. I have larger cuts of fabric in the larger, bottom drawers. I also use larger clear plastic bins to keep current (& future) projects organized, I lable the bins with sticky notes.

  806. Deb - September 13, 2012

    Organizational tool for my sewing room would be craft boxes labeled with all the materials needed for individual projects. When I’m ready to work on one particular project, all i have to do is grab that box.

  807. Jean B - September 13, 2012

    I use my 8.5″ X 24″ ruler to wrap my fabric around and then fold in half to stack neatly on my shelves. I also put a little tag on the selvage to let me know the amount of yardage. Sure keeps my stash well organized and ready to pull fabrics for a project.

  808. Diana Heagle - September 13, 2012

    I paint clay pots in all colors, cut felt to size to fit bottom of the pot, and glue on. I then place all my different size scissors point down inside and know that they are protected.

  809. Sherry A Perreten - September 13, 2012

    I have brick & board shelves in my basement sewing room, from floor to ceiling to store my stash by color. I’ve worked at a fabric store for years so my stash is huge! I like the rolling drawers for thread and scraps. I keep projects in stacking plastic boxes. I have a Big Board ironing table and large cutting table back to back, to lay out large things.

  810. Sherri Templeton - September 13, 2012

    The Gidget 2 is Perfect! Such a space saver and user friendly too! I would love to own one! I have found diamond hand files/dentist hand files to be the perfect tool to hold pcs. In place while sewing. They are great for quilters and for getting those seams to meet!
    Thanks a bunch! Sherri

  811. Hannah - September 13, 2012

    I would recommend storing fabric in clear-through bins so as to see at a glance what there is available to work with. Especially if separated by color.

  812. Maria - September 13, 2012

    When my daughter got married I converted her bedroom into my sewing room. I have shelves from a discount lumber store to store all my see-thru plastic boxes that I keep my projects in. I can easily see which project I want to work on. My best tip is to make an ironing table from a TV tray. My quilting buddy, made me one from a TV tray bought at Walmart and padded with bating, then covered with an ironing board cover cut to fit and stapled underneath. Ideal to have right by your sewing table, I just sew a seam, swivel to iron, then back to sewing. I love it.

  813. Debra Armstrong - September 13, 2012

    Do you still have a mousepad about? Keep it next to your sewing machine to place pins, scissors and small notions on. They won’t roll away and your furniture is protected from scratches.

  814. Barb Heidemann - September 13, 2012

    How fun it would be to add this table to my sewing room!
    I have a sewing machine that needs a table because if I want to sew with it, I have no place to put it. Right now I can’t afford to buy one either. Wow! What a great gift it would be!!

  815. Francine Beougher - September 13, 2012

    I have 64″ closet rods hanging on one wall and in a double door closet). When working on clothing or home dec projects, roll or have the fabric store roll fabric onto cardboard rolls. I then put the closet rod inside the cardboard roll and hang it. I move my cutting table up to the wall and “roll off” the fabric onto my table as needed. I don’t have any wrinkles to work out. My rolls don’t fall on the floor as they would if they were just on the end of the table.

  816. Leta Ford - September 13, 2012

    I love my rolling bins from wal-mart…I can roll them wherever I am sewing and my fabric and notions are kept free of dust and dirt. I would LOVE this sewing table because of the limited space I have and it would be so awesome to take with me to my sister’s house when visiting her…thank you so much for the chance at winning…(((HUGS)))

  817. Carol Williams - September 13, 2012

    Wire basket shelving from Ikea keeps my fabrics and projects organized. Fabrics are organized by color except for Christmas fabrics and African fabrics. A project basket holds all fabrics, the pattern or book, any special notions.

  818. Debbie Melnick - September 13, 2012

    My husband put up peg board behind the sewing area that is cement block wall to keep all my sewing, embroidery and quilting supplies in order. Perfect organization!!

  819. Alice Bott - September 13, 2012

    I decorated a cheap clipboard with a puffy fabric flower and padding to coordinate with my sewing room, adding a piece of non-slip rubbery shelf lining under the clamp. I hung it on a cup hook in the wall. It holds my most frequently used ruler out of the way, but conveniently at hand when I need it. It would be easy to add pockets for my rotary cutter, measuring tape, etc. to clear the cutting table but have things right where you can use them easily.

  820. Deborah Jones - September 13, 2012

    I like to pick up clean, unused pizza boxes from the local pizzeria to keep cut quilt squares in. Have several quilts cut out and each one stashed in pizza boxes. Label outside of box and boxes stack up nicely.

  821. Carolyn Taylor - September 13, 2012

    Organization is the key to stress-free sewing. My fabric stash is stored on shelving according to color. Projects are stored in clear plastic containers, also stored on shelves. I have a u-shaped sewing area that allows me to keep my serger on my left side, sewing machine in front of me, and an ironing area to my right. A swivel office chair makes it easy for me to work on any project without having to get up each and every time. I download audiobooks from my public library to listen to while I sew. I find this a win-win for me, being able to do my two favorite things at the same time – sewing and “reading”.

  822. Deborah Jones - September 13, 2012

    Attached curtain rod to wall behind sewing machine to keep spools of ribbon on. When need certain ribbon, just roll it off. Holds lots of spools and keeps ribbon easy to find and easy to roll off spools.

  823. Angie H. - September 13, 2012

    I think picking pressing your seams as you go is so important. Whether you are garment sewing or quilting, it gives your items a finished professional crispness, unless that’s not what you are going for…LOL
    maddymaze (at) earthlink(dot)net

  824. Elizabeth Swinney - September 13, 2012

    Wow, an actual table made for a sewing machine would be wonderful and a huge treat. Lizzie

  825. melissa merriman - September 13, 2012

    I use old canning jars at the back of my cutting table to separate scraps into colors, great for scrap quilts. I use the smaller jars to pins and safety pins. Closet shoe dividers are great for sorting fabric. I keep everything for a quilt in progress in a small plastic tub with a note of what fabrics go with what in case I don’t get to the project right away. I have a kitchen utensil caddy for all my marking pencils, scissors, etc. It would be great to have a drop in table!

  826. Karen Sturzenegger - September 13, 2012

    When a project has me cut a diagnal line across I also sew a 1/4th seam on the fabric that will be cut away, that way I have a small square ready to be placed for a crazy quilt or to be added for an additional border to the quilt I’m working on or used to make a pillow shame to compliment the new quilt I am now making. I usually get rave reviews about the the pillow and it complements the quilt I’ve just made

  827. Nancy M. Ingham - September 13, 2012

    We have downsized to a small condo and unfortunately I do not have a sewing/quilting room. I must work on our dining table (only table in the condo), so I always have to move my sewing machine for meal time. I would love the Gidget 2 sewing station to be able to leave my sewing machine on and move about to work, even out on the deck (weather permitting) without having to put it away and pull it back out whenever I want to work.
    My tips are:
    Storing fabric and batting in clear storage boxes so that you can easily find just what you need.
    Use prescription bottles, poke a hole into the plastic lid and use to hold a spool of thread in your sewing basket. It keeps your thread tidy and from unrolling around in your basket.
    A small zip-lock bag comes in handy to put a sample of your project fabric/thread/bobbin especially when you work on the go, work on more than one project at a time, or need to interrupt your project to attend to maintenance sewing.
    Corks work well to stick your needle and a spare into when packing your sewing/quilting basket to carry with you.
    Small plastic tabletop stackable are great for storing straight pins, safety pins (in place of basting), etc.
    I use all kinds and sizes of recycled bottles and jars to hold buttons, spools of thread, spare bobbins, sewing machine parts, thimbles, etc., while keeping them dust free and visible to immediately see what I need. Arranging and decorating them with a piece of ribbon makes them attractive and interesting while practical.
    Thank you for your consideration!

  828. Sally Howard - September 13, 2012

    I use hangers for fabric, quilt tops and binding strips. Cut pieces go into boxes with lids, so the cat doesn’t nest on them, and a small note inside reminds me what the project is!

  829. Pat Finley - September 13, 2012

    Lighting is one of the most important things to have in a sewing room. Mine is in the basement and without good overhead lighting it would be difficult match fabrics and sew accurately.

  830. Sandra Lewis - September 13, 2012

    After having a pedicure, I save the toe inserts and use them for keeping my bobbins neat and tidy. I have been doing a lot of charity quilting for the homeless, sleeping bags and quilts and would love to have one of these tables and my husband would appreciate it also since all my sewing stuff is on the kitchen table. Thanks for this opportunity

  831. Sandra Hedrick - September 13, 2012

    That’s a pretty neat little table. I could always use another table for one of my machines that doesn’t get used that much. If I had that table, I could set it up in the basement & have a machine down there to sew on while I was down there doing laundry. That would be great!

  832. Mary Lunderville - September 13, 2012

    I am just getting started into quilting and I came across this web site. What great ideas!! Can’t wait till I can have some great tips to share too! Would like a table like this…might be able to make great quilts like the ones I have sen this year in quilt shops!

  833. Jackie I - September 13, 2012

    My favorite tip is to keep all my buttons in old flower vases on the mantel and hearth as decoration. Since I sew in the living room, they are handy to sort through to find what I need.

  834. Regina Whaples - September 13, 2012

    my favorite organizational tool is a large size ziplock storage bag, the kind they sell for xxlarge items. They are very useful in corralling backing, batting and fabrics. They also can hold the smaller mats for classes and the rulers as well. I often use them to gather fat quarters and scraps for future use in appliqué projects. They are not for very long term storage but work well here in the south to keep moths off wool and to keep fabrics from the humidity until you can finish a project.i have also found that they hold the large single handled project totes that stack for keeping all my appliqué. Work flat and away from the dust.

  835. Lauren Watts - September 13, 2012

    Like so many others, I store my fabric in clear bins according to color (blue and purple together, red and pink, brown and orange, yellow and white, green and black in 5 large containers)Then I have one smaller bin for just Christmas, and one for children’s/baby prints and one for all my patterns. They all stack one on top of each other in my closet. I have a folding adjustable table from Costco that I use in the highest position to cut my fabric out on and then lower it when I sew. This helps my back to have the different heighths. It folds up and stores behind the door to my sewing room/guest bedroom when a guest stays the night.

  836. Peggy Swaffer - September 13, 2012

    I have a dedicated sewing room. I use clear storage boxes for my fabrics and I store them by holiday,cottons, fleece, and some by color. I have a lateral file that I store all my patterns,from clothing,dolls and quilting. I have a long table with my serger, a sewing machine and a sewing cabinet with another sewing machine. I have my ironing board next to the machine I use the most and can iron without getting out of my chair. My computer is on a table which makes it easy to watch the quilting classes I take online. I also use scrapbook plastic boxes to put quilt blocks in as I am working on a quilt. And yes, I would have room for this table. I love you websit.

  837. merlene sloan - September 13, 2012

    my favorite tip is,since my space is limited I have my 2nd. machine set up next to me to provide a table for my work to rest on. it is a cabinet so I leave it open and cover the open space where my machine sets in with a board. I don’t have a new machine so I improvise with what I have. I have a 3rd. machine a[necchie] that sews heavy duty, jeans, etc. and no place to keep it. that table would be so perfect for my necchie to sit in since I take in sewing jobs to supplement my income.

  838. pat hall - September 13, 2012

    I save the clear plastic packages that Bras come in for keeping small scraps or pieces for a project in and the larger clear plastic packaging for sheets etc for larger pieces. These packages can be hung or stacked which ever is most convienient.

  839. Renee Gaudin - September 13, 2012

    I love to use 12 inch sections of PVC that has been glued together to make a shelf type unit to storage a multitude of crafting items. Just vary the size of PVC used based on what you want to store. For example, I use larger PVC for fat quarters, and smaller PVC holds rolls of interfacing, and stuff like that. Also, since I’m short and can barely reach the top shelf of my bookshelf, I have several tension rods up there with ribbon spools placed on them (I keep the ribbon divided by color). It keeps my kids out of the ribbon and makes finding the one I want as simple as pulling up my step stool.

  840. Doroth Y. - September 13, 2012

    My best organizational tip is to buy used library stationary shelving. This a great way to organize your fabrics. Purchasing used library shelves helps recycle and can be inexpensive. They look great along any wall or can be put back to back in the middle of the room of if you purchase 2 of them. Also if they are back to back it gives you a nice spot on the ends to attach a piece of peg board to hang your do dads on. They are in sight and easy to reach then!. If you don’t like the looks of all your fabric showing on the shelves or worried about the sun fading your colors. Attach a curtain across the front of the shelving. This unclutters the looks of your sewing room and yet gives you easy access to your fabrics! This works great for me!

  841. Dorothy - September 13, 2012

    What a GREAT table. I could use this

  842. Trish Maclachlan - September 13, 2012

    I have my own sewing room, I have taken a corner counter, white storage cabinets to hold it up for my sewing table it is long and plenty of space for work space and organizing! Plus it was realitivly inexpensive. But I can always use more space!

  843. .Lois Carr - September 13, 2012

    I’ve found that the magnetized business cards are perfect to keep my needles secure and you can organize them any way you want. I also use them for picking up pins I’ve dropped on the floor.

  844. Ruth Ann Hurst - September 13, 2012

    I use an old wooden TV tray/stand next to my sewing machine. I have it covered with an old towel that has been folded so there are 4 layers. I use this for a portable pressing table. Works great and I leave it up most of the time but it is easy to stash away if needed.

  845. Claudia - September 13, 2012

    I like to store my projects in clear plastic boxes. My cutting table is supported by two kitchen cabinets, one on each end, with drawers to keep sewing stuff in.

  846. michelle welch - September 13, 2012

    I have a bulletin board on the wall next to my sewing machine, hung just 8 inches above the table surface. I have used over-sized, colorful pushpins from Walmart which are stuck in the board. On these push pins hang all my scissors and trimming tools, rotary cutters, carded specialty sewing machine feet, and other small sewing notions that would get lost in bins and boxes. My board’s frame is painted a bright color and the notions are clearly visible and within reach as I sew and craft.

  847. beauford - September 13, 2012

    Best organizer trick. One cat who sleeps on ironing board why I sew so I can’t pile stuff on it, from cutting table. I have to put away, so I do not disturb her

  848. Carol Buckner - September 13, 2012

    I have a longarm quilting machine and store my customer’s quilt tops and backing in plastic tubs with and index card listing their names, phone numbers and the dates I received the tops. Also, another info the customer has requested. This helps me to know everthing in order, they stack nicely and I don’t have to worry about getting anyone’s top mixed up.

  849. Vanessa Findiesen - September 13, 2012

    I just converted a bedroom to my sewing room. I took my kitchen table and added both leaves, giving me a very long rectangular table, and moved it to the sewing room. It is perfect for my cutting table and cutting mats, with plenty of room and my sewing machine is on one end. I am also using an old cedar chest with an ironing mat on top for my pressing surface.

  850. Cheryl Reagan - September 13, 2012

    I am new to quilting and have a very old, small portable machine. I currently have to set it up on the dining room table which is not real convenient for sewing for a very long time. I could keep this up in the bedroom and not have to keep moving my sewing projects! I would love to win this! I have just made 1 quilt so far so I don’t have any tips to share but loved reading all the tips posted! I look forward to being able to do more projects!

  851. Susan Nycum - September 13, 2012

    I use binder rings for my stencils. One large ring will hold quite a few stencils & u can easily flip through them to find the one u want. I also have reused the plastic prescription bottles for bobbin holders.

  852. Arlene Clifford - September 13, 2012

    My sewing room is also the computer room and guest bedroom so I have to double up on things to make it work. I have over the door hangers that I put the ironing board on when I know someone will be using the room. I have under the bed tubs for fabrics. Batting in the closet and a small bookcase that hold projects I’m in various stages of working on. On the back of another door I have my little design board.
    The one thing I couldn’t sew without is my plastic tray (the one’s they sell for forks, knives and spoons). In one section I have everything cutting related. The next section I have everything marking related. The next one I have rulers & small gadgets and the last one I have my tin with straight pins, safety pins and Post-Its.

  853. Ann Hood - September 13, 2012

    How do I win the machine or get in the drawi