Organising my sewing cave, 1k likes and a giveaway!

Hello everyone!

Happy Thursday! I have been having little sewing time recently but never mind about that. I did get an unexpected free 30 minutes. But 30 minutes is not enough to get my sewing machine out of its box.

Against my instant gratification monkey I did something that needed to be done – organise my sewing cave. My sewing takes place on our dining table. My sewing machine lives by the front door which we cant use because it has become a default storage space for part of my fabric horde, overlocker and sewing machine among other things.

My sewing tools, notions, current sewing projects and remnants are stuffed into the drawer section of an armoire that we also use to store our plates, cups, crockery,etc. The drawer section used to store all the food stuffs we buy in bulk (5 kids = Costco; awesome!) and the fancy wine glasses that only come out at Christmas for mulled wine. Now it moonlights as my sewing

This space had gotten to a point weher I had stopped using it because I could not find anything and each time I opened it was a reminder that I needed to spend my precious little free time sorting it out. Oh and it doesn’t help that its like the holy grail for the kids too – I cant open it around them unless its a quick in and out because they just love pulling things out. So organising had to be limited to nap times.clear

But I did it! Using pomodoro technique, got my timer, set 20 minutes and off I went. I decided to put everything into clear zip lock bag so I could easily identify what’s what. I also just put similar items all in one bag – lol sounds simple but I would just shove any new purchase in there. Now I have  bag for bias binding, petersham ribbons, elastics, trims, buttons. Zips went into a box. I threw out remnants reluctantly but it had to be done.more

The upside was discovering this gorgeous trim I had forgotten about!fave

And right at the furthest back I found this sewing machine feet set I bought on Amazon last year. Unfortunately I broke 3 needles before I realised the feet were not compatible to my Husqvarna (the problem with late night web surfing!).giveawa

So in order to celebrate getting 1000 likes on this blog I am going to do a giveaway! I love giveaways – I am always entering myself but am yet to win anything from a giveaway; I live in hope;-)

So if you are interested in winning this set of machine feet please say so in comments below with a way of contacting you if you should win. If you have a blog I can easily contact through your blog. But of you don’t have a blog please leave an email address so I can get in touch.  Here is the link to the amazon page of the sewing machine feet. They are compatible with Brother Singer Janome Toyota low shank Sewing Machines and more low shank sewing machines.

I am closing the giveaway in one week and will use a random number generator for the winner. Its open worldwide.

Here’s to organising sewing caves! Have you done yours recently ? Or have you, like me, been sticking your head in the sand for far too long?

Happy sewing everyone!





31 thoughts on “Organising my sewing cave, 1k likes and a giveaway!

  1. Well done for getting sorted Hila. I like being able to see what I have got too. And so kind of you to recycle your sewing machine feet – I just took all my scraps and unsuitable (for me) patterns to Oxfam in the hope that local sewists might like them.

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  2. Well done for getting round to organising! I just cleared out my sewing cupboard a week ago, it’s so good when you find something you forgot you had! Finally got to clear some space but going fabric shopping today …..!

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  3. Well done! It must feel so good to have it all organised! What a generous giveaway but count me out please as they wouldn’t fit my machine either. I need to do a fabric sort as I really need to have a look to remember what I have & get planning!

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  4. Great job at organising! I’ve just bought a huge load of folders to put all my sewing patterns in, which is a lot more organised. Still working on tidying up the rest of my stuff though, perhaps I should take inspiration from your clear out!
    Sadly your machine feet won’t fit my Pfaff, so you’ll have to count me out too.

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  5. Organising is on the menu for me too! I know what you mean about it getting you down to have to do it but then it’s just the same to fight through all the stuff cos it’s in a mess. And I sew with a Janome, so I’ll join in your giveaway! Congrats on 1K followers!

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  6. Well done!! Setting the timer is a great idea. If I have the chance of finding some hidden trim I might have to have a tidy up too… Although my stuff is in quite good order as it is at the moment 😀 I have been meaning to sort through my scraps which are overflowing and give some to the school… Maybe you will inspire me to do that… Congrats on 1000 likes – that’s amazing! You’re so kind to give those feet away. I’m sure there are some in that lot I don’t have, and I have a lovely Janome! 😛

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  7. Nice work organising your stash! My sewing stuff is such a mess and I have so little space to keep it. I love your idea of clear zip lock bags – much easier to find what you need in a hurry!

    And very generous giveaway – I would love to enter 🙂

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  8. I’d love to win the feet – I have a freecycle singer machine and slowly realising I might need different feet for different material and projects.

    My sewing cave is at the top of our stairs under a velum window. I can’t sew there though as there’s not enough space between my box unit (hooray for ikea!) and a chair. I’ve been building up a fabric stash and a very large bundle of “stuffnthisnthat” which badly needs organising. I did manage to tidy my sewing box though!

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  9. Nice work! I did some stash sorting not too long ago ( and couldnt believe how much I had accumulated after less than 6 months of sewing! I’m sure my Brother machine would suit a lovely set of feet as I am currently making do with just the standard set that came with the machine 🙂

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  10. Ah well done for organising your sewing cave!! It doesn’t matter if you have a whole room or a sewing corner (like me) it’s easy for things to get out of hand. Great idea setting the timer 🙂 when I come to reorganising my stash in a couple of weeks, I might do the exact same thing.
    You can count me in the competition, I’m pretty sure these feet will work on my little Singer!! And I think I’m gona need a wide range of feet for an upcoming challenge I’m holding on my blog from July!!

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  11. What a great giveaway, I’d love to enter. My email is Mirce at googlemail dot com.

    Well done on the organising. I’ve recently managed to sort my sewing bits and bobs into a storage bench (now sharing with various bits of wires / scart leads / phone cables rather than on a shelf with cookery books)

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  12. What a brilliant way to sort out all your goodies, the clear zip bags are an inspiration, and you found hidden treasures what a bonus, how do I enter your AMAZING give away ??

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  13. Congratulations on your 1000 likes! I too sew in my dining room. I completely understand not wanting to spend the little time cleaning rather then sewing. I end up straightening everything up when I plan to entertain. Then it is like a whorl wind.

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  14. Whoa, congrats on 1000 likes!!! 😀 😀 It’s well-deserved! You rock! 😀 😀

    I will totally throw my name in the hat for the giveaway. I’ve been spying that set for a while. 😉

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  15. My sewing space is messy too. I. have my own little room, but the fabric stash is everywhere! And I have pins on the floor and dusty thread clippings everywhere, too!

    I have a Brother machine, so I would love to enter your giveaway, thank you😀

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  16. Congratulations on the 1000 likes! And for all the inspiration. I have no idea how you have the time to create all those clothes with five little ones around. I have a Janome so those feet would be ideal.

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  17. I need to do that, too! I just set up a new sewing studio in my basement, and it’s already disorganized and messy. But I’ve been doing a sewing contest, so that has something to do with it — I’m sewing very fast and leaving a mess behind me! I also use ziploc bags to sort my thread by color groupings — all the reds in one bag, the grays in another. Makes it so much easier to find the right shade when I need it.

    Those feet would fit my new machine, but you didn’t mention if you’d be willing to ship them overseas. I’ll leave it to you whether to enter someone from the States in your pool. 🙂

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  18. Congrats on the 1000 likes and organizing your sewing space. I did mine recently I hate to take the time to do it because I just want to have fun and sew. When it starts taking me 20 min to find simple things I know it’s time to start organizing 😉
    Give aways are so fun but count me out I got a good package deal when I bought my machine and have a lot of feet.
    Happy Sewing😀

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  19. Whenever I tidy up my sewig room (yes I’m lucky enough to have a whole room for the time being!) I don’t want to make anything and mess it up again! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂 mrskatymarriott at gmail dot com

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  20. Well done! Bet it feels great to be all organised. I might steal your timer idea, i’m trying to clear out my spare room so I can actually have guests round but I keep getting distracted. The feet look great, count me in 🙂


  21. My sewing stuff is all around the house – fabric in a box under the bed next to two other boxes with yarn, one bag in my wardrobe, 2 shelves in the living room cupboard, and all my tools, threads, patterns, and some other fabric under the stairs, next to the vacuum, steamer, and other bits and bobs not sewing related. The sewing machines stay in a corner next to the living room table, where I sew.
    I have all the feet I need (I think), so count me out this time. Plus, I won a backpack full of chocolate for everyone in my class when I was 13, so my luck’s probably gone 🙂


  22. I’m with you on the late night web surfing! Once in a while I buy stuff and when I get them I realize either I already have it or it wasn’t what I wanted. LOL! I would love to win those sewing feet though. I am a newbie sewist so this would come in really handy for my Janome. 🙂


  23. Wow, I bet you’re pleased. I sorted mine at easter…it was a great idea until it was all out on the living room and dining room floors! Great job with the plastic zip locks though, at least you’re unlikely to double up and buy something you already have now!


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