LIZ SHOWS OFF HER SEWING ROOM after her big January 2013 “clean-up”

Remember my posting on 1st January about setting goals for 2013? Well, I am happy to say that I took myself seriously and not only cleaned up & completely reorganized my classroom & Education storeroom at work, but I had enough energy & motivation left to do the same big “clean up” in my sewing room at home! Yes, and I have the photo’s to prove it. Now, mind you, as soon as I get going on the next project, it is unlikely to remain this way for long!

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My JANOME CPX COVERPRO SERGER (equivalent to the EL444 Coverpro serger) AND EL945 SERGER below my large collection of thread. That is one of the advantages to winning a prize of thread last year at Quilt Canada: I added quite a lot to my collection – had to put up more racks to accommodate it!
Yes, I do admit to be slightly Type A but honestly, if you have the "stuff" I have accumulated over decades of sewing & quilting, I really have to have some way of storing it properly or I will never find what I need when I need it!!
Yes, I do admit to being slightly Type A.  But quite  realistically, I really have to have some way of storing it properly or I will never find what I need when I need it!! I have stacked plastic drawers in the closet & labelled the contents of drawers. Note also my handy dandy rack for rulers on the wall – my thanks to my friend, Tim, who so generously  made it for me – I just love it as the rulers are right there when I need them but are out of the way/off my table.
I have an regular old ironing board made rather special by a large board that my son made for me for a birthday gift some years back. It has wooden brackets underneath which fit over my ironing board and keep it in place. I covered it with some old towels, cotton batting and topped that with cotton fabric. I change this from time to time when it gets grubby. Thank you, Andrew, one of gifts I am thankful for on an ongoing basis!!Having a BIG surface on which to fuse applique, press quilt tops, etc is issential as far as I am concerned.
I have an regular old ironing board made rather special by a large board that my son made for me for a birthday gift some years back. It has wooden brackets underneath which fit over my ironing board and keep it in place. I covered it with some old towels, cotton batting and topped that with cotton fabric. I change this fabric from time to time when it gets grubby. Thank you, Andrew, it is one of the gifts I am most thankful for on an ongoing basis!! 

Above the pressing station is my mini quilt wall for current smaller projects,etc.  I simply used a piece of  fleecy backed plastic table cloth with the fleecy side out. It works just great. I stuck thumbs tacks into the wall to hold it up….. Yes, I will fix the holes when/if we sell the house but in the meanwhile I will do what I please with my wall! 

I have a box with all my pressing tools & notions on top of the dresser next to my ironing station – all to make it easier and hassle free for when I am on a roll creating some exciting new project. I have the Mary Ellen’s Best Press spray; Fabric adhesive glue; the little jug for filling up the water in my iron, etc. By the way…..I just love my Oliso iron  (mine is orange, not blue as in the link  & I know there are also yellow ones – no clue what the differences are) with its “feet” that pop out when I stop ironing.  The iron is much more stable left like this so I am far less likely to knock it off my pressing board (been there, done that with a previous iron which, needless to say, “died”) . I love the lightness of the iron which is good for my “wonky” elbow injury, but it still does an excellent pressing job.

The grass laundry basket was only there temporarily: It got filled up with fabric & other stuff I was throwing out…….Remember my advice about deciding what we ARE going to use & then get rid of those UFO’s, fabric & project supplies that are just weighing heavily on our shoulders & consciences. Again, I took myself seriously….this basket is almost full!

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My quilting & garment fabric stash is housed in a wire basket system of drawers – you can see what drawer holds what so it works well. for me Thanks to my co-worker Debbie who was looking for a home for these drawers – I just love them and they sure work better than my previous untidy stash storage.  
My cutting table is a lovely old mahogany diningroom table inherited from my husband's grandparents and which came all the way from South Africa to Canada with us. I put those old ball & claw feet on risers
My cutting table is a lovely old mahogany dining room table inherited from my husband’s grandparents and which also came all the way from South Africa to Canada with us. I put those lovely, old ball & claw feet on risers to bring the surface up to a comfortable cutting height for me.  I have found the nifty drawers on the front of the table (formerly storing placemats & cutlery) very useful for storing rotary cutting  equipment, etc.  Before the clean up, underneath this table looked like a “dog’s breakfast”. Now all that remains is one stack of  drawers containing my knitting yarns and one bag with my current knitting project – Yes, I do knit as well – just simple projects for “therapy” while watching TV.
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About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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