How many rotary cutters do you own? I have nine.
|All these rotary cutters. Why?|
|Eight of my fifteen seam rippers. Yikes!|
And, at last count, I also own fifteen seam rippers.
A little silly, isn't it? (In my defense, I do product testing and haven't actually purchased all these duplicates.)
Yet, when I look around my sewing studio, I can identify only three main work stations: sewing machine/serger area, cutting table, and ironing board.
If I were to keep necessary notions at each station–and that, for me, is a very handy thing to do–I would need three of everything. So what's with the fifteen seam rippers? They have simply accumulated.
Now I'm going to give you my best tip for keeping your sewing studio efficient, well-organized, and a fun place to work. Divest! For me, this means keeping three seam rippers and maybe five rotary cutters-one of each size at my cutting table and a 28mm at the ironing board and sewing machine. (If you regularly take classes or workshops, organize a well-stocked travel tote that you use for classes or travel only. Think of it as your fourth station.)
The next time you're in your sewing area, start putting all those extras into a donation box. Give yourself and your work area some breathing room. Make friends with a 4-H group or charity organization for whom your extras might be their necessities. Keep your favorites scissors, hem gauges, and chalk pencils-and let the rest go.
Your sewing supplies will be under control–maybe someone else's control, but nonetheless, under control. And you'll have more space to create.
Once you've gotten that cutting space cleared off, you'll be inspired to enjoy your up-to-date sewing room and start some new sewing projects. Keep it fun and stay organized with Stitch 2011 and Studios 2011, now available on space saving CDs-both are filled with creative projects and lots of inspiration.
So, how many seam rippers do you have? Do you think you can let them go? Let us know in the comments section below.