Sewing Trolley...a tour of the essential sewing items I keep right next to me.
While I was redecorating the Studio I decided to have a little switch around of how my furniture and equipment is laid out as I just felt the space wasn't working as well as it could for me. I will write another post soon giving you a tour of the whole space and how I like to work but I thought today I would share my little sewing trolley set up with you.
I don't like to keep too much on my sewing desk, I like a nice big clear space so that I can easily move the item I'm working around. The Knitters Carry All Backpacks in particular need quite a lot surface room both at the side of the sewing machine and back of it. But obviously, I need to keep all my sewing notions and equipment on hand so I came up with the idea of having a little trolley next me that I can move around easily if I need it near my cutting area or by my machine.
I had a look around and found a trolley online at Amazon (I know, I know, I did try lots of other places first but they weren't right). I wanted something quite basic and at just the right height so when I was sat down it would be at the perfect height for me to grab something.
The trolley came with 4 white hooks to attach the the outside of it and these are great for hanging scissors off, of course I have several pairs as I wouldn't dream of using my precious fabric scissors for paper or anything else (i'm sure we've all seen lots of funny memes about this!). I also picked up a small metal basket with hooks on the back (I've had it forever and think it might have come from a charity shop but I forget!) that I use for storing spare needles, pencils and pens for marking, my snippers (I couldn't live without some tiny snippers for dealing with thread ends), a hair clip and a piece of off cut canvas. I use this canvas for when I'm changing the thread to test the tension and to check the machine is threaded properly before I start using it on a product, I hate when you've started sewing and realise the stitching doesn't look right and you have to rip it all out. The last hanging item on the side is a basket that I use to quickly drop threads and off cuts into (think bag corners and ends of zips) and I tend to leave it until its full so I can judge, and hopefully celebrate, my productivity!
The top shelf of the trolley has all the important items that I use daily when sewing, I want to keep all those items on the top and within easy reach. On the left side is a largish basket that I collect all the hardware and bits and pieces needed for making a bag. When I'm cutting out the fabric, I will add everything that bag needs into the basket such as zips and straps and as it's quite large it will hold quite a few bags worth of extras and I can easily access whatever I need as I sew. Along with this are two clear boxes that are actually fridge storage containers but the size works perfectly and I picked them up really cheaply from B&M (a UK store). I have one for threads and bobbins which I keep in sectioned bobbin box with the lid removed and one for tape measures, pins and clips. I'm a bit unconventional and prefer to use a standard bulldog clip thats for paperwork but I like the bulldog opening as this means I can open them easily and they are strong enough to hold several layers of canvas which is a must and I find some of the special fabric clips a little flimsy and fiddly to use. Behind this tray is my quilting square which I tend to use for making sure zips are square and for marking off bag corners.
The bottom shelf is a little sparse looking but it holds everything I need for adding the handles to the Short Tote bags so a nylon chopping board, leather punchers and a nice sturdy mallet. There is also a large lidded box that I keep all the poppers in that I use for the opening in the lining of my bags (this enables the lining to opened so pin badges can be added easily) along with a pressing machine that applies them.
Thanks so much for reading!