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The Best Sewing Machine Accessories for Quilting

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When it comes to machine quilting, sewing machine accessories can be a lot of fun and really help the process! In this article I’ll share some of my favorite sewing machine accessories that I use for making quilts. These sewing machine accessories are some of my favorite quilting notions. They make each step of the quilting process easier when machine quilting. So, buckle up and get ready to add some of these to your quilters wish list!

Check out my favorite sewing machine accessories in this quick video, or keep scrolling to read all the details!

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How to Organize your Quilting Room Sewing Closet

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Do you want to have better quilt room organization? Having a neat, orderly & organized sewing room is fundamental for me to successfully exercise my creative practice. And, I’m here to help you get control of your creative space with these sewing room organization ideas for quilters!

If you want to see these sewing room closet organization ideas as a video, check it out here:

Sewing Closet Storage Organization

When is comes to organizing your sewing closet storage space, it’s important to think first about WHY you need it organized. For me, the more organized my sewing space is, the quicker & easier it becomes for me to find the exact thing I need at the time that I need it.

Being able to find sewing supplies, notions, & tools quickly enables me to continue my creative process without pausing every time I need something from my sewing closet. My “WHY” for organizing my sewing closet storage space is so I can get things out of it as quickly as possible! In short, the more work-able my space is, the happier I am!

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Create Your Closet Organization Plan

Before you even start moving around stuff in your sewing space, you need to create your plan. When organizing your sewing space, having a plan in place will help dramatically in the long run and give you the most information to use to make your organizational decisions!

Start off with Measurements & Inventory

Begin by measuring the space you have to work with. Get out your tape measure, then take down the measurements of your craft closet. It’s important to note the height, width, and depth of your sewing room closet so you can make the most of all the space you have available.

Next, take inventory of the items you need to store in your closet. If you have a lot of larger items, also take record of the measurements of each item. For me, organizing a craft closet is a lot like playing tetris with all my big, heavy sewing machines, fabric cutting machines, Accuquilt dies, quilting fabric, and other items.

While taking down the inventory of everything you plan to store, think: Can you get rid of anything? While decluttering is definitely not the point of this post and is not my favorite thing to think about, it’s always an option! See if there’s anything in your inventory list that maybe you don’t need anymore. You might be able to gift it or sell it!

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Group Similar Items Together

As you’re taking inventory, you also can begin categorically grouping items together. For example, if you’re a quilter, you might want to store all your batting and batting scraps together. I’d recommend that you even get a large plastic container to put all the batting in. Here are some other groupings for craft storage ideas that I personally use:

  • Fabric Scraps – sorted by color
  • Fabric Scraps from a specific designer/manufacturer (if you want them separate from the colors)
  • Finished Quilts
  • Yarn and crochet supplies (or any other crafts/hobbies you have!)
  • Shipping Supplies
  • AccuQuilt Dies
  • Quilt backing fabrics
  • Packages Quilt Batting
  • WIPs
  • Cutting Tools
  • Thread
  • Rulers
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Create Your Conceptual Plan

Using graph paper, sketch out your plan of where your larger items will fit. These are some ideas of things to think about while creating your organizational plan for your closet:

  • Are shelves or other built-ins needed? Get the most of your space by using the vertical square inches!
  • Which items do you use the most often? Place those first in the most easy to reach areas.
  • What about heavy items? Sewing machines, embroidery machines, and other heavy items. should all be placed near the bottom for easier accessibility and so as to not cause any bending or broken shelves over time.
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Decide on Closet Shelving or Built-ins for your Sewing Closet

If your sewing room closet is like any normal bedroom closet, there’s a good chance you only have one shelf to work with and a long hanging rod across it. That type of setup is great for clothing, but not so great for storing craft supplies! Depending on your situation, it might be worth it to invest in some additional shelves or organizational tools to help make the closet better suit your needs!

When I was going about my closet redesign I had two main sewing closet ideas I was considering:

  1. Removing the existing shelf and starting from scratch with custom built-in shelves.
  2. Keeping the existing shelf and just adding more shelves.

Ultimately, my husband and I decided it would be cheaper & sturdier if he were to build some shelves for the lower part of the closet and we just keep the existing top shelf. He ended up using an assortment of 1x2s and 2x3s to build my shelves at the dimensions I requested. This was the most custom of all the possibilities and was definitely the most cost effective for us.

If you don’t have a handy special someone to build custom shelves, you can also find a lot of variety online for custom closet organization solutions. If I were to go with the first option, I had my eye on a couple different totally customizable closet organization options:

  • The Container Store ELFA
  • Closet Maid shelving
  • Floating Shelves from the local home improvement store
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Put Your Sewing Items in your Storage Space

Now that you have your plan and you’ve arranged your shelves as you need them, this is the easy part! Start putting your sewing notions, tools, and supplies into their designated spaces.

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Put things back “home” when you are done

The hard part for craft storage organization for a lot of people is KEEPING it organized. and trust me, you’re not alone! I struggle with keeping organized too. A vital step in having a workable sewing space is to keep it organized, and that means you put things back in their homes when you are done using them. Maybe that’s once a day or once a week, but I find tidying up after every project really helps me to continue the creative process.

Adjust Your Organization as Needed

You know what I love? The freedom to move things around as often as I need! If something just isn’t working as optimally as you thought it would, you have a full pass to ditch your original plan & keep adjusting until the organizational structure suits your creative process!

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If you enjoyed this post, you’ll love to see my entire sewing room tour and learn more organization ideas for your sewing room!

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Essential Quilting Tools You Need to Get Started

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If you’re a beginner quilter or thinking about learning how to quilt, you need to start with the right quilting tools! These essential quilting tools and notions will get you well on your way to making patchwork quilts the easy way.

This article shares all my personal favorite sewing tools I use to make a quilt. I have categorized these quilting tools based on the step of the quilting process they’re used in. Be sure to also check out How to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish if you’re a quilting beginner.

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How to Use AccuQuilt GO!™ to Cut Quilting Fabric

I began using my AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutting machine in my quilting over a year ago, and my quilting has been easier and more precise ever since! If you’re considering getting a fabric cutting machine and aren’t sure which machine you want, you might want to check out this post: Everything You Need to Know About AccuQuilt or maybe even Which Fabric Cutting Machine is Best?

In this post I’ll share the basic steps involved in cutting your quilt fabrics using an AccuQuilt GO!™ cutting machine. If you want to see it in action, watch this quick video:

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Quilt Batting: Which is the Best?

Wondering which type of batting to use on a quilt? It can certainly be quite confusing! This post will walk you through a couple of the most common types of batting and help you determine which type of batting is best for you!

Of course finding the Best Quilt Batting might change depending on what your needs are for your quilt. Watch this video for a brief overview of some common types of batting:

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How to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion

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Learn how to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion with Elizabeth Chappell of Quilters Candy. Elizabeth is a quilt pattern writer, host of an online quilt guild, and teacher of how to write and sell your own quilt patterns.

Learn to Make a DIY Vintage Pincushion

With just a few tools, you can make your very own vintage-inspired pin cushion. I got this idea from Farm Down The Lane. She took a vintage quilt top and a jell-o mold to make a pincushion. When she posted about this on Instagram, I asked if she would write a blog post about how to make one. She didn’t know how to begin making a tutorial, but she shared with me how she made it and gave me her blessing to share that with y’all. Thank you, Tami!

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