Quilting and sewing: talk about your sewing on the go kits
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RST
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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:16:20 PM
Posting early again as I'll be away most of the day on Fri.

This week I pinned a couple of ideas for cute ways to keep a small sewing project organized and contained for on the go sewing.
first two pins are sewing kits

My personal kits currently are not that organized. I have a tin box (originally held candy I think) in which I keep needle, thread, small scissors, bees' wax, needle threader, and a wad of tape. There is a small magnet attached to the side, and if I'm using pins, I stash them there. My needles I keep in a wood needle case. I like to thread 6 at a time so I can keep the stitching rhythm going. I use this kit when I do hand stitched binding finishes, usually just in the rec room while watching TV, but occasionally at a kid's sporting event or in a waiting room. I keep almost-gone spools of thread to go into this kit. I hate having to stop and re-thread the needle in the middle of free motion quilting, so when it starts showing spindle, I pop it into the hand stitch box. I use bees' wax because it keeps my threads from tangling and allows it to glide through multiple layers of binding fabric more easily. The wad of tape is to capture stray thread bits I snip or pick off the quilt as I go.

My other kit is a cardboard box that started life as a Whitman's sampler. In it I keep the materials for hand-sewn applique. Small scissors, applique thread (I use a heavier cotton for applique), needles, threader, wax, 1/4 masking tape, tiny medicine bottle for liquid starch, maybe a glue stick if I'm doing a freezer paper method instead of my usual needle turn, and a block or two of the current applique project.

Other on-the-go set ups for me include the basics I take to a class or sew-in type event. I use a cart like the folding wheeled file cart shown at this link: rolling folding cart . Mine cost about $12, and it holds my machine, a reversible cutting board/ironing surface, iron, assorted cutting tools, and project. It's not super-heavy duty, but since my opportunities to go to such events are few, it meets my needs.

One last thing I've found to be a really good idea over the years -- label everything you take to a class-- even your machine feet and bobbins, if you can figure out how. It's so easy to accidentally pick up someone else's equipment and think it's your own. My rulers and cutters have stopped disappearing since I've started labeling them very prominently.

So how about you? Have you come up with good ways to organize and transport your projects when sewing away from home? What items are your essentials? How do you lug all the stuff to classes?


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dynalady
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Posted: 2/8/2013 12:48:13 AM
I don't take classes and the only time I work on any projects away from home is once a month at quilt guild. Then I just take whatever I'm working on and the tools I need, stick them in a bag and go. Not much help.







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candleangie
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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:13:25 AM
My travel kit is pretty compact, and it's full of some odd things for backstage emergencies. We call it the 'oh shit kit.' lol

It all lives in one of these containers:


2 Packages of sewing needles. (universal and stretch)
Pins (a few)
Safety pins (a TON)
All purpose thread (Black, white, red, tan, blue)
Bobbins in those colors.
Heavy duty thread (ballet pink, black, white)
Hand needles
Thimble
Measuring Tape
Scissors
Seam ripper

And then there's the odd "costume lady" rescue stuff.
Hair Ties/Nets/Pins
A package of clear adjustable straps (someone always pops a strap on their nudie)
Tide to go pen
A little packet of hand wash laundry detergent
A couple of tampons/pads
A lighter (for melting ribbon ends)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Band-Aids

I add or subtract layers on the box according to what I'm doing/where I'm going.



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Posted: 2/8/2013 12:17:52 PM
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Posted: 2/8/2013 1:01:22 PM
I don't ever sew on the go but I kind of wish I did, so I'd have a reason to buy this cute set: stitchy


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RST
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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:11:17 PM
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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:24:19 PM
I use a yazzii bag. I didn't realise how exe they are as mine was a gift. It is awesome though and I couldn't live without it now that I have it. I have the oval on page 2. My girlfriend (who owns a quilting shop) has the carry all and it is good for larger projects.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:45:25 PM
I don't really have a sewing on the go kit, but I saw this today, and I am thinking that I might have to make it!



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RST
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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:34:44 PM
Scrapbrat, that is seriously cute. Thanks for posting.

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candleangie
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Posted: 2/9/2013 12:33:23 AM
Scrapbrat, the box that they made the kit with is from the $tree! It comes in a multipack of small gift boxes in several shapes/sizes. If that helps.


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Sue Pea

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:27:27 AM
Yeah, the instructions said to use a necklace box with the cottony stuff in it (I think you use that for the padding for pincushion part??) and I was thinking, I'm not sure I have any old necklace boxes! I will definitely check Dollar Tree, thanks for that tip!

If anyone is interested, that project is on the Riley Blake site. Lots of good tutorials there.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:45:31 AM
I picked this up at Marshalls ... it's meant to be a travel jewelry case but everyone on this thread knows what it would be best for!!



By the way, an Altoid tin holds that small pair of Gingher embroidery scissors, a spool of Metrosene or Guterman thread, needles, etc.



Mary




RST
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Posted: 2/9/2013 1:21:39 PM
I do love the altoid tin size for a purse-kit. I think I would add a small magnet, to hold pins, and a little piece of wax for thread conditioning. Old bobbins from machines not currently in use make a great way to keep thread in a tiny kit.

I've been doing a lot of waiting room time recently, so a small applique kit ready to go in my purse will be useful.

RST


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:49:32 PM
A magnet in an Altoid tin is a great idea ... that one's going to happen.


Mary



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