Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Home Depot to the rescue...


Thanks to Happy Zombie and the Home Depot, my Singer Featherweight storage/travel problems are SOLVED!  This is the Stanley "Three-in-One Rolling Workshop."  Monica of Happy Zombie calls it her "mobile sewing center."


It is lightweight, sturdy, inexpensive (under $40), and the bottom section SAFELY houses my little 221K Singer Featherweight sewing machine.  (I have a Singer "Genie" as well...a slightly larger portable machine that weighs 19 pounds...I need to see if it will also fit in this...)  Bliss!

When my real Mom passed away a little over two years ago, I inherited her little white/mint green machine.  The plastic handle on its storage box had gotten brittle and broken years ago, therefore it was difficult and impractical moving it around.  I made a crappy, make-shift, wide ribbon handle for it, but was always afraid that I would somehow drop the box when moving the machine around and break my baby.




The white spool of thread demonstrates the odd green tint of this "white" sewing machine.



It nests nicely in the bottom section of my new treasure with room to spare for a small pressing/cutting mat or rulers...or plug strip, extension cord, snack, etc.


The second section is this removable covered accessory tray...

  Awesome!

When I leave the house to do a little fabric therapy somewhere else, I can take along all the tools and gadgets I need to do whatever...


Or, I can leave this center sectional tray out and just leave the house with the upper tool box attached directly to the bottom tub. When I am doing applique work "on the road," I could leave the Featherweight at home and fill the bottom wheeled tub with fabric, etc.  Oh, the possibilities...


The handle doesn't telescope, but securely snaps down when not needed so you can use the toolbox's smaller handle when just using the top section.



And look how roomy the top tool box is!


The tray holds...more tools and gadgets!


The top toolbox holds lots of stuff...here, I have loaded my full-sized iron and an Ott light...


...and there is STILL room for the tray (and more stuff underneath...).


I like my Genome 6600, but this little jewel sews straight stitching like nobody's business!!  While I had it out last night, introducing it to it's new home, I oiled it and got it ready for lots of chain-stitching, scrap-eating, mood-inducing, life-escaping fabric therapy.


The cart was ordered online and Steve just picked it up at our local Home Depot to save shipping...and time (there was no waiting because they had several in stock!).  I later checked the price elsewhere online...Amazon sells the same thing for over $100! Thanks, Home Depot!

Home Depot has lots of goodies for quilters...like little organizing units with drawers...






I also buy my plastic storage shelves there...not very attractive, but perfect, inexpensive storage for a basement quilt cave when paired with plastic bins...


Time for more fabric therapy!

In Stitches,
Teresa  :o)

34 comments:

  1. I've seen these tool boxes but never thought about it for my Genie. When you get around to finding out if the Genie fits let us know. At the moment mine goes into a scrapbooking case, but there's not much room for "stuff".

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  2. you are so organized. I never thought to look in the tool section!

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  3. Nice post. Love seeing a quilters organizing system.

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  4. I shop for a number of items in the hardware stores. You got a real good buy!!

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  5. I purchased one very similar to yours several years ago...also from home depo for the same purpose. Love it. The only problem is when its loaded lifting it up into the car.

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  6. Love the Stanley cart! Thanks for posting the great tip. You're so organized!! I need to go shopping! I want my space to be as neat as yours!

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  7. wow what a great recommendation! glad to see your sewing away.
    LOVE that white machine, a true treasure for you I am sure…
    I love how organized you are ….
    someday I will be too!
    thinking of you
    Kathie

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  8. I am so excited to see that you have the twin sister of my Sweet Baby Jayne white featherweight from 1964! Fantastic case idea! Enjoy your scrap therapy...it's the best!

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  9. What a great idea! Love the way you organize all your sewing notions. Super ideas!

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  10. You'll get your moneys-worth from this no doubt. And the first advice I received from the antique machine dealer when I bought a Featherweight was to never carry it by the handle- too risky for it to break and drop the whole case, machine and all. Your labeled storage is also impressive.

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  11. Loved having another glimpse of your happy place! Go girl, loose yourself in that stitching.

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  12. Oh, I love your little machine!! I haven't had a chance yet to pull my new toy out and play with it. Mine is the standard black, though, and its a 221 also. Sewing with your machine will be therapy in lots of ways. Have a good day.

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  13. I get goosebumps when I see how organized you are!! I am so jealous!!!
    Kerry

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  14. Wow ,that is awesome , perfect for your darling machine and all your tools , love that it has wheels too !

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  15. Hardware stores are one of m favorite places to shop! What a great idea for a traveling sewing workshop.

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  16. I have a Genie also. A place that does luggage repair could probably put a nice leather handle on your featherweight case.

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  17. I've seen that tool box at several of my retreats over the years. We recently had a whole guild program on all the things that you find in a hardware store to be used in the sewing room. Most things came from Harbor Freight and Home Depot. Thanks for reminding us of how to organize.

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  18. brilliant caddy - and unbelievable organization - impressive!

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  19. I have a little green machine as well. This is what a Featherweight dealer told me about the color: Singer had been painting something green, then switched to white paint, but the sprayer, machine or whatever was not completely cleaned properly. So the machines were slightly green, getting lighter as more machines were painted. Not sure if that is factual but I love the story so I'm sticking with it.

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  20. ohhh you sooo smart....love your organizing no doubt my sweet, your stitching has become one of the most delight still..missing you for sure

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  21. I have a white Featherweight in a green case, also, although the handle is still intact.I bought it at a church rummage sale for $5 to use as an extra machine if mine had a problem. I didn't know at the time how sought-after Featherweights are! I still haven't used it, but it's there if I need it, and I could see traveling with it at some point.

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  22. Teresa ~ you are my hero. I love that every single thing has a place. Your such an inspiration to quilters everywhere... =)

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  23. Love it! Great organizing! Kathy Aho in MN

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  24. Wow, you are so organized! I love your little bins for all those little things that seem to get lost here and there. Love it so much I had to "Pin" it! Thanks for some great tips!
    Vickie in Cleveland

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