Getting your sewing room in order doesn’t have to be complicated. Just tackle one small task a day, and you’ll be on your way to a more organized and usable space.

February 05, 2021

Join Us!

During the month of March 2021, we’ll be hosting a 31 Days to an Organized Space Challenge. The full article with all the information on organizing your space is in the April 2021 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. (Buy it here.)

But we will also be posting basic daily organizing challenges and information on this page, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages, so everyone can participate!


Day 1: Discard broken/old supplies

Test your marking tools, fabric glues, and spray adhesives. If they’re dried up, out of ink, or discolored, throw them in the trash. If you have old rotary-cutter blades, broken needles, or rusted pins, put them in a sturdy container, such as an old prescription bottle, before tossing them to reduce the risk of cutting yourself when taking out the garbage.

Day 2: Clean your cutting mat

Over time, your cutting mat can develop a lint buildup. If you find this has happened to yours, rub an eraser over your mat to remove the fibers.

Day 3: Change your machine needle and rotary-cutter blades

For snag-free sewing, change your machine needle after stitching with it for eight hours. Replace your rotary-cutter blade as soon as you see it skipping threads in your cuts.

Day 4: Clean your sewing machine

Keep your machine in tip-top shape with regular cleaning. Reference your machine manual for the details or schedule a professional servicing.

Day 5: Organize sewing machine parts

For each sewing machine you own, get a small plastic storage container to hold the manual, accessories, cords, and add-ons. Label each container with the name of the machine, and place the containers in an easy-to-access spot. For more ideas, see here.

Day 6: Wind extra bobbins

Prepare for hours of sewing by winding extra bobbins of your most-used thread colors and pairing them with matching spools of thread.

Day 7: Corral thread

Take time to rewind loose spools of thread, including securing thread ends in spool notches. Organize thread by type (piecing, quilting, or embroidery) so you can easily find what you need. Ideally, thread should be stored away from dust and direct sunlight.