29 August, 2011

My new sewing box

My sewing box situation was rather dire up until a few weeks ago, a couple of old biscuit tins and a cardboard box for my spools of thread to replace my old larger box that had finally given up the ghost. I never had what I wanted with me and it was a pain carrying two boxes around with things spilling out of them and everything all jumbled. I've always wanted one of those lovely wooden expanding sewing boxes, some of them stand on long legs so that everything is just where you want it. But they're rare and expensive and probably more suited to delicate ladies doing embroideries in their sitting rooms than being carried back and forth between the spare room and the kitchen table! The ones available from sewing shops are useless and hideously over-priced. So one day when I was in a big hardware store (Mitre10 Mega for those Antipodeans) I had a brainwave and went looking at tool boxes. Something big with lots of compartments was what I was after. And what did I find? Cherry red, expandable and pretty much perfect for $30, I present to you:

Expandable sewing box

I love that the lids lift up so I can have all the frequently-needed stuff right there

Red metal sewing box

And it expands out for all the other less frequently used things

Red metal sewing box

I have great plans to make up cute dividers etc., which will probably come to naught, but it works well as it is. The only drawbacks are that my pincushions are too big to fit in the top trays and that the trays in general are fairly shallow, so no big objects. But I can make a new pincushion (oh the hardship!) and put the bulky objects somewhere else.

I'm a happy (and semi-organised) camper.

8 comments:

  1. OK.  Totally copying this idea!  I currently use plastic stacked toolbox drawers;-)

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  2. This is super. I want one for tools (currently organising screws and nails into a tackle box) and for sewing - I have most everything in a lovely old leather suitcase but alas, no compartments.

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  3. ooh I  want one or in my case I might need about four ! :)

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  4. I have done the same thing! I got a nice rolling tool box that comes apart nicely, and instead of expensive thread organizer, again, tool section, a nice lil organizer that fit spools of thread perfectly! I don't understand why sewing organization is SO expensive, and yet I can get the same thing in the tool section for a fraction of the price :)

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  5. I imagine it's because they figure they can charge women more, just like for haircuts and clothes. My husband can buy well-made pants and shirts for half the price I'd have to pay for similar quality. Really burns me!
    --- Sent from my iPhone ---

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  6. this is the most annoying thing!

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