I’m a fashion design student without a spare room in my home for my sewing; therefore, organization is a priority for me because I end up either using my own room or my dining room which I tend to take up a lot of space with my sewing machines and notions. I have an abundance of sewing notions and tools which was my main purpose for searching for an open storage that I could sit either on my bedroom floor or dining room table because I wanted to easy access to my sewing notions and tools organized in one spot.
I always shop at Joann’s online more so the physical store because I find the coupon codes to be easier to use, and the checkout process is faster because I don’t have to wait in a long line. The type of storage I was looking for was a caddy because I had seen lots of pictures of sewing rooms online, and their common denominator was they all had a caddy sitting at their workstations. After searching the site for sewing storages, I found an Artbin table-top caddy on sale for $26.99; however, I was able to get the price down even more than that with my forty percent off coupon. I was able to get the price all the way down to sixteen dollars from its original price of $44.99, which is not a bad deal if you ask me since the caddy was already marked down to begin with and the coupon just added extra leverage.
Once I put in my order online at Joann’s, I had to wait a week for it to arrive because I chose the standard shipping which was an extra six dollars. My package was shipped through FedEx, but it came through the postal service when it was actually delivered. Mt main reason for purchasing the Artbin table-top caddy was because I wanted all my sewing notions and tools to be near me in one storage container so I wouldn’t have to get up every two seconds to get the tools in various areas of my room or dining room, but I also purchased it because of the size of it on Joann’s website. It was large enough to where I could put a fairly decent amount of the sewing notions and tools I use on a regular basis.
The thing I like best about the Artbin table-top caddy is that it folds open and close which is great especially if I want to migrate from my room to the dining room or the living room; I could also take it on the road with me when I’m out of town for a weekend or longer. The canvas of the Artbin table-top caddy is made of polyester which makes it stronger for putting my sewing notions and tools in, and I have practically stuffed the poor caddy until there is no more room. I like that the polyester is strong and how it doesn’t fold under large amounts of weight. There is a black lining at the top of the pockets which I like because it blends in with the metal folding legs on the Artbin table-top caddy; I also like the metal legs of the caddy because it helps the caddy hold more weight.
There are many pockets on the Artbin table-top caddy which I like because I mainly use the outer ones for my chalk pencils, scissors, measuring tapes. The interior pockets I use mainly for my hand needles and things of that sort because I didn’t want them to get lost, and I wanted them to be accessible to me if I needed them. The center of the caddy I filled mainly with thread, a few rulers, my wrist pin cushion, my rotary cutter and some blades, and my sketching notebook with a few colored pencils. Although I have stuffed my caddy to the rim with sewing notions and tools, I find it easy to carry around the house if I am moving from one room to another.
Although I use the Artbin table-top caddy daily and still adding more things to it, I have found it to be a great investment because not only is durable but it has the large capacity I was looking for. There are lots of pockets on both the outside of the caddy as well as the inside, and I like how the pockets are a nice size and that you can fill them to the max. The pockets also help you stay organized if you are the sort of person who is particular about where things go such as myself. I like how easy it is to carry and I like how easy it is to fold and store away if I was not using it on a regular basis, but I do and I have not folded it down to store away since it first arrived. The only thing I can honestly say I did not like about the Artbin table-top caddy was the color. I wish Artbin would have offered more colors–both vibrant and dark–because I probably would have opted to purchase a second caddy without the worry I have now about the light gray color getting dirty. I think it’s a great investment for both home sewers as well as fashion design students because it keeps your sewing tools and notions organized as well the fact it’s at a great price point. It’s currently on sale online at Joann’s for $26.99 but you could easily find a great coupon online to drop that price even more.