If you’ve been working with a sewing machine for even a short amount of time, chances are you’ve already been afflicted with the fabric obsession that many of us sewists deal with.
There is just so much beautiful fabric out there and so many great patterns to make with machines like the Janome DC3050 that you may see your fabric stash growing and growing, especially if you don’t throw the scraps out.
Surely those scraps can be used for something else - but can they, really?
A great way to weed through and decide what you should stash and what should get trashed is to get out all those scraps and determine how they can be repurposed.
If you can’t easily think of a way to use them, you’re probably better off trashing them.
How Much Have You Got?
The first question in deciding whether or not to keep small pieces of fabric that are cluttering up your stash is to see how much you have and what size the pieces are.
Based on the amount and size of your extras, can you use them in the patterns you sew on your sewing machine to make any of the following?
- Decorative facings in the necklines of your garments if you sew clothing.
- Pocket linings to add some contrasting style to shirts, pants, jackets, or other garments.
- Contrasting bias strips for clothing, bags, home decor, or other items.
- Quilt charms if you have enough to make multiples.
- A focus or contrast element on a quilt, garment, or bag if the fabric is especially interesting.
Unless you can use your scraps in any of these or similar ways, you are better off trashing them rather than taking up room in your bin.
What Is It Made Of?
Another factor to consider when deciding which scraps to keep and which to toss is what kind of fabric they are.
Lots of scraps made from cotton and other fabric types that you use frequently in your sewing machine projects might not be worth saving even if you can make things with them.
You will likely find an equal replacement after your next project or two should you need a scrap for something.
The exception is if the fabric has a specific color or unique pattern that you like and can’t replace.
On the other hand, even if you don’t plan on making any projects with your Janome DC3050 that require facings or you don’t quilt, you may want to hold onto scraps of silk and other finer, more luxurious or expensive fabric.
Usually, these scraps can find their way into other projects pretty easily if you use them to add extra flair in the form of a bias trim or lining.
Trash the Unusable Scraps In Your Stash
Fabric scraps collect quickly if you’re an avid sewist who is constantly sitting behind a sewing machine.
Of course, you don’t want to waste fabric because it’s expensive; however, you don’t want to clutter up your stash bin with bits and pieces you’ll never use for anything.
Go through your stash and ask yourself these two questions: Do I have reason to keep it and can I use it in one of my next projects made with my Janome DC3050?
If you can't answer yes to one question or the other, go ahead and trash it.
Just think, you’ll make more room in your stash for new fabric as you trash the unusable scraps!