When you first get the Stash ‘n Store organizer by It’s Sew Emma you may wonder, as I did, if it really will hold your tools. I was skeptical but it came highly recommended by the folks at BeStitchedd Needlepoint in Scottsdale, so I wanted to try it.
I was surprised. The package said that it could fit a wide variety of tools and it did, as you can see by the picture. The 8″ oval has a top that is made from flexible silicone in a pretty four-petaled flower pattern that has openings in three sizes, small, medium, and large.
I tested it first with scissors both small and large. The spaces held several sizes of scissors comfortably. Next, I added a pen and a chopstick (to substitute for a laying tool. No problem, everything stood upright and straight. They didn’t wobble or slant. If I moved the organizer back and forth or banged it on the table, items might wobble a little, or even slant a bit, but not badly.
I decided for my final test I would load it with as many tools as I had close by in different shapes and sizes. You see the loaded container above.
I put in small and thin items, such as the small dental brush and the stirring stick. I added the smallest pair of scissors I had. I added some oddly-shaped items such as needle-nosed pliers and tweezers. Finally, I put in a couple of bulky items, the nail file, and the Thread Zapper.
With some items, I had to think about how to place them. For example, the pliers are nose-in. For sewing that’s fine since I only have one pair of pliers. But if I had multiple pairs this would be a problem because I could not see the tips. Other items, such as the Thread Zapper, were too large to go in point up but turned upside down, they worked fine.
With it loaded up, I turned it upside down to see how well it gripped. Two items fell out, the very tiny scissors and the short laying tool. Other, thinner items, did not fall out. So the grip is much stronger than you think.
With this firm hold, items might be hard to remove. I had absolutely no trouble removing them, even with my weak hand.
All in all, this device is a wonder. it’s inexpensive, under $12, and comes in different colors. It’s lightweight, compact and puts your tools, except needles and threaders, in easy reach. The only downside I see depends on where you stitch. Although it is very stable, I would not keep it on a chair arm or other soft surface. If you stitch with a table nearby, it’s a little wonder.