It seems silly to mention such a small thing but I’ve been inordinately pleased with how well a recent experiment is working out. Specifically, my purchase of IV poles. Initially I bought the poles to solve a problem in digitizing patterns but I’ve stated to use them for organizing WIP (work in process). I don’t claim IV poles are a solution for every operation but I’ll explain how I use them so you can see if they’re a fit for you.
History: The room I use for digitizing becomes too cramped if I use a Z-rack to hang patterns along side the digitizing table. I also don’t have a wall to mount a nail to hang patterns on either. This means the dress forms were being used to hang patterns from the neck bobs. Which is okay as these things go until you need to use a form because you have to move all those patterns (where?) or you need to find a pattern underneath however many hanging from the form. I realized I was moving the same patterns over and over and still misplacing the mock ups we’d made or that the customer had sent. To keep all the work pieces of a particular style meant having to move the work from room to room. Repeatedly. So perhaps you can see that with no space for a Z-rack, IV poles seemed a tidy solution.
At the outset I thought I would use the IV poles just for patterns in the digitizing process. Very quickly though, it became apparent that the poles themselves could be a handy way to organize projects, maybe even one pole per project. From the arms I hang the patterns, mock ups or what have you of a particular style. At right you can see one such project on the IV pole. This is a pattern I hope to sell retail; it is a pair of pants -without the mono-butt “feature”– with a gusset in the crotch.
If you’re thinking of trying out IV poles too, I bought the Grayson model (I have since purchased four more). One caveat; if you are picky like me, you are not going to like the casters that come with this unit; they were the ball-shaped plastic ones that plague cheapie office chairs and low budget shop vacs. I bought different casters ; the total cost was about $35 plus shipping ($27 for the pole, $8 for the casters). The casters that come with the pole don’t raise the base high enough; the screw from the pole scrapes along the floor. Like I said, annoying.
OT: I realize I’ve never written about Z-racks. Hmm. I like racks like this (no affiliation). I do not like racks like these. The cheap orange ones have become popular because they cost 30% less than the old stand bys. I was shocked at how relatively flimsy they are. Pretty but flimsy. Definitely not good for a lot of weight.