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By Judi Harris

Whether your getting back into sewing, or just learning how to sew, you will want a nice, comfortable, and well organized sewing area. The last thing you need when you are ready to sew a new project is to get frustrated looking for a sewing tool for your next step. Here are some suggestions.

Not everyone has a spare room or loft that they can turn into a sewing room. If you do, that's great, but for those of you who don't, let's start at the beginning. First, you will need an area to sew. It doesn't have to be a big area, just one large enough for a sewing machine and some supplies. If you have no area at all where the machine can be left out, then try and find some storage space under a bed, or in a closet, where you can store your sewing supplies and machine until you are ready to take it out and use it. Use plenty of plastic bins and containers of all sizes for your supplies and label them accordingly with nice, big, easy to read labels. It might be a good idea to have your main sewing supplies like scissors, pins, needles, thread, and a seam ripper, in a tote bag that you can easily take out and use right away. Of course it would be even better if you made the tote bag!

Whether you have your own desk set up or need to use the dinning room table to sew, make sure you have a sturdy table. A fold up card table may not be good enough. When a table is not sturdy and shakes, it can cause the machine to vibrate, which can cause many broken needles. Also the vibration is not good for the machine. Whether your sewing machine is left out on a desk or stored away, make sure your sewing machine has a cover. This will keep lint and dirt off the machine, and keep the machine from easily getting scratches or dents on it. Free directions and plenty of photographs of very creative covers that people have designed and made for their sewing machines can be found on the internet. Your chair should be at a good height making sure you are eye level to the machine, and it should be comfortable for you to sit in.

Another very important factor about your sewing area is the lighting. Natural lighting is the best. If possible, have your sewing area near a window. During the night hours make sure you have plenty of good lighting for you to see. Threading a needle on your machine without proper lighting can be strenuous on the eyes and after time may cause some damage to your eye sight.

The last important thing you will need for your sewing area would be a table to cut your fabric on. A dinning room table can be used for this. To protect your table you can buy a large cardboard mat to place on the table before you begin pining and cutting your fabric. If you have the room make your sewing area fun and exciting with posted photos of your newest creation idea, sketches, and inspirations from sewing magazines!

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