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A Sewing Studio of One's Own – Plus a Good Sewing Lamp!

The expression, "A place for everything and everything in its place" is true when it comes to sewing. Having to set up sewing projects and then put them away every time you want to sew uses up much of your creative time. The room and the natural light you choose to illuminate your projects are also important factors. Natural light is suggested for all projects to make your work faster and to avoid eyestrain. An OttLite sewing lamp is the best one for the job. If you sew often, consider a well-designed, convenient sewing studio. Large or small this space will save you time and energy. Your designated sewing studio does not have to be a whole room dedicated just to sewing. It can be a seldom-used closet, an out-of-the-way corner or a cabinet especially designed for sewing. Wherever you sew, careful planning is important for the area to be functional. And, whether it is a corner or an entire room, the basic requirements are the same. * A Sewing table (for the machine) * A Pressing table The type of sewing studio you design depends on the amount of sewing you do. Consider into which category of seamstress you fall: * A person with brief time blocks for sewing and needs a place where things can be left out until a project is completed. * Someone who does small sewing jobs every once in a while and needs a place where things can be stored and taken out easily and quickly.
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* A professional seamstress who needs a more
organized, quiet place with space for business records, as well as space to store equipment, notions,
fabrics, finished garments and other related supplies. Also consider when the sewing will be done. If you combine sewing with meal preparation or supervising kids, a sewing studio close to the kitchen may be desirable. If you sew in the evenings, a location near your family room is a good location. A studio or sewing center close to the laundry lets you take care of mending in a timely manner, and puts you close to the ironing board, and makes the iron readily available, which will save you steps.
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Design your sewing studio to fit your work habits. Create a sewing studio or center that fits you and your work habits. Have the cutting, sewing and pressing areas separate, but close to one another to provide efficient work areas. Above all, consider the lighting of the area and use natural, full spectrum lights (OttLites) to help you match fabric colors and threads, and to soothe your tired eyes.
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Comment by Suzanne Kirk on February 18, 2010 at 4:55am
There is a definite split between professional and hobby sewing rooms - functional V pretty. I have started making mine a bit more pretty. I've covered some of my cardboard boxes in wallpaper from a sample book. They now look like patchwork as I've had to overlap some pieces. I've freshened up the sofa with a huge throw which I have pinned on so it looks like a tailored cover (the idea being that I can change the look quite easily without having to sew a cover each time). I'm slowly re-arranging the storage so like items are together and hopefully have space to display my made items (they are in a box just now). and finally I've hung some glass ornaments in the windows to prevent the birds flying straight at them. My studio is also a public space so there are some rules I have to adhere to with regard to safety.
Comment by Nellie on February 17, 2010 at 4:27pm
My husband and I set up my son's old bedroom in our basement as my sewing room. He found some old module desk units that were being disposed of and brought them in and put in an L shape for all my sewing machines. I have 4 plus my overlock. We also have a professional upholstery machine in the opposite corner. We have all the overhead cabinets in which I keep fabric and projects. On the opposite wall we have a wall of shelves for various other craft supplies. My folding cutting table is in the middle of the room. He just built me a large cabinet for my patterns and small paraphenalia (buttons, elastic, etc.). But like many of you, as my room is in constant use, it doesn't stay really neat. But I love that I have everything at my fingertips and no longer have to set-up and take-down.
Comment by Nicolette MacCallum on January 3, 2010 at 9:26pm
Hi. This sewing room is very bright and pretty, but my workspace has to be very functional because custom sewing is my full-time business. My husband made me a very large cutting table which I have padded with 100% wool blankets and covered with cotton muslin - voila - a huge ironing surface! I use 2nd hand metal office desks for my machines, lots of plastic towers with clear drawers (labeled) for storage, and commercial display boards with hooks on the walls to hang fabric sample books, thread cones and other supplies. I have some pics at Email me if you want instructions for making a cutting table!
Comment by Susan on December 29, 2009 at 7:48am
I do believe a lot of supplies, fabric, etc are stored in clear plastic totes under tables etc. There are also bins all along the bottom shelf of the shelving unit full of "stuff".
Comment by Lisa Valenzuela on December 29, 2009 at 7:44am
I live in a basement, in Sunny So. Calif! There's just no way. I NEED A PROFESSIONAL ROOM MAKEOVER, actually is't two rooms.
When I first looked at this room, I wondered where her sewing "stash" was? All her trims, buttons, paints, interfacings, patterns, let alone THE FABRIC??? SERIOUSLY?
We all need to submit pics. those of us that need Suggestions and feedback, not the sewing rooms out of "Sew News" or "Counrty Living" magazine! Anyone with me?
Comment by Brandy R. Samuels on December 24, 2009 at 12:18am
i love the sewing room, if only I had one. I do everything out of one room which is an all purpose room. Needless to say nothing looks tidy at all, but I do know where stuff is, and I have some old time 7 door dresser. I make do with what I have and try to make it work. There never seems to be enough room.
Comment by Barbara Aquilina on December 23, 2009 at 5:16pm
A foldaway cutting table would be a great asset to the sewing room , they can be stored behind the door or under a bed and are light and easy to assemble ,check them out on
Comment by Suzanne Kirk on December 23, 2009 at 8:30am
This is a lovely tidy sewing room. Mine is a purpose built studio in the garden and as I am sewing everyday it does not remain very tidy. I am often working on several projects at once, and there are always piles of things to be done and piles waiting to be collected. My storage solution is to buy plastic boxes with lids and stack up. Just get a new one when needed. The boxes are full of fabric and they are graded by fabric size. I have shelving for my equipment and patterns. Along one side of the room I have an industrial machine so it is built into a table but my overlocker and domestic machine (for buttonholes) share a table. On the other side of the room I have a computer for business records and sofa. The studio has floor to ceiling windows so there is plenty of natural light and I do my cutting out on the floor. It works for me.
Comment by Rita Long on December 23, 2009 at 7:51am
I appreciate the thought of thinking how you use the sewing area. I have a room but I'm not satisfied with the usage of space. I'm going to use some of your ideas.
Comment by Arub on October 20, 2008 at 12:10pm
I am waiting for the peopel to come and insulate the attic so I can begin remodeling my new sewing studio. It seems like I have said that sew many times!. I am excited about it though. I will have 2 rooms. The smaller will be actual sewing , the much larger will be for cutting, (at times 100 pieces a day!) fabric and pattern storage. I love the room in the photo, nice and bright. It is very nice.

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