Some people may think that because I run a sewing business my space for sewing must be amazing!
Well I have to dispel any thoughts of a superbly designed sewing room with neatly stacked fabrics and everything I might need to hand. Painted in beautiful restful colours with gorgeous twinkling lights…. Well you get the picture. The image above is not my sewing space but from Andrea’s Notebook and is an image I found on Pinterest. But I love the colours and simple quirkiness of the furnishings.
No – my sewing space is certainly not like that. I don’t actually have anywhere to sew at home. Unbelievable I know, but my house is rather on the small side, so I have to do any sewing I want to do at work. And it is more practical and by necessity than Instagram perfect that’s for sure.
Granted we do have a beautiful fully equipped studio where we run the workshops, and it can be very handy to have umpteen machines threaded up in different colours so I don’t have to stop and re-thread for top-stitching etc. But since moving to the new studio I’m finding that I need to have a corner of my own set up for sewing.
This is where I work at the moment. It’s not glamorous but it is basic and mostly practical.
I have a cutting table, desk for my computer, some shelves and boxes of fabrics and I can shut the door. But I am not by nature a tidy person. This may not come as a particular revelation to those that know and work with me! But I am hoping that by creating more of a personal creative space here in our new studio space I will inherently want to keep it tidier.
So, I have a wish list!
- Enough table space to have my machine, overlocker and coverstitch machine out and available.
- A system for storing all the tools I need making them close to hand but easy to tidy away.
- Enough storage for all the fabric and old patterns I have. Yet stored in a system that means I can see and find everything easily.
- Display space to have up images and inspiration for new patterns. Rather than storing them all in scrap books and folders.
- A designated pressing area – sounds grander than it will actually be. Just a space to have the ironing board up and all the pressing paraphernalia close to hand.
I even have a Pinterest Board full of other people’s beautiful and practical sewing spaces. So I am making a plan and by telling you all about it, it means I really have to do it. And not make the usual excuses of being too busy!
Now you’ve seen my space maybe you have some ideas you can share with me on how to organise my sewing stuff and I’ll keep you posted on how the transformation goes.