Tips For Designing a Sewing Center

Kimberly A. Smith (guest contributor)

If you find that you are taking on more sewing projects, you may want to consider designing your own special sewing place. The most important thing is to make sure your setup is easy to use. Even if you have only a small space available, you can maximize its functionality with a few simple tips.

Before getting your space organized, begin by spending 15 minutes purging the area. Look around your sewing area. Are there sewing patterns you will never use again? Are there items you haven't touched in a year or more? Now is the time to get rid of these items. Whether they need to be thrown away, recycled, sold on eBay or donated to charity, there is no reason to keep materials you will probably never use.

Don't head out and buy new storage containers right away. As you organize your materials, make a list of any items you find especially useful. Measure the space available for them so that you don't buy containers that are too large or too small for your workroom!

Make a list of the items you currently use the most. Do you ever find yourself misplacing notions or fabrics? Create a plan to place your most frequently used materials in the most easily accessible locations. The further out of reach a drawer, shelf or storage bin is, the less often you should need the items stored there.

If you have a large stash of fabric and need to store some away from your main sewing space, make a list of what you have. Storage bins in the closet are wonderful for maximizing space, but it can be easy to forget what you put away and end up purchasing more.

When using a sewing machine, the right table height is essential. If you often find yourself moving to a different area of the house to work, consider purchasing a new table for your workroom. Make sure you don't have to strain your back to work there! A comfortable chair can also make a huge difference. Find one that encourages proper posture to prevent problems later.

Once your sewing space is organized how you like it, spend five minutes after each sewing session to keep it that way. Just taking a few minutes to replace items in their container can save you from needing to do a massive overhaul again a few months later.

By designing a sewing space that fulfills all your needs, your sewing projects will take less time. Be sure to make the space beautiful, too!

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Smart, smart, smart!!!
Fantastic and practical tips. Not about spending money, but about THINKING, OBSERVING, and MAINTANCE!! Brilliant!!!!
great advice, I was just about to start reorganizing my sewing room, these examples will help a lot. Thanks
Small Spaces
My sewing room is a small bedroom. I have 3 work stations close together (basic sewing, serging, and cutting/work table) and use a swivel computer chair to be able to turn from one to the next as needed.
Excellent advice
I particularly liked the suggestion that a list of fabric stored will prevent one from purchasing more - my fabric collection borders on pathologic, I'm sure, but I love being able to wake up with an idea and have just the right fabric to pull it off before the rest of the house is even awake!
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