By Connie Smith
There are plenty of hobbies that can be embraced within your home, and some of them don’t require too much space. It doesn’t take a lot of territory, for instance, to sit in your recliner while doing word searches. Other hobbies, however, can require a lots of room to sufficiently house all of your related supplies in one setting. That’s why people have billiard rooms, after all.
Another hobby that can require decent space is sewing, assuming you want to take your love of the craft beyond a simple container that holds a needle, thread, and straight pins. Even something as basic as a sewing machine needs adequate space to store—and more to use in a practical manner.
A true love of sewing, though, won’t be pushed aside because of these details, so your best bet for comfortably embracing sewing in a bigger context within your home would be to designate one specific room for the purpose. Once you have that idea in mind, it’s time to start planning. Here are six ideas and strategies to keep in mind when designing your sewing space!
Set Your Sewing Machine on a Desk or Table Away from the Wall
This concept might sound ridiculous since it’s so common to push furniture against the wall, but in keeping your machine so close to the wall, you’re essentially blocking space you can use on the machine’s other side to feed your fabric through. If you aren’t feeding the fabric right, you could mess up your stiches, clog your machine, or run out of room to maneuver once you get close to the end of your fabric.
For this setup as well, make sure your sewing machine is elevated so that when you’re sitting, its top is near your face and your hands can comfortably tend to the machine. Underneath the table, you’ll need open space in order to have and reach the foot pedal that keeps your machine running. If you complicate the process of reaching that pedal, you’re sabotaging your sewing.
A desk or even a small kitchen table can do the job, and while you don’t need too much flat area on top, extra space can still work in your favor—like having your grid ruler or piles of fabric within reach. Basically, it’s better to have too much room than not enough, so a larger table would work better than a desk that barely holds your machine. Overall, give yourself room to maneuver!
Allow Room for All of the Equipment You’ll Need
Different people can be interested in sewing different things, so the amount of equipment you’ll need in your sewing room depends on your purpose. If you intend to sew clothes, for instance, having a dress form mannequin will be well worth the money you invest to include it in your room, as well as machines and supplies that help you with embroidery or monogramming—whatever it is that you want to achieve in your sewing. For this reason, the amount of space you’ll need in your sewing room is based on what type of equipment you’ll require.
If all you’ll need is a sewing machine, your room can be fairly small. If you’ll use other tools, make sure you have the hefty room measurements to back up those needs!
Make a Quilt Design Wall
A quilt design wall is a technique that can be used to plan out—you guessed it!—a quilt, but the usefulness of the setup goes beyond a quilt. The basic premise is to have an adhesive space on your wall where you can temporarily put your fabric to design your final project in a similar format to what it will be once it’s finished. Any project that would benefit from getting that kind of two-dimensional preview could be taken to this wall where details can be rearranged until you’re happy with the result.
There are plenty of strategies for building this design wall, and things as basic as cardboard and double-sided tape can be supplies in constructing it—just as long as the fabric will stick. This simple addition to your sewing room will make your experience so much more organized and clear!
No Skimping on Shelves
There are so many supplies for sewing, and you’ll need storage possibilities to keep them all organized and separated. Fortunately, since a number of these supplies are small, they don’t require large storage bins. Basic jars, cardboard boxes, wicker baskets are among the vast options.
But you’ll need somewhere to put all of these supplies in boxes, bins, and baskets, unless you want them piled up in a corner in your sewing room. The best way to go about this is to add a sufficient number of shelves to store these containers in a way where you can simply look over the items and choose what you need. Shelves allow you to glance over everything that’s on display to find and snatch the right item at the right time, so for your buttons, zippers, etc., give yourself adequate shelf space!
Beyond shelf space, don’t underestimate designating a spot on your wall for hooks to hang smaller supplies, like rows of ribbon or packages of yarn. Doing so will keep them from clumping together so much, and it’ll add a sophisticated quality to your room that screams, “This room was built for sewing!”
Out of Sight Storage
While shelves are great for storing a good deal of your other sewing supplies, they don’t work quite as well for your fabric. For one thing, fabric can be bigger than a jar of buttons, and for another, the dust that’s floating around your room will have an easier time settling on your fabric if it’s out in the open. For those fabric pieces then, you should have a more closed-in storage space. This can come in the form of a chest, cabinets, or large closet.
You also can use this drawer idea to store things like thread. While your spools can go on the shelf, they’re likely to fall together, overlap, or get knocked to the ground quite often. With a system constructed to keep thread spools in drawers, you can open the drawer and choose your thread without that kind of chaos. It’s a win/win!
Realize Décor Is Bigger than You Might Think
For a number of rooms, your décor options might not matter so much in the long run. For your sewing room though, the decorative details matter a great deal. Your flooring style, for instance, deserves good attention and consideration since you’ll be using small pieces of materials and equipment. If you have carpet for your flooring, there’s a good chance that you’ll lose a needle, straight pin, or tiny pieces of fabric within the fibers.
Losing a straight pin or needle in that situation can hurt if you find it with bare feet. Losing fabric can build a mess within your carpet that can take away from the overall clean look of your room. Either way, it isn’t good.
Your best choice in floor options is something that’s easily swept and catered to in order to clear away those tiny spots of fabric and any stray (sharp) objects you lose—like hardwood or linoleum.
Beyond these details, you can pick and choose accents for the room that offer you inspiration and guidance. You can buy prints of sewing machines or works of art that showcase people involved in the craft to reflect the mood, and you can select a color of paint that inspires you. This is vague advice, but remember that sewing is a very personal thing—even down to what kind of sewing you plan to do. This is your love and your craft. If you know what inspires you, fill your space with the right colors and knickknacks to make that happen.
If You Follow These Steps…
You can build a sewing room that showcases everything you need to physically see to the hobby as well as details that inspire you to keep threading those needles. Give yourself the perfect space to explore the craft you love so much!
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