Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Organizing Your Sewing Space - How To Set Up Your Very Own Sewing Studio

Author: Hector Milla

If you are planning to take up sewing as a full-time career then you need to set up your very own space to accommodate your sewing needs and privacy. Your special place could be your kitchen or a separate room depending on your need for privacy.

Having all your sewing needs laid out in a quiet corner of your house is not only appealing, but also convenient.

Choosing a quiet corner in your home

Romina Abrigo Editor of the "Sewing Machines For Sale" website -- -- pointed out;
"…Most of us who are into sewing jump from one place to another depending on what we need. We might stay a while in the kitchen while we measure or cut fabrics, adjourn to the living room when we need a comfortable place to sew, and go back to the kitchen in case we need to iron out the fabric - quite tiring especially if you're in a big house..." Added Romina Abrigo

When choosing a room for your sewing activity, you need to make sure that it's big enough to accommodate you and your sewing materials. It must have enough storage space like cabinets and drawers for your fabrics, threads, needles and ribbons. It's also a necessity to have a long table accessible on all sides for measuring and cutting; a comfortable chair or couch to sit on if you need to relax; a sewing machine, and finally an ironing board.

Considering all these, you definitely will need a bigger room for a fully-operational sewing studio.

Basic sewing studio layout and what's in it!

When planning for a room to convert into a sewing studio, you need to take note of one aspect: convenience. You need to make sure that all of your sewing gear and materials are all stored in an organized way.

First off, you need to put the long table in the middle of the room. Since you need plenty of space to move around as you stretch out the fabric, measuring and cutting out patterns.

Once that's settled and done, you need to put in cabinets so that you can store all your fabrics and cloths for your sewing. Drawers with different compartments could be very handy for your ribbons, floss, bobbins, needles, scissors, laces and buttons. You might need multiple drawers for segregation purposes.

Your sewing machine should be placed in an area where you have plenty of light and easy access to all your sewing materials. It was a common practice in olden times to place the sewing machine right under the window, not only would this location give you enough light while you sew, you can readily look out the window when you want to give your eyes a break.

It's also advisable to have pegs placed on the walls to hang things like cloths, dresses, or clothes that you are working on. Not only does this reduce clutter, you won't need to iron them if they get wrinkled.

A man-sized mannequin and a large mirror are both a necessity in a sewing studio. A mannequin allows you to design clothes and dresses with the proper curves that a man/woman should have; and the mirror is perfect if you want to test out how your designs would look.

Proper sewing studio flooring

Carpets are a big no when it comes to designing your sewing studio. It's a general agreement among sewers that thick carpets are a nuisance rather than a comfort. It has been the case that a lot of things tend to end up on the floor as we sew like needles, pins, buttons, clips, etc. Try looking for a needle in a thick carpet.

Most sewers advice a painted floor, especially dark colored ones like black, dark blue or even green which are convenient and not too expensive to clean.
"…When planning out for your very own sewing studio, you need not rush. Take time to consider how you want your studio to look, and how you want your materials to be arranged. This could save you a lot of time and money, especially when you plan on renovating…" Added Romina Abrigo

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Hector Milla runs his corporate website at where you can see all his articles and press releases.

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