Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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

Author: Denny Langston

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.
  • 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.
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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Denny is fascinated by full spectrum lighting, and all things associated with it. If you'd like to see things in a new light come visit at

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