A Little Time for
Sewing Room Designs
Planning sewing room designs really depends on the types of sewing projects that you do and the amount of time you are able to devote to your sewing and doesn't necessarily have to be a whole room.
If you only have short blocks of time for your sewing, you may want a space where you are able to leave an uncompleted project out so that you don’t have to keep putting stuff away and take it out again over and over.
It could be a closet converted to house all your sewing needs, complete with collapsible table top and an ironing board. With the ability to close the (closet) doors makes it easy to hide clutter, if needed, during a sewing project.
Then again if you only dabble with small jobs every now and again your needs could be handled in a corner of a room. A place where things can be stored easily, possibly in a cabinet especially designed for sewing with a few storage drawers for your work to be taken out when the time presents itself.
A professional seamstress is going to need a much more organized space that is quiet and organized to store equipment and finished projects as well as business records.
Photo courtesy of jennifer*clare
Whether your sewing room designs are large or small with a little planning, you can design a convenient sewing area for yourself.
If you are fortunate to have a special space to turn into a sewing room, it is usually recommended that you position your work surfaces in a U or L shape arrangement for easiest access and quick transition from sewing to cutting to finishing.
Plan to have a cutting area with a surface that can be accessible from two, ideally three sides and that can accommodate most of the fabrics you will come in contact with.
A good size to consider would be 30"-36" wide x 72" long with a height of 34"-40" so you don't have to stoop when you are working.
Pressing is essential when you are sewing and the surface to press needs to be about 30" from the floor. You want may press from a seated position if you like, but standing may be preferred.
A supply of spray starch and sprayer bottles can be kept on hand in a caddy and once the pressing is done there should be a place to hang your finished work.
Photo courtesy of Kori Matiessa
Use wall hooks or a rack over the door if you don't have a separate closet for hanging the finished work.
Good lighting is extremely important for sewing. Use a combination of natural and general lighting for cutting and pressing with additional task lighting for near the machines and when you need to do work by hand.
Use at least 150 watts incandescent or 40 watts’ florescent and place your lighting in such a way that it is not creating shadows over your work.
Sewing room designs with walls painted in a light color will reflect the natural light and allow any window treatments to filter in as much light as possible without causing a glare.
Tips for sewing room designs:
- Use a powerful magnet to retrieve any pins and needles that fall to the floor.
- A full length mirror for fittings can be free standing, on a wall or on the back of a door but in a position that you can view your whole body.
- A portable clothing rack is useful for hanging unfinished projects, and a dress form for outfitting your current creations, that you can dress it up to your fancy as part of the decor when it is not in use.
- Decorative boxes or files to organize and store your patterns.
- A cork board to hang notes and pattern instructions.
- Place baskets or plastic storage bins on shelving for your fabrics and supplies.
- A mounted peg board or mug rack can organize a variety of smaller items such as scissors.
- Pre wash your fabrics and store folded in clear storage bins so the edges can be seen clearly. Interfacing and linings can be stored in the same manner.
- Label clear shoe boxes to hold lace, ribbon and other trims and zippers and are also the right sizes to hold patterns.
- Compartmentalize storage boxes from the craft stores can hold small notions and use a cutlery tray or desk divider for marking pencils, hem gauges and measuring tapes.
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