Got a sewing room? Well, congratulations! Not all sewers and hobbyists are given a personal room to do their stuff. But the question is: How organized is your room? Is it full of clutter, with all your sewing materials piled up everywhere that digging for a chosen fabric will be like searching for a treasure chest? Just imagine if you’ll be looking for the needle???
Don’t fret, there’s always a way. This article will help you with simple techniques on how to arrange your things. So let us begin through looking on these 7 important things:
1. Start with a plan
You can begin by imagining or putting into drawing the things that you want to appear inside your room. This plan may not be complicated, your “simple blueprint” will be your basis to check if everything is on its place. A plan is good as a guide so you won’t need to arrange things every now and then.
2. The working space
Need I say more? You need to have an available space to do all your sewing stuff. If its’ roomy, you may provide a room for sewing, cutting and pressing. You may also consider mannequins and other decorations that can perk up your space. If your space is limited, you can maximize your little haven by combining all the spaces such that your cutting table maybe converted instantly to the pressing corner. With the right upholstery and cushion, this table maybe adjustable.
Your space must be tidied every day to avoid clutters and piles of trash. Place trash bins where you can easily throw excess fabric, threads and other trash. A clean space may give you a fresh start every day and will revitalize you for a whole day of work.
3. Check your sewing table
The space of the table should be sufficient enough for your sewing work, cutting and spreading the unfinished or finished projects for inspection. The table needs extra space for other sewing tools like your scissors. Make sure not to place anything unnecessary to avoid interruptions to your work.
4. Arrange Drawer
Next and one of the important things is the drawer. If your sewing table is one with installed drawer already, make sure that there is still enough leg room. Avoid putting bins and other things under your table since this will hamper your sewing work and might give you leg cramps.
If your drawer is a separate one, check on its division. Typically, a three layered cabinet is available, if yours is similar to this one, make sure that heavy items are on the lowest layer and lighter ones on the top most layer. The first layer may contain materials such as threads, bobby pins, pin cushions, needles, buttons, thimbles and other small items. Fabrics can be placed on the second layer of the drawer. This can also include the tape measure and ruler. Scissors, water sprays, iron, pattern weights and other heavy items are to be placed on the last layer to keep the balance of the table.
Plastic transparent bins maybe considered if there are no built in divisions inside your drawers. File rack may also come handy for all your designs and patterns. You must make sure however, that your designs are backed up on your computer.
5. The sewing materials.
There are numerous sewing materials which can clutter your room. Arranging each one is necessary if you want a more spacious room.
Fabrics must be sorted by color to have an easy access and to avoid digging in and longer times of searching for the fabric you need for your projects. Once finished, it is easier to put it back on its allotted portion. Fabrics maybe placed on the drawer or can also be hang on the wall. Fabrics may also be arranged according to types, sizes and kind.
- You can place threads on your drawer spread and divided according to colors and types. A peg will be a good divider for all sorts of thread. The loose ends of threads maybe kept in place through tapes and packing or adhesive tapes. A simple hack is to wrap a piece of paper on the end before sticking the tape.
- Pins and needles. These small items can also be unsafe if left loose especially if you have little kids which can easily access your sewing room. Keep the pins on the pin cushions and the needles on the needle holder. These items need to be arranged by sizes for easy identification.
- Sharp scissors are one of your prized possessions and can be delicate; thus must always be placed on its case or inside the cabinet. Scissors should only be used for fabrics to keep its sharpness and must be kept out of moisture. If you have many pairs of scissors, you may arrange them through sizes or kinds enclosed on each cases.
- Other items such as tape measure, chalk, thimbles, buttons etc. cannot be mixed. Those plastic metal bins with dividers are ideal to divide all these small items for easy reach when needed.
6. Light Source
This is an important aspect when arranging the room. Your eyes are the most important sense when sewing. Bad light can tire your eyes easily. It will be nice to have a window where natural light will enter during the day. Place a good lamp on an angle where you won’t shadow your work during the night. Lighting will help ease your sewing, will speed up other processes and will help match fabric colours perfectly.
7. Ambience and Ventilation.
Perfect atmosphere will give a calming feel that will unnerve you and will let you feel relaxed while working. The ventilation is as much needed for fresher air inside your work area. These two things are important in arranging your room. If you have budget to repaint your room, choose neutral colors since your fabrics and works might be colorful already. If your room is still roomy, place small plants that can add to the ventilation of the room.
Your sewing room might be a reflection of the hobbyist and a worker inside you. Arranging your personal space is essential to keep you working continuously. You don’t need to hire an interior designer just to arrange your room. Looking into the 7 things and considering the tips I shared here can perfectly set your room to its next phase of loveliness.