Creating the Perfect Sewing Area

Whether you have a sewing room or a small sewing table to work with, it is extremely important to properly organize your work area to ensure that you finish your project with minimal hassle. Having a messy work station often results in accidental cuts, lost needles and other such incidents that can hinder your sewing. The good news, however, is that it’s extremely easy to organize your sewing area in a way that will help you remain completely focused on your sewing, regardless of how small the work surface is. The one thing to remember is that neatness is the key: as long as you can see where all of your sewing instruments are, you can be sure that you won’t face any major issue as far as your workspace organization is concerned.

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Pay attention to the lighting

If you’re a professional sewer with a heavy-duty machine, chances are that you’ll be doing quite a lot of sewing at night. Consequently, it is important to position your work table under a relatively bright source of light. Granted, most apparatuses do come with built-in LED lights, but it always pays off to have some extra light handy. Alternatively, you can also invest in a simple work lamp with a multi-positioning neck. This is quite handy when it comes to more precise work such as removing stitches or for embroidering.

Select a proper-sized table

Along with the size, you should also pay attention to the weight of the table, especially if you’re using a heavy-duty sewing machine. To avoid major accidents, make sure that your table does not wobble and can comfortably sustain the weight of your apparatus. The size is also a factor: a common mistake that beginners make is to match their machine’s measurements to the measurement of the table. However, you should also factor in some elbow room as well as some additional space to set your extra scraps of fabrics, sewing accessories and the likes.

Determine what equipment you will need

Before you set up your sewing room or table, it’s not a bad idea to make a list of all your accessories and equipment so you know how to properly organize yourself. For example, if you often download patterns or stitch designs off the internet, you will probably need to have you laptop or tablet nearby. Similarly, sewers might also want to set some space aside for their ironing board since ironing is often required during the sewing process. If you’re short on space, however, you can also purchase a tabletop ironing board instead of a full table. Some sewers like to have a main table for their sewing machine and a side table for all their accessories. Depending on the type of project that you’re working on, you might also require a cutting table. In this case, you should ensure that your table is accessible from all sides. An office chair is not a bad idea since it enables you to swiftly move from table to table.

Organize your materials

You can start off by placing every accessory that you’ll need on your work table and then decide what goes where. To keep things neat and tidy, don’t hesitate to ditch the traditional pin cushion for a magnetic cushion that will automatically gather any stray needle or thread. Professional sewers might also need to set up a mirror and a changing area for their clients. This can be done at the far end corner of yours sewing room to save up on space. Pay particular attention to how you store your fabrics: keep them out of direct sunlight and use ironing board or towel cadies to neatly hang them up.