Welcome to the next edition of CSC Sewing Spaces. Today we’re visiting Carolyn’s sewing room.
Tell us a little about your sewing space.
My sewing room is my refuge, a little piece of heaven on earth! I call it the “Sewing Cave” because it’s in the basement with no natural light but I’ve placed enough light around it that it’s bright enough to sew in even in the middle of the night. It’s definitely not one of those Pinterest pretty sewing rooms that we all are attracted to! It’s also packed with storage since I store everything I use to sew with there.
My sewing room has three main functions. There is the desk that holds my computer that I use to blog and surf the internet at. Then there is my sewing table, which is adjacent to the computer where my Janome 8900QCP sewing machine and my BabyLock Imagine serger sits with a lot of stuff to help with the sewing process. I probably should store these notions better but I like having them handy, especially since my machines face a wall. A wall that I’ve decorated with sewing art, most of which has been gifted to me. Continuing around the room is my cutting table which is one of those Joann’s tables that’s set on top of Ikea steel drawers. Finally, one more turn reveals the notions storage in plastic shelving, my TV set & DVD player sit on steel shelves which also houses my sewing books, movies and sewing DVDs as well as some patterns. I call this the entertainment section of the sewing cave.
What is your favorite part/feature of your sewing space?
My most favorite part of the sewing cave is my fabric collection which lines two walls of the cave and is sorted by color. It’s stored on shelves and covered with white shower curtains to protect it from the dust and the light. I love fabric and since fabric is what inspires me to sew, I need to have it around me and accessible. The other thing that’s really important to me is organization and storage. So the sewing cave has tons of storage in it primarily because when I come down to the cave to sew, I don’t want to have to leave to pick things up. So I stash loads of notions like zippers, thread, trims, buttons, interfacing and linings. Pins, sewing machine needles, sewing tools are all bought in bulk and stored so that I rarely run out, having plenty of time to reorder before it’s gone.
How do you organize your fabrics, patterns and notions?
My primary storage is the black wire shelving units that store the fabric collection, patterns, magazines, books and DVDs. There’s loads of plastic shelving in the cave which holds patterns, threads and notions. Some of the plastic containers are by the shelving but a lot of it is under the sewing table and the computer desk. Then there is an old Ikea dresser that holds trims in the drawers and patterns on the top (patterns that are currently overflowing the top!) Plastic shelving holds my button collection and my Threads magazine collection also. I do have a small problem area of scraps that needs to be addressed but other than that everything has a place and I try to make sure it stays there.
I usually spend my weekends in the sewing cave…going down after dinner on Friday evenings, all day Saturday and Sunday. I hate when I have to turn the lights off on Sunday evenings and can’t wait to get back to it the following weekend.
Check out Carolyn’s blog, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, to see what she creates in her lovely sewing space!