Welcome to the next post in our ongoing series of CSC Sewing Spaces. Today, I’m sharing my own sewing room!
Tell us a little about your sewing space.
My sewing space is in the front of our house, which used to be the formal living room when my grandparents lived here. My husband and I fully moved in at the end of last year and I started making this room my sewing room last summer. I considered other rooms for my sewing room, but I really like the light at the front of the house, plus being able to see the driveway and front yard on our ranch. We don’t really need two living rooms, so this is now both my sewing space as well as a shared office space with my husband. Sometimes I’m not too happy about all of the windows in this room (like when I want to hang artwork up!), but I love being able to look out on the pastures and watch all sorts of animals from my sewing table.
It’s been an ongoing process fixing this room up and trying to figure out where to put things. In my former sewing room, I had a big cutting table, but it doesn’t fit in this space without getting rid of other things, so I split the cutting table between myself and my MIL. I try to keep it cleaned off, but it is still a magnet for stuff. I have a large sewing table which I also use for a cutting surface. Kitty corner to my sewing table is my grandma’s sewing desk that my grandpa built. It also has a cutting surface which swings out the back.
I mostly sew on my Singer 160th Anniversary Edition computerized machine, which I really like, but I’m probably going to upgrade this year to one with a few more features. I also sew regularly on my grandma’s 1960’s Pfaff 360, which I learned to sew on and is easily accessible next to my Janome 3434D serger. I collect vintage sewing machines — all of which I’d like to have in working order someday. My prized possession is my 1904 Singer 27-4 treadle, which came from my husband’s family.
What is your favorite part/feature of your sewing space?
I really love looking over at my fabric cabinet and seeing my fabrics through the glass doors. It’s a kitchen pantry cabinet that my parents picked up for me recently that works perfect for storing fabrics that are in my sewing queue. Behind the cabinet door I keep my scrap bin, which is now gladly hidden from sight! This cabinet is also a great place to keep my pressing tools on, which is why my ironing board is kept there.
How do you organize your fabrics, patterns and notions?
My fabric stash is spread between the fabric cabinet in my sewing room and fabric bins that I keep under my cutting table. I am trying not to accumulate a large fabric stash, so my fabric bins have dwindled down to *only* six bins now, most of which are full of wool and special occasion fabrics.
I keep most of my patterns in cardboard pattern boxes which I store in the shelves below my cutting table. My vintage patterns are in acid-free comic book bags. Larger patterns and PDF’s are kept in a filing cabinet. I keep my PDF’s in letter size manila envelopes.
My thread is on thread racks and I keep the scissors I use most on a magnetic tool strip. I have some notions in jars on the shelf above my thread racks and notions that I use most often are in the drawers of my sewing desk. Others are stored in rolling carts with plastic drawers that are in the space under my cutting table.
What is your favorite thing to sew?
Well, it’s quite apparent if you’ve looked at my blog that I love sewing dresses. I wear a dress most everyday, so it makes sense that I sew them. I do like to broaden my horizons and sew other things. On my list for fall/winter sewing is a proper wool blazer, a pair of real jeans, and a wool coat. I don’t much like sewing home dec, but it’s nice to see the unique things that I’ve sewn in my home everyday.
I did a much belated and more in-depth look on my new sewing room on my own blog, Mrs. Hughes, if you care to have a closer look.