Welcome to the next sewing space in our ongoing series. Today, we’re visiting the sewing room of Nita.
My name is Nita, I blog at NitaDances, and I’m excited to give you a tour of my sewing space!
Just over two years ago my husband and I took early retirement, relocated to a new town and downsized into a smaller house. Even though our new home is very tiny, we’ve still managed to have individual hobby rooms – very important when you’re living in each other’s pocket, so to speak.
I turned the spare bedroom into my sewing room. The room is 9×10 feet, which is tiny by anyone’s standards!
At my request, hubby built a pine desktop with matching shelving inside what had previously been the closet. This expanded my usable working space an amazing amount. My sewing machine and my laptop share the desk – I just push the sewing machine to the side when I’m writing. The shelves above hold my collection of sewing and quilting books.
Another sewing room renovation happened over the summer…an exterior door was cut into the wall! My sewing room is on the shady side of the house, so having the extra ventilation is a lifesaver in the 30 degree summer heat. I love to work in here with the breeze wafting in and out, and I love being able to step outside right onto the deck. I bought a lace curtain at the thrift store and sewed a strip of pretty fabric on the bottom to give it some extra weight. Besides being practical and pretty, it makes my heart happy.
My stash wall consists of two pine shelving units from the hardware store. I store my quilting & sewing stash in plastic tubs and my on-going knitting projects in woven baskets. Patterns are stored in fabric boxes on the same shelf. I also have storage underneath my cutting table, which is under the window (which I love for the natural light.) It’s a constant battle to keep the room tidy, and tidiness is essential when working in such a small space.
I sew on a Janome 2030QDC, my retirement gift to myself. I’m also considering purchasing a Janome 7700 because it has such a large harp space and I like to quilt (plus I’d also love to play with all the decorative stitches. Wouldn’t it be fun to include some decorative stitches on the neckline or hem of a summer shift?) It’s a huge expense, so I have to give it careful consideration. If any of you own a Janome 7700, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is it worth the price? Would you buy it again?
I also have a vintage Brother Festival 451 that you can see here. You’re going to want to click over for a look because it is watermelon pink!
I’d love to have a serger someday, but I don’t know where I’d put it…
As a newly retired person living on a limited budget, I am hyper-aware of the need to be thrifty, so I mostly practice garment sewing on fabric I get at the thrift store, saving actual fabric store purchases for when I’m more accomplished. Besides, I love experimenting with non-traditional fabric choices. For example, right now I’m wearing a pair of shorts I made out of a tablecloth! See them here. Or this shift dress I made out of three pillowcases, here.
Because we live in a small house, most of the rooms are required to do double duty, my sewing included. I practice yoga, and there is just enough floor space to roll out my mat (which is another incentive to keep the room tidy). I also have a television mounted under the shelving in the former closet to allow me to follow along with my favourite yoga DVDs. The treadmill on the north wall does double duty as a walking desk if I’m putting in a long day at the laptop, and both hubby and I use it for exercise in the winter when it’s too icy to walk outside. Also, the north wall holds a full-length mirror…indispensable when you’re trying to figure out if your dart placement is correct! And lastly, when company comes for the night the laptop and sewing machine are stored away, the cutting table gets folded up and everything goes into hubby’s den for the duration. A double-sized air mattress takes over the resulting floor space, and the empty desktop is handy for suitcases.
Over all, I’d say my sewing space is 99 square feet of fabulous and perfectly suits my new lifestyle!
Check out Nita’s blog — Nita Dances — to see more of what she sews in her fabulous sewing room!