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I will have my own sewing room soon and am starting a list!
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Date: 6/16/12 6:09 PM

Just like the topic says...

Soon I will have my own sewing room - I CAN'T WAIT

So, I'm already starting to design it and think about how I want to decorate and organize.

I'd love to get the top one or two organization (or even decoration) tips/techniques you've come up with (or seen somewhere) that you think really helps a sewing room.

Sorry if this is a repeat request, but I didn't see anything when I searched, but I never seem to come up with the right key words anyways...

TIA!!

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Date: 6/16/12 6:49 PM

My sewing room is a wreck, as is my dining room where I overflow projects and Shelby the Featherweight has become Machine in Residence. So I don't have a lot to contribute, but here is what I find key. Have receptacles of all sorts around the room for stuff that has to be tossed out. I have a tall kitchen garbage container for fabric recycling near the cutting table, a smaller one on the other side for actual "throw it in the garbage" garbage (it will take the odd thread tail, snips of fabric etc. as well) a couple of large yogurt tubs here and there for little bits. You need to be able to clear away they stuff that you don't need so you don't end up sewing a scrap onto a neckline instead of a facing.

Second, I have a dry erase board for times when I have multiple projects or multi-stage projects with key time lines (or order things need to be done). I almost never use it, but when I was doing a lot of family sewing for gifts, it was fabulous.

This isn't an organization tip so I can add it, right? Take photos right away when you set up your room. If you are anything like me, it will never again look that good! Have fun!

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Date: 6/16/12 7:21 PM

Heather, congratulations!
I don't have a sewing room exactly, but whenever I'm setting up afresh I go along these lines:

1) Do an utter purge first. Spread every single thing out. Be blunt about finding new homes for things or keeping the best of the best. I imagine I'm moving to a smaller place. I think it's time for me to fake another move.

2) Since I don't have buckets of money- when I can't afford what I really want, I go for a low cost solution till I can. Better to make do with stacked and labeled Plastic Bins than a so-so set of drawers that malfunction when filled to the brim.

3) Have a cork board to pin up fabrics, patterns, buttons, trim, magazine pics, photos, eye candy! Keep rotating things to keep ideas percolating. Even when things get messy, there's always inspiration at my elbow.

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Date: 6/16/12 7:28 PM

You're limiting us to ONE OR TWO??? Seriously, what I really like and what I don't give up no matter how many times I reorganize and redo are some short little baskets I found at the Dollar Store. They are 15x10x4" high and I put each project in them. I've kept them on a rolling storage cart similar to this: But now I keep them on a small bookshelf. I really like to throw my projects along with patterns, notions in them; that way, they're rounded up and nothing hopefully gets lost. I can't give these up and always work my redesigns around them.

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Date: 6/16/12 7:48 PM

Heather, can you give us a little more information about your sewing space and your sewing hobby. So much depends on the general size of your budget, the size of your room, the furniture and storage items you already own, how many machines you use, the type of sewing you do, whether or not you're a neat freak, how often you sew, whether the space is in public view, your general decorating style, how big your stash is and how many notions you own.

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Date: 6/16/12 8:04 PM

I live in a 500 sq foot house, and my sewing space is in the corner of the great room. I have to go vertical with everything, or move it to the garage.

Since I do my designing/fitting on my form and fabric cutting out there, it's not too bad. My rulers, extra spools and anything that the elements can't ruin are out there in an old dresser along with the muslin fabrics in plastic totes and my form is covered by a plastic cover when not in use.

I use a large cork board I got from somewhere. It's in the garage, but for a long time I had it in the house before we built this one. I have a small one in the house now, and I use it to pin things to that I need from pattern pieces to notions to reminders to order medication and everything in between. Both boards are used, and the one outside has a lot of design ideas on it that I don't add to it to the house (but I have in laws that touch everything and it is out in the open).

Like Miss Fairchild, I use a basket system, although mine are the plastic shoe boxes with lids that can go under my bed. I carry them outside to cut the projects out, and I do 4 or so at a time. I just started this from plastic bags, since I got the boxes at a yard sale for free.

And if you have a sewing table/drawers make sure they lock. Not only can I keep nosy kids out of my pins and scissors, I can also keep nosy MILs out of my stuff to
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Date: 6/16/12 9:51 PM

Right now my sewing room is a mess, but not as bad as it used to be, before I started using the containment method. I have a lot of various types of containers and I keep them at key areas of the room. Keeping things in containers of any sort helps kept the mess down to a manageable level.

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Date: 6/16/12 10:10 PM

Come up with a way to keep projects-in-progress organized. I use 2 1/2 gallon ziploc bags for most of my projects, and those free bags you get when you buy sheets or a comforter for anything bigger, like a coat or a quilt. You can also use drawers or stackable bins.

Also, label all your supply drawers/containers, preferably on the outside. It may not look as 'dressed up' but it's so much easier to use. I like the clear print you get when you use a P-touch labeler, which I also use in my office all the time.
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Date: 6/17/12 2:33 AM

Yea! Thanks for all the tips so far!

Here's the deal... if the house purchase goes through, I will have a bonus room that will be ALL MINE for sewing!! It's approx 20x8. I am a garment and bag sewer and I have 2 sewing machines, a serger and a coverstitch that I want out and ready to use at all times.

I'm imaginging an 'L' shaped desk/tables on one end near the window to set up my machines. Next to the place I sit will be the ironing board (lowered for quick presses when I am working). I think behind the desks I will have a peg board and thread spool racks on the walls. Next to that on the back wall I will have my cabinet and probably another cabinet or bookshelf. At the far end, near the closet, will be a comfy chair with side table & lamp for reading or dreaming. In front of the desk would be my dressform. And in the middle of the room, my cutting table. There is a kind of high ledge on the length of the shorter long wall which I will probably put a small tv & radio. Beyond that, I have a few ideas for organization: a magnetic knife rack on the wall near the cutting table for scissors. I will make a skirt to put around the cutting table so I can put extra stuff under there and keep it looking nice. I will add shelves as needed for jars of things that look kinda pretty to have out. My "stash" will probably be in the closet.

Hopefully that helps to give you some idea of what I'm imaginging.

I really like the idea of a cart with those bins to keep works in progress. That's probably my MOST unorganized thing right now is where to put the several "in process" projects along with the pattern and notions it will need, so I LOVE that idea!

Please, keep 'em coming! I've been drooling over pics both here and in general online. I am also dream shopping on places like Ikea and The Container Store. I doubt I will be able to splurge for much at the outset, but I like cheap solutions that will last for awhile until I can outfit the place perfectly.

Thank you!!!!

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Date: 6/17/12 4:18 AM

I'm in the same place. Planning my dream sewing room with a real chance of it happening in 2 years. I bought a book on designing sewing rooms from Palmer Pletch that talks about the ergonomics of sewing and gives guides based on your body measurements which I have implemented some in my current space and it does help. I also have a ridiculously long list of things I would like and a pinterest page. That said I have two principles. 1) Things should be near where they are used (even if that means more than one (I want sewing ruler, tweezers, thread nips within reach of all machines) and 2) I have my "pantry" which is bins, drawers or bags that hold staples; all my china silk, all my solid broadcloth, all iron on interfacing, all the things I need for machine embroidery, all the red buttons. If I can categorize it it has a specific place. The last point I would make that I don't see in many studios on line is yes stacks of fabric are pretty however you organize them but you want them protected from light.

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