I've moved house and potentially I have a large space to set up as a sewing space. Only I don't have any storage, a cutting table or even a sewing table, because these were all built into my old house for me. I have a couple of bits of furniture that could be overhauled and brought into service. My new house came with some excess timber, so I could possibly build a table. I am collecting catalogues filled with pictures of highly organised spaces that seem to be attached to very highly priced items. Tempting as it is to rush out and spend, spend, spend, I am taking the time to decide what it is I want, what I already have, and what works for other people. Lots of google research to do.
In the meantime, I thought that I would review what I had, what worked for me and what didn't.
To the left was a wardrobe where I hung my fabric stash and my body double. The plastic drawers inside the wardrobe were for my remnants and knits. Pressing tools were also stored there.
The desk drawers were custom built so that the top one was only deep enough to hold cotton reels, the second drawer was deep enough to store patterns side on, and the bottom one was filing space.
The bottom drawer had another type of metal doozet attached to the sides so that it could be used for hanging files. I used to keep machine manuals, A4 sized patterns (eg Jalie, Knitwit), pattern magazines (Ottobre, TopKids) and packets of interfaing in this drawer. The interfacing packets were those plastic sleeves that you buy sheet sets in. I liked storing the interfacing this way but I didn't like storing the patterns in hanging files. Hard to rifle through, didn't seem space efficient. I still need to overcome the problem of storing magazines with traced off patterns.
Now onto the shelves. Some of them were used for books, which I have not photographed. The top shelf was used for notions, grouped and stored in ice-cream tubs. Although they were messy on the day this photo was taken, this system generally works well for me. One tub for elastics, one for zips, one for trims, one for piping, bias tape, rayon binding etc, one for bra-making findings, one for snaps, hooks & eyes etc.
Vogue designer patterns also had their place on the shelf. You can see here that I stored wide elastic, bought in bulk (for all those childrens' pants, not to mention ballet leggings) wound onto a piece of cardboard.
Articles from sewing magazines are sorted into topic and stored in display books. I kept the earlier editions of SewStylish complete as they were chock-a-block full of good stuff.
So I guess my biggest problem was storing patterns that don't come in envelopes. Perhaps I could put them in envelopes.
Of course, I have shown you the neat version of things. The background of the following shot shows how it typically appears.
I had an ironing board in this room.
I would like a work table separate from the machines, where I could layout pieces for the project I was working on (you know, rather than the floor, which every body seems to need to walk on). This could double as a cutting table.
I am in two minds about under table storage. Is all storage good storage, or is it better to have empty space under a cutting table for your feet / ergonomics of cutting?
I have done a google search on sewing studios, but if anybody has any links that they particularly recommend, please pass them on. I do like Kristy's pattern drawers and the second photo in this post really appeals, it looks so ordered and neat...as though you could actually walk in and start sewing without having to spend an hour clearing a space first.