For hundreds of years now, sewing has been a well-loved hobby for many people. From the bygone days of using the old-fashioned pedal type sewing machine to sophisticated high-technology sewing machines that can basically take on any sewing requirement that you could ever think of, home sewing now has become more of a pleasure than a task.
If you have a passion for sewing and are seriously considering setting up a sewing room or space at home you have to consider several factors and apply creative ideas that could make your sewing time pleasurable and engaging. This article will give you inspirations and sewing room/space guidelines plus tips that will make sewing happy and relaxing for you.
Create a sewing space that will inspire you
- Choose the best location for your sewing. Finding the perfect corner or spare room around your home is essential when sewing. A pleasant work space or room that has proper natural lighting and ventilation allows you to work in an environment conducive to your artistic creativity. This space should be sufficient to accommodate the things you’ll need for sewing. Consider a place for your ironing board, cutting area and storage and of course your sewing machine.
- Decorate, paint and personalize your sewing area. Choosing your favorite color themes and décors will inspire you. It will create a space that would make sewing a blissful experience and a pleasant chore. Think about the colors and theme that you love. It could be the morning sunshine or a breezy afternoon or even a secluded beach, you don’t have to spend much for this since your creativity will guide you in decorating your sewing spot. If you don’t have to change paint colors why not add some personal touch like hanging inspiring photos or displaying decorative pieces on the wall or shelf. You are sure to find pieces around your home that would stir up the creative juices essential for your sewing.
- Choose the most practical furnishings. You’ll need an ample work space where you can create patterns, cut, pin and sew. Having the best sewing table for YOU is the only way to accomplish it. It is also best to choose practical shelving where you could organize and store all your sewing tools and materials in one place. A nice comfy chair or stool that will support your body is essential to make you comfortable during long hours of sewing each week. A sturdy sewing table with drawers are also great to save space and keep things at arm’s reach. Just be practical and only provide furniture that you will need otherwise unnecessary or impractical furniture pieces will clutter your space.
- Time to upgrade your organizational skills. The key to a blissful sewing experience is to keep your sewing work space area neat by having a good organizational system. Devise your very own system when organizing your sewing stuff. An inexpensive and spacious plastic tool box is great in keeping smaller items like spool of threads, needles, pins, chalks, measuring tape, cutting tools etc. Another container with small partitions is excellent to keep sewing accessories such as buttons, zippers, appliques, elastic and other stuff. You should also provide a safe place to keep fabrics and patterns. It could be on a small cabinet or can be tucked neatly under the shelves of your working table. Your inspirational sewing books and magazines should also have a place in your area for easy access. You could also install a wall panel wherein you can hang things that you often use so that it would be easier for you to find those every day items.
Planning yor layout
A well-planned sewing room or space could work magic for you. Now that you have the perfect spot around your home for your sewing space having a layout plan is productivity good idea. No matter how small or large your sewing area is, what matters is how you strategically place each component in that space. Think about ergonomics. Just as if you were planning a new kitchen remodel, you have to consider the flow of movements in your sewing room to maximize efficiency and productivity.
From the cutting table to the sewing machine; from storage area to ironing board; or from cutting table back to the sewing machine these are just some of the movements you’ll make while working on your sewing project. A nice layout where practicality and simplicity are considered is best to keep your sewing activity organized and systematic.
You don’t have to be an architect or an interior designer to devise your own sewing room layout plan since you’ll be designing this according to your own preference and requirements.
Considering the measurements of each piece of furniture in your room and the scope of your sewing will determine the amount of space you’ll need. If you are into quilting, a bigger space is needed, while sewing small simple things will be sufficient in a smaller working area. The key here is to maximize your space usage to keep you sewing systematically in a practical sewing room set-up providing ease of movement and ample productivity.
Finding the best home sewing machines for you
For advanced sewists requiring various types of sewing machines for different applications is almost essential. The most common sewing machines for home are designed for softer fabrics and even denim, but when dealing with heavier clothing materials like leather, canvas and vinyl a different type of sewing machine comes into the picture. There are also specialized home sewing machines for specific stitching needs such as embroidery and high-tech ones that have computerized functions. Therefore, it’s best to familiarize yourself with various sewing machines for home so that you can gauge if you’ll actually get use out of it.
Tips to consider when choosing a home sewing machine
- Think about your sewing requirements. Come up with the best reasons as to why you would need to purchase a particular home sewing machine. Are you going to use it for embroidery, clothing, quilting, crafts, drapery or just for simple mending or alterations? Ask yourself this question and make sure you’ll come out with an honest answer. It is best not to go overboard since sewing machines are investments that may cost thousands of dollars of your hard earned money!
- Consider the amount of time you’ll be spending on your new sewing machine. This is a practical question you’ll need to ask yourself since it would be kind of pointless to buy a sewing machine if you don’t end up using it.
- Go online and do some window shopping. Searching around the internet for home sewing machines gives you an idea how much they cost and how these machines look. Know the dimensions or measurement of the sewing machine you have your eye on so that you’ll know where to place it and make careful planning for your sewing area. The internet is a good place to make comparisons of different brands, price ranges and uses, thus providing you information that would help you in budgeting and eventually choosing the best sewing machine for home. And don’t be afraid to negotiate with the sewing machine shop!
NOTES: Understanding your home sewing machine
Popular home sewing machines have certain limitations such as the type of fabric they can accommodate. Your regular sewing machine is suitable for softer and lighter types of fabric and cannot be used for heavier and hard fabric materials.
- The presser foot lift has more or less a ¼ inch clearance for fabric
- It can only take regular thread types. Thick thread for upholstery will tend to jam the sewing machine
- Needles are limited up to size 18
- Motor power is limited to up to 90 watts
An overlocking area for home sewing
A lot of home sewing enthusiasts wonder about having an overlocking machine at home. If you feel you need to have the professional look on your sewing projects then having your own overlocking area at home is important.
An overlocking machine is another sewing machine that can neatly join seams together and tapered edges just like those clothing items found in stores. An overlocker machine is also commonly known as “serger” .
It is a multi-function machine that neatly sews edges and joins seams together by using 3 to 5 threads in one stroke for that professional tapered appearance. With the system of joining several threads together the edges and seams are given an ability to hold up to stretching such as in knit fabrics such as jersey.Most modern overlockers also have the ability to cut the raw edge of your fabric before it neatly sews the raw edges shut. Using an overlocker will give your projects an extra line of strength. If you aren’t yet convinced about buying a serger, and let’s face it – they are very expensive items – especially if you do not end up using it as much as you thought you would – you can simply use a domestic sewing machine on a zig zag stitch to sew your raw edges. But by using the zig zag you won’t have the serger cut a nice clean line along the edge.
The need for an ironing board in sewing
Every sewing room or area needs a sturdy and dependable ironing board. An ironing board is essential to keep the fabric as straight and wrinkle free as possible as it is a must when cutting straight lines essential for sewing. After finishing your sewing projects you’ll also need to finish off your project to make it look neat and professional by giving it a good press.
Choosing the ideal spot for your ironing board will depends on the spare space you have in your sewing area. It could be set-up hanging against a wall or tucked under a cabinet or long table for practical storage. You could also place it on top of a sturdy table by adjusting and cutting the ironing board legs to preferred height.
Having a good idea for your ironing board keeps your sewing area neat and organized. Just consider a space for your iron board since you’ll need this for your home sewing projects.
Sewing is fun and a creative outlet of expression. Home sewing is now becoming popular among homemakers, stay at home moms and businessminded people who are passionate about this hobby or craft. The idea of setting up your own home sewing room or sewing area should never be a daunting task. By having a system in mind and a do-able sewing room plan, sewing will bring tremendous joys and fulfillment in the most creative way.