I am fortunate enough to have one room in my house dedicated entirely to sewing. This room used to be called "the train room" when my kids were little. My son has large train table that took up most of the room. When he outgrew his trains and I outgrew my little sewing room on the main floor of the house, I decided to take over "the train room" and make it my sewing room, altho the train border on the walls has remained. A bigger room gave me more space to collect more stuff and soon enough my large sewing room became cluttered and once again out of control.
I'm almost ashamed to show you these pictures, but after visiting many websites of other sewing room disasters, I wasn't feeling so bad after all! In fact, my sewing room mess didn't even compare with some of them that I saw online!
With the new year just beginning, I decided to take a new approach on my sewing room and do some re-organizing to help keep things a bit more in control! The challenge is going to be to keep it this way! Here's the result of 2 days of work in my sewing room, showing you the before and after shots. You can click on each picture to enlarge it.
Before and after shot of when you walk into my sewing room - this little corner changed very little. I have an antique Singer Treadle Sewing Machine with my smocked bonnets displayed above. All the gowns on the wall belonged to several generations of my family.
The Pie Safe holds fabric - I moved that to another area of the room and replaced that area with a drafting table where I can work on designing patterns. Under it, I have a bank of drawers with flat folds of fabric and also stacked several bolts of 60" and thicker fabrics. This opened up my cutting table to be fully functional, rather than a "collect-all". By the way - my cutting table is the train table - I designed a wooden top for the table & had my husband built it so that I could use it as my cutting table. It's at the perfect height for standing at the table and comfortably working. I bought a large cutting mat from Jo-Ann's to cover the top of the table.
My smocking pleater sits on the table extension that holds the train controls, and behind that is a large light box that my dad made for me. The white stack of drawers has 2 drawers that hold spools and spools of thread and the other drawers hold sewing notions & embroidery disks. I have a table top ironing board that I have tucked away that I can put on my cutting table for ironing while I am working on a project. Under the train/cutting table is used for extra storage - like all the trains & buildings from the train table, along with boxes of patterns for sewing.
I have an L-shaped table that I have my Bernina Artista 200 set up on and also have an area for my computer. Under the table I have a cabinet that holds computer software, design disks and my printer. I also have a wooden crate with my most-used patterns close at hand.
My white Koala sewing cabinet now holds my Babylock Evolve Serger, and the brown cabinet is full of flat folds of fabric. The Singer Featherweight used to be my grandmother's, and I use it for quilting projects. The little antique sewing table next to that is pretty neat, as the top drawer turns out, rather than pulls out like a regular drawer, and holds spools of thread on little wooden dowels.
This end of the room is where I moved my pie safe too, which is full of flat folds of fabric & sewing notions. I have a rather large collection of sewing books and magazines that are in the bookcase and in notebooks under & next to the pie safe.
I suppose I could do a much better job at re-organizing my sewing room, but for now I am happy with the results - I am no longer sitting on the floor cutting out my patterns, I have full use of my cutting table. I am also not drafting patterns on the floor, I have a nicely lighted area that I can sit on a stool and work from. I have bolts of fabric close at hand, making use of the table where it isn't so easy to reach, but perfect for fabric bolts, and my drawers of notions close at hand.
I hope you enjoyed a visit in my sewing room - if you need sewing room organization ideas, there is a whole page of sewing rooms to check out here!