My mother had a dream sewing room. She had it expressly designed for sewing, with huge closets to store fabrics and built-in cabinetry to hold her notions, supplies and machines. It was called The Project Room and was located in the heartbeat of the home, where everyone came and went and hung their hats, which suited her just fine.
My new sewing space … for now.
My sewing room, on the other hand, when I started sewing again, consisted of a TV tray folding table positioned in between a couch and a TV. My husband “read” (a.k.a. pretending to read while catnapping) on the other couch, our two goldens dognapping at his feet, and I cut out my patterns on the little floor space that was left.
I sewed for years that way, and while it was murder on the back, I loved that we could all be together while I did my favorite thing.
When we moved from Brooklyn to Long Island, I finally had a dedicated sewing room, which I, too, designed from the studs up. I had my sewing machine tucked into a cozy corner and my fabrics neatly stored on shelves and best of all, an adjustable table where I could do my cutting without breaking my back. If you have a dedicated sewing space that needs some attention, we have a free eBook with sewing room organization ideas.
Fast forward two years, and the cat had managed to scatter fabrics into a disarray that only cats can manage, the cutting table had become stacked with stuff, and the sewing room had transformed into a junk room. In turned out I didn’t like sewing away from the heartbeat of the home. Once again, I was back to sewing in front of the TV, seated on one couch and cutting on the floor, while my husband and dogs snored on the other.
However, I did attack that sewing room recently, and I am trying a new approach. While the China doll my grandmother made supervises from her window seat, I use my sewing machine on the big cutting table that was formerly holding piles of stuff. It does mean that I sit in a tall captain’s chair (which I plan to paint white) and have to reach to the floor pedal, but I am thinking it will work. We’ll see.
My grandmother had a neat little 1950s Singer that tucked away into a table and I always assumed that one day I would sew just like that. But that day is here, and for some reason I have never liked sewing at a desk. Maybe I just feel more comfortable with a TV tray and the floor. Maybe it’s just my favorite way to sew.
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