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How to Organize Your Sewing Room

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A sewing room is the perfect addition to any home, but it’s even more important if you’re a start-up business to keep things neat and tidy. At Stocks, we want to help you enjoy sewing and embroidery as much as possible, and help you to create your ideal crafting space, so here are our tips for organising your sewing room.

Craft Space

The most essential part of any sewing room is a functional craft space, as this is where you will be doing most of your work. Start off with a decent sized desk that fits into the colour scheme of your room. A standard desk should be able to easily fit one of our Brother sewing machines, but you may want to choose a larger surface for other crafts if your business has variation in its products.

The next addition to your craft space should be somewhere to store your sewing tools. This should be easily accessible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative!

Your essential tools include:

  • Straight pins
  • Sewing needles
  • Scissors/shears
  • Seam ripper
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Fabric pens/pencils

You can DIY yourself a metallic rack to hook items on, such as large spools of thread, scissors and measures, but for the smaller instruments like straight pins, fabric pens and pencils, a compartmentalised toolbox will be more efficient.

If you’re prone to laziness and know that you typically put things back in the wrong place when you’re rushing, then it can be worthwhile to go the extra mile whilst you’re organising your sewing room to label your shelves, drawers and tool boxes. This will help you to stay on track in the future, and if it does get messy again – you’ll already have a system in order to return to.

Comfy Chair Space

You’re going to be sat at your desk for a long time. Don’t make the mistake of using a chair that doesn’t properly support you or you’ll suffer with back and neck pain, and from there you may even start to despise doing your work.

You need to ensure that you have space to stretch out, and a chair that is both comfortable and enables you to use a machine’s foot pedal with ease.

On a similar note, if your sewing room gets hot in the summer, you’ll want to be sure that there is space for a fan to keep you cool while you work.

 

Project Storage

In order to keep your room functional, neat, and tidy, it’s essential that you have an adequate amount of storage for all your materials, extra equipment and finished projects.

For projects that you have completed, you can display them on shelves either above your workspace or around the room. Prop them up using stands, which can be purchased from most craft shops. Display them alongside other decorations that suit the themes of your product. These can be bought from websites, such as Etsy, or in your local charity shop.

For additional materials, you may want to think about installing a material cutting table. These can come with useful cabinets and draws underneath that can be used for storing extra rolls of material. As suggested by the name, they’re also a great space for cutting fabric – much easier than bending over a small desk and trying to keep the fabric flat.

For material cut-offs, or other things you don’t need immediate access to, it’s a good idea to purchase some inexpensive storage tubs that’ll help you to keep everything organised. Label each tub to indicate what’s inside, so nothing gets lost, and keep them in a wardrobe or tucked away somewhere that can be accessed when necessary.

 

Decorations and Furnishing

Creative individuals can sometimes be stuck for inspiration, so if you’re decorating your sewing room it may be a good idea to install a pin board. This can be used for displaying fabric samples, cut-outs from your favourite magazines, as well as sewing and knitting patterns.

Keeping a bookshelf with ideas, important business information and machine handling instructions can also help you to keep your most important items organised.

If you’re in the process of creating your sewing room and you require an industrial sewing machine, Stocks can help you to find the right model for your requirements. Visit our website today or contact us by calling 0113 2429378.