Last Updated on July 7, 2021
15 Ideas for Organizing a Sewing Room: Do you want to set up or reorganize your sewing room? In this article, I will explain what you should pay attention to when organizing your sewing room.
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- Your sewing room is a place where you want to spend happy and creative hours with your favorite hobby
- It is even more essential for you to sensibly and well organize your creative space.
- A sturdy table, good lighting, an easy-to-use sewing machine, good organization of accessories, and a comfortable chair are part of an environment that is good for you to work in
Why is a well-equipped sewing area so important? And what do you need for that? What should you be careful when configuring?
When I restructured my sewing room, I recently asked myself these questions. Of course, I didn’t buy anything new. But in advance, I thought about how I can organize my sewing area sensibly and well. What I need and can do without, is important to me.
Table of Contents
- Setting Up the Sewing Room: the Most Important Elements
- The Right Table for Sewing
- Illuminate the Sewing Area: This Is How You Put Your Hobby in the Right Light
- Chair for the Sewing Station: This Is the Right Place to Sit!
- Main Role: The Right Sewing Machine for Your Purposes
- Set Up Sewing Room: Are You Fully Organized?
- Space for Beautiful Cuts: the Cutting Mat
- A Little Bit Nice Can Also: Decorate the Sewing Area Sensibly
Setting Up the Sewing Room: the Most Important Elements
Of course, everyone has a different amount of space to devote themselves to the most beautiful hobby in the world. Many sew on the kitchen table or in the living room. Some hobby sewers set up a small sewing corner in the bedroom. Everything okay. You don’t need a separate room to be happy while sewing.
But it needs a few elements so that everything is well structured and you have a good sewing flow.
The Right Table for Sewing
A stable table is essential when sewing. Why? Because we have a hobby with vibration. Sewing machines and overlocks make tabletops swing and vibrate. This can be very annoying and quickly spoil your desire to sew.
If you are sewing on a sturdy kitchen or living room table: Everything is good. But if you want to buy an extra table for sewing, then you should pay attention to several things.
Material: Wherever possible, you should use natural materials. That is sustainable and protects the environment. Solid wood is ideal for a table. The good thing about a natural and possibly only lightly oiled tabletop: You can sand it down if it is damaged or scratched, re-oil the tabletop, and it is like new again.
In addition, solid wood is pretty heavy and can absorb vibrations well, thanks to its natural structure. I bought this dining table weighing around 46 pounds as a sewing and cutting table. And I can tell you this much: It’s the best table I’ve ever sewn on. At first, I was concerned that I could move the table away for cleaning because it is so massive.
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Idea No. 1
With felt gliders under the feet, even the heaviest table can easily move. The felt pads also dampen vibrations. Win-win situation
Height: Find a table high enough that you can work on it well.
Idea No. 2
If you are cutting on the same table that you are sewing on, I recommend an electrically height-adjustable desk with the largest possible tabletop. So you can always adjust the table to your respective working height. It’s back-friendly and a lot more fun!
Size: Whatever you are trying to convince you – size matters! At least at the sewing table.
My Tip: Buy a table that is big enough to just fit into the room. Why? Because if you also like to sew clothes, you need a lot of space to glue, trace, cut, and layout your projects. The work becomes imprecise by constantly moving the fabric blanks back and forth. And over time, that robs you of sewing. I have two tables. One is 70 x 180 cm, and I only use it for sewing, filming, and photography.
I’ve had the table for ages; it’s an old Ikea table made of pine wood, which I occasionally spruce up with chalk paint.
Idea No. 3
The plate is made with a surrounding frame to be nicely stable and does not vibrate. The frame is cut out where I’m sitting.
Note: The greater the distance between the table legs, the more likely it is that the table will vibrate. A-frame glued all-around can significantly reduce this vibration.
My second sewing table is a bit bigger: 200 x 100 cm. I cut it to size, glue patterns, and organize pattern pieces while sewing.
I move the sewing machine or the cutting mat as required. I like working with daylight, making it all the more beautiful that my sewing room has two windows on different sides.
Illuminate the Sewing Area: This Is How You Put Your Hobby in the Right Light
Daylight is great – when you have it! In addition, you should illuminate your sewing area well, as your eyes do. I recommend a combination of three different light sources.
Ceiling Light: A normal ceiling light is ideal as an all-purpose light. Look for something quickly, suck it up briefly or clean it up. For this you don’t necessitate a special light. A standard light from the hardware store does the trick here, also as spots that you can align as required.
Sewing Station Light: A suitable light for working that does not tire your eyes is very important when sewing. I recommend a good daylight lamp, which in the best-case scenario, is also energy-saving. For example, an LED-based luminaire. I installed it over both tables so that the whole work area is evenly lightened.
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Idea No. 4
I installed two smaller daylight lamps on the ceiling above my second sewing table. This also ensures uniform lighting here.
My workplace lamp: Finally, an adjustable lamp is important with which you can illuminate specific areas of the work table.
Idea No. 5
Great if it’s a daylight lamp with a magnifying glass. When you open it, it’s worth your weight in gold!
Idea No. 6
“For beautiful,” I chose a picture and framed it with a fairy light chain. That’s good for you, and I think it looks great.
Chair for the Sewing Station: This Is the Right Place to Sit!
A comfortable chair that goes well with your table is also important. It is most beneficial if you can modify the seat height. Many sewing fans swear by chairs with armrests; others prefer to work with roller stools with a saddle seat.
Whatever you choose: Make sure that the chair has a firm footing. If it is equipped with castors, make sure that they run smoothly. Everything else annoys me over time.
I have a swivel stool on the cutting table and a swiveling office chair on the sewing table, both from Ikea. My next chair, however, will be a saddle stool with a synthetic leather seat and castors because I find it practical when fabric dust and threads don’t stick to the chair.
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Main Role: The Right Sewing Machine for Your Purposes
Of course, the right sewing machine plays a crucial role in setting up your sewing room. If you are setting yourself up, you can think about where to place them most skillfully. And whether you buy an accessory such as a nice, large extension table. I find it extremely practical, especially when the machine is facing the wall.
If you also want to buy such an extension table, make sure to get the model that fits your sewing machine.
Here on the blog, some blog posts are already about buying a sewing machine or finding the right sewing machine. You should read it through before you set off and buy a machine.
I did not install the extension table supplied as standard on the Juki to quickly use the free arm function for hemming sleeves.
Idea No. 7
To prevent the starter from slipping, I put a small piece of anti-slip carpet underlay. By the way, I do the same with the cutting mats.
If the underlay looks fluffy or nasty, it is simply exchanged for a new blank.
Idea No. 8
One more word about cable organization: The more devices are in use, the more annoying the mess of cables. You can relax the situation considerably by attaching multiple sockets to a table leg, for example, with adhesive tape or (like me) with a nice gift ribbon. Then you can simply attach an extension cable to the socket, and you will be well supplied with power without constantly tripping over cables.
Important: Ensure that the cables are laid loosely and not kinked; this can lead to short circuits and fires.
Set Up Sewing Room: Are You Fully Organized?
One aspect that worries many sewing fans is the order in the sewing room. This does not only mean the order on the table but also sufficient storage space. Because one thing is clear: sewing and buying fabrics are two different passions. And mountains of fabric grow faster than you can sew them up.
So stay relaxed; it’s the same for me.
Let’s take a look at the topic of storage space first: Here, the whole height of the room is beneficial, and cabinets are installed, which are just about fairly low. So you can put the important things in the front and those you need less often in labeled boxes behind.
Idea No. 9
Boxes are your best friends. Organize your accessories thematically, for example, pocket fasteners, decorations, zippers, ribbons, buttons, etc. You just have to keep the right box in your hands.
You can also organize fabrics inboxes. I stack mine by color. And after projects. I also have a box for scraps of cloth. I sort them out once or twice a year, iron them and dispose of what I no longer feel like doing (or what has become too small and fiddly). Iron principle: There is never more than one scrap box.
Everything I always need to have on hand, for example, pins, sewing machine needles to swap, pens, thread, or presser feet, is stored in a small roll container under the cutting table.
Idea No. 10
I use the fact that the container is made of metal. This is perfect for my magnetic pincushion. The metal base is especially perfect for my magnetic bowls. So I have everything at hand and don’t have to search long.
Also, at the start: A few small magnets for picking up needles in between and a large box with fabric clips in different sizes.
Fabrics and materials that should not be kinked, such as Releda, cork, tetraether, or SnapPap, I store rolled up and tied with jersey noodles or fixed in a basket with elastic bands.
I have only a few things on the table itself. I think it’s important to have a lot of free space to work. If everything is delivered, it can be very disruptive to the flow. But I still want to have some things at hand, so there is a beautiful brick shape with containers on every table. Inside there are brushes, tweezers, pins, seam rippers, fabric markers, and a piece of Theraband for quick cleaning of the cutting mat.
Idea No. 11
With the brick shape, I have arranged all odds and ends perfectly, and I can be sure that there is no unnecessary “cuddle.”
I do the same with the cutting table: a brick shape, my Berlin goat, and a tiny bit of decoration. Also always at hand my beautiful sewing weights from England. Sewing is fun this way!
Idea No. 12
A little tip for UFOs – that’s what they call unfinished objects. Of course, it also happens to me that I start something and don’t finish sewing. For such occasions, I have a cloth bag in which my UFO can wander. Until I either complete it or reject it.
Idea No. 13
Storing Scissors and Rulers: This point in the setup has been a headache for me for a long time. The solution is very simple! I simply attached chipboard to the wall next to the sewing machine, painted it with chalk paint, and fitted it with nails as needed. My rulers and scissors are now hanging on it neatly and waiting within reach for their grand entrance.
So nothing fancy and not expensive at all. But therefore, the maximum overview. And you can organize everything just the way you like it. And between us: I just find perforated panels abhorrent.
However, I recently discovered something in Amazon that could change my opinion about perforated panels: Small organizational aids that can be plugged into the Ikea perforated panel. I think it’s a really good idea. Why didn’t anyone think of it before?
I find the closable boxes for needles or inserts for bobbins super practical. Or hook-on magnets that are strong enough to hold scissors. Incidentally, this benefits the scissors because the blades of different scissors do not rub against each other and thus become blunt.
The ruler holders are also very cool. Rulers are often the sewing accessories that are the most annoying when they are flying around.
By the way, you can buy the whole thing individually or as a complete package, according to your own needs. That I didn’t think of it earlier! And when the board is mostly, I just paint it in a new favorite chalk color!
Idea No. 14
What to do with the ironing board? The ironing board lying around annoys you? Me too! Then I hanged it in an closet on a hook. So it is not only not in the way but also at hand at lightning speed!
Keeping Patterns – that is a topic that I have already discussed sufficiently here. I thought. Still, a word about it: Glued garments are often the greatest challenge when storing patterns. My recommendation: get yourself paper patterns. You can fold them up on A4 and archive them in folders.
Space for Beautiful Cuts: the Cutting Mat
We have already talked about tables. Unfortunately, I discovered quite late that there are cutting mats larger than the standard 60 x 90 cm.
That’s why I got myself a 120 x 90 cm XL cutting mat from Amazon for my new sewing table. At just under 72 dollars, it is cheaper than two cutting mats lying next to each other and so much better when cutting the fabrics because there are no annoying cracks.
The second sewing table is a 60 x 90 Snaply cutting mat, which I already recommended in the article on self-healing cutting mats.
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Idea No. 15
I placed cuts of thin anti-slip carpet underlay under both cutting mats so that they are bombproof and secure. This pays off a lot, especially when cutting large pieces of fabric.
A Little Bit Nice Can Also: Decorate the Sewing Area Sensibly
Your new sewing station is almost ready; now, only a little something is missing for the eye! For example, a nice poster or a motivating sewing slogan. I already tell you my great Cavallini posters in the bottle gardening instructions, right?
Incidentally, such a bottle garden is also perfect for the sewing room. Feel free to jump over to the instructions with which you can make your bottle garden yourself in no time at all.
A few green plants on the windowsill shouldn’t be missing – at least not for me.
A few fairy lights complete the whole thing and make the sewing room a place where you can not only be creative: in the best case, you feel so comfortable here that you don’t just want to be here to sew.
Ready to go: your new sewing station is ready!
Did you ready set up? Congratulation! Then you can finally inaugurate your new sewing area. For example, with one of my countless sewing instructions. Or one of the many sewing patterns from The Sewing Stuffs.
A nicely furnished, well-organized sewing area can make such a huge difference. With a well-thought-out facility, you not only do something good for your eyes, your back, and your nerves – you also ensure a relaxed workflow and a creative flow.
Even if you don’t implement all of the ideas straight away: If a useful helper can move in with you, you will achieve a great improvement, I promise.
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