How to Set up a Sewing Workroom


Many modern sewing machines are portable. Unfortunately, that can lead to sewing projects scattered across the dining room table or any other flat surface in the house. An organized sewing workroom will help you keep your materials handy and your projects in order, and it might just kindle artistic inspiration. Clear out the room before you begin and avoid using extension cords whenever possible. If your floor is carpeted, consider a plastic mat under your chair to help prevent needles from lodging in the fibers. In an afternoon, you can transform a room into a comfortable, pleasant workspace.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 large square or rectangular tables
  • Work chair
  • Ironing board
  • Rolling clothes rack
  • Clothes hangers
  • Filing cabinet
  • Hanging file folders
  • Large manila envelopes
  • Bookshelf or chest of drawers
  • Thread and bobbin caddy
  • Desktop-style chest of drawers
  • Cork board
  • Push pins
  • Wall or door mirror
  • Large metal trash can
  • Trash liners
  • Place one table for sewing within 1 foot of an electrical outlet in a well-lit spot, preferably by a window or close to, but not directly under, a good light source. Push a comfortable work chair into place in front of the table.

  • Set the other table for cutting fabrics in another well-lit area with space to walk comfortably between it and the sewing table. Alternatively, set the cutting table against the side or back of sewing table to extend your work space.

  • Set up an ironing board within 1 foot of an electrical outlet and away from the cutting and sewing tables. This will help prevent stretching the cord and accidentally knocking over the iron while sewing or walking around the room.

  • Roll a clothes rack into the room and park it near one end of the ironing board. If the casters have brakes, flip or otherwise lock them to keep the rack from rolling once it's in place. Hang several empty clothes hangers from the rod.

  • Move a filing cabinet into the room and place it next to or under the cutting table. Open the drawers and drop in several hanging file folders. Fill some of the folders with large manila envelopes. Fill other folders with your sewing patterns.

  • Place a bookshelf or chest of drawers against a wall. Store your fabrics, quilt batting, interfacing and other sewing materials on the shelves or inside the chest.

  • Set a thread and bobbin caddy on top of the chest. Fill it with spools of thread and loaded bobbins.

  • Fill the drawers of a miniature chest with hand- and machine-sewing needle packets, scissors, a seam ripper, thimbles, empty bobbins and any other sewing notions that you own. Set the chest beside the thread caddy on top of the larger chest.

  • Hang a cork board on one wall. Insert push pins into the cork. Use the cork board to display inspirational ideas, measurements and important sewing or project instructions.

  • Hang a large mirror on a wall or the back of a door to help with fitting when you sew garments.

  • Set a large, outdoor-style metal trash can close by the cutting table. Line it with a large trash bag and leave the lid off. Sewing scraps are lightweight, and the larger can will allow you to take out the waste less often.

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