The sewing area
If my studio was a living being, the sewing area would be the heart. Not much can get accomplished without my collection of sewing machines.
There are many ways you can arrange your sewing area and a lot depends on what type of sewing you do. I like to borrow a page from kitchen layouts when planning my sewing area. There are 3 common kitchen layouts.
- Corridor arrangement
- L-shape arrangement
- U-shape arrangement
My current set up is a modified u-shape. I have 4 industrial machines, 3 that I use on a regular basis. So I've set them up so that those 3 are easy to access. The fourth is slightly less accessible, but still workable.
The two machines above form part of the U
And these two form the rest of the U. The machine on the right is the least used machine and it can be a little tight in there, but it is not too bad.
With this modified u-shape arrangement I can easily access all the machines with just one task chair. Not only does this cut down on the expense of extra chairs, but since space is tight, they are not constantly in the way.
So take some time to think about the type of sewing you do and which arrangement might work best for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Do you share your space with anyone else?
- Do more than one person sew at a time?
- Do you need extra support behind the machine or on one side of the machine?
- Do you like facing a wall or out into the room?
- Are there electrical outlets close by?
In my e-book Sew Organized you will find more detailed information about ways to arrange your sewing area along with many more organizing ideas.
If you've missed the first 3 days of Sew Organized 2012, check out these posts to catch up:
I think that is enough for one day. Tomorrow we will solider on and do some organizing of little bits & pieces.