Have you been thinking about improving your sewing space or perhaps just straightening it up a bit? Sometimes one small change can make a big difference. Consider the height of your sewing machine — do you get muscle aches from holding your elbows up? Your elbows should hang down at your side and your forearm should form an L to your hands. If this angle is uncomfortable, consider lowering your machine table or getting a chair that you can raise up.
Here are some things to consider for your sewing space:
Good height and size sewing table, cutting table, and chair
Storage for fabric organized by project, colors, type, or size
- Do you have a favorite way to fold fabric?
- Do you have a way to designate fabrics that are prewashed?
Storage for thread organized by type or color
Storage for notions
An ironing surface — rectangular is better than an ironing board
A design wall
A bookshelf at a height where you can read the book spines
A closet or rack for batting, fusible products, pillow forms, etc.
A way to store or hang various rulers, cutting tools and mats.
Things that inspire you — signs, photographs, quilts, a window with a view
And some items that you might not consider —
- a flashlight and/or magnet for finding the needle that you dropped
- lint roller
- paper or whiteboard for doodling
- graph paper
- zip lock bags
For information on workstation comfort (also applies to sewing station comfort) click here.