Thursday, 19 February 2015

My Sewing Room

I was very inspired by See Kate Sew’s blog In  on her sewing room – how neat it is! So I thought I’d do a post on mine. Of course, hers is a professional sewing room, and she is lucky to be able to have a dedicated room.

My sewing room doesn’t look much like a sewing room really. That’s because it is also:

....... A guest bedroom (with en suite bathroom)

....... A TV and entertainment room

....... My craft corner

....... Our overflow library

....... a playroom for grandchildren – or at least, storage for their toys

....... our Gym and Pilates room (and occasional dance studio)

....... An overflow for things that my daughter can’t squeeze into her flat

And the en suite bathroom is also the laundry room, so this room also functions as a drying and airing room.

So – it’s not really a Sewing Room. It’s so mutli-functional that we just call it ‘the back room’  - imaginatively, as it’s at the back of the house.

But I do do most of my sewing in here. I have to clear things away and pile them up, so I can do my cutting out on a cutting mat on the floor. I store materials and patterns and haberdashery, just like Kate does, and a corner of the room is more or less dedicated to my sewing and my two sewing machines. But my room doesn’t look like hers!!

Here you can see my cutting mat, medium size ironing board (wonder where the small one went?), my fabric storage, my drawers of haberdashery, patterns box, and one of my sewing machines. 

Like Kate, I have an old-fashioned type of metal-drawered cabinet for haberdashery - so useful, though mine was new, off the internet. Each of the 12 drawers is labelled with its contents.

Here's the coloured threads drawer:

Though having seen Kate's thread racks, I may get some myself - if I could find somewhere to hang them. Then, below, one of the Ribbons and Trims drawers .....

And motifs and appliqués ........

(In a later post, I will write about DIY motifs.)

In the picture above, you can see one of my two sewing machines. This is my small simple light-weight Janome (only about 5 or 6 kgs., so I can carry it around with me). It's the one I use most often as it stays out on the table. It was intended to replace my much-loved and ancient Frister and Rossman which weighs about 40kgs. I may be exaggerating a bit, but I can no longer pick it up without help. Even my husband struggles if his back is feeling dodgy. It's purely the weight of this machine that made me think of replacing it - it works like a dream even though it's over 45 years old. It also has all the functions I need - forwards, backwards and side to side (zig-zag), plus a really good zipper foot. Easy to thread - what more could you want, except one that can actually be lifted on to the table without causing a hernia or broken foot?

However, although you can't see it, the dear old F&R is still there, under the table behind the fabric boxes. It wasn't long before I realised that my neat little Janome, a bargain from John Lewis, is more prone to tangling in the bobbin area, and its zipper foot is inferior to the F&R. As far as I can work out you can only use it to the left of the needle, and you can't actually sew very close to the zip (or the press-studs, or cord), it is fixed. So the F&R is there for when I need it. (And can find someone with the strength to lift it.)

Thank you Kate, for inspiring me to write about my sewing room, too!

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