Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What I'm Reading: Setting Up Your Sewing Space

I know I promised a reveal of my new sewing setup...but I don't have the heart to do it with crummy pictures on my iPad, and without the "before" pictures which are currently stuck on my camera. Don't hate me too much, and I'll do the reveal next week instead. By the way, don't forget that today is the first day of Me-Made-May! I'm disproportionately excited about this month-long challenge. Come back on Friday for my first montage of photos, and head over to So, Zo for all the fun!

A few weeks ago, my husband mentioned that for Mother's Day this year, he'd like to help me improve my sewing room. To generate ideas, I started a Pinterest board called Sewing Spaces and also checked out Setting Up Your Sewing Space: From Small Areas to Complete Workshops from the library.

If there's one thing I've learned from all this research, it's that no two sewers are alike! I think the book would be great for someone who is currently working on a dining room table and will soon transition to a whole room. It starts out talking about the when, where, and why, and then goes over different zones that you'll need in a sewing room. If you have a sewing room, you probably understand these concepts already. But, I did appreciate looking at the pictures of other rooms and getting ideas. For some reason, there's also a large section about quilting. My guess is that the author is a quilter : )

I love reading over different ideas for storing patterns and keeping track of fabrics. For some reason, I assume that there is a better way than what I'm doing, but I always end up liking my own methods best. You'll see some of the ways I organize when I do my room reveal, but for record-keeping, Evernote is my best friend. Evernote is a free note-taking app (you might be able to get it for Android...sorry, I just have it on my iPad so I don't know!). I have "notebooks" for patterns, fabric, and for project ideas. When I buy a new pattern, I make a note for that pattern and take photos of it with my iPad. That way I have one concise location showing the front of the envelope, and the back with the fabric suggestions and yardage. When I purchase fabric, I can take a photo of it and then note the name, fiber content, length and width, retailer, and price. I also have a checkbox to note whether or not I've prewashed the fabric.

What are your tips and tricks for sewing room organization?

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