I have shared with you in the past the great sewing studio I had in my former house. The house itself wasn't so great by any means, but my husband sweetened the pot by promising me he would put in a perfect sewing studio in an outbuilding to the house. And he did. I had amazing built in storage cupboards, hard wood floors, lots of natural light, and tons of room to spread out. Then we moved. I was so happy to get a different house, as the old one didn't suit me whatsoever, except for the studio. The photo above is of my storage cupboards in my previous studio. Yeah, I know. Man, I miss those things.
So now I have the best house ever, but my sewing area is an extra bedroom on the second floor. That's ok, really. Better than a space on the dining room table, right? As much as I appreciate the fact that I have a designated room of my own in which to create, I do miss the storage and the space that my former studio provided.
You may remember the special table I had customized to accomodate two sewing machines. I had hoped my daughter might sit across from me at this table and sew with me, or that I might invite a friend to join me in a day or so of stitching. We had an oak table that we had two cut outs made in, for two sewing stations. Underneath the cutout, there is a platform for the machines to sit on, and to make the sewing surface flush with the table tops, I had acrylic inserts made to fit my machine cut outs. The photo below is of my previous studio with the table with two sewing stations.
You can see how I had two cutouts made in the table for two sewing machines. It turned out that I did have a student that I mentored for a year, and did indeed have a use for two sewing stations. But after that arrangement ended, and we moved, I no longer really needed a table with cut outs for two machines.
Last weekend I rearranged my sewing room in the "new" house, and pushed it up against a wall instead of having it project out into the middle of the room. The photo below is of my first arrangement in the new sewing room. My back was to the design wall, the table took up all the floor space in the room, and I never had enough room to really pull my chair out as far as I wanted.
What a difference getting that table out of the middle of the room made! After the luxury of space in the studio, I had been feeling so crowded and claustrophobic in the smaller room, with this gigantic table taking up so much space. Moving it up against a wall made such an improvement.
Here is a little tour around the room now. Now the sewing table is up against the long wall. It is SO much better to be able to have access to the design wall, rather than having it blocked by the table as it was previously. Seriously, how could I think having my design wall behind me was a good idea? Now that the table is against the wall, I just covered up the hole for the second machine with a cutting mat and some trays of sewing supplies.
Here is a little look around the room as it is now.
The view from behind my sewing table. Window behind me with lots of bright light coming in. Lots of light at the cutting table. The dresser holds notions and layer cakes and charm packs. Woohoo, and take a look at the floor space in the middle of the room.
The view from where I sit, outside the door to the room into the landing outside. The closet on the right has built in shelves that hold my fabric bundles and mini bolts of fabric. Large plastic bins of color coded fabric reside out in the garage on metal shelving, which isn't so convenient, but that's life. That is where most of my "stash" resides, and after all these years, I find I can often "shop at home".
The sewing table and design wall. Love my two design walls. I have one that is 72" x 72", and a smaller one, above my ironing board. Natural light from the window behind me is good, and the new lighting fixture/ceiling fan my husband put in recently provide extra illumination. My pegboard of rulers is above the table for easy reach.
It seems to be working. But I sure do miss all those storage cupboards!