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Are you thinking of setting up a sewing studio? Looking for ideas of how to set up your own fabric shop or sewing store? Then this post is for you. In recent years all the fabric shops near me and sewing stores near me have closed their doors, leaving me having to buy all my sewing materials, fabric sewing machines, embroidery threads and fabrics for quilting and dressmaking online. I miss having a fabric superstore or material shops near me within driving distance. And this is why I have considered setting up my own sewing studio.
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Tips For Setting Up The Sewing Studio Of Your Dreams
Any hobby demands some working space or storage for materials, but some are more demanding than others. Sewing is one of the more demanding ones. Whether you are sewing fabrics to make a product or material sewing for dressmaking, you need space to organise and store your equipment.
Furthermore, even the smallest sewing machine is quite large, you need space for your sewing thread and notions, plus space for pattern layout and fabric cutting, and there are untold numbers of small accessories.
Having a dedicated space to work in makes it easier to keep all the necessary equipment together. And saves loads of time when you can just get on with sewing without having to unpack and set up every time. So setting up a sewing studio or hosting sewing studio classes seems the next step.
Make the Space You Have Work Harder
If you have an entire spare room you can turn into a sewing studio, that’s the absolute best you could hope for. I did notice that there are other sewing studio classes near me that are held in peoples homes. Not all of us do, though. If the best you can manage is carving out a section in a room you normally use for other activities, that can work too with a bit of ingenuity.
So start by looking closely at your existing rooms. A couple of examples where you might be able to claim some space include a bedroom currently used as a guest room, or a dining room where you have a large dining table you don’t use every day.
nstead of a large dining table, you could invest in a smaller drop leaf version, putting the bigger one into storage for when it’s needed. With the drop leaf, you can extend it for laying out patterns but keep it tucked against the wall at other times, which also clears space for a sewing table for your machine.
You could also make a sewing corner in a bedroom or living room. Much as you might install a small workstation for a family computer, there’s nothing to stop you choosing a handy corner and popping in a sewing table. As long as your surface is big enough to hold a sewing machine, any sturdy table will do the job.
Finding the best place in the house is the hardest task in some ways. Once you have it, you can figure out how to make it work.
Look For Space To Rent Or For Sale
The next step up could be to look for some commercial property that you could con vert easily. You may even find an existing sewing studio for sale. One of the sewing shops near me that closed was initially up for sale, and would have made the perfect sewing studio near me that I could walk to to create my own business.
You may also want to stock a range of patterns and sewing studio fabric and notions to sell alongside your classes, so it is prudent to view suitable warm and dry premises that will protect your stock.
Put Your Designer Hat On
Having chosen a space, the next step is to work out the best way to use it. You may have a picture in your mind for what your ideal sewing studio will look like. If you make a rough physical sketch, ideas become more concrete. You can make sure you don’t forget something – like not having a handy plug to power the sewing machine.
Making physical sketches can also help if you’re unsure whether an area will work. Make it roughly to scale and you can more easily decide if tables and chairs will fit without getting in the way. A sketch will also help you note important elements. Such as having natural light for close work, or the best type of suitable alternative lighting depending on space.
You can also work out where you’ll put organisational storage for sewing supplies and equipment.
Get the Most Out of Storage
You’ll need plenty of storage for sewing supplies. For large fabric stashes, you could consider self storage for your overflow rather than trying to squeeze everything into cupboards at home.
If you need to clear out some furniture but don’t want to get rid of it, consider self storage. (There’s plenty of self storage in Leeds, my home area, and across the rest of the country).
For everyday items, a storage system close to your working area is handy:
- Use the walls. Put up shelves close to your sewing machine to hold cotton reels, patterns, tools, elastics or ribbons. Having things up high keeps them out of reach of little fingers if you have children. And when everything is neatly stored you can instantly see where things are and when supplies are running low.
- Pegboards are easy to install on the wall behind your work area and provide alternative storage for tools. Add hooks to hang scissors from, and small shelves or pots for bodkins, empty bobbins, or any other small accessories that are easily lost.
- If your sewing studio ends up being a corner in the living room, consider using a bookcase as a kind of barrier. If you turn it out from the wall instead of standing it against the wall as we usually do, it makes a handy room divider without taking up much space. Use the shelves for pattern storage or inspiration and instruction books. Or line them with attractive, labelled storage containers.
A sewing studio sounds a bit fancy, but broken down it’s just a dedicated space where you can get on with sewing without having to do a lot of setting up before you can start. With a busy lifestyle, you might only have an hour to indulge in your favourite pastime. When you have a dedicated space, you can use every minute for sewing, not waste half your time setting up and packing away.