Ivana Musura | Date posted: October 5th, 2011
When a course starts and I have a batch of brand new students, I make sure everyone is having fun right off the bat and benefiting from their sewing experience while they are in the studio. I also try to give pointers about making at-home sewing a pleasant and smooth ride rather than a hair-pulling nightmare.
If you sew fairly regularly, try to carve out a space for all of your sewing gear—from dress forms and rulers to pressing tools and notions. Because let’s face it: if you don’t stay organized, you might end up buried alive in buttons and lace.
Follow these pointers to make your sewing space work for you:
1. Separate and label your notions. Use bins or shelves for storage and make labels for all the main categories, such as “Zippers” or “Interfacing.” This will ensure that all the supplies alike are in one spot and will reduce hunting-down time, which, in turn, gives you more time to sew! You will be more inclined to want to sew if you are not required to hop over piles of fabric to get to your serger.
2. Tidy up each time you sew. When you are done using your scissors or any other tool, put the item back where it belongs. Yes, it should belong somewhere. You’re getting organized, remember? Set aside a half-an-hour time slot once each month to go through your supplies. Try to keep a clean-up schedule and stay on top of it. This way nothing unnecessary will accumulate, although, a vast collection of binding never hurt anyone. Just sayin’.
Following these two pointers will help you create a efficient space in which you can let creative juices flow and will let you sew in a relaxed setting. Plus, by keeping your sewing area in tip-top shape, you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for instantaneously, even with your eyes closed. Sew on, neat freak!
Ivana Musura has been surrounded by fashion ever since she can remember. She has been sewing since she was 10 years old and continued to boost her creativity by making custom outfits and accessories to...