New Sewing Studio reveal

Yeah, I know, I’ve been absent. I honestly have no idea where the time has gone. Work has been extra busy and there has been little time for much else!

Anyway, a few months ago, we decided to play musical rooms here. B really wanted to take over the garage to avoid having to store Christmas stuff in the attic – going up there becomes more of a chore every year. I had just given up my exercise room for a much-needed proper office since I have been working partially from home for the past year and a half. So, how to make this work? How to merge two sewing spaces (2-car garage and a 14×14 bedroom) into one? My brilliant idea was to move B’s Man Cave to my office, move my office into my small sewing space and then combine the two sewing spaces into the old Man Cave. To make this work he had to give up a significant amount of space and I had to give up a significant amount of sewing stuff.

Moving my sewing rooms has taken months of daily work but I am thrilled with the end result. The purging was really hard and I still have an industrial machine to sell but I feel like I have gained so much. I’m right off the kitchen, have tons of light and have everything but my fabrics and books at my fingertips. It’s nice to sew a few seams while I’m cooking dinner or doing laundry! This should do wonders for my productivity.

Without further ado, let’s start the tour! Feel free to leave suggestions on how I can make better use of the space. I’m always open to new ideas!

Main sewing corner with two of my Berninas. It’s nice having a big TV!
Singer Rocketeer that I use as my buttonhole machine. The sturdy plywood counters were salvaged from my old sewing room and cut to fit the new space. They are not perfect – I have a few little cosmetic fixes to take care of – but they are far superior to any particle board counters that I could have purchased new.
Presses, specialty threads, zippers, rulers and some of my patterns
Serger and heat press on top of my pattern cabinet. Slat wall holds threads, scissors and baskets with miscellaneous supplies
Cutting table. The wood cabinets were already here and are super handy
View from the other side. My walking foot machine sits to the right of the cutting table with my blind stitch. I don’t use either all that often so it works.
My industrials. This was a bit like a puzzle getting everything to fit but it works well. The most used machine (Consew with the right-angle binder) is easiest to access but I have adequate space to use the other machines when i need to. I’ve already used the cover stitch three times and felt perfectly comfortable.
Cone thread on the wall and more slat wall holds longer rulers. I love slat wall because it’s so easy to change up as your needs change. I’m considering selling my Jiffy steamer but, for now, it’s out of the way. A 5-gallon bucket in the bathroom holds rolls of pattern paper and a spare cutting mat.
I did lose my large pressing area but I am doing perfectly fine with my Laurastar. If I need a larger pressing surface, I can put my big pressing board on top of the cutting table and wheel the boiler iron over.
Of course I made space for my supervisors, my childhood stuffed animals.


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9 responses to “New Sewing Studio reveal

  1. Sally Ickes

    Wow! Great use of space! Nice to hear from you! How about photos of finished garments as well?

  2. Your studio might be called a “lab”, Gigi, because of the high density of equipment! Your new studio looks large, though it has tons of machinery! Very ordered, and clearly took a lot of time to design, organize, and install your storage.

    I think we are about the same age, and I am switching to a separate serger and coverstitch, residential, not industrial machines (going from BL Evolution to Bernina 860 serger (screen w/instructions for easier change of settings) and BL Euphoria coverstitch – silly name). My point is that I am having a hard time remembering how to do things on just 3 machines, let along your 20 or more! Don’t think it is any form of dementia, just Covid dullness!

  3. Dara

    Such a BEAUTIFUL and Organized work space! i know you will have LOTS of FUN in there!

  4. Ann

    Brilliant use of the space, Gigi! And your jacket is TDF.

  5. Nancy D

    I love this! What a great space with many inspirations.

  6. Lorna C Newman

    Gigi, the pattern drawers – are they Ikea and if so, do they fit the HP/pdf print outs? I want to swap out my ugly metal cabinet

    • They are not IKEA, they are standard office file drawers.I store my patterns in 9×12 Manila envelopes which fit perfectly. You might look for a unit intended for a home office. That’s what this is and I just added the counter on the top.

  7. Thanks for sharing your new sewing space! You managed to get a lot into the space!