Having a room dedicated to sewing is essential, especially if you are a freelance seamstress. To optimize the way you work, having dedicated storage space for each tool and accessory may be necessary. This article will especially give you ideas to better organize your workshop.
Have the Right Work Tools
An operational sewing workshop needs to have all the necessary tools to make the best work. The centerpiece will be the sewing machine. Professional or beginner, you will not be able to get down to sewing if you do not have the right machine. However, depending on your activities and the needs of your workshop, you can also invest in other functional machines such as an overlock machine or an embroidery machine.
Apart from the sewing machines, you will also need an iron. You should know that in the field of sewing, it is necessary to iron the fabrics to be assembled. Much more than a finishing element, the iron will give you an overview of the seams you have done on a project. Ironing them will especially allow you to see any imperfections such as folds, seams or poorly executed finishes.
When you sew clothes: dresses, skirts, jackets, etc. you may need a mannequin on which to place your work. Working with a model will help you better appreciate the rendering of your work. You could just as well try the garment on yourself, but it's always best to have a model wear it so you get a full view of the item. This will also allow you to make the necessary adjustments if necessary.
Also, the various haberdashery supplies such as scissors, tape measure, etc. are not to be neglected.
Define the Workspace
First and foremost, the first essential step is to define your workspace. It's not just about putting all your tools in one room, because to do a good job, nothing beats good organization. The size of your future workshop should be taken into account if you plan to install different pieces of furniture there to accommodate all your supplies.
Sewing is a job that requires thoroughness and concentration. To always provide quality work, choose a perfectly lit room. Your workshop must have windows to receive daylight in this case. You should also be aware that the fabric can emit dusty particles. You will therefore need a room that is well ventilated.
It will be depending on the area of your future workshop that you can define the furniture that will enter it. Your best bet would be to draw a plan of the room with the furniture and layout style that you think would suit yours. Once the plan is drawn, then comes the choice of furniture to include in the room.
Optimize the Room With Practical Furniture
In a sewing workshop, you need to have all your tools close at hand. The ideal would be to have a corner dedicated to each type of book, all being gathered in the same room. For example, you can have a proper sewing space. This will be the corner in which you will tackle the assembly of your works. Having a table that will accommodate your sewing machines will be necessary.
A cutting corner will allow you to draw and cut out your patterns. You will need a fairly large worktable in this case. Depending on the furniture and storage accessories you are going to use in your workshop, the cutout space can be placed in the center of the room or facing the wall.
If you work from home, having an ironing area will save you the hassle of going back and forth from your laundry room to your workshop. You will then need an ironing board. This also applies to professional workshops.
To optimize your organization, efficient storage furniture can help you. To store your different fabrics, you can for example opt for a shelf. A piece of furniture with open lockers can also do the trick. The multi-storey furniture will allow you to store your accessories and tools, but also to be able to quickly grab the items you need to carry out a job.
Also, if you are short on space in your workshop, you can opt for a cutout corner equipped with a removable worktop and a hanging storage shelf. This type of cabinet has the advantage of making it easier for you to access your various tools, whether scissors, tape measure, chalk, etc.
Besides tables, it is also necessary to have chairs. To do this, place one on each work corner so you don't have to move your chair each time.
Having a Good Layout Is Essential
To work efficiently, it's not enough to have all of your tools close at hand. The arrangement of each work area is also necessary. To enjoy perfect lighting during the day, you can, for example, place your sewing machines near a window. This will allow you to have good light when you start sewing, embroidering or serging a fabric.
Depending on your way of working, you can also place the ironing corner next to the cutting corner. In your workshop, you will have to move from one work area to another. The arrangement of these should therefore be done according to your habits and your needs. However, if you want to stay efficient in your work, consider optimizing the location of each work area to limit back-and-forth.
You can set up your workshop very well so that you don't have to move from one corner of the room to another to do your projects. Placing a table in the center of the room would then save you time and be more efficient. There are models of tables with small lockers and storage drawers. If you opt for a center table as your cutting space, you can store your sewing accessories in these drawers. The sewing table being placed nearby, you just have to turn around to reach your machines.