I love living in the city. I love that my tiny house doesn’t cost much to heat or cool. I love not having a yard to maintain (but I would love my own garden). I love knowing my neighbors by name and walking to the grocery store. I love my roof deck. I love the vibrancy and diversity of Center City Philadelphia. But, the one thing that is hard about living in an urban row home is that we don’t have a ton of space, and the space we do have has to be used wisely.
It’s a fact that my sewing habit has expanded, but I don’t have an extra room to dedicate to sewing. It was one thing when I was sewing a pillow once a month. It’s quite different now that I’m sewing on a daily basis. (Basically anytime I’m not working, volunteering, running with my dogs, sleeping, eating, showering or reading – I’m sewing.) My “sewing corner” is about 8×8 feet and that’s all I have to work with. I love my sewing corner, but I rearrange it on a near weekly basis trying to find my groove. I’ve had both desks in various positions to try to find the perfect fit. (I haven’t found it yet.)
Things I love:
Sunlight! There is so much sunlight in my 3rd floor sewing spot! During the day it’s radiant. It really helps with Winter blues. And if I want to take a break, I can just hop out onto the roof deck.
My husband’s dj / music equipment is set up in the same room so I have a handsome, bearded jukebox playing tunes while I sew. (He’s also a great cook.)
Storage: I basically don’t have any. Aside from a few drawers and a tiny shelf unit that I have sitting next to my desk, I’m constantly looking for places to stash stuff. (Like under the desk… See: sewing machine, distilled water for my iron, scrap boxes, oh my!)
Mish-mashed look: This station sits right in the corner of our main rec room / living area and to be honest, I just want something that looks nicer. Calmer. More put together. Organized. That wooden desk has been my desk since I was 9 years old so it has some nostalgia working for it, but it’s not cutting it for this purpose. I recently bought the white Gidget sewing table and I’m not super pleased to be honest. It’s pretty wobbly and WAY too low for me. I’m not super tall (5′ 8″), but I feel like the desk was made for someone much shorter than myself (and there is no height adjustment for the overall table.) I’ve actually been sewing with my machine on the table top (not dropped down) just to give myself a few extra inches so I don’t strain my neck from trying to see what I’m doing. Plus, my new Juki has a very large extension table so I haven’t been using the drop down anyway. (LOVE my Juki…)
Cutting and pressing: I have a fairly large cutting matt, but I’m constantly moving my matt and moving my ironing board. I swear I spend more time moving stuff around than sewing some days. I would really just love a large workspace to do both.
So I’ve been pinning like a mad woman and below are some of my dream set-ups and ideas. Most of them are IKEA-hacks and would probably cost less than $150, which I love. (Considering I spent almost that much on my Gidget sewing desk, I’m OK with this budget.)
This one comes from Anna over at noodlehead and I simply adore how clean and bright it is. This is my DREAM set up.
Erica from, Why Yes, I should be doing something else used IKEA bookshelves too for a super clean look.
I also realize I need to go vertical to store stuff. (I actually bought peg board this weekend and I can’t wait to set something like this up!)
This one comes from bhg.com
I can’t wait to get started. And naturally, I’ll post pics along the way!