I have a tendency to jump right into the next project as soon as I have finished something, and not pack away patterns, scissors, pins, scraps etc. I am also prone to rummaging through my stash and putting aside fabric that I want to make up next, and leave it on the edge of my cutting table. Indefinitely.
When I have a large scale projecct like curtains to do, I am forced to do a bit of a clean up, as I need all the space I could get to manoeuvre multiple metres of fabric around without knocking everything off every available surface. Organising my studio was also helped enormously by putting in my pigeon holes and store room fabric storage.
|Here's a panoramic shot of my studio that I took a few years ago - MESSY!|
My studio is a custom built space above the garage of my house. Due to council height restrictions, it is quite a bit different to the original plans that my husband and I had. We had planned on two separate rooms on top of our double garage, but when the overall height was knocked back, we had to compromise and had a gabled roof approved, but the internal wall height of the room at each side is only 45cm. At it's peak in the middle of the room the height is 208cm. We could only fit one room along the centre, and we put walls in on each side of the room to form very low roofed store rooms. There is one long narrow room that runs along the side of my studio which you can crawl down the length of. On the other side, there are smaller store rooms that I use, one on each side of the stairs.
|Looking to the left in my large store room|
|Looking to the right in my large store room|
|Plastic storage boxes on the shelf above my desks|
|Shiny new PVC - no marks from my tracing wheel (yet)|
This is the view from the entrance to the studio at the top of the stairs, down to the back of the studio. I have two sewing machines set up on either side of my cutting desk. I spend most of my time down the far end of the room, nearest to my most used machines, my Janome 1600P and Janome Overlocker.
When I'm not sewing on one of these two machines, I'm standing in front of the cutting desk, with a view down to the TV at the other end of the studio.
Permanently living on the desk I have a roll of calico for making toiles, a roll of woven interfacing, and a roll of brown paper for patternmaking.
I have a set of pattern drawers that we picked up from Home Yardage when they closed down 10 or so years ago and sold off all of their fittings. The rest is open space with a few shelves here and there. Oh, and I have a built in light box complete with dimmer switch!
On the side of the cutting desk closer to the stairs, live my Janome 4800Q, and Janome embroidery machine. The 4800Q I use when I do stretch sewing, buttonholes, names on daycare sheets etc (anything that isn't a plain straight stitch), and the embroidery machine gets a major workout doing names on daycare sheet bags from December to January each year when I sell most of my daycare sheets.
Each of the machines has a cupboard to the left of it that I originally envisaged to be where the machines would live when not in use. In reality, it's where I hide stuff, and the machines stay permanently on the desks. Occasionally they have their covers put on them. If I'm going somewhere for more than a few days I'll put covers on them all, but generally just the 4800Q and embroidery machines stay covered when not in use. I do have my CoverPro hiding in one of the cupboards though.
There are double powerpoints in the space under each sewing machine, as well as other strategic spots around the room, and the desks have holes at the back for the cords to the machines to go through.
|There are 5 vintage Singers in this photo - can you see them all?|
To the left of the entrance stairs is my fitting room and my smaller store room (more like an open cupboard really). This space stays open until I pull the curtain across to have a more private changing area. I have hooks in the ceiling that the curtain hangs from. I also take a lot of photos up against the curtain when I don't want to go outside for photos, and it hooks up out of the way when not in use.
Two of my Singer treadle machines and a couple of other vintage Singers live up this end of the studio, plus my Gutermann thread stand.
My full length mirror is actually the door from a cupboard that we threw out. I simply added coat hooks on either side. It isn't mounted on any walls, so I can move it around when I need to.
Well, that's about it for the tour of my studio. It's my little sanctuary, and I would hide up here all day if I could.