Sewing is a hobby that requires working space, whetherthat's a whole sewing room where you've set up your sewing cabinets or a portion of another room. No matter where you sew, good use of that space is essential so you can work in comfort without clutter and disorganization.
In this 2-part article, learn how to keep your sewing space arranged for maximum efficiency so you'll always have enough room and everything you need right at your fingertips.
Part 1 explains effective ways to set up your sewing furniture and components, including Arrow sewing cabinets like the Arrow 98701. Part 2 discusses easy ways to organize your supplies once your work components are in place.
Start With Your Sewing Cabinet
The whole reason you need a sewing room is to have a clean, tidy area to set up your sewing machine. Since this is where most of the magic actually happens, sewing spaces should be set up with sewing cabinets as the main work components and all other components set up around them.
Choose a cabinet based on the amount of space you have to work with while also considering that you'll be bringing in other furnishings. There are many styles that can fold up when not in use or expand completely to offer you additional work surfaces in addition to the sewing table.
In either case, position your sewing cabinet so its close to outlets, receives natural light from any windows in the room, and gives your plenty of room to spread out and roll your chair around while working. Position your cabinet so it feels comfortable and allows you the most efficient use of the rest of the room space for setting up storage and other workstations.
Add A Cutting Station
The next most important work area you need in addition to Arrow sewing cabinets is a cutting station. It should be as large as possible so you have plenty of room to spread out. Choose a surface that is tall enough to prevent back strain with a smooth, sturdy surface.
Position it comfortably in relation to where the cabinet is positioned, whether this is in a corner, along an adjoining wall, or even in the middle of the floor where you’ll have 4-side access. If you don’t have room to set up a permanent cutting station, just leave enough floor space somewhere and use a folding table that can be packed away when not in use.
Include A Pressing Station
Ideally if you have the room, a permanent pressing station set up on the other side of your Arrow 98701 will be most convenient since sewing does involve a good deal of pressing. Your station can be as simple as keeping a collapsible ironing board set up in a corner to something more permanent like a storage cabinet with a pressing board on top.
If you only have a small amount of space and need to choose between a cutting station and pressing station, opt for the former and get a pressing board to use on top of it. Then you'll at least have the three important furnishings you need to have a well-equipped sewing room. You’ll spend a little time setting up the pressing station each time after the cutting is complete but at least you won’t go without it.
Ultimately, how you arrange your furnishings will depend on the size of the room plus the number and size of workstations like Arrow sewing cabinets you need set up. The goal when setting up your sewing cabinets and workstations is to arrange them so you have easy access to each during the sewing process.
Once your Arrow 98701, cutting table, and pressing station are comfortably positioned, you’ll be ready to start organizing your supplies using the tips in Part 2!