Whether you sew on a standard-sized, sit-down sewing or quilting machine or use a big one like the Grace Q'nique 19 Longarm, making the most of your sewing space should be a priority.

It’s easy to end up cramped even in a larger space if it’s not laid out well or your supplies and accessories are disorganized.

Keep your workspace comfortable and efficient with these helpful sewing room rehab tips to help you get it all under control!

A Dedicated Sewing Room Space

Naturally, the optimal scenario is having a room dedicated to housing sewing or quilting machines and the rest of your work studio, as this allows you to contain everything in a place set up just how you want it.

Most quilters who own a longarm machine more than likely have a dedicated space since the longarms are so large.

With the flexibility of having the entire space to yourself, consider these ideas when setting up or rearranging to make it more useful:

  • Create A Flow - Set up machines and other workstations so you can flow from one unit to the other as needed to use them; entry into the room should be unblocked and easy to move around.
  • Consider the View - Avoid setting up sewing machines facing away from the door since you won’t see people coming in which is uncomfortable for most people. Instead, set up either facing the door or at least sideways to the door if wanting to face a big window for the view.
  • Storage and Project Display Areas - Fit in storage away from your workstations if possible and away from bright sunlight that can fade fabric and thread. If you want a display area for finished or prospective projects, place them to be seen from your workstation for motivation purposes.

A Shared Common Area

Probably the most difficult scenario to deal with, as there is most likely little to no room to leave things out and you have to put everything away after using your sewing or quilting machine.

When forced to set up in a living or dining room or common area, the best you can do is to decide which items to keep out such as a sewing cabinet with machine inside and which to store.

Purchase a piece of storage furniture that can hold your essentials there, then use one of the walls to hang things using shelves, pegboards, and more.

You could also divide the space using a cube storage unit that looks nice and also acts as storage.

In a sharing situation, clever storage ideas are the critical factor!

A Part-Time Spare Bedroom Space

A guest bedroom that also functions as a sewing space is a good middle ground between sharing a common space and a dedicated sewing room.

In this scenario, you may have more ability to set up against a wall and bring in some smaller workstations and storage units while maintaining this space as a bedroom is also important.

A really clever idea is to convert a built-in closet into a compact sewing room for your quilting machine.

If that’s not possible, convert a closet into sewing storage and organization with the sewing cabinet and a few other essentials set up against one wall.

A Creative Strategy for Every Sewing Space!

No matter what space you have for sewing, whether it’s a whole room for your longarm machine, a cubby made in a built-in closet, or even a sectioned off part of the living room, a good strategy is essential.

Carefully consider the space you have available and get creative with storage no matter how large or small the space may be.

As you designate your important items and how to fit all necessities into the space, it will be so much easier to adjust that space for comfortable sewing and quilting!