This has been a long journey that began with ordering a new sewing table a couple of months ago that would accommodate all of my sewing machines. The new cabinet kept being delayed, over and over again. Finally, I ordered an Arrow Judy from Sewing Machines Plus that was delivered in a timely manner.
In addition to the new cabinet, I was really lacking storage in my roughly 10′ x 11′ space. Fabric storage, I needed more fabric storage.
I’ve always prided myself on being a minimalist, one thing in-one thing out. Don’t purchase more than I need, repurpose, buy multi functional tools/equipment.
Previously two lateral filing cabinets (see below) from the office supply stored my fabric and thread. It just wasn’t working because I needed more storage. After becoming and Island Batik Ambassador in 2019 and receiving two generous shipments of fabric and accessories a year I was running out of space. Add being an AccuQuilt GO!Getter and receiving dies various times throughout the year…well you get the picture. There may have also been some IB fabric and die purchases but I’ll never tell.
On top of the filing cabinets was an interior door sitting on wood blocks to raise it to a comfortable height. The door doubled as a cutting and ironing station. It worked well for pressing quilt tops prior to quilting, folding yardage and cutting large pieces of fabric. Unfortunately, it almost took up an entire wall.
The wire rack was something my husband brought home from work, a tenant had left it behind when they moved.
My work table (on the right above) was made to my specifications by AppleWood Shed in Elsah,Il. in exchange for a custom quilt. It is made from 2 treadle sewing bases and slats of oak boards finished with a satin sealer. As it ages the wood will take on its own patina so no need to for additional finishes. You can find AppleWood Shed on facebook.
Moving out day
Wow it was more work than I suspected. Everything that was not staying left the room.
Everything had been moved around numerous times trying to find the right layout for me. The only requirements were that I have my work table on my right or left of the machine cabinet and not face the wall while sewing. I thought I had it just right but realized I still wanted more storage and then there was this rolling cart that did not have its own spot. Now was the time because I do not want to do this again anytime soon. So I purchased Kallax units from Ikea.
Trying to put it all back together after the latest additions.
On the right is a rolling cart from Ikea. If I will be cutting for a while it is a comfortable height. To make the work surface larger I have added the LINNMON table top, also from Ikea. The cart can be rolled out of the way to gain access to half of my quilt wall. My machines not in use can be placed on the lower shelf.
Next to the cart are the 2 lateral filing cabinets. On top is a pressing station (yellow) that doubles as an additional work area, cutting station for quick cuts or large pieces of fabric. See how I made this at the bottom of this post.
My new sewing cabinet is the Arrow Judy. Wish I had waited until now to purchase it because I see the price has dropped. It is a nice cabinet that was a pain in the ars to assemble. The only thing I do not like about it, regardless of the machine you’re using, you do not set center of the needle.
Cords are unsightly but there really isn’t much you can do about them. Enough space between the sewing cabinet and fabric cabinets to walk comfortably. There is another Kallax unit at the end of my work table to hang my TV on and for additional storage. The Judy cabinet is also not made where you can attach a light so my sewing lamp is attached to the Kallax as well.
Under the fold out table of the sewing cabinet is a couple plastic rolling carts with misc small items.
Kallax units sitting on top of fabric cabinets. They are light and simple enough that I was able to assemble and lift them up there by myself. What is so great about these units, they are multi functional. Some use them as a cutting table or desk base. Plastic shoe boxes will sit 2 high in each cube. For now, they are pushed to the center acting as book ends for a couple of my favorite books but I can always add something else or more books in the future.
SYVDE glass door cabinets for storing my fabric. The shelves will hold folded fabric up to 7″ tall. The wire rack still needs a little organizing along with a few other hidden areas.
I love my updated sewing room
These are pieces of drywall cut to my needed dims, covered with two layers of batting. The yellow is like a duck fabric. It was included with some items I purchased from an estate sale and had no idea what it would be used for until now. The cutting mat can be removed and I will have a little more than 6′ for pressing fabric or used as an additional work area for holding my cut patches for quilt blocks. If needed I can also add an extension table to a machine and sew right there.
It doesn’t have to be pretty. Smooth batting and use thumb tacks or a staple gun to hold the batting to the drywall. You can also use duct tape to hold it in place.
I like to cover the thumb tacks with tape, it helps to hold the tacks in place.
Then wrap your fabric around the drywall/batting. Just make sure it is taut. It may be necessary to untack and smooth your fabric a couple of times to reach a smooth surface. .
That is it. Now I need to find some fabric sales to finish filling my cabinets.