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Defining Your Workspace
Whether you're a hobbyist, or in business for yourself, a workspace of your own will help keep you organized and your projects safe.
 
It is essential to have a workspace carved out for yourself, especially if you happen to be in business. An area separate from the family, pets, and other distractions is best. Also, if you have small children, always keep your workshop items out of their reach as they can be extremely hazardous.

Setup an area for cutting, sewing, and alterations (dress form). The counter shown is a sales counter bought when a store closed. It's the perfect work height at 34", and has drawers and shelves for storage. It is large enough to unroll a bolt of fabric, pin up patterns, and other projects.

Put up a few shelves or buy bookcases to keep your things organized and up off the floor. A box or basket for fabric scraps, garbage cans for threads, and plastic bins to store items in will save you space.
 
Use a filing cabinet to store patterns or paperwork, and roll fabrics up on bolts or cardboard rolls. Hang velvets to maintain the pile.

Even if you use your kitchen table to sew upon, have boxes and bins to store your thing in when not in use.

Use a "lazy susan" or plate with a swivel bottom to access tools more efficiently.

Buy a glass or plastic cutting board to protect surface from cuts or any fabric glue you may use.

An anti-static mat will save your flooring from your chair, and also keep you safe when the static is up.

If the room you have has a closet, make the best use of it; hang fabrics, projects in process, shelving.

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