Defining Your Workspace
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
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 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.