I do not have a Sewing Room. I don't even have a designated Sewing Corner. I do, however, always find a place to sew.
When we downsized into a townhouse I gave up my luxury of always having my sewing machine set up, my ironing board out, and a space to lay out and cut patterns. This does not, however, keep me from sewing. With my portable Bernina, I can set up anywhere. See all the places where I sew.
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When I Take a Class
I was able to (almost) complete my zip jacket at the Jalie Jacket Class.
When I Sew With Friends
I like to sew smaller projects when I have a sewing day at a friend's house. My friend has an extra sewing machine, so I only need to take my sew kit and my fabric.
I am making the Easy DIY Burp Cloths using the Art Gallery Fabrics Nest Panel while my friend works on some mending.
When I Teach
I set up my sewing machines at a local school during Summer Sewing Camps. I take everything I will need to teach. I take fabrics, sew kits, my mini iron and board. I even bring the sewing machines. I have had great luck with the Eversewn Sewing Machines. The Sparrow 15 Mechanical Sewing Machine and Sparrow 20 Computerized Sewing Machine have been my favorites.
I also teach private lessons in people's homes. I take whatever I need for each individual class. This was a class for 3 girls making pillows using the Quilt-as-You-Go method in Sarah Jane Magic Fabrics. They had there own machines so I didn't need to bring them. I have had a few students choose the teal colored Singer Simple 3223g Sewing Machine with good success for the price point.
When I Sew for Short Periods of Time
When I do sew at home, I sew at my dining room table when I sew something that I will be putting away at the end of the day. Here I am working on the Itty Bitty Handmade Quilt. I set up my machine then put it away in the pantry when I am done for the day. I have a drawer in the cabinet nearby with my necessary sewing supplies so I don't have to move everything.
I press and cut on my kitchen island which is right across from my dining room table. These items get put away in the nearby pantry.
When I Sew More Time Consuming Projects
Sometimes I sew more time consuming projects at home and I don't want to put everything away at the end of the day. When I was sewing little flower girl dresses, I set up my sewing machine in the guest bedroom so I could leave everything out from one day to the next. There is not much extra room in this area so I still need to run downstairs to do the pressing.
I could hang dresses in progress from the bunk bed.
Small Space Sewing
Sometimes finding a good spot to sew can be challenging but it should never be a hinderance to sewing. The saddest thing I hear is when someone is waiting for "some day" when they will have that sewing room and until then the machine is in a storage unit.
If you have a closet (or pantry) where you can keep your machine, you can easily pull it out and set up on a desk or table. Keep a small Sew Kit and you are ready to sew.
Where do you sew? Do you have a small space challenge? Tell me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
See where other people sew on the Instagram #whereisew.
See my Sewing Spaces Pinterest Board for some ideas.