After many years of small space sewing my patience paid off allowing me a larger, more permanent set up. The room which once held my home classroom now contains fabric and notions rather than desks and curriculum. Let me first say any space, any machine, any location can be used for piecing and quilting a quilt; yes, any. Last week we looked at the smaller spaces I used for quilting; this week let's take a look at the larger set up.
Working in a larger area opened the door for larger tables which help support the weight of larger projects. As you can see, I prefer setting up an 'L' shape layout using my sewing machine table and two folding tables. Tables support the bulk of fabric as it moves through the machine, while the walls prevent the fabric from falling off the tables. This prevents 'drag' from the weight of my project.
One key in table set up is a flush surface. My sewing machine table is not quite as tall as my folding tables allowing a flush surface. Since my tables didn't match exactly, small wooden blocks were added under the folding tables to raise them flush. I really like the flush surface preventing 'snags'; pins and fabric glide over the table surfaces making maneuvers easier.
The cutting and ironing surface still rest next to the machine allowing quick access when piecing blocks. Notions and thread are on hand, while machine accessories are in a sewing box beneath the table along with my crumb box and small trash bin.
A comfortable chair and an extra lamp are always on hand making the workspace even more comfortable; an Ipad offers videos and music as well. Today I cleaned my space preparing for next week's project introduction; a pretty picnic quilt just right for beginners, rusty stitchers, or even a seasoned sew-er.
What are some things in our sewing set up? Share your tips and techniques.