So today is Friday and I’m sticking to the theme [Sewing, Knitting, Creating Space]. So I’ll show you a little knitting in my sewing space! My only me-made today is my Just Enough Ruffles Scarf by Laura Chau – an old favorite finished in summer 2011. It’s knit in gorgeous Malabrigo Worsted, as soft as kitten fur, but very prone to pilling. And yes, it’s yellow again!
Yesterday you only had a sneak peek at my sewing space, here is the fuller version: in the foreground, my dear ironing table, tailor’s ham, pressing cloth and iron (which is dirty as you can see) and my current wip: a pyjama for my little girl, it’s waiting for my twin needle to cooperate so that I can apply the knit band to the opening.
In the background my dear Bernina and all the tools that go with it, always on the table by its side: scissors, pinking shears, thread clips, pins, a ruler. On the left are two old tin boxes with needles, bobbins and all other tools: small scissors, brushes and oil for machine maintenance, point turner, seam ripper, tweezers, chalk, pens, etc. Also very important: a docking station for my phone so I can listen to podcasts or the radio during sewing. In the box at the far right are tools that navigate between this room and my kitchen table downstairs where I do all my pattern tracing and fabric cutting. It contains another pair of scissors, my rotary cutter, marking tools, pens, different rulers (metric and imperial) and tape measures – the only thing I have to add is my magnetic pin holder. The plastic sewing machine is the newest addition to my sewing room: a Janome 7330. I can now make 6 different buttonholes as well as some embroidery stitches. I’m still getting used to it, but still feel guilty for buying another sewing machine because I don’t want to abandon my Bernina which works so well. Actually the Bernina wins with the twin needle!
If you turn right from the previous photo here is what you’ll see: drawers for our clothes with my Pfaff serger and bias tape. The serger used to be where the Janome sewing machine was up until last week. I’m not sure I’ll keep this setup, we’ll see how it works out.
Turn right once more and you’ll see Pamela, my dress form – I don’t use it very often as it’s not my size, but it is sometimes helpful when I want to check construction techniques like on this dress (my newest make, you’ll see more of it in the next few days – too cold for now to wear it). The white thing behind my wardrobe is where I keep patterns and tools I don’t need to often, as well as some books.
So there you have it: you know everything about my sewing room. My fabric stash is not kept in this room, it’s upstairs in our bedroom – I just keep a plastic container with fabric scraps (the one just in front of Pamela). So how’s your creative space? I’ve really had a great time looking at other people’s sewing room!