A hello and a snoop around my woman cave…er…sewing room!

Sewing room machine table

Fancy a sewing room tour? Actually, let me begin again…..Hello! As this is my very first blog post, I may well just be talking to myself, but in the vain hope that someone is reading this, I’ll carry on regardless!….Apart from popping over to my ‘About’ page to read a bit about me, how do you fancy a quick tour of my workspace by way of an introduction? I haven’t met a sewist that doesn’t love a nose around a sewing room. So without further ado, let the tour begin!

Disclaimer: Yes, I did tidy my room before taking photos and no it doesn’t stay this neat for long!

So, I’m really lucky to have my own designated sewing room in our house. It’s a 10’x10’ converted bedroom and has one fairly large window that faces West and overlooks farmland. The sunsets can be lovely, in fact you may have seen a couple of sunset photos on my feed if you already follow me on Instagram.

Sewing room view from doorway

My main sewing area is made from kitchen worktops that my husband joined together in an ‘L’ shape. I literally have to just swivel on my chair to go from sewing machine to overlocker/serger which are both Berninas and I love ‘em! The thread storage that you see on the back wall was a recent DIY project done by me. I may not have drilled all the holes perfectly straight, so some dowels are leaning a little, but it functions just fine and I don’t know how I managed without it. It’s so convenient to just reach forward and pick off a reel of thread.

Sewing room cutting table and storage

My lovely husband also built the cutting table out of a double fronted kitchen unit with two large pieces of MDF  attached on top. The double cupboard and the plastic drawer storage are where my beloved stash lives. Behind the table is my shelving full of pattern baskets, books and general odds and ends plus the obligatory music centre so I can sing along while I sew. Oh, and I have to mention my floor standing craft lamp that lives next to my machine table… It’s by Ott Lite and gives off the most amazing quality of light over a large area. Even when working on black you can see so much detail that it’s like seeing in HD. And no, I’m not affiliated with Ott Lite…I just love this lamp…you have to try one!

Sewing room view from cutting table

So there we have it. The end of my first post…phew! Short but sweet, I know but don’t worry, I will show you one of my recent sewing projects in my next post, I promise. ‘Till then, bye!

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  1. February 12, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Hello! What a great sewing space – I have a dedicated space, but it’s a bit more…. compact! Although still very useful. I’ll have to look into the lamp, as I can’t really sew after dark as the light in the room is terrible. Looking forward to seeing all your projects!

    • Diane G
      February 13, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Thank you Chloe! I’m glad you like it. Yes you definitely should check out those lamps. I wouldnt be without mine.

  2. Jane
    February 15, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Wonderful space, well planned and great construction!

    • Diane G
      February 15, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Thanks so much Jane. I can’t take credit for the construction though because hubby did it all…I suppose I was the brains behind the idea..ha!

  3. Sarah
    February 16, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Hi Diana, I sew on a fairly basic bernina and find it works quite well for me, even with knits, however I’m worried I may be loosing out! How much do you use your overlocker and has it been worth the investment both in money and space? Love your blog by the way

    • Diane G
      February 16, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Oh, thanks for the blog compliment, it’s made my day. Overlockers…I use mine all the time…really, I do, I love it. I use it on both wovens and knits. All seams are trimmed and neatened on the inside on everything I make because I much prefer it to simply zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. For neatening hems and seams on wovens I just thread up with three threads and if I’m actually seaming and neatening in one go on knits I thread up with four threads using two needles(one makes a safety stitch). Hope this helps 🙂

  4. Sarah
    February 16, 2017 / 11:06 am

    That is helpful, I like a tidy finish even on the inside of a garment so will probably make the investment soon, just the thought of 3 or 4 spools of thread is scary, Thanks.

  5. Julianne Sharer
    February 23, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Nice blog! It would be great if you shared the instructions for making that thread storage!

    • Diane G
      February 23, 2017 / 11:37 am

      Thank you Julianne! Oh, yes, great idea… I’ll do a future post about it. Good idea 🙂

  6. Joan
    June 3, 2020 / 11:15 pm

    Very nice sewing room, Diane. I found my way here from your new post in June 2020! I wanted to see the two floral garments you’ve featured in your blog, and one of those posts lead me here.

    Any changes to your sewing room or equipment since your first post? Your 10×10 room seems MUCH more spacious than my previous 9×11′ sewing room: I think it is in large part because of your corner L-shape table, whereas I had a wall-to-wall tabletop with my sewing machine and serger, which took up more space, but wasn’t necessarily more useful!

    Those husbands who can do custom work are a great help, aren’t they?!

    • diane
      June 4, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Glad you found my post, Joan :). Yes, I’ve changed my room a bit. I’ve now got a newly updated storage area to the left of my window. I keep meaning to pop a post on Instagram to show it, but I’ve also half painted my walls and wanted to get those finished first.

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