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Today’s episode is all about sewing luxuries! These are things that are nice to have, but not essential. If you want to know what bare-bones materials we recommend in order to be successful, checkout these podcasts:
- What to Get When You Buy a Sewing Machine
- What to Get When You Buy a Serger
- What to Get When You Buy an Embroidery Machine
But now, we’ll focus on the top level of the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, because sometimes it’s fun to fantasize or treat yourself or find out what other people do to make their lives a little more magical. No pressure- just fun!
Name Your Sewing Space!
This doesn’t cost a thing! Russell, of SewpBox Productions is currently referring to his space as his “Sewing Bunker” and we are personally affronted by the high-tech coolness of his filming set up! Check out his instagram post. He’s just too cool. Why is he so cool- well, maybe that’s a podcast of its own!
So, stop calling it a “spare bedroom” or the “home office”- it’s YOUR “sewing studio”, “atelier”, “panic room” or whatever. Fred, who wrote a classic blog post for us about creating her tiny sewing room in a laundry closet- and it’s now “Fred’s Tiny Sewing Room”, no matter what anyone else says!
Consuming Media in Your Sewing Room | TV, Podcasts, Tutorials, and More
The future is now, and you can consume all sorts of media while you’re sewing. It can be nice to have a monitor or TV in your sewing room. Some people like to watch a move or series that they’ve got memorized. Mallory and Zede love gardening shows and cooking shows. And of course, now we have the option of watching a sewing class from the comfort of your own studio.
Online classes we recommend:
- The Easy T and Made to Measure Leggings classes from SewHere.com (duh)
- How to Cut and Sew a Sweater from Olgalyn Jolly (Use code SEWINGOUTLOUD for 15% off your enrollment)
- Anything from Skillshare (not sewing specific). Get a free 2-Month trial by clicking here and get 30% off an annual membership by clicking here.
- Online workshops with Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette.
- Creative online learning in Spanish language from Domestika (I’m taking this course on making my own watercolor paints!)
If you don’t have a TV- invest in a tripod for your phone, or a tablet stand- especially if you’re trying to follow sewing instruction in your sewing room. It’s super annoying to keep picking up your phone while trying to manipulate fabric or pin something! Phone tripods come in handy for taking pictures too- you’ll probably use it outside the sewing room as well! If you’re using your computer, clear a space for it, so it’s easy to set up whenever you want!
Listen to Audio in Your Sewing Room When It’s Loud
To be honest, this is the whole reason for this podcast. This non-sewing item has changed my sewing life! I love to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and it’s easy to do so when I’m cutting out a project or sewing on the sewing machine, but when I get into serging, sewing super fast, or moving around the room a lot- I don’t want to carry around my phone. I’d often pause my audiobook or podcast using my apple watch (which I thought was about as luxurious as it could get), but then I discovered bluetooth earbuds!
I know, they’re not really new, but they’ve made such a difference! I can listen to whatever I want and sewing anything- and I don’t miss a word! I used to not even bother to listen to fiction, because I knew I could miss details (not such a big problem with non-fiction), but now I’m listening to all sorts of things, and I’m not interrupted by my serger or by a quick jaunt to the bathroom. I LOVE MY BLUETOOTH EARBUDS.
I got these JBL earbuds from amazon for under $80. They stay in my ears, and I use them while walking, running and mowing the lawn. They are much more affordable than Apple AirPods, and they work just fine for me! I’ve had mine for about 4 months, and my husband has had his for about a year- and we’re both very happy with them!
Bluetooth headphones can also give you a private space if your family is home a lot more right now. They’re helping me focus so much more! So, if you need a little break from the humans in your life and home- these are GREAT!
A professional press is a definitely a luxury to save up for! They are great when you are fusing something or if you are pressing creases on trousers. We have an ElnaPress in our studio that we’ve had for about 20 years. We don’t use it everyday, but when we need it, we’re so glad it’s there! while this is a pricey item, it should last a long time.
You can see Zede and Mallory using a press to laminate fabric with Heat N Bond Iron-on Vinyl in this video (love the thumbnail!).
We once had a customer come in who bought this press just because he wanted to get the perfect crease in his trousers without going to the cleaners! Presses offer more than a larger surface area, they also add extra pressure- which is great for fusing a pressing!
I’m going to be using a press to create my own beeswax wraps- and I’ll make sure to protect our press with a pressing sheet– like the one in this picture!
You can also keep your eye out for a used one. A member of the Self Sewn Wardrobe Group found one for around $100 and I yelled at them to GO BUY IT NOW! These presses fold up and store away easily- so they don’t take up much room when not in use.
Lighting for Your Sewing Room
None of these luxuries are worth anything without light to see them! I recently bought this lamp from the Daylight Company, it’s affordable and it’s amazing. Quality lighting has become very affordable- this lamp is under $50- and I’d buy one for each machine!
This style of light won’t take up any floor space- but it’s more expensive.
The Perfect Chair for Your Sewing Room
There is no perfect chair that will fit everyone ideally- you need to find what works for you. I’ll just dive in to our most unconventional fantasy- the Soul Seat. We’re working on a partnership with them now to try them out in our sewing room- so stay tuned!
If you’re trying to get comfortable while sewing, the key is to work for a bit, and then get up and move around! So, you may not actually need as much back support as you think. Or- maybe you need a lot! I’m excited to try the Soul Seat, because I think it would be great for when I want to tuck one leg underneath myself while I sew!
Make sure to set a timer that tells you when to take a break and walk around or stretch.
Install a Water Source In Your Sewing Room
It’s GREAT to have a dedicated water source, and even more fantastic- your own washer and dryer for dying or laundering! If you get to design a studio space from the ground up- it could be fun to include these things! Or, if you’re picking which bedroom gets to become your Sewing Oasis, pick one close to a bathroom, laundry room, or other water source, so that it’s easy to refill a steam iron or maybe even dye fabric!
Do you have any sewing luxuries that make your sewing space magical? Share them with us in the comments!