my sewing machine and sewing space(s)

normally it is surrounded by sewing bits and pieces

normally it is surrounded by sewing bits and pieces

I am the proud owner of a Bernina Minimatic from the 1960’s. I inherited the machine from my grandmother and it has been a fantastic machine to learn on. It is very heavy (being made from metal instead of the plastic used these days) and so far despite my many mistakes I have not managed to break anything.

Due to the weight of the above machine it quickly became clear tidying it away at the end of every sewing session was a real pain. After a number of months I became convinced the arrangement of using my dining room table could be improved on. I managed to find a solid oak traveling table (the legs can be unscrewed) which has been an utter joy to use. It now sits in front of my bedroom window in much better light and I have not had to move my machine half as often! apart from when I need to go to class, and have to heave it down the stairs.

The rest of my sewing supplies (due to lack of dedicated sewing room) is stored in various locations. Here’s a quick tour.

cut patterns and dressmaking coursework notes. Some of these folders are very full!

cut patterns and dressmaking coursework notes. Some of these folders are very full!


my fabric stash, and uncut patterns box

my fabric stash, and uncut patterns box


the always present "stack" a mix of unfiled paperwork in general, and current sewing work

the always present “stack” a mix of unfiled paperwork in general, and current sewing work


my sewing desk! currently housing just my overlocker, but normally has my sewing machine jostling for shared space

my sewing desk! currently housing just my overlocker, but normally has my sewing machine jostling for shared space

and the occasional "floater" bag - this is from my mother, who has asked me to remake some damaged cushion covers. You can see my sewing machine behind it.

and the occasional “floater” bag – this is from my mother, who has asked me to remake some damaged cushion covers. You can see my sewing machine behind it.

About sewwherenext

A few years ago I signed up for a year long beginner's dressmaking course. I have never looked back and am always thinking about my next project, hence the sew where next? name. This blog is to try and keep track of my trials, tribulations and hopefully successful projects.

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