Sewing Studio Refreshening!

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Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
Every few years, I have to change up my sewing studio.  Sometimes, the space just no longer works... or I get bored with it.  Having a designated sewing area all to myself is truly a blessing that I don't take for granted.  Recently, my old setup just wasn't flowing for me, so it was time for a change.  
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
I first started with painting my 145 sq ft space.  I can't have crazy bright colors in my creative space. I need soft neutrals.  I took the former warmer ecru color and changed it to a cooler off-white shade of pale gray.  I bought my paint at Walmart and it's Colorplace Interior Satin - #11252/Country Fog.
I've found throughout the years that I function best in a L-shaped workstation.  Maybe it's all of the years I spent working in a cubicle!  I tried to get away from it, but I always revert back to that type of setup.  I stayed pretty basic by using 2 Tables from Target.  And something about a White Desk Chair says "a woman creates here"!
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
During the day, I get great natural light. But for nighttime sewing, I needed new lighting.  I added two Hampton Bay Carroll Plug-in Swag Pendant Lights.  They're hanging on Westinghouse Large Swag Light Hooks, secured with spring toggle wings.  I used the same hook for the iron's water tank.
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
I was in need of a new cutting table because mine had grown wobbly and I believe I'd stripped all of the screws trying to tighten it throughout the years.  This time, I bought the Home Hobby Table with Drawers because the base is A LOT more sturdier.  My Hancock Fabrics sells these in the store but they're not on the website.  Notice that I didn't use the casters.  Michael put the table on riser which gave me about an additional 3" of height.  It stands at 38", which makes a world of difference to someone my height.  And my lower back thanks him!  And the Cutting Mat is from Amazon.com.
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
Shelving and storage, I'm using a Wire Shelving Rack from Walmart.
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
Here is my ironing station.  I've been using my Consew Gravity Feed Iron for years.  Once you go gravity feed, you never go back to a regular household iron.  And I use a Wide Top Ironing Board.  And I also updated the Ironing Board Cover.
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
Here is the pattern stash.
Erica Bunker's Sewing Studio
My dress form as mentioned before is a PGM Pro.  I don't stash a lot of fabric, so it's put away in the closet.  

So, there you have it!

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42 comments

  1. You have a beautiful space. :)

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  2. Love the shelf on the ironing board for your ham's and such!! You made me feel better seeing your pattern stash at first I though you had narrowed it down to the two boxes on the shelf and I thought how did she do that! LOL I on the other hand have a fabric stash that seriously needs to be sorted out! Thanks for the sewing room tour. I too am fortunate to have a sewing room.

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    1. I've never been a fabric stasher. But ALWAYS a pattern stasher! Thanks Joen!

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  3. Great space. I always smile when I see your pattern cabinet.

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    1. That pattern cabinet has always been one of my favorite sewing things. Thanks Cidell!

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    2. Beautiful room. Where did you purchase the pattern cabinet? Thanks
      Mary

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    3. I didn't. It was gifted to me. If you leave near a Hancock Fabrics, I suggest checking there in a few months since they're closing. I'm sure they'll liquidate fixtures. Thanks Mary!

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  4. What a great update go your sewing space. I'm sure you will spend many happy hours there!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn and you know I will!

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  5. It's always nice to peek into someone's sewing space. Love the minimalist/non-cluttered look of your room.

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    1. I love looking at sewing spaces too. Thanks Faye!

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  6. I love seeing room tours! Your space is so nice and well organized. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. They're so much fun to look at! Thanks Kisha!

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  7. You have a beautiful sewing space, room for what you need, and it's neat and organized. I wish my sewing room were larger (my cutting table has to stay folded until I need it and then I have to move other things out of the way to use it) but I am grateful that I have one!

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    1. Designated sewing areas, no matter the size are true gifts. Thanks Tomasa!

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  8. I'm happy to see I'm not the only one with a bigger pattern stash than fabric stash :)

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    1. You are not alone! Thanks Jennifer!

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  9. Great sewing space. So organized!

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  10. Nice chance up!! I love how you worried your lighting, great idea! Do you use a certain bulb for your lighting?

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    1. I do. I use Cree LED Daylight bulbs at 60 watts. Thanks Alethia!

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  11. Love your sewing space. Just recently set up my sewing room and I love it. It feels so good not having to unpack and pack up every time I sew.

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    1. A designated space is a wonderful treasure. Turn off the lights and close the door, done! Thanks Karen!

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  12. I am a novice sewing....so novice that i have never sewn anything or even cut out a pattern to sew anything....i own a sewing machine and serger, have patterns and material...everything i need to make something....but the no how....my question is what is your suggestion on a pattern to purchase that i can make a be proud of an it not be a pillow or pot holder...lol

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    1. Anything that you complete and makes you feel proud.

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  13. GREAT room!! I desperately need that hobby table.

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  15. It's so neat and tidy! I long for the day when I'll have a sewing space to myself. I currently share the office with my husband...say no more. lol

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  16. Love this post. Sometimes we do need to revamp our space. Love that iron.

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  17. Very neat and organized. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  18. How tall are you, Erica? I bought a similar table to yours, and it feels kind of low to me, too. I think I'm going to see if my husband can't figure out a way to raise mine like yours is. So, another question -- I was hoping to learn more about your machines in your studio post. Do you use a serger, and if so, which one? I've had a Bernina 1300MDC serger with coverstitch for about 10 years now, but I hate fiddling with the settings to change it from overlock to cover stitch. I'm wondering whether I should get a separate machine for coverstitch and leave this one set up for overlock, or whether there are other machines out there that are faster and easier to thread, adjust, and change from one function to the other. Babylock gets rave reviews for their sergers, but they have so many models on their web site that it's overwhelming... And I've always been a Bernina girl. Anyway, you make such beautiful clothing and I know your standards are high, so I would value any recommendation from you. Thanks for the peek into your workspace!

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    1. I'm approximately 5'9.75". And raising it definitely helped my back. I use a Janome 7933 serger. I don't do any special type of serging. I just want neat insides. Thanks!

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  19. Hi Erica, I love your space. I would like to get that table. Are you still happy with it? I have seen mixed reviews online about it. Is it still very sturdy to you?

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    1. I am very happy with it. Thanks!

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