I love my sewing space. It makes me happy. It is loaded with tons of natural light and has just enough space to spread all my things out, but still feel a bit cozy. The picture above is the aftermath of what happens after a project where there is muslin in the floor, scraps everywhere a la Eleanor Burns, and you had better where shoes because I haven't broken out the super magnet to pick up the pins.
This is my baby. A Juki TL-2010Q. She is fast and reliable. She weighs like 40 pounds because she is mostly made of awesome metal. Her automatic cutter is better than most machines I have tried and I love her more than anything. And I say that even as she sits beside a fancy Husqvarna embroidery machine. Most sewing of the sewing I do involves a straight stitch and my Juki does that beautifully. I bought her online from Sewing Machines Plus
and it was a great experience. Good price and fast shipping.
And this is my infamous stash....or at least some of it. I have two other closets....but hey who doesn't, right? he.he. (long uncomfortable silence.)
My space suits me. I can sew and create jewelry and do whatever else I want. When I have had enough, I can walk out and close the door behind me and know that the mess behind the door is mine and NOBODY can SAY A WORD to me about it. I love that!
Thanks for letting me share my space with you. I have loved seeing your spaces over the years, so I thought I would share mine.
Interested in me, huh? Strange one you are.
I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman. The type who builds things, sews things, grows things, writes things, etc. I am happy to see more and more people are coming to that realization as well. It's a really good thing when people learn to do and not to depend.
I started sewing at a VERY young age. I tell my mother that I was her sweat shop employee. She worked for Levi Strauss for a long time and then struck out on her own to design wedding gowns and such fancy things. I was the one sewing on the beads and tiny things she "claimed" was easier for me to see. HA! Poppycock.....
I always thought I knew better than her. Could do it faster, with less material and all that....and everything I made always either fell apart or never got finished. So, I finally submitted to her tutelage and am the better for it.
I used to tour and sing all the time, but after a while I needed a bit more security. I had a daughter and wanted to provide her with a stable, happy life which required more moola than I currently had at the time, so I put that fancy degree to good use and joined the corporate world. I still write songs and sing and encourage my girl to be as creative as she possibly can. So that feels good.
I found this fabric on the EmmaOneSock
website last year after reading about it on Gertie's blog
, after she saw it and recognized it from Anthro's site. I just love how everything is so gosh darn connected.
I made this skirt last night, of course stopping around the 2 AM mark which seems to indicate that I never seem to hit my stride until then. Also, 2 AM is also when I am more prone to stupid mistakes, like the ones that you can't recover from.
It still has to be hemmed. I HATE hemming.
It came together quickly even though I NEVER seem to understand the instructions in Burda Style mag....NEVER!!! But, I digress... I still have to hem it and I am trying to decide how long I would like it to be.
My studio is a mess.....sorry
I just draped some green knit fabric that I found at my local fabric shop that I "plan" to make into a top. More to come on that once I figure out exactly what I want to do.