Deb's Sewing Room Layout and
My sewing room
at my previous house was wonderful! It was located in "the barn"
which was a short
distance from my house. We lived on 200 acres in east Texas. My front yard
was a 100 acre hay meadow. Quite a nice place to relax! I
moved last June to a new home and will post pictures of it soon.
But in the meantime I will tell you about my last sewing room!
When you enter the barn you see the door to the sewing room at the back of
it. Occasionally I would see a field mouse scurrying around but my dogs took
care of the snakes, thank goodness!
I had an 8 foot sewing table custom built for my sewing machine.
It has room for my sewing machine, serger, television, and DVD player with
lots of room to spare. The insert around my machine allowed me to quilt,
appliqué, and piece with ease!
I replaced my rickety cutting table with a 9-foot unit. It had shelves,
drawers, and even a neat place for me to store large rulers and cutting mats.
I had my fabrics in
clear tubs labeled with the appropriate color group. The small
containers across the top of the fabric wall were all of my
I also designed a 12-foot ironing center. Part of the unit was at
desk height so I could just swing around in my chair and iron sitting down if I
wanted to or I could stand and the elevated portion if I so choose. My Elna
press was on one end with a computer and printer in this
What is the best
lighting to use for a sewing room?
Twice as much light is needed
for sewing as for casual reading. Good lighting, general and
local, is essential in the sewing center and of course
depends on the layout of the sewing room.
General light is usually
provided from a ceiling fixture. General lighting
requirements for a room where sewing will be done depends on
the size of the room. If your room is less than 8 x 10 feet,
you should have a ceiling fixture using 150 watts
incandescent or 60 watts fluorescent light. If your room is
10 x 12 feet or larger in size, you will need two watts per
square foot incandescent or one watt per square foot of
Lighting experts recommend
at least 150 watts incandescent or 60 watts fluorescent
local lighting for cutting, marking, and machine sewing. A
light such as this should be shaded so it does not shine
directly into your eyes. It should be positioned 14 inches
above the working surface, 12 inches to the left of the
needle, and 7 inches from the wall. The bottom of the shade
should be at eye level and the inside of the shade should be
An adjustable recessed
reflector or recessed eyeball fixture positioned in the
ceiling above a point 13 inches to the left of the needle
and tilted toward the needle also may be used to provide
local lighting for machine sewing. Fluorescent lights
shielded by a panel are good under cabinets located above
the sewing area.
If you use fluorescent
lighting in your sewing room, for local or general lighting,
it is best to use deluxe warm white tubes that give
flattering light. It does not distort colors any more than
Provisions also must be
made for adequate wiring in your sewing center. Locate
duplex convenience outlets within easy reach of the sewing
machine, iron, and other equipment you may be using. Take
care to locate convenience outlets so cords plugged into the
outlets will not interfere with traffic patterns. It may be
desirable to install outlets 40 to 42 inches above the floor
for easy access.
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