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How to Create an Inexpensive Sewing Center

Updated on January 29, 2011

A Sewing Center From Scratch

Two years ago, when I decided that I wanted to start a sewing business and drew up a plan for the furniture and equipment needed, I was astonished to find out what the start up costs would incur. It was pretty discouraging until I decided to start checking out yard sales.

A Sewing Center Created From Yard Sales

There are some amazing sewing centers on the market that provide a console for your sewing machine and serger, a pull out table to use as a cutting and work table along with other qualities that will fulfill your every sewing dream. But, the one small problem is that they are very costly, but worth the investment. I've had my eye on a Koala sewing center for a while now, but still have not been able to afford it yet. So what I did in the meantime was - I improvised - with tables bought at a yard sale.

Every year the county I live in has a city wide yard sale, where everyone is able to get involved, including merchants and our local university. At one of the yard sales, the university was selling tables that had been used in a student lounge. They were selling for $10.00 a piece. I bought four of them.

That same day I found a table that has an electrical outlet built into one of the legs of the table. That was perfect to use for a cutting and working table, which sold for $30.00. That day I basically furnished my sewing room for $70.00 Not bad!

Finding The Room

If you are not able to have a room dedicated for a sewing center, don't despair. You can use a part of your living room, bedroom or even a closet. It you do have a closet to spare, consider making it your sewing center. Take off the door or doors of the closet to give it more dimension, provide a drop down table for your sewing machine and a comfortable folding chair. This will make an efficient area to sew in.  You can hang a cork board and some shelves on the walls to added storage.  Use your imagination and make your sewing center uniquely  yours no matter how big or small.

Basics Needed For A Sewing Center

Starting a sewing center in the home does not have to incur a huge expense on your budget. With some careful and wise planning, you'll be able to furnish your sewing room for a lot less money than you thought.

For some of us women or men, having a sewing center in the home is a dream come true, especially if you are lucky enough to have a room dedicated to it. To operate a functional and efficient sewing center in your home, there are some basics which are a must. A table for your sewing machine and/or serger, a cutting table, a comfortable chair a cabinet to hold sewing accessories and fabric.

A bookcase would come in handy for your sewing books and magazines. Some shelves on the wall to put some items on and a caulk board to tack patterns and fashion designs to.

Plastic Organizers

Plastic organizers are available in almost every discount store and are great to keeping pins, needles, thimbles, thread, scissors and other sewing accessories in. They are available as a stacking units which work great if you're short on space. The larger plastic bins are also good for keeping your fabrics neat and clean.

An ironing board and a good iron is a must when you're sewing. There are all sorts of sizes available if you don't want the traditional size and there are pressing hams and sleeve boards that can sit right on a table.

Go Shopping In Your House

You may be surprised to find items you already own that would work wonders for your sewing room. Old coffee cans can be covered with fabric and used to hold tape measures seam rippers, rulers and other accessories in. Old canisters can be attractively used as can old decorated shoe boxes. Just use your imagination, look around your house or apartment, in your basement or garage to see what can be recycled for your sewing center.


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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Thank you very much RTalloni! Sometimes what we need is right in our home stored away somewhere!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Go shopping in your it! These are good tips. Now I'm going to check your hubs and see if you've posted any of your projects. :)

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Improvising is great, thank you so much for your comment!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Improvise - I do it all the time, great information and good job on getting that accomplished for so little - way to go! Cheers!