ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • creativelycc profile imageAUTHOR

      Carrie L Cronkite 

      7 years ago from Maine

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

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

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

    • creativelycc profile imageAUTHOR

      Carrie L Cronkite 

      7 years ago from Maine

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

    • Whidbeywriter profile image

      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!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)