Keep your space organized and clean with these sewing room hacks. Some are cheap ways of organizing and some are simple techniques.
Everyone has their own way that they organize and set up their sewing room. Sometimes you do it the way your mom did or the way you think you are supposed to organize. I’ve found some sewing room hacks that make it cheaper to sew and organize in my sewing room.
Some of these ideas might not help you because you think differently then me, but I hope one of these sewing room hacks will help the way you sew. I love to decorate my sewing room with these sewing room decor ideas, and I also use all of these 20 apparel sewing hacks!
Sewing Room Hacks
Corral your elastic with wonder clips.
I use elastic a lot and save all the short bits to sew them together. I keep all my elastic in a bin in a drawer, but it’s always a big mess.
Organize scissors and metal bobbins with a wall magnet.
I use a wall magnet* to keep my scissors together up high and away from little hands. I also use a wall magnet to keep all my metal bobbins organized and off my desk. I love preserving my desk space.
Turn all your machines on with the button on a power strip.
I have all my machines, my iron, and my lamps all plugged into the same power strip. When I turn on the button they all turn on at the same time and are ready for me to use.
Learn how to use a seam ripper correctly.
When you push a seam ripper it’s way faster to rip open a seam. It works well with medium weight to heavy weight fabrics.
Wear scissors around your neck so you never lose them.
They are always within reach. I use it to trim thread, trim and grade seams, and cut hem tape the right length.
Add batting to a cheap dress form to make a custom dress form.
I love the idea of a custom dress form, but I don’t love the price of a custom dress from. If you get a cheap dress form mannequin* that have small hips, you’ll be able to add the “hips” with batting and whatever height you are. These are some other great tips for sewing and saving money.
Store hand needles in a bulletin board.
Whenever I have some thread in a needle after finishing some hand sewing, I leave the thread on the needle and put it in my bulletin board. I often need to hand sew in a pinch, and I have lots of thread and needles ready to go.
Create a tiny ironing area next to your machine for quick pressing.
Make a Portable DIY Cutting Mat
I don’t have a dedicated cutting table so I made a DIY cutting mat that I can store under the couch or behind a shelf. It’s great for projects I’m in the middle of. I can get it out and use it on an table or desk.
Use a projector to cut out sewing patterns
Set up a projector on your ceiling to project sewing patterns down onto your fabric. Cut out a sewing pattern without printing, taping, and cutting!
This is a great hack when you need to use multiple sizes of a pattern, but you don’t want to trace or print multiple patterns. It saves so much time and money!
Use a hand vacuum to clean machines, sewing areas, and thread from the floor.
I get frustrated with all the dust and thread that collects around my machines, in my machines, and on the floor. My hand vacuum is the best way to quickly clean up.
Use a glue stick to “pin”.
My sewing friends gave me this tip, and it’s the BEST. Use the glue stick* to attach whatever you need and keep it in place, but the glue washes out in the wash.
Store and organize buttons and snaps in separated lunch containers.
I needed a button organizer for cheap so I bought these separated lunch containers* and keep all my buttons and snaps separated. I have four for all my buttons and snaps. I organize the buttons by color and the snaps by type.
Keep hem tapes on a dowel in a basket with holes.
Slide the hem tapes on the dowel and put the dowel in the holes in the basket. It makes them easy to pull out when you need it. I organized it so I knew what each hem tape was.
Keep pennies or small coins in your sewing room to add weight to garments made from lightweight fabric.
I love soft, fluid fabrics, but I don’t like when they blow in the wind. I always add pennies to the side seam at the hem to give a nice weight. I’ve also seen washers used and sewn in by hand.
Open buttonholes with a fabric knife.
It makes it so much faster to open buttonholes with a fabric knife and cutting mat. It has saved me so much time since I started using it.
Use Heavy Duty Snaps instead of buttons and buttonholes
I often make things that need buttons and buttonholes for closures. Sometimes I want to save time (and my sanity), and I use snaps instead. It’s so fast and easy! Here’s how to install heavy duty snaps.
What are your favorite sewing room hacks?
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather