In a few months, I’m going to be redesigning my home sewing studio so I’ve been analyzing my behavior when I embroider. No psychologist required here! It’s very interesting what I’ve learned. Since I have two sewing rooms – one at home and one in the office, I’ve found my behavior is different in each one. Let’s take a look at each one and maybe you’ll help me design the best environment for productivity.
At the office, I never sit at my machines. I hoop at a cutting table then attach the hoop to the machine (set at a counter height) and press the start button. There is no chair by the machine so I move back to my desk and return to office work. It’s a rather efficient use of my time and energy and if I need to view what’s going on in the hoop, I just have to walk over there and take a peek without sitting down or bending over.
At home, it’s a different story. I have my embroidery machine sitting on a traditional sewing machine table with a chair in front of it. I noticed that I too often actually sit at the machine AFTER I attach the hoop and then, actually watch the machine stitch. That’s a total waste of time in my book. I know, I know, sometimes you HAVE to babysit the machine to get through tricky steps but normally, you can press go and walk away. So I’ve been training myself to hoop the fabric on the cutting table, walk to the machine, sit down, attach the hoop, press start, get up and move to another activity (there’s always more to do!). But here’s the part I don’t like, when there’s a problem, I have to go to the machine, sit down so that I’m at hoop level, fix the problem and then move on. It sure seems more efficient to have the machine at counter height.
What do you think about this? Do you sit at your machine or stand? If you sit, would you prefer to stand?
And one more thing, fabric storage. Is your stash as unwieldy as mine? Mine always seems to be a tumbling mess. I store my fabric in wire mesh baskets (hanging baskets) or stacked in a bookcase (sorted by color). I have an easier time of sorting my fabrics in the bookcase but the stacks tend to creep over one another (like melting crayons!). It’s colorful but not very tidy. The baskets are just a mess. I know what’s on top (the latest find!) but who knows what’s buried underneath. I wish I had small cubbies for folded fabric. How about you? What storage system do you use? What do you wish you had?
That’s a lot of questions for one blog post but I hope you’ll take the time to answer because I need some direction. Leave your comment and you could win a Snap-Hoop this week.