Johanna Lu of “The Last Stitch” is a wonderful inspiration all-around, so I was thrilled when I discovered her fabulous videos about her sewing space, which is in her living room! The video starts out with some brief machine reviews (including her discussing how awesome Baby Lock sergers are…duh), and she gets to the organization part at around 5:20.
Here are my big take-aways from Johanna’s awesome video!
Get yourself a Label Maker!
We all know that sewing requires a large quantity of diverse supplies. I’d say it’s one of the most supply-heavy hobbies out there! Labeling your drawers or shelves helps you to remember where to look for things, where to put them away, and it can also be an “unspoken” directive if you share your space with others!
We use this label maker- and Zede is militant that everything be labeled!
You have to have thread to sew, and it is a pain to store! Johanna has a thread rack for her larger cones. Keep in mind that larger cones are not just tall, but often they are wider than typical thread spools, so you need more space between the spool pins on your thread rack. The rack below has removable pins- so it could work for some larger spools.
Johanna stores some threads in drawers in which she lined the bottom with nails. We actually have a set of drawers that accommodates a classic thread rack- whodathunk?
I think stacking boxes are another great option.
Like Fred’s Tiny Sewing Room, Johanna hangs things from high up on the walls and the ceilings. Our studio is in a finished attic space with slanted walls, and
Johanna has traced her tried and true patterns onto cardboard, so that she can use them again and again. She hangs these on hooks high up on the wall. I like to hang our master patterns on hooks with clips, like these. They don’t damage the patterns, and they can be hung on a closet rod.
Cutting Table on Wheels
Yes!!! If at all possible, we recommend making everything in your sewing studio move-able! Built-in shelving, countertops, or other furniture can lock you into a layout that might not be ideal as your sewing evolves!
Johanna also stores things under her cutting table. It seems there are two options for those of us with limited space; have a collapsible cutting table or maximize storage. The video below is all about how she used pieces of IKEA furniture to create her custom cutting table.
Want More Johanna?
Johanna’s website is home to an awesome blog, and you’ve seen a lovely sampling of her YouTube channel here. She also has a book about sewing knits that’s available on Amazon. In case you’re like me and you love to read about the behind-the-scenes of sewing blogs/media, she wrote a post about publishing her own book here.
Thanks for sharing with us, Johanna! I love your work.
Have you used any of the tips and techniques that Johanna used in your own sewing space?