It can be a challenge to setup comfortably for free motion quilting in a small space. My sewing room is about 9′ X 10′. This is not a lot of room for spreading out. I have room for some shelves plus four pieces of furniture, a sewing table, an ironing board, a cutting table and a drawer rack for fabric.
Here is how it looks set up for regular sewing.
My sewing table is perpendicular to the cutting table. There is just enough room for my chair between the shelves and the sewing table.
Moving around the room, here is the fabric storage.
The ironing station.
For free motion I need a lot of table space behind and to the left of the machine. I turn my sewing table so that it is backs up to the cutting table. The ironing board is lowered and placed to the left of the sewing table.
Now there is just enough room for my chair between the sewing table and the fabric drawers.
I can’t close the door to the hallway, but I do have the support I need to free motion a large quilt.
Before anyone asks, I DID clean up the room before taking the photos.
I am linking this post with Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilt Project.
Linda Wulf Koenig said:
Like me, you are innovative and very good at optimizing space and resources. This comes in handy again and again. Great job!.
Chuckling at the clean up comment. I’d need to do something major before taking any photos of my sewing space.
Lizzie Lenard said:
Your sewing room is very tidy. You should see mine. The quilt you are working on
is looking good already…
Nice! I just take over the whole house. I’m not sure I’d have enough room to do a large quilt in my sewing room, only baby or lap. Do you like your machine to FMQ?
I like my Juki very much. It is the older model. I have had it almost 10 years now. I quilted a king sized quilt on it once. That was a lesson in cramming big things into small spaces. Most of my quilts have been queen sized.