The more you practice something, the better you get. But what most people don’t warn you about is that the more you practice a hobby, the more stuff you buy and thus the bigger your workspace gets.
I was browsing through my photo album the other day, and stumbled upon these little memories. I felt compelled to share.
I got my very first sewing desk only two years ago. It was actually my husband’s old computer desk from when he was a child. It was cheap – ahem, free – and it had a lowered platform that reduced any pull on the fabric. Downside was that it was old, and falling apart. You can see in the photo the masking tape I had to apply to the edges of the desk just to hide the ripped up wood and splinters. I had so very little sewing tools back then; some glue sticks, tailor’s chalk, a measuring tape, some pins and an ill-suited pair of scissors.
My second desk was an investment; the Hemnes Desk with an Add-on Unit in grey brown from Ikea. It set us back about KD145 (AU$560 or US$500). Since when did Ikea get so expensive?? I didn’t follow the building instructions step-by-step, instead converting the magazine stand section to standard shelves – honestly it’s the only modular section on this desk. The desk space was almost perfect; I could set up my laptop on the side (to play my TV shows as I sewed), and I had enough shelving and drawers to store my tidbits like scissors and marking tools.
I honestly have one gripe with the desk: the drawers! Why did the designer make them so they were flat against the table? If you have anything – even a basic notebook and pens – on your desk, then you have to move them to open the drawer. It would have been much nicer to have the spacing bar (decorative at the top), to sit underneath the drawers instead.
Time proved to bring another problem: I needed more space. Sora had since decided that she was going to be my regular sewing companion and take up at least two or three shelves space at any one time.
I had also since bought a number of more tools – rulers, markers, books, and so on that all needed shelves to live.
So we decided to invest in another add-on unit for KD50 (US$175 or AU$195). The idea was that the added height would give me extra shelves and two extra drawers. And it did work. Just to make the room that tad bit more usable we also added a cork-board for my notes and sewing inspirations, as well as some nice red curtains to go with our red theme. I’m just realising that red must be one of my favourite colours….
It’s scary to realise just how much things can change in a couple of years. At this rate the entire study will be converted to a permanent sewing room in one years time, and in five years I will most likely rule the world 😛
Having looked at how my sewing desk has changed over the last few years – including the amount of sewing tools and supplies I have gathered – and I must now ask you, how has your desk changed? Have you got any pictures to share? Please do!