Sunday Stash #104 – In the Beginning
It’s about damn time I show you my new sewing studio! Now, be forewarned, this is just the beginning of its development. I’m still feelin’ it all out, arranging, rearranging, and scratching my blonde hair extensions. It faces north, which for us southern hemispherers brings the most sunlight through those (dirty) windows, nearly all day long! I’m still figuring out what to put on the walls; maybe I will become a mini-quilt convert. I also need to make a pressing board … but I’m getting ahead of myself, small steps!
I’ll be the first to admit I can be a bit of a furniture snob, so you bet your hot pants you were not going to catch me sewing on MDF. Many of you would have seen me tease a photo of this lovely new addition on Instagram (IG: molli_sparkles). I had been looking everywhere for a desk with some unusual character, but that was also sturdy enough so that my beast of a sewing machine didn’t shake, rattle and roll. I also didn’t want a giant piece of wood furniture that over-crowded the room. I’m demanding, I know!
While walking the very last aisle of a local antique warehouse, I came across this beauty! Cast iron Singer cabinets aren’t necessarily rare, but this one was in pretty good condition. Plus, it was already configured so that there were no bars or carriages in the foot area (a much rarer site). For a very economic $150 AUD, it was mine! It came with a worn out pine table top that I quickly took off, and went to work scrubbing and polishing to get it looking nearly new.
To increase my work space, I added an over-sized Hilver table top from Ikea that was $99 AUD. It measures 25″ x 55″ (65cm x 140cm), has a beveled edge, and was easy to screw together to the Singer frame. It’s all super secure, no wobbling, and also feels modern and light-weight at the same time. For a total of $250, I’m completely lovin’ my old-but-new sewing table! Because I have a ergonomic, caster-wheel sewing chair, I picked up that Kolon floor protector from Ikea as well. For $28 AUD, it will help preserve the hard-wood floors.
As for this guy, well, lovelies, it is a behemoth. It’s actually a kitchen island bench from Ikea called a Stenstorp. It was a tad pricey at $500 AUD, but it does have a solid oak timber top, and is extremely heavy. This makes it wonderfully stable for cutting, and a great backdrop for photos! There are stainless steel shelves for storage on one side, and room for stools for sitting on the other. Those bins house all of my colour-coded scraps, which is so handy having nearby! You might also notice my four-tiered fabric stash to the left. Well, this was all destined to go in the wardrobe of this room, except the builders forgot to build the shelves in it! (sigh — I mean how does that even happen?) So once that is complete, my stash will be tucked away from the light, with divine organisation. That will be a whole other post!
So there’s one other piece in these photos that I haven’t even talked about. I need to clean him up a bit before he gets his own reveal … hmmm …
P.s. A very special thank you to Mr. Sparkles for putting all this furniture together. Useful and beautiful, indeed! 😉