The Sewing Room

For the last nine years, from the time we moved to California, my sewing room has been a mess. It’s a matter of space. This house is smaller than our old Carolina home by more than a thousand square feet. We thought we had left enough stuff behind, but no. We sold, donated and tossed. It didn’t seem to matter. We still had too much stuff!
I admit that I have a lot of sewing supplies. And it’s not news that I’m a fabric slut. Actually, I own a generous collection of the whole sewing trifecta: fabric, gadgets and thread. I love it all, but storage has been a challenge.
So, until recently, my sewing room has been a mess. The words“Clean House” and “Bobbi’s sewing room” have become synonymous.
Well, worry no more. No longer will we have to call search parties to find small children in my sewing room. The days of making your way around mounds of unidentifiable sewing detritus to sew a seam are over. I’ve seen the light. And I’m not talking about a high intensity Ott Light!
It started when I was browsing through a local antiques/thrift/junk store in downtown Placerville.I must have mentioned that I sew to the proprietor because he forced me to the back corner of the store where, tucked behind a stack of motley street signs across from a spring sprung floral sofa was (as he said it) “U’re Going to Love  this. I have right here a Gen-U-Ine Sew-Ing Cab-net.”
Despite the proprietor’s resemblance to a snake oil salesman, he was right. I loved it. I laid all of my cash on his counter and put the thing on layaway. A mere 90 days and a hundred and fifty dollars later, I drove the van home loaded with one Gen-U-Ine Sew-ing Cabnet.
As you can see, it looks like a wardrobe. It’s even kind of shabby chic looking with the white paint. If you look at the paint closely you can see it’s not its original color.


It’s a sewing wardrobe from the 50’s or 60’s, from before the days when wardrobes were a common item in a family room or living-room.
Inside the cabinet is a pull down desktop.

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And do you see the little gold square?  That’s the Singer label.singer-tag

Pulling the desk down reveals storage, shelves and spool-racks.
There’s even a raised bed to create a flat surface behind your sewing machine. Because my sewing machine isn’t a circa 1966 Singer, the raised section doesn’t match the height of my sewing machine.
Though not exactly right for my sewing machine, it IS right for serger storage and usage. And, the bottom of my cabinet houses the machine I’m not currently using.


Though I’ve been sewing forever, I had never seen a cabinet like this one. Imagine my surprise when Tecla (a dear friend I’ve mentioned before) called me from a yard sale saying that she had found the coolest sewing machine cabinet ever.
Well, I didn’t believe her cause I had just brought home the coolest sewing machine cabinet ever, my vintage Singer cabinet.
Well, she was right. She had found the coolest sewing cabinet ever made, a twin to my cabinet. It was an identical twin, only still sporting its original pecan wood finish and typical 60’s handles. Other than that, it was the same. And this one was only $25!


I’m no fool. I snapped it up.
I use the second one for my computer and storage of a variety of sewing supplies. It’s amazing what happens when you have a place to put things. Now my sewing room looks like this:


One of these days I’ll re-finish one or both of these cabinets, but for now I’m just happy to have them.
So, Niecy Nash, be gone!
On another note, did you see the gorgeous Bernina 830 in this picture?
I’ve had it since June and other than a few hiccups during the learning curve (all operator error), it’s been perfect. I’m giving it a work-out. I love this machine.
If you’re wondering at all why it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post, it’s because my creative writing muse had been busy helping me write a book. I can’t say much more about it except that I’m done with my part. It will now take the publisher another year before it’s out the door.
I am happily back working the blog.



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  1. Marti
    Posted November 10, 2014 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    These Singer cabinets were the model 380 Space Saver cabinet first manufactured in 1978, and built until 1980. I bought one new in 1978 and will never part with it, although I would like to update the doors to something a little less ornate.

    • Posted November 10, 2014 at 2:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Marti, I’ve updated these cabinets now. I’m sitting at one of them now, with my laptop on the pulldown shelf. The other has my serger and all of my serger thread. Yes, they’re wonderful. And it’s so cool that they were designed as a sewing cabinet. As far as I can tell they were the only wardrobe type sewing cabinet out there… pre-entertainment center wardrobes. I really need to post pictures of the finished (or almost finished sewing room. It’s come so far!

  2. Arlette Peterson
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh Bobbi…I laughed so much reading this blog. I do remember your sewing room as it was and I can say that the “before”pictures are authentic :-)
    Congratulations on making such great transformation…Now do you remember all the new places where you have lovingly stored all the goodies???
    I am jealous of such a beautiful room…

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    I can’t tell you how excited I was to find this article! I just perchased one of these very cabinets w/ working machine (possibly original- not sure) attached to table, still in perfect condition with original hardware and color, for $75! Purchased yesterday as my Mothers Day gift! I am on cloud 9! Wish I had another, or 3, or 4…… Love it! Maybe I can figure out how to follow your blog! I am electronically challenged! Thank You for this post. I certainly understand your excitement, as I live In a Mobilehome and my sewing, is all over the LIVINGROOM! Yikes!

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