I have three sewing machines (each of which are designed and set up to manage different tasks), 2 sergers, a coverstitch machine, and an industrial leather sewing machine. I have accumulated these machines slowly and thoughtfully over a period of time. The multiple machines allow me to have the correct equipment for the task at hand and allow me to jump from machine to machine during a single project without having to reconfigure one piece of equipment. One of my favorite sewing machines happens to be the least expensive and most portable (send me a message if you would like to know what it is).
My workroom smells of leather as in addition to hundreds of fabrics, I keep all of my softer leather hides in the room. The hides are either rolled or hanging from a large garment rack in the middle of my space. Tools are hung from the walls, spools of thread are in view on large racks, and my cutting surfaces are divided in to fabric side or leather side. The image of my work space would best be described as controlled chaos. I am always grateful when a friend wants to come over to look at something that I have made, because I feel compelled to declutter the floor space. This controlled chaos is precisely what fuels my imagination when I have time for choices on next project.
A vintage pin, vintage belt buckle, vintage button, colored ribbon , piece of brightly colored fabric, or an interesting textured leather may serve as a launch point for one of a kind project. Alternating between sewing and leather work is refreshing. I usually segment a project or multiple parallel projects into construction and cutting, material prep, and fabrication. I try not to launch into lengthy projects when my real job work schedule and other life commitments do not allow time for the proper focus and gratification of project completion.
Today is a leather day.