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Embroidery and Sewing Studio

Raleigh Etsy Shop Owner

Welcome to my Embroidery and Sewing Studio! My business started out in a very small 10 x 12 foot spare bedroom and soon overflowed into the dining room.  I worried about sticky fingers on my client’s precious fabric and errant feet on my sewing machine’s gas pedal.

After 6 months of jockeying for space, my husband politely told me I was more than welcome to move my business into the Bonus Room. No one ever used it because it was so far away from the life center our house – the kitchen.Belinda Lee 1

Moving in to this space changed my business in ways I hadn’t imagined. It gave me a real studio apart from the house. Located over the garage, it was isolated from the rest of the house, so I could run my {very loud} embroidery machine at all hours. It also gave me a space large enough to teach group sewing lessons with room for 6 sewists to work very comfortably.

The night time lighting is a bit of a challenge, but I won’t look this gift horse in the mouth! Notice the gobs of pillow forms “stored” under my table. The beautiful wooden drawers in the back were a gift from a neighbor and house much of my fabric collection. 

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Having a dedicated studio provided the room to build a great worktable.  This 4 x 8 foot table is a great place to spread on whatever I am working on and doubles as an ironing surface (you can iron anywhere on it!).  Want one? Okay. After the tour, I’ll give you a link to a tutorial.

Large north facing windows provide great daytime lighting.  My tripod is in the back right of this photo, where I plop my iPhone for video making and photography. A huge whiteboard on the right is great for brainstorming and occupying my children on long summer days. 

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This is my inspiration board.  It holds samples, monogram standards sheets, inspirational drawings and love notes from some of my happy customers. It’s messy but it makes me smile and contains a lot of useful information. 

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You can see the powerhouse of the operation in the back left of this photo {on a neighbor’s discarded table}. That pretty laptop in the forefront keeps the books, turns graphics into stitchable files and designs websites. Okay, I help it a little. My filing system of pink post-its keeps the me on task. Those cubbies to the left store old copies of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and other industry magazines. 

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The Billy bookshelf from IKEA is the studio’s storage workhorse. Part bookshelf, part networking cabinet, it somehow manages to look organized even when fabric and zippers are bursting out of its cubbies. Did you know IKEA retired the Billy Bookshelf in 2014? What a shame! 

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My Babylock Entrepreneur 10 Needle Embroidery Machine. She likes to be called by her name, Merida. She makes the magic happen. Seriously, she has been known to hypnotize anyone who happens by.  My father in law, who can’t stand still for a second, once stood in awe for 45 minutes while she stitched out a Christmas sweatshirt for him. Yes, all of my machines have names. Come by, I’ll introduce you!

Thanks for touring my studio.  Want to see it up close? Pop in for a lesson!

Here’s that link to make your own workroom table: Visit soon!

Belinda LeeBelinda Briggs owns Belinda Lee Designs, an embroidery and sewing studio in Morrisville, North Carolina. She specializes in embroidered pillows, wall art and quilt squares. She also teaches sewing lessons to aspiring sewists of all ages.

 

 

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Belinda Briggs

Belinda Briggs owns Belinda Lee Designs, an embroidery and sewing studio in Morrisville, North Carolina. She specializes in embroidered pillows, wall art and quilt squares. She also teaches sewing lessons to aspiring sewists of all ages.

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Comments

  1. ugh…totally jealous of all that SPACE! thanks for the link about the worktable. while i don’t have space to make a whole table, i am thinking i could make a smaller “ironing” slab to put on my table so i don’t always have to keep ironing board up.

    1. Thanks Lindsey! You are welcome to come visit anytime (it does get lonely!!).

      Not sure if you can see it but instead of saw horses under my table, it’s one of those 6ft long Sam’s Club folding table underneath. I also use those plastic bed risers to get the table up to hip height.

      I’d love to see your table when it’s done!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my studio this week! It was a lot of fun to share the story of how I started sewing in a teeny weeny bedroom and lucked into a gorgeous space that allows me invite in students to share our craft!

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