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An Inside Look at Mary Ray's Sewing Studio

Mary loves that she gets to spend so much time in her inspirational sewing room.
These mirrors were specially requested by Mary to reflect the view from the one window she has in her workroom. This way she can glance outside while working from the opposite end of her table.
Mary has a large assortment of decorative thread, which she keeps in shallow wooden storage boxes for easy visibility.
Mary loves that she gets to spend so much time in her inspirational sewing room.

Mary loves that she gets to spend so much time in her inspirational sewing room.

Photo: Zibisky Photography (

In Threads #175, our contributing editor Mary Ray shared her favorite methods for storing fabrics, notions, and thread in her North Carolina sewing studio. While keeping things neatly stored is important, she also likes leaving certain items out in the open so she knows what she has to work with. Below is an inside look at Mary's studio.

machines Take a look at more sewing studios and spaces:

• Ruth Ciemnoczolowski's Sewing Room
• Inside Louise Cutting's Sewing Room
Another Look at Kenneth D. King's Sewing Space
• Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

Here you will notice that Mary's workspace is filled with plenty of storage space and inspiration.

Mary Ray's sewing room

Decorative threads are stored by type in wooden wine boxes while Mary's all-purpose threads are kept in shallow drawers. Some of the thread types shown here include: variegated, embroidery, cotton Aurifil, 12-weight cotton, Sulky, silk, and rayon.

Mary Ray's sewing room

Below Mary models her textured silk top (Vogue 8536) with pressed-in pleats. See how she created the dimension on this lovely top here.

Mary Ray

Mary loves her Delonghi steam generator iron because it has a heavy, professional soleplate. It can also be set for continuous steam, which she says is very useful when pressing large pieces of fabric.

Mary Ray's sewing room

Fabrics and notions are stored on shelves and in cubes so Mary can see what materials she has at all times.

Mary Ray's sewing room

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Comments (8)

user-6165541 user-6165541 writes: I truly love all the white and that is what I want to do with mine. I love seeing all my fabric stach and just hate having to keep in clear plastic boxes. I love all the cube features you have. Looks so inviting to sew and create.
Posted: 11:56 am on March 31st

MonetViera MonetViera writes: I like yur studio mary!
Posted: 12:48 am on December 7th

Passionbysoniasantos Passionbysoniasantos writes: Beautiful studio Mary !
Posted: 5:42 pm on October 31st

Sewista Sewista writes: Wonderful space and I have to mention, what a beautiful portrait of Mary! The blouse is a stunner as is it's wearer.
Posted: 7:11 am on September 7th

luvstosew luvstosew writes: I agree with table surface is definitely not enough. Recently I rearranged my sewing studio so that I have three flat surfaces and it has vastly improved my efficiency while working on projects. I rarely "lose" my scissors, marking pen, pins, etc. under a pile of stuff. And everything is right at hand within easy reach.
Posted: 6:13 am on September 3rd

StinaP StinaP writes: Oh I wish I hade a whole room for my sewing!
Posted: 1:44 am on September 3rd

BarbaraHewitt BarbaraHewitt writes: Mary, I love your room. How do you keep the dust off of your open shelves?
Posted: 11:10 pm on September 2nd

sewingdee59 sewingdee59 writes: I am very inspired by Mary's studio. While I have vast collection of fabrics, like Mary, I also have a collection of buttons that date back to my great grandmother who taught me to sew many years ago. Thanks to Mary I will be doing a better job of organizing my sewing.
Posted: 8:54 pm on September 2nd

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