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Thread: Room size

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    Room size

    Hi all,

    I am just geting into the planning stages of a new sewing studio. I have not figured out what size room I need. I will also get a long arm that will be in there too. This room needs to accomodate at least 5 sewing stations, fabric storage, the ironing table and the long arm. Is there anywhere I can search to find some ideas? I am so stumpped now, I feel like i need to build a whole house

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    I don't know if there is a place to find this info. What I would do is cut out the machines and table I want in the room and place them on graph paper. Move them around to you liking and see how much space they need.

    Good luck on this and congratulations.

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    I have heard that 4 feet all around a big quilting machine makes for easy access and loading. Many make do with less but if you are building a room it is better to be oversized because I am sure you will soon fill it.

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    Sit down with graph paper, ruler, and pencil; figure out what sizes you need to accommodate in the way of tables, storage, long arm machine, etc.; add in space for books, design wall, and area to sit and design quilts. Then you'll know what size room you'll need. I'm betting it'll be a biggie; consider taking over a garage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I have heard that 4 feet all around a big quilting machine makes for easy access and loading. Many make do with less but if you are building a room it is better to be oversized because I am sure you will soon fill it.
    I agree with this. I have a 10' frame and it barely fits in my 9' X16' room, although there is tons of storage underneath. Also consider fabric storage. Batting is also an issue if you buy full rolls.
    There is a special sub forum on organization. Lots of ideas here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/mission-organization-f23/
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    pick a size then double it. you will be glad you did. also plan it out on graph paper like everyone has suggested. it will help placement and practicality.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    If possible make it the size of a nice 'guest house' complete with bathroom and a small fridge and microwave.

    Remember lot of natural lighting is welcome if you can do it. also it is nice to have air flow on those wonderful days when you have your doors and windows open.

    My quilting machine is out to 12 1/2 ft and I need more than 4 ft around it, as it takes up that much space, and if I want to get around it I have to move it. Not fun.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    if i got to do my own room and build it i would have a 24 x 24 .

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    My friend has a wonderful setup...her long arm is in a L off of the sewing room. Can't do both at once, and she hated having to clear room to get around (so as not to trip over everything when quilting). She has 5 stations plus the cutting table in the center, ironing board has extra large board on top and is at right angles to the cutting table so pressing is available to all stations and the cutting table. She also has a trash container at each station, which saves alot of steps! don't forget MORE LIGHTING THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED!

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    This is probably very good advice. If you can afford to, make sure the room has a bathroom, AC and heat, too.

    I also like the idea of making it 'guest house size', with room for a small studio size kitchen. I think that would make your entire home more sale-able in the future. You don't actually have to put a kitchen in; just rough in the plumbing for one while building.

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